The Eighties are back at Blickling

Richard Batson It is party time again at Blickling next summer - as the stately home goes one better than its 10th anniversary celebrations this year. For the National Trust's lakeside stage will this time stage a night of 11 different acts who had the nation dancing back in the 1980s.

Richard Batson

It is party time again at Blickling next summer - as the stately home goes one better than its 10th anniversary celebrations this year.

For the National Trust's lakeside stage will this time stage a night of 11 different acts who had the nation dancing back in the 1980s.

They range from sultry Kim Wilde and soulful Paul Young to spiky-haired keyboard player Howard Jones and fun and funky Kid Creole and the Coconuts.

Promoter David Heartfield said the night followed feedback from this summer's successful sell-out 10-act party, which included Tony Hadley, Toyah and Gloria Gaynor.

“We have had people begging us to do it again - so we decided to go one better,” he added.

Most Read

“With three hours of non-stop hits it will be another fantastic night.”

The gig on Saturday July 19 is the first to be announced at the venue near Aylsham, with others expected in the coming weeks.

The 11 acts are:

Altered Images - new wave Scots led by wee lass Clare Grogan, who also forged a career as an actress. Top hits Happy Birthday, I Could be Happy, both 1981.

China Crisis - Liverpool duo Gary Daly and Eddie Lundon whose career took off in the early 80s, with Wishful Thinking, reaching number nine in 1984.

Curiosity Killed the Cat - Funky band named after a password in an adventure game. Biggest hits were Down to Earth in 1986, and a version of Johnny Bristol's Hang On In There Baby in 1992, both reaching number three.

Doctor and the Medics - One hit wonders created by the Rev Clive Thomas Jackson, who topped the chart with Spirit in the Sky in May 1986, with a reputation for being a good live cover act.

Heaven 17 - Band formed after a split in the Human League, which saw them reach number two in April 1983 with Temptation featuring an uncredited Carol Kenyon on vocals.

Howard Jones - newcomer keyboard player and writer who took the 1983 charts by storm with New Song (number three in September), and What Is Love (number 2 in November)

Nik Kershaw - Ipswich-raised former band singer whose solo career hit the heights with I Won't Let The Sun Go Down On Me in June 1984

Kid Creole and the Coconuts - Singer Bongo Eddie and his sexy sidekicks reached number two in October 1982 with Annie I'm Not Your Daddy, three months after Stool Pigeon went to number seven.

Real Thing - Disco sensations from Liverpool topped the charts with You To Me Are Everything in June 1976, and reached number five with Can Your Feel the Force in 1979

Kim Wilde - Marty's daughter had hits spanning 1981-92, starting with Kids in America, who is still singing as well as pursuing her other career as a gardening writer and broadcaster.

Paul Young - Soul sensation of the 80s who was number one in June 1983 with Wherever I Lay My Hat, and followed up with hits like Love of the Common People, and Senza Una Donna with Zucchero in 1991.

Tickets for the show costing £37.50 go on sale tomorrow

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter