WITH spandex, crimped hair, mullets, neon and leg warmers – the 80s were back with a bang at Lytham Proms.
A stellar line-up brought an impressive crowd of more than 8,000 to the Green, but this was a night for nostalgia, reliving one’s youth and revelling in the chance to wear infamous clothing from yesteryear,
DJ Pat Sharp, famous for his recent I’m a Celebrity exploits, kicked things off with a well worn set, spinning classic tunes of the era as a warm-up for the main event.
Early acts on stage included Toyah, T-Pau and Ben Volpeliere-Pierrot – known by his more common stage name Curiosity Killed the Cat. The latter was the disappointing act of the night, failing to engage with the audience.
Out of this low point, the crowd were flipped on their head by The Real Thing.
The chirpy, cheeky scousers from across the Ribble estuary, produced an uplifting act, the first band to really come across with the audience.
You To Me Are Everything, the most well-known song in their repertoire, was the hit of the night at the beginning of the evening.
After a brief interval, the big-name singers on the bill came to the fore.
The crowd, sensing the shift in momentum, welcomed Belinda Carlisle, who performed ably on a stage which seemed to dwarf her act at times.
Performance of the night came from Rick Astley – the Lancashire lad – an ageless wonder who has stood the test of time with his collection of songs, rounded off perfectly with Never Gonna Give You Up.
The charisma and charm were something to marvel, as was the pile of lingerie which began to gather at his feet, thrown his way by female audience members on the front row.
Final performers of the night were Bananarama, who held the crowd in the palm of their hands with a series of women-inspired 80s hits.
The rain, which held off for so long, began to pour, but the crowd’s spirits failed to dampen.
Soaked in nostalgia, the night proved to be one of Lytham Proms most successful so far.