LET’S ROCK: ANNOUNCE 2023 LINE-UPS!
THE UK’S BIGGEST RETRO FESTIVAL SERIES
HEADLINERS INCLUDE SOFT CELL (MAKING THEIR LET’S ROCK DEBUT), THE HUMAN LEAGUE, BANANARAMA, OMD, WET WET WET + VERY SPECIAL GUESTS THE BOOMTOWN RATS
“The UK’s finest touring mini-festival” (Classic Pop)
“The ultimate festival for all things retro” (Daily Mirror)
“Let’s put on a bit of blusher and pretend like the Eighties never ended” (The Times)
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The UK’s biggest retro festival series Let’s Rock have announced the headliners and performers for seven of their summer 2023 festivals, with more to be announced soon.
A celebration of all things pop and ‘80s, Let’s Rock offers gloriously unpretentious non-stop fun, with legendary musicians performing hit after hit to a crowd of all ages, many of whom come dressed in their finest ‘80s fashion. Each of the one-day festivals, which happen all over the UK from May until September, features two headline acts plus a host of stars from the era when pop ruled the world.
In a line-up packed with iconic artists, Let’s Rock 2023 headliners include Soft Cell – who will be making their Let’s Rock debut – The Human League, Bananarama, OMD and Wet Wet Wet plus very special guests The Boomtown Rats. Other performers across the seven festivals announced today include Tony Hadley, Kim Wilde, Heaven 17, Midge Ure, Nik Kershaw, Soul II Soul, Go West, Neville Staple, The Beat, The Undertones, The Farm, Heatwave, Five Star, T’Pau, Roland Gift and many, many more.
Electronic music pioneers Marc Almond & Dave Ball aka Soft Cell have sold over 10million albums worldwide and enjoyed twelve UK Top 40 hits in the early ‘80s, including their mega global No.1 smash “Tainted Love” plus further Top 5 singles “Bedsitter”, “Say Hello, Wave Goodbye” and “Torch.” The duo reformed in 2018 to play a stunning sold-out reunion show at London’s 02 and this year released their first album of new material in two decades, the critically acclaimed ‘*Happiness Not Included.’ The past twelve months have also seen Soft Cell tour their legendary 1981 debut album ‘Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret,’ playing it in full for the very first time. Soft Cell’s debut Let’s Rock summer 2023 headline shows will be their first outdoor festival shows since 2003.
Marc Almond & Dave Ball (Soft Cell) said today: “We are delighted to be headlining so many Let’s Rock festivals in 2023. We’re playing Northern Ireland, Shrewsbury, Exeter and Southampton for the first time ever as Soft Cell, as well as in our spiritual home of Leeds, and look forward to seeing everyone at this great festival.”
After two very challenging, pandemic-hit summers 2022 saw the return of a full schedule of Let’s Rock festivals for the first time since 2019, drawing a combined audience of over 150,000 across the thirteen festival sites. In an exciting development, 2023 will see Let’s Rock partner with the national digital radio station Absolute 80s.
Comment Let’s Rock organisers and founders Nick Billinghurst & Matt Smith, “It was truly humbling to have everyone back at Let’s Rock this summer after two difficult years, and it means the world to us that our loyal audience has stuck with us. We’re already looking forward to 2023 and are proud to announce what we hope you’ll agree is a spectacular line-up. See you next summer!”
Let’s Rock works with many amazing charities including official charity partner Child Bereavement UK, who support families and educate professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a family is facing bereavement. Since partnering with UK Live in 2014, Child Bereavement have managed to raise over £800,000 at the Lets Rock festivals, an amazing accomplishment.
Child Bereavement UK Community Projects Manager Lorna Murchi comments: “I’m absolutely delighted and incredibly grateful to everyone who attended the Let’s Rock festivals and gave so generously in aid of Child Bereavement UK this year. Every bit of change popped in a collection tin, wristband or raffle ticket purchased and auction bid paid, adds up and makes a huge difference to the bereaved children, parents, and families we support across the UK. To give some perspective, £130,000 could fund our national helpline for over four months, giving a lifeline to families when they need it most. Thank you for your wonderful support this year!”
MAY 20 LET’S ROCK THE MOOR – MARSH MEADOW, COOKHAM, BERKS
OMD, THE BOOMTOWN RATS + KIM WILDE, SOUL II SOUL, NIK KERSHAW, THE FARM, T’PAU, ROLAND GIFT, HUE & CRY, DOCTOR AND THE MEDICS + MANY MORE
JUNE 17 LET’S ROCK LEEDS – TEMPLE NEWSAM, LEEDS
SOFT CELL, OMD + TONY HADLEY, THE REAL THING, THE FARM, MIDGE URE, HEATWAVE, SLIM JIM PHANTOM (STRAY CATS), ROLAND GIFT, HUE & CRY + MANY MORE
JUNE 24 LET’S ROCK SCOTLAND – DALKEITH COUNTRY PARK, MIDLOTHIAN
THE HUMAN LEAGUE, WET WET WET + TONY HADLEY, THE BEAT, THE FARM, MIDGE URE, SLIM JIM PHANTOM (STRAY CATS), ROLAND GIFT, HUE & CRY + MANY MORE
JULY 1 LET’S ROCK EXETER – POWDERHAM CASTLE, KENTON, EXETER
SOFT CELL, BANANARAMA + TONY HADLEY, MIDGE URE, THE UNDERTONES, THE BEAT, THE FARM, GO WEST, ROLAND GIFT, SINITTA + MANY MORE
JULY 8 LET’S ROCK SOUTHAMPTON – SOUTHAMPTON COMMON, SOUTHAMPTON
SOFT CELL, THE BOOMTOWN RATS + KIM WILDE, SLIM JIM PHANTOM (STRAY CATS), NEVILLE STAPLE, HEAVEN 17, THE FARM, GO WEST, HEATWAVE, SINITTA + MANY MORE
JULY 15 LET’S ROCK SHREWSBURY – THE QUARRY, SHREWSBURY
SOFT CELL, THE BOOMTOWN RATS, MIDGE URE, HEAVEN 17, THE UNDERTONES, NEVILLE STAPLE, T’PAU, HUE & CRY, CHINA CRISIS, FIVE STAR + MANY MORE
AUGUST 5 LET’S ROCK NORTHERN IRELAND – WARD PARK, BANGOR
SOFT CELL, THE BOOMTOWN RATS + KIM WILDE, MIDGE URE, THE UNDERTONES, ROLAND GIFT, SINITTA, HUE & CRY + MANY MORE
*MORE LET’S ROCK 2023 FESTIVALS TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON!