1980s They rocked the Castle, now they're rocking the Court [Bristol Evening Post (England)]
(Bristol Evening Post (England) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) LOVE them or hate them, the 1980s are making a return next year - to Ashton Court. Following the success of Let's Rock Bristol at Blaise Castle in June, the 80s music festival has announced it is moving to an even bigger space.
This year's sell-out event, billed as the biggest 80s festival in the West of England, hosted a string of stars including Billy Ocean. Now the organisers hope to lure more big names for another round of 80s appreciation, this time over a whole weekend.
Already pencilled in for the festival, which will take place between June 6 and 8, 2014, are Go West, Rick Astley and Level 42.
Organisers said they are excited about the popularity and growth of the event in only its second year.
Steve Haywood, who has been working with organisers on next year's line-up, told the Bristol Post: The whole team is thrilled to have managed to take the festival to a weekend event in just our second year.
It was such a success last time around and we are keen to make it bigger and better.
Next year's event is aiming to attract people from across the West with its new camping grounds which will be open from the Friday.
Mr Haywood said that the festival, which attracted around 9,500 people to Blaise Castle last year, is a great showpiece for Bristol.
He said: It has to be good for the area. A major event like this diverts a lot of attention and money to Bristol.
The line-up so far is fantastic and a real draw. It is going to be a great spectacle, whether people are into 80s music or not.
Fans will have the chance to chat with their heroes at a meet- and-greet area where autographs can be obtained.
Once again the festival is being billed as a family-friendly event, with a large free circus, a fun fair including water rides and soft play areas, and children's entertainers.
Tickets for the festival go on general sale on November 1 and are priced at Pounds 39 for an adult day ticket.
There is a range of prices for tickets for children and VIPs, and covering the whole weekend. Visit www.letsrockbristol.co.uk for details.
? The Walkman Long before iPods and even MP3s, there existed tapes. They fitted conveniently into portable Walkmans - Walkmen? - revolutionising the way we listen to music and creating a must-have style accessory.? Rubik's Cube The Rubik's Cube left a generation of children and adults puzzled for well over a decade. The colourful cube was an instant sensation and has sold more than 300 million.
? Home Video Game Systems Super Mario Brothers, Metroid and Zelda all made debut appearances in the 1980s thanks to the rise of computer game consoles. Nintendo launched its NES in 1983 laying the foundations for a still-booming video games market.
? Bad fashion Shell suits or high-waisted jeans, all clothes produced in the 1980s should be forgotten. Unfortunately 1980s fashion will be rebounding back to us through the magic cycle of fashion probably for the rest of our lives.
? Slush Puppy Leaving a layer of luminous additives coating your mouth, Slush Puppy drinks turned normal children into unstoppable balls of energy - until the sugar come-down arrived.
WHY WE LOVE TO HATE THE 80s ? The Walkman
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