Retrofest 2008 lineup announced

  • 17 April 2008

The bill for Retrofest, Scotland's annual festival of pop nostalgia, has been announced. The event, which moves to a new home at Strathclyde Country Park, Motherwell from its old location at Culzean Castle, Ayrshire, is expected to attract 15,000 fans over the weekend of 30 and 31 August.

Acts lined up to appear already include 80s stars Boy George, The Bangles, Nik Kershaw, Kajagoogoo and Limahl, The Christians, Modern Romance and The Blow Monkeys, as well as 70s idols Boney M and 10cc.

This year's festival will also feature themed tents and events. These include a Retro Ritz Cinema, which will play period movies like Footloose and Back to the Future, and a Retro Rest Haven offering Duran Duran style 'Re-Re-Reflexology'.

Tickets cost £50 per day, or £80 for the weekend.


1. ariesr1 Sep 2008, 5:27pm Report

This Retrofest was indeed bigger and better managed than 2007.
The venue was better and more varied tents setup for amusement throughout the day.

The choice of location for the event (Strathclyde park) was significantly better and (more hospitable) than the Ayr site last year.

The 15 minute direct bus transfer provided by Happybus was definitely a boon.

Considering we arrived on Sunday it was already a mudfest. That was to be expected :)

Was really annoyed at not being able to take packed lunch onto the site since my girlfriend had specific diet requirements. Particularly galling as we noticed the amount of Alcohol smuggled in.

Tiger tiger tent was fun. It was a 80s disco tent with some additional atmosphere provided by the Blues brothers. You could text in your play request.

Merchandise tent did not have a lineup list. Could not buy a programme.

As with any event, the food and drink offered was very expensive and quality was exceedingly poor. £3.50 for a half glass of cocktail which was no more than "cheap punch".

In between each act, the arena speakers played out 80s tunes which kept everyone in the festive mood. With 80s music playing, people singing the tunes, and the drink flowing meant many groups werent put off dancing in the rain.

We didnt see the BlowMonkeys play, but got a good position in the crowd for Midge Ure who had all the moves and his voice was still very strong. Very well done, despite the rain.

Next up was Paul Young, who had all the chat and the moves, he needs to work on his voice which was weak at times and beginning to pack in at the end.

After that it was Kajagoogoo, Limahl was reunited with the band and he looked very confortable on stage and working the crowd. I thought that their performance last year with Nick Beggs leading the band was better due to his presence and quality vocals.
It's possible that Limahl coming back might mean more fans.

Bootleg Beatles were next up. I felt that they should have NEVER been there.* The Beatles broke up before the 70s began! They were however very authentic and performed with great aplomb and the crowd loved them.

I wouldnt want to see Bootleg Beatles back at this event however. They killed off the momentum that acts like Midge Ure and Kajagoogoo got started.

Howard Jones was even better than last year. He was backed up with support memebers this time round to give the performance more vibrancy and kick. He clearly loved playing here and pleasing the crowd. What a performer.

How they got such a high placing is anyone's guess. They should have been before Kajagoogoo.

BoneyM killed of the momentum that Howard Jones had kick started.

*Overall, the Production value was better than last year. The 2007 lineup however had more gravitas.

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