After a two year hiatus, Rewind Festival was back much to the delight of the 80’s fest fans, who were in for a full weekend of music, fun and one of the biggest 80s party of the summer.

The festival opened with a unique show celebrating over 50 years since the formation of one of the world’s greatest rock bands – Queen. Queen Symphonic features a full symphony orchestra, a fantastic rock band and four soloist’s from the international productions of the musical We Will Rock You performing some of Queen’s greatest hits including We Will Rock You, Bohemian Rhapsody, Radio Ga Ga, We Are The Champions, A Kind Of Magic. There was also music from Altered Images, Roland Gift, Nik Kershaw, The Trevor Horn Band, Billy Ocean and more..

Saturday night closed with  Jimmy Somerville’s Big Band-Tastic Boogie – a hit packed show with a massive big band with brass, strings and special effect including the world’s biggest party popper, as well as special guest Sarah Jane Morris recreating their 1986 #1 single ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’.

The weather was less kind, but this did nothing to dampen the spirits of the thousands who attended, as usual, dressed up as one of their favourite characters amid the sea of umbrellas. As the rain poured down on them all day, they sang and danced day one of the festival away, clearly enjoying every moment.

Rewind Festival Day 2 to follow along with a gallery of some of the best costumes and crowd images of the weekend.

Photo © Stephen Farrell

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