After a fun-filled pop party, there was a sombre end to last night’s 80s Vs 90s show.
As fans had been built up ready for headliners The Human League, Granada Reports’ Caroline Whitmore came to the Lytham Green stage to make the sad announcement that a member of the Don’t You Want Me hitmakers had been taken ‘seriously ill’ backstage during the previous set.
A statement from festival organisers Cuffe and Taylor said: “Unfortunately, a member of The Human League was taken seriously ill while on site at Lytham Festival resulting in the band being unable to perform.
“They are now under the care of a doctor and we wish them a speedy recovery.
“We apologise wholeheartedly to everyone but this is something completely out of our control.”
A statement on the band's own Facebook page was updated on Saturday to thank promoters and Midge Ure for stepping up, adding: “There isn’t a lot we can add to what we said last night really. One of the band members was taken ill quite suddenly late in the evening and was barely able to stand let alone perform so we had a very difficult and uncomfortable decision to make. The person in question was treated by one of the onsite paramedics and returned to the hotel to rest. We thank you all for your concern and we are happy to say they are feeling a little better this morning.”
The festival atmosphere up until the abrupt ending, had been fantastic.
Midge Ure’s set was absolutely stunning, as a complete change of pace and style from the pure pop.
No matter how many of the former Ultra Vox frontman’s tracks you knew, the quality of his voice, guitar playing and band shone.
It was a massive goosebumps moment as the bass drum beat of Vienna pounded over the Green, and for the first time this week, phones were held aloft en masse as music fans captured the magic for prosperity.
The extended set was, without doubt, a headline-worthy performance, just a shame about the circumstances.
Proir to that, it had been pop-a-plenty from the likes of Betty Boo, Dodgy and Technotronic - all pumping it up, with som soulful vocals from Kenny Thomas with Living In A Box.
A surprisingly good performance came from late 90s boy band A1, who worked the crowd brilliantly and draw the two decades together thanks to their famous cover of a-Ha’s Take On Me - pushing their own memories of back in the day by stepping away from instruments to show some endearingly awkward dance moves.
DJ and 80s’ kids’ TV icon Pat Sharpe - who wanted to go to his Fun House? - kept up the pace between sets, mixing up the 80s and 90s hits with tracks from today.
In several years attending Lytham Festival, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen the Green Arena as packed as it was last night.
Once more, music fans of all ages rubbed shoulders at this festival - with brings all the stars and variety of a much bigger event, but with the comfort of your own bed at the end of the night.