Rewind Scotland - Day Two - A Review In Pictures - Scone Palace Perthshire
Rewind Scotland is a boutique festival that celebrates the best in 80s pop music. The first Rewind event was originally launched in Henley-on-Thames in 2009, with the Scottish bash joining its brother as it moves into a third year at Henley.
Day two of Rewind started with a bit of salsa from Modern Romance, with the band coaxing the audience into a bit of a conga. The group played a few oldies but they fleshed out their set with covers and weren't the only band to do so. I mentioned in my previous review that the Festival sets were generally short affairs, this was particularly true as the evening proceeded as several acts played with a house band, delivering the hits then leaving with the next 80s star appearing a few minutes later. However, the earlier bands on the bill played slightly longer, with a couple of Sunday sets dragging slightly.
All in all the music on offer wasn't as appealing to me as the previous day but there were a quartet of performances that really stood out from the rest, with colourful pop icon Toyah's set a joy to shoot as she struck several great poses while blasting out hits like "I Want To Be Free" and "It's a Mystery", watched from the pit by husband Robert Fripp.
Altered Images singer Clare Grogan also delivered a short - but fantastic - three minute stint. The Scottish singer had MC'd both days of Rewind, introducing the acts, reading out birthday requests, anniversarys and even engineering an onstage wedding proposal at one point. During the birthday announcements she'd sung a couple of bars of signature tune "Happy Birthday" but we had to wait till the Sunday evening for the singer to perform the song in full with the house band, catching photographers unaware as we were back in the press area, legging it when we realised what was happening so we could capture Miss Grogan throwing herself completely into the song, skipping with wild abandon across the stage like she was 19 again, creating my joint favourite moment of Rewind Scotland.
My other weekend highlight was hearing a jaw dropping version of "Let Me Go" performed by Sheffield's Heaven 17.The song is one my favourites of all time (and strangely the band's favourite H17 track too!). The song struck up while I was in the press area but I managed to leg it and catch the remaining three quarters of the song from down the front, staying where I was for the band's final number "Temptation", with the Heaven lads backing singers sounding sensational, which was very impressive as it was the first time the girls had sang with the group.
The final act for the Festival was Human League, who were also on fine form (as always), with the Dare tracks like "Love Action" and "Sound of the Crowd" going down a storm with the nostalgic audience. I was based in Perth for the Festival and Stagecoach had been running buses between the Festival site and Perth town centre which had been a bit of a scrum the previous evening so decided to leave after the League song I hold most closely to my heart - "Empire State Human". I knew Mr Oakley would be pleading "Don't You Want Me?" a few minutes later but I wanted less hassle going home and some food from my folk's fridge so departed, leaving the band to complete their set followed by end of the evening fireworks.
Rewind is a great addition to Scotland's Festivals as it offers something different, with a great vibe and is very family friendly. It looks like the event will be back for 2012 so it's certainly one to pencil in your diary!
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