A PARTY spirit was in evidence for the Let's Rock The North East festival at Herrington Park, Sunderland, on Saturday.


There was a distinct 1980s theme to the acts, with original artists taking to the stage to delight the fans.

The weather for the day started out wet, grey and miserable but people started to fill the park, and soon after 10.30am it was quite full.

The rain stopped at around 1.30pm, and the afternoon remained dry but grey and cloudy. 

The crowd were in party spirit, with costumes and lots of fun.

There were fairground attractions, and plenty of hot food stalls. Well organised and with good security, there was very little trouble in the crowd and everybody seemed very jovial and happy.

One music fan summed it up by concluding: "It was wet day, but everyone went home with a smile on their face."


The Human League was the headline act, performing a selection of their most famous hits including Don’t You Want Me, (Keep Feeling) Fascination, Mirror Man, Open Your Heart and Together in Electric Dreams (although this was actually a solo track from lead singer Phil Oakey).

The Northern Echo:

OMD – the initials have generally become the better known name for the band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - and lively frontman Andy McCluskey and lively frontman Andy McClusley kept the crowds entertained with their electronic set.

The Northern Echo:

Their most popular songs include Enola Gay, If You Leave, Joan of Arc, Maid of Orleans, Tesla Girls, Locomotion and Sailing on the Seven Seas.

ABC were another act Formed in Sheffield in 1980. Martin Fry, lead singer, has been the only consistent member of the band. They achieved ten top 40 hits in the UK, and their famous album The Lexicon of Love made number one.

The Northern Echo:

Howard Jones – Another 1980’s synth-pop hero, Jones managed to achieve ten top 40 hits, six of which charted in the top ten. He was well known for not only his keyboard skills, but also his famous hairstyles.

The Northern Echo:

Sister Sledge – In 1971 these four sisters from Philadelphia became a band, and during the disco era had a string of hits such as We are Family, Lost in Music and Frankie.

The Northern Echo:

Midge Ure’s Electronica – Midge has been involved in Ultravox, Thin Lizzy, Visage, Rich Kids and Slik. He also co-wrote and produced the charity single Do They Know its Christmas? With his band Electronica he concentrates on his synthesiser eras – primarily Ultravox, but also Visage. Hits include Vienna, Fade to Grey, Yellow Pearl (theme to TOTP’s), If I was and Dancing with Tears in my Eyes.

The Northern Echo:

Go West – A pop due with a string of hits behind them such as We Close Our Eyes, Call Me, Faithful and King of Wishful Thinking.

Toyah – Actor, musician and singer – a multi-talented lady of striking appearance. Eight Top 40 hits include It’s a Mystery, Thunder in the Mountains and I Want to be Free.

The Northern Echo:

Other artists performing include Jaki Graham, Pete Wyle, Fiction Factory, Peter Coyle, Lotus Eaters, Brother Beyond, Modern Romance and Black Lace’s Conga Party.

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