Lets Rock Southampton takes thousands of revellers back 30 years

Thousands of revellers take Southampton Common back to 1980s

Thousands of revellers take Southampton Common back to 1980s

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 THOUSANDS of revellers have today turned Southampton Common into the biggest 1980s party the city has ever seen.

Party goers basked in the sunshine, having been transported back 30 years for just one day.

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And it's not just the sunshine that got everyone smiling, the atmosphere was laid back and fun and it's clear people were there to enjoy themselves.

Leg warmers, rara skirts and Frankie Says Relax t-shirts were the fashion must haves, while there was also an abundance of neon Lycra - and that's just the men!

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Gates opened to the festival, the first time it's ever been held in the city, at 11am before Brother Beyond opened the show just before 12pm.

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The huge stage was then graced by Altered Images, Jaki Graham and Then Jerico.

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The Real Thing, above, arrived and really got the party started and the dancing got underway.

Comperes for the day were Pat Sharp and Dave Benson Philips.

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Above: Go West on stage

They kept the huge crowd entertained between acts, prompting singalongs to the likes of Rick Astley which went down a storm.

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Above: Heaven 17 perform at Let's Rock

Even just a few hours into the event people were demanding it returns next year, praising those behind it for brilliant organisation getting in to the site.

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 Go West, Heaven 17, ABC, Howard Jones, and Banarama were also on the line up.

Finally, Billy Ocean was due to take the stage as the sun went down to end a momentous trip down memory lane.

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Above: Then Jericho perform at Let's Rock in front of a huge crowd, below.

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DON'T FORGET TO SEE MONDAY'S DAILY ECHO FOR A PICTURE SPECIAL FROM LET'S ROCK ON SOUTHAMPTON COMMON.

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4:17pm Sat 12 Jul 14

bobby the crane says...

WISH I WAS THERE
WISH I WAS THERE bobby the crane
  • Score: 4

6:06pm Sat 12 Jul 14

saintsfan76 says...

With the likes of Bauer Media (Wave) and Global (Capital Heart and Gold) plus Jack and The Breeze its a mystery why nothing has replaced Power in the Park over the years. I know Capital has its big gig at Wembley but there should be something clozer to home. There is clearly an audience for it. Maybe next year they can do the 90's. Wish i could have made it.
With the likes of Bauer Media (Wave) and Global (Capital Heart and Gold) plus Jack and The Breeze its a mystery why nothing has replaced Power in the Park over the years. I know Capital has its big gig at Wembley but there should be something clozer to home. There is clearly an audience for it. Maybe next year they can do the 90's. Wish i could have made it. saintsfan76
  • Score: 6

8:06pm Sat 12 Jul 14

techsture says...

Is there anything more depressing than a bunch of 40 somethings wishing they were 16 again?
Is there anything more depressing than a bunch of 40 somethings wishing they were 16 again? techsture
  • Score: -31

8:29pm Sat 12 Jul 14

JDP123 says...

techsture wrote:
Is there anything more depressing than a bunch of 40 somethings wishing they were 16 again?
yes....you!
[quote][p][bold]techsture[/bold] wrote: Is there anything more depressing than a bunch of 40 somethings wishing they were 16 again?[/p][/quote]yes....you! JDP123
  • Score: 41

8:57pm Sat 12 Jul 14

SNUGGLES 78 says...

Bring back the southampton show !!!
Bring back the southampton show !!! SNUGGLES 78
  • Score: 13

9:11pm Sat 12 Jul 14

elvisimo says...

techsture wrote:
Is there anything more depressing than a bunch of 40 somethings wishing they were 16 again?
Sad comment. Loads of people have fun. You should try it.
[quote][p][bold]techsture[/bold] wrote: Is there anything more depressing than a bunch of 40 somethings wishing they were 16 again?[/p][/quote]Sad comment. Loads of people have fun. You should try it. elvisimo
  • Score: 21

9:33pm Sat 12 Jul 14

deepheat says...

We should have the biggest 1970s party this city has ever seen.
........Oh wait better scrub that. Most of them are under investigation.
We should have the biggest 1970s party this city has ever seen. ........Oh wait better scrub that. Most of them are under investigation. deepheat
  • Score: 9

10:47pm Sat 12 Jul 14

Zexagon says...

techsture wrote:
Is there anything more depressing than a bunch of 40 somethings wishing they were 16 again?
How bout being sat at your computer at 8.10 on a Saturday night?
[quote][p][bold]techsture[/bold] wrote: Is there anything more depressing than a bunch of 40 somethings wishing they were 16 again?[/p][/quote]How bout being sat at your computer at 8.10 on a Saturday night? Zexagon
  • Score: 15

10:58pm Sat 12 Jul 14

Stubs says...

