DUST off your neon lycra and spandex and get ready to party, it's less than two weeks until Let's Rock Southampton takes over The Common once again. 

The event celebrating the decade that fashion forgot is part of the UK's biggest retro festival series, which is currently travelling around the country bringing joy to fancy dress wearing revellers each weekend. 

Let's Rock offers gloriously unpretentious non-stop fun, with legendary musicians performing hit after hit to a crowd of all ages, many in their finest 80s fashion. 

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The Southampton edition, on Saturday July 8, will be headlined by Soft Cell and The Boomtown Rats with a special appearance from Kim Wilde. 

Slim Jim Phantom (Stray Cats), Neville Staple, Heaven 17, The Farm, Go West, Heatwave, Sinitta and more will make up the remainder of the line-up.

Electronic music pioneers Marc Almond & Dave Ball aka Soft Cell have sold over 10million albums worldwide and enjoyed twelve UK Top 40 hits in the early ‘80s, including their mega global No.1 smash Tainted Love.

The duo reformed in 2018, but Soft Cell’s debut Let’s Rock summer 2023 headline shows will be their first outdoor festival shows since 2003.

The Boomtown Rats, fronted by Live Aid's Bob Geldof, will perform their biggest hit I Don't Like Mondays, among others. 

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Kim Wilde holds the record for being the most-charted British female solo act of the 1980s, with 17 UK Top 40 hit singles. See her perform Kids in America and You Keep Me Hangin' On.

After two pandemic-hit summers, 2022 saw the return of the full schedule of Let's Rock festivals that attracted more than 150,000 people across thirteen festival sites. Each site boasts a 'Club Tropicana' VIP area. 

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The family-friendly festival can also be enjoyed by children, with free activities such as an interactive circus, face painting and inflatables.

The Let's Rock festival series has raised more than £800,000 for Child Bereavement UK since 2014.  It will partner with digital station Absolute 80s for the first time this year.

Tickets are on sale now at letsrocksouthampton.com