Remembering Rewind and its stars
We look back at the best of Perthshire’s ‘80s music showcase
Friday, July 17, 2020 should have been the day Perthshire welcomed thousands of music fans from across the country to the region.
The Rewind Scotland festival was scheduled to open its gates at Scone Palace today - but then the COVID-19 pandemic struck.
To mark what should have been a day of joy and celebrations, we are taking a look back at the previous Rewinds that have taken place at Scone.
The celebration of all things ‘80s has become a favourite event in the region since it started in 2011.
Billy Ocean, T’Pau, Bananarama, Tony Hadley, Rick Astley, Heaven 17 and Kim Wilde were among the performers, while The Human League brought the weekend to a close.
Around 20,000 people attended the event, with the colourful outfits proving a real hit.
A year later, Big Country and Holly Johnson were the headline acts, while the likes of Marc Almond, Chesney Hawkes and Go West were on the bill.
Rewind quickly became a staple for ‘80s artists, with many returning to play the festival multiple times.
The Human League again headlined