Took my fags there today. Don't smoke usually but back in the 80s I smoked loads so thought it right to smoke like the good old days.
Took my fags there today. Don't smoke usually but back in the 80s I smoked loads so thought it right to smoke like the good old days. Stubs
  • Score: 2

10:59pm Sat 12 Jul 14

JUPITER1 says...

techsture wrote:
Is there anything more depressing than a bunch of 40 somethings wishing they were 16 again?
Your either a lot younger in which case you will be just the same when your older !! or just a sad person !!! Either way live n let live.
[quote][p][bold]techsture[/bold] wrote: Is there anything more depressing than a bunch of 40 somethings wishing they were 16 again?[/p][/quote]Your either a lot younger in which case you will be just the same when your older !! or just a sad person !!! Either way live n let live. JUPITER1
  • Score: 9

7:46am Sun 13 Jul 14

ottostrasser says...

Hideous Old Age Karaoke Festival. Another one of those annoying events that gives mid-life crisis idiots a chance to dress up like 9 year olds
Hideous Old Age Karaoke Festival. Another one of those annoying events that gives mid-life crisis idiots a chance to dress up like 9 year olds ottostrasser
  • Score: -15

8:42am Sun 13 Jul 14

elvisimo says...

ottostrasser wrote:
Hideous Old Age Karaoke Festival. Another one of those annoying events that gives mid-life crisis idiots a chance to dress up like 9 year olds
There she is. What hip achingly cool indie band are you into this year.
[quote][p][bold]ottostrasser[/bold] wrote: Hideous Old Age Karaoke Festival. Another one of those annoying events that gives mid-life crisis idiots a chance to dress up like 9 year olds[/p][/quote]There she is. What hip achingly cool indie band are you into this year. elvisimo
  • Score: 4

8:57am Sun 13 Jul 14

camerajuan says...

ottostrasser wrote:
Hideous Old Age Karaoke Festival. Another one of those annoying events that gives mid-life crisis idiots a chance to dress up like 9 year olds
Pr@
[quote][p][bold]ottostrasser[/bold] wrote: Hideous Old Age Karaoke Festival. Another one of those annoying events that gives mid-life crisis idiots a chance to dress up like 9 year olds[/p][/quote]Pr@ camerajuan
  • Score: 3

9:33am Sun 13 Jul 14

Iwasababyinthe80s says...

I know a bunch of people who went and I'm sure they had a great time. Despite being a fairly well built bloke I'm not sure I'd want to meet any of those groups of ra ra skirted girls down some dark alley late at night. Absolutely bloomin' terrifying.
I know a bunch of people who went and I'm sure they had a great time. Despite being a fairly well built bloke I'm not sure I'd want to meet any of those groups of ra ra skirted girls down some dark alley late at night. Absolutely bloomin' terrifying. Iwasababyinthe80s
  • Score: 3

9:38am Sun 13 Jul 14

killthrill says...

A lot of negative comments about old wanting to be young..and who the fk cares?.
Seriously?.

Long time dead..there are no rules here.
A lot of negative comments about old wanting to be young..and who the fk cares?. Seriously?. Long time dead..there are no rules here. killthrill
  • Score: 6

7:27pm Sun 13 Jul 14

nickheyward says...

JDP123 wrote:
techsture wrote:
Is there anything more depressing than a bunch of 40 somethings wishing they were 16 again?
yes....you!
You were not lucky enough to have lived and enjoyed the 80s then we also can't help when we are born you wait til you're Older :-D
[quote][p][bold]JDP123[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]techsture[/bold] wrote: Is there anything more depressing than a bunch of 40 somethings wishing they were 16 again?[/p][/quote]yes....you![/p][/quote]You were not lucky enough to have lived and enjoyed the 80s then we also can't help when we are born you wait til you're Older :-D nickheyward
  • Score: 2

10:46pm Sun 13 Jul 14

VikkiBG says...

Mmmm back to commenting on the event itself not the age of people of the era...there were people of all ages there yesterday appreciating fantastic music, gorgeous weather and a fantastic atmosphere! It was very well organised and it is fair to say that most people had an absolute blast. (But if I do have to comment about the age of people from that era, at least we had songs you can sing along with not some of that dance crap that all sounds the same!...ooooch!)
Mmmm back to commenting on the event itself not the age of people of the era...there were people of all ages there yesterday appreciating fantastic music, gorgeous weather and a fantastic atmosphere! It was very well organised and it is fair to say that most people had an absolute blast. (But if I do have to comment about the age of people from that era, at least we had songs you can sing along with not some of that dance crap that all sounds the same!...ooooch!) VikkiBG
  • Score: 1

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