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Apr

Staying out for the summer: Retrofest

We’ll wrap up our summer special (for now) with the festival from hell. Others to keep an eye out for are the West End Festival, Glasgow (June 13-29), The Edge Festival, Edinburgh (August 1-27), Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, Inverness-shire (August 8-9), Loopallu, Ullapool (September 19-20) and the Merchant City Festival, Glasgow (September 25-28). We’ll bring you more on all of these as soon as their full line-ups are confirmed.

What’s it called? Retrofest.

Where’s it at? Strathclyde Country Park, Motherwell, North Lanarkshire.

When’s it kicking off? August 30-31.

Who are the headliners? The Bangles, Boy George, Boney M, Kim Wilde, Midge Ure.

And the flatliners? Peter Andre.

How do the organisers describe it? “Remember when you stayed in to watch Top of the Pops so you could chat about it at school the next day; a Marathon wasn’t a 26-mile race but a large, sticky, peanut and chocolate cholestoral bar of joy; Friends Reunited meant playing with your school mates at the weekend without being interrupted by your parents ringing you on your mobile phone to check that you are all right… [half a dozen more tedius examples along the same lines, you get the picture - The Pop Cop]; If you can remember all this and more, then welcome to Retrofest.”

What’s its pedigree? This is the 2nd year.

What’s the damage? £85.50 for the weekend, £100.50 including camping (tickets).

Most likely to be attended by: Katie “Jordan” Price, insomniacs.

Verdict: Nostalgia is all well and good if you’re looking back on memories of a fonder era. But as the old wives’ tale goes, cheese gives you nightmares.

ESSENTIAL RETROFEST SOUNDTRACK:
4 The BanglesEternal Flame
4 ABBA (Bjorn Again) – SOS

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