Video: Blasts from the past at Clumber Park’s Flashback Festival

The fantastic Clumber Park was once again the setting for an 80s concert that promised to take many people back to their younger days.

And it didn’t fail in its mission.

Midge Ure plays at the Flashback Festival

Midge Ure plays at the Flashback Festival

Entitled Flashback to the 80s, it featured Katrina (from Katrina and the Waves), the Dr (from Dr and the Medics), Midge Ure, Jimmy Somerville, Go West, ABC, Kim Wilde and the headliner, Billy Ocean.

That’s a galaxy of 80s stars in anyone’s books.

The evening didn’t disappoint.

Songs belted out across the park would have been the background music for many of the people there as they were growing up.

Midge Ure can still hold a note or two, and certainly knows how to work an audience, while Kim Wilde was fine but a few people noted she was better when singing other people’s songs, like Poison (Alice Cooper) or one by Erasure.

Jimmy Somerville is clearly a class act.

He was at the same event last year and was, probably, the best on that night.

Jennifer Needham, of Mansfield-based Midlands Business Insurance, thought he was the best this time round too.

Jennifer, who saw him in Nottingham when he was in the Communards in the mid-1980s, said: “Jimmy Somerville’s voice is probably better now than the 80s. He was fantastic, with stage presence, and people ran to the front. His voice was brilliant.”

Many will agree, but for a lot of people, it was Billy Ocean who stole the show. Amanda Thorley, of Hucknall, was a late teen in the 80s, and for her, Billy was Number One on the night.

“He stormed it. I think the whole show was better than last year and Billy at the end was fantastic,” she said.

Judging from all the positive comments on the event’s Facebook page, many people would agree.

The event is becoming an annual fixture for many people. It’s the type of occasion where you can take your fold-up Joules camping chairs, your £18 box of vino tinto, your M&S humous and Kettle Chips, and spend an evening watching people, many in fancy dress, having a good boogie to the hits of their childhood.