Anticipation is building among fans of 80s music gearing up for the highly-anticipated retro event in Southampton. Reflecting on the origins of this annual extravaganza, the Echo looks back to where it all started.

The common was lit up with vibrant colours and retro style as a wave of '80s nostalgia swept through the city in 2014.

At the stroke of 11am, the gates swung wide to welcome attendees to the lively festival grounds before Brother Beyond opened the show at 12pm on July 12.

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Guests at the event were whisked away to a different era, over three decades in the past, while relishing classic tunes under the glorious sun, as depicted in the slideshow below.

But it wasn't just the weather that got everyone smiling, the atmosphere was laid back and fun and it's clear people were there to enjoy themselves.

All the garments of a classic 1980s party were adorned, including brightly coloured leg warmers, rara skirts and - of course - Frankie Says Relax t-shirts.

There was also an abundance of neon Lycra and over-the-top makeup - and that was just the men!

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Leading the event were hosts Pat Sharp and Dave Benson Philips, overseeing performances by a lineup featuring Billy Ocean, Bananarama, Heaven 17, Go West, and ABC.

Also taking to the stage were Howard Jones, Altered Images, Jaki Graham, and Then Jerico.

As the event unfolded, it didn't take long for attendees to express their eagerness for its comeback the following year, commending the organisers for their exceptional planning and efficient setup.

The festival brought the 80s vibe to the city for the first time, with partygoers enjoying sunshine and classic hits and proved so popular it's still going strong today - even surviving a year's hiatus due to Covid-19 in 2020.

Let's Rock Southampton is back on Southampton Common this weekend, featuring 80s icons like The Human League and Level 42.