‘Rewind Revellers Reminisce’ – The Rewind Festival 2013.

Last weekend saw the third year in a row that Ross and I attended, in my opinion, the friendliest festival in the Country, if not the world! The Rewind Festival 2013 in Henley-on-Thames, UK.

Each year I have attended, I have felt nothing but good emanating from everyone. Complete strangers chat to each other with nothing but happy, positive vibes and don’t bat an eyelid at He-Man talking to a Smurf. You can go dressed as pretty much anything from the ’80s and not look out of place (although Ross and I did wonder at one stage what a flapper girl was doing there! I presumed Bugsy Malone?!).

As we drove down the now familiar hill into an extremely well-organised field of cars, I was feeling the ‘home from home’ ambience that comes with the festival. This year we were greeted by the Stay Puffed Marshmallow man and walked in to a sea of colourful stands and food outlets. One entitled ‘Camp Cooks’ was headed up by a wonderfully entertaining band of transvestites!

This year saw Ross reporting on behalf of the Reading Chronicle. This gave us access to not only the VIP section but also the press tent, sharing with the likes of Heart FM, Radio Oxford and Mike Read on behalf of BBC Radio Berkshire. We also had access to the area of the audience which I always call ‘no mans land’ – the place where the security guards watch the audience and not the acts!

Ross had already interviewed Nik Kershaw, Mark Shaw from Then Jerico (one of the most charismatic pop stars I’ve met and a really kindly soul too) and Sonia prior to the event. Unfortunately we didn’t get a chance to reconnect with Nik but we managed to get an interview with Sonia. Mark Shaw’s interview with Ross pretty much took over the whole tent in such a very positive way with him running off to meet Steve Augeri from Journey right in the middle of our chat. He was one very excited man! Ross even got introduced to the waiting fans outside the tent by Mark!

Act after act entertained the thrilled throngs of people.

On the Saturday – despite the weather not quite stepping up to the mark of previous years – there were the likes of the Sugar Hill Gang, The Blow Monkeys, Chesney Hawkes, Heaven 17, Then Jerico, Nik Kershaw, Billy Ocean and Kim Wilde. Billy Ocean – for me – being probably one of the outstanding acts of the day. Kim Wilde still looks amazing and had a new EP out on 19th August entitled ‘Every Time I See You I go Wild’. The evening was ably rounded off by The B52’s with a set which finished with the classics ‘Love Shack’ and ‘Rock Lobster’. Fireworks marked the end of an entertaining day.

Sunday saw just as much colour and the familiar friendly faces we met the day before – even the people nursing hangovers were happy – and the line-up was cause for more celebration. Acts included Matt Bianco, Aswad, The Cutting Crew, Leee John and Imagination, The Orchestra (former members of ELO), Sonia, Blancmange, Paul Carrack, Belinda Carlisle and ABC with closing act the Pointer Sisters.

But I have to save the highlight of the weekend until last. For me, this was without doubt, Go West. Having been a fan since the age of 15 you could say I was biased(!).Having previously met both Peter Cox and Richard Drummie, I knew it would be a relaxed affair. We had the opportunity to ask some fans to put questions to the both of them which the guys answered with charismatic vigour! Their performance was their usual high standard with songs including ‘We Close Our Eyes’ and ‘The King of Wishful Thinking’.

So, if you are looking to ‘Step Back in Time’ to a place you could class as ‘Heaven on Earth’, where Mr Blobby meets Mr T and Star Wars Stormtroopers queue for portaloos (good job they have those toilet roll holders on the back of their uniform!) then look no further than the Rewind Festival. Held in both Perth in Scotland and Temple Island Meadows, Henley on Thames. This is one music festival you don’t want to miss! One to add to the Bucket List.

With thanks to Ross and the Reading Chronicle and to Peter and Will for their fantastic organisation.



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  1. Keeley McCausland
    August 27, 2013 / 4:12 pm

    I was there for the fifth time running and can safely say I wholeheartedly agree with your comments about having the ‘home from home’ feeling. A group of us go each year and spend all year looking forward to attending. We of course join in with dressing up, wearing neon, characters costumes and getting the boys in tutu’s and full make-up (worryingly liking it a bit too much, one thinks) lol. I believe this year the amenities were the best, limited time queuing for the dreaded portaloo which in fact were not too bad at all (no complaints there); or food stands; which were so good it was hard to choose what to eat (recommend the jerk pork & rice yummy), shower queues in the morning at the camp-site were the smallest I’ve seen, yet seemed to be the most people. So a big thanks has to go to all the organisers for yet again a weekend to remember and we all look forward to next year!!!!!!

    • Keeley McCausland
      August 27, 2013 / 4:15 pm

      One last comment, the house band in the big top tent was excellent and we are arranging to go see them as we enjoyed them so much. So a great big thanks to them for keeping the party going.

  2. Cathie B
    August 27, 2013 / 9:08 am

    My eyes have just turned green………………. fab post πŸ˜‰

  3. Cathie B
    August 27, 2013 / 9:06 am

    My eyes have suddenly turned green…………….. fab post hun πŸ˜‰

  4. August 27, 2013 / 7:51 am

    Billy Ocean and The Pointer Sisters?! Brilliant!! You look like the cat that got the cream, Vic! Fab pics, great post #magicmoments

  5. AtoZ Mummy
    August 26, 2013 / 8:42 pm

    Sounds like a fantastic festival! You always look so happy and smiley in your photos, I love it πŸ™‚ Also loving the Chesney Hawkes photo πŸ˜‰

  6. August 26, 2013 / 7:09 pm

    It looks like a really fun festival! πŸ™‚

  7. August 26, 2013 / 7:09 pm

    It looks like a really fun festival! πŸ™‚

    • August 26, 2013 / 7:16 pm

      Sorry didn’t meant to post twice!

  8. August 26, 2013 / 4:57 pm

    You got to meet Chesney Hawkes! I am so jealous (and showing my age!!)

  9. August 26, 2013 / 2:03 pm

    Looks like you had a blast, specially with all the extra treats of passes gives you.
    My sister and friends all go and are always wearing wacky things, think Bananaman and Mr Blobby were here friends mad costumes this year and wigs galore, am thinking next year I would like to go x

  10. August 26, 2013 / 1:35 pm

    AMAZING!!!! i love it ………

    what an amazing #magicmoments … thanks for linking up xx

  11. August 26, 2013 / 1:03 pm

    OMG you will not believe how jealous I am right now!!! LOL We love this festival but couldn’t make it this year πŸ™ Looked fab from your pics and must have been amazing being backstage too x

  12. amanda walsh
    August 26, 2013 / 10:02 am

    it looks like you had good fun, ive never been to a festival before. My little brother is just on his way back this morning after being at the reading and leeds festival, we are expecting extremely muddy clothes!

  13. August 26, 2013 / 7:21 am

    Sounds like you had great fun! I must say I’d never heard of this festival before.

  14. August 25, 2013 / 3:59 pm

    Oh wow how amazing, you did say you had an amazing time. Those stars do not look like they have aged at all do they!

  15. August 25, 2013 / 3:54 pm

    What a fab couple of days you had!

    Gutted I was too poorly to see the boys at Audley End this year, they’re never disappointing.

    Great photos too, lovely stuff πŸ™‚

  16. Nicky
    August 25, 2013 / 10:10 am

    Ahh Vic! Sounds as though you had a ball, and that your efforts were rewarded with introductions to some lovely people.
    Knew our boys wouldn’t let you down…gentlemen both! #thefaithfulones xx

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