Rewind Scotland is back – and it promises to be bigger and better than ever.
The awesome ’80s music festival, being held at Scone Palace near Perth this weekend, is now in its 10th year.
To celebrate, the organisers have pulled out all the stops to bring to the stage the creme de la creme of the best musicians from the heyday of the unforgettable era.
Legendary rockers Status Quo are the headliners this weekend.
They will be joined at the top of the bill by electronic maestros Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD).
This year’s line-up will also include performances from The Gipsy Kings, Heaven 17, Bonnie Tyler, The Selecter, Skids, Boomtown Rats, Roachford, Odyssey and UB40.
Meanwhile, over on the Forever Stage there will be an ’80s mixtape Gold DJ set from Martin Kemp of Spandau Ballet which is bound to attract a great deal of attention from the ladies.
A special treat will come in the shape of the hilarious Reginald D Hunter who will provide a little stand-up comedy.
Other acts set to entertain at the three-day event running from today until Sunday include Howard Jones, Midge Ure, Peter Hook & The Light, Kim Appleby (Mel & Kim) and Wendy James from Transvision Vamp.
Jones said the atmosphere at Scone was one of his favourites.
“I always look forward to playing the Rewind festivals,” he said.
“The fans give all the artists such a warm reception.
“I’ve seen so many brilliant performances over the years – the Boomtown Rats and Heaven 17 to name just two – and I look forward to many more this year.”
The Rewind Festival began life in Henley-on-Thames in 2009 and since then more than 140 acts have taken to the stage. Since 2014 it has expanded to include events at three separate locations.
Several stars who graced the stage at the inaugural festival have returned to play this year at sites around the country including Kim Wilde, Midge Ure, Nik Kershaw, Heaven 17, Billy Ocean, Howard Jones, T’Pau, Doctor and The Medics and China Crisis.
Event organiser Katt Alexander, of Broadwick Live, said: “The Rewind team is really excited to stage the 10th edition of the festival and celebrate our birthday up and down the country.
“With a line-up packed full of iconic artists proving that this music really is forever, 2018’s events promise to build on the huge popularity of the festival to date.
“Alongside favourite music, we will be reaching new heights with more performances, entertainment and experiences than ever before.”
The Rewind Scotland crowd lead the way in being up for a good time. Even the bad weather in previous years – in particular the monsoon experience of 2016 – fails to dampen the spirits of the up-for-it fans.
Francis Rossi, lead guitarist of Status Quo, who fronted the band with rhythm guitarist Rick Parfitt until the latter’s death in 2016, said the band was looking forward to performing.
He said: “The band are big fans of the Rewind festivals.
“There’s always a great atmosphere and a welcoming crowd, so we can’t wait to take to the stage at Rewind Scotland and play some of everyone’s favourite Quo classics.”
Don’t forget to pack your luminous lycra, ra-ra skirt, Rock On Plum lipstick and tin of Farrah Fawcett hairspray – three squirts should be all you need to tame that ’80s poodle perm!
‘We’ll have an amazing time’
Eighties pop princess Tiffany is looking forward to taking to the stage at Rewind for the first time.
When the Tele spoke to the US songstress, she was in her local hairdresser having her colour done for the event.
She said: “It’s important to look good and it’s great fun getting ready.
“The main colour will be red – it’s always red, that’s kind of my trademark.”
While she was having her tresses tended to, Tiffany – full name Tiffany Darwish – said she was really excited and looking forward to the weekend.
She said: “This will be my first Rewind Festival and I can’t wait.”
Tiffany said she will be performing several of the old hits, including her catchy 1987 single I Think We’re Alone Now, which went on to be a chart-topper in several countries.
She added: “Everyone will want to hear that as well as the other favourite old songs. However, I will also be performing Beautiful live for the first time. This is a single from my new album.
“The song has a real retro feel to it and will fit in perfectly with the ’80s vibe.”
Tiffany said she was really proud of her pop princess title but she’s looking forward to reaching out to newer, younger audiences too.
She said: “The ’80s were brilliant but I’ve never stopped performing. To get on the stage with so many people I know from back then will be great.
“I think we’re all going to have a brilliant time.
“I’ve played in Scotland several times before so I’m well prepared for the Scottish weather should it take a turn for the worse.
“I always pack several choices of outfit, all black, so I will wait until Saturday to decide what to wear.”