WITH the news that retro party Let's Rock Southampton 2021 will be put back to August 14, the Echo looks back at pictures of when the event first came to the city.

Eighties colour and flare first came to Southampton in 2014 when thousands of revellers partied along to retro entertainment and bands.

Gates opened to the festival at 11am before Brother Beyond opened the show at 12pm on July 12.

Party goers were transported back in time by more than 30 years as they enjoyed the old hits in the glorious sunshine, as seen 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!

Comperes for the day were Pat Sharp and Dave Benson Philips, while the acts included Billy Ocean, Bananarama, Heaven 17, Go West and ABC.

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The huge stage was also graced by Howard Jones, Altered Images, Jaki Graham and Then Jerico.

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