Pop heroes of the 1980s unite for fundraising LockdownFest

By Peter Ormerod
Wednesday, 13th May 2020, 9:56 am
Updated Wednesday, 13th May 2020, 12:46 pm

Some of the biggest names in ’80s pop are coming together this weekend for a special online event in aid of charity.

80s LockdownFest will feature appearances by Tony Hadley, Wet Wet Wet, ABC, Howard Jones, Midge Ure, Jason Donovan, Toyah, Hue & Cry, Chesney Hawkes, Brother Beyond, Five Star, Then Jerico and many more on Saturday May 16.

The evening, part of the Let’s Rock season of festivals, will be hosted by Pat Sharp and Dave Benson Phillips. The fun kicks off at 7pm on YouTube and across all the Let’s Rock locations’ Facebook pages.The Let’s Rock season of retro festivals was due to start this weekend.

Tony Hadley playing a previous Let's Rock festival. Picture (c) Let's Rock 2019

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    A spokesperson for Let’s Rock organisers UK Live said: “We would really like to thank both our audience and the artists for their amazing support and loyalty, and we really can’t wait to come back bigger and better next year. However, we couldn’t just leave it until then!

    “We all need a little pick-me-up so we thought why can’t we do a festival ‘off the field’?

    “We’re not all together in a field with a drink in hand enjoying the atmosphere, but we can all live through it together on our screens, and hopefully we can also raise some much-needed funds for an incredible charity.”

    The festival is in aid of Child Bereavement UK, which supports families and educates professionals both when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, and when a child is facing bereavement.

    Child Bereavement UK is Let’s Rock official charity partner and UK Live has helped raise more than £500,000 for it in the past few years.

    The 80s Lockdownfest online festival is completely free and can be viewed on the Let’s Rock - The Retro Festival channel on YouTube.

    Donations to Child Bereavement UK are encouraged during or after the show. Visit www.letsrock80s.com for more information about the festival and see www.childbereavementuk.org/Pages/Category/coronavirus for details about the charity.