After decades of performing alongside some of the world’s biggest acts, Nik Kershaw is excited to “rewind the clock” back at an upcoming festival and catch up with family and friends.
He also hopes to get some of that glorious Tayside sun we have been experiencing over the past few weeks.
The Rewind Festival returns to Scone Palace in Perthshire next month for its seventh consecutive year.
Some of the biggest acts of the 80s will walk on to the stage to take revellers on a journey back in time.
One of those is English singer-songwriter Nik, the man behind such hits as the “Riddle”, “Wouldn’t it Be Good” and “I Won’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me,” the latter two off his platinum selling debut album Human Racing released in 1984.
A year later, Nik performed at Live Aid in front of thousands of fans.
But it’s the Rewind festival where he hopes to “enjoy a good old catch up” with family and friends.
Nik spoke to the Tele ahead of the festival and revealed: “I have played at Rewind Scotland four times and I love it. I last appeared at the Scone venue two years ago and I’m really looking forward to coming back up north.
“I’ve always had a great reception at Rewind Scotland from the massively friendly crowd and I can’t wait to come back. I seem to have always landed lucky and had great weather and I’m hoping the sun shines on me again as I perform at Scone.”
Nik has worked with some of the biggest names in the music business, including Elton John, Gary Barlow, Ronan Keating and of course Chesney Hawkes, who he penned “The One and Only” — a Rewind performance favourite — with.
Nik added: “I’ve not entirely decided what I’ll be performing at Rewind but whatever I do won’t come as any surprise.
“We come to Rewind to do just that, rewind the clock back to the great days of the 1980s. The crowd know what they want to hear.
“I’ll be performing three hits and I’ll be choosing which ones in the next couple of weeks.
“I’ll be playing with the Rewind resident band so I’ll need to choose so they can prepare.
“What’s great is when you start a number and the crowd immediately join in with you.
“You can get quite a thrill when you look out from the stage on to the crowd and everyone is singing along with your songs.”
Nik said one of his greatest pleasures at Rewind was catching up with people he had performed alongside “back in the day”.
He added: “It used to be that there was a fair bit of rivalry between us but now we’re well past all that.
“We come along with our families and just enjoy a good old catch up.
“We often find that new friendships are made with people from way back and that’s something that’s really great about performing at Rewind where there’s no pressure on anyone.”
Rewind will run at Scone Palace from July 21 – 23.
Nik will perform on the Saturday.