Bana­narama to head­line city con­cert


Coventry Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - By ELIS SAND­FORD News Re­porter elis.sand­ford@reach­

COVEN­TRY’S Christ­mas con­cert ex­trav­a­ganza has its head­liner - the most suc­cess­ful fe­male band in the world.

Pop group Bana­narama have to­day been an­nounced as the head­line act for the Step Back! 80s Christ­mas Con­cert.

Set to take place at the 6,500-ca­pac­ity Eric­s­son In­door Arena at the Ri­coh Arena , Sara Dallin and Keren Wood­ward are set to top a star-stud­ded line-up of 80s pop icons.

Other names con­firmed to be per­form­ing at the gig are Tony Hadley, Bon­nie Tyler, Ch­es­ney Hawkes, Go West, The Selecter, Ka­t­rina of the Waves and Black Lace.

The con­cert will take place on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 22.

Bana­narama are in the Guin­ness Book of Records as the most suc­cess­ful fe­male band world­wide with the most chart­ing sin­gles in­clud­ing 32 Top 40 hits in the UK Of­fi­cial Sin­gles Chart and sell­ing 30 mil­lion records world­wide.

The band - known for songs such as It Ain’t What You Do It’s The Way That You Do It and Love In The First De­gree - re­united for a sell-out UK tour in 2017 fea­tur­ing 25 dates.

The StepBack! 80s Christ­mas Con­cert is be­ing pro­moted by Show­time Pro­mo­tions.

Most re­cently, Show­time brought Sean Paul to the Ri­coh , and last week, an­nounced that they were host­ing a two day fes­ti­val in­side the Ri­coh Arena bowl next sum­mer - and they have promised big things .

Dan Nelmes, di­rec­tor at Show­time Pro­mo­tions, said: “Bana­narama are one of the most dom­i­nant mu­si­cal forces of the 80s - and to have them per­form­ing in Coven­try is a coup for the city.

“The last 80s con­cert we did in Coven­try went down a storm, so we’ve de­cided to bring it back this year as a spe­cial Christ­mas treat for the city and wider re­gion.

“Each act will be bring­ing out their own back cat­a­logue of hits and will be mix­ing things up with the odd Christ­mas num­ber as peo­ple be­gin wind­ing down for the fes­tive sea­son.

“To be able to see such a top col­lec­tion of artists on one night so close to Christ­mas is quite rare, so we’d urge peo­ple to snap up their tick­ets in ad­vance.”

Jus­tine He­witt, Head of Oper­a­tions at the Ri­coh Arena, added: “Mu­sic from years gone by is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a long-term re­vival - this will be the third nostal­gia con­cert that we will have held in a packed out Eric­s­son In­door Arena over the past 18 months.

“Bana­narama is an­other big name that we will be able to say has graced the stage at the Ri­coh Arena and will be a big at­trac­tion for 80s mu­sic lovers.”

Tick­ets for the StepBack! 80s Christ­mas Con­cert can be pur­chased by vis­it­ing www.step­back­con­ and www. ri­co­

Sara Dallin, left, and Keren Wood­ward

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