Stars of the 80’s show their love for Manchester at Rewind Festival

Some of the biggest acts of the 80’s came together last weekend to show their support for the We Love Manchester Fund.

The eclectic sound of the 80’s was brought back to life in dazzling fashion as more than 30,000 music fans turned up to the Rewind North festival at Capesthorne Hall, Macclesfield.

The go-to nostalgia fest attracted music lovers from all over the north west who were quick to show off their day-glo leg warmers, sparkly tutus and dodgy mullets.

Pic Dom Graham

But as fans danced the night away, it was the musicians who reminded us that when it comes to love, the 80’s does it best.

The Village People were joined by Sister Sledge, Status Quo and many more acts who put on a performance for the ages.

Pic Dom Graham

And before leaving the stage, the stars made sure to show their appreciation for the fans who defied the recent terrorist attack in Manchester by continuing to show their support for live music events.

Some of them showed their support by wearing their I Love Manchester badges on stage, much to the delight of the crowd.

The Village People said that the attendance proves that ‘the terrorists never win’ and that ‘music always brings people together’ and went on to champion the ‘I Love Manchester’ campaign.

“It would take a lot more to worry Mancunians. You guys are a tough lot!” said Trevor Horne, the producer who is often referred to as the man who invented the 80’s.

Singer/songwriter and LGBT activist Tom Robinson said that the huge turnout to events such as Rewind are two fingers up to anyone who wants to curb our freedom and civil liberties.

Rewind veteran and 80’s DJ Rusty Egan, who knitted the show together by playing some top 80’s anthems between the acts, said that tragedies such as the Arena bombing ‘put life into perspective’ and the British people ‘always have a way of overcoming tragedy and become stronger as a result’.

The festival, which is now in its fourth year, epitomises the voice of a generation who were at the forefront of many great movements.

Some of the fashions may be questionable but the music and attitudes have stood the test of time.

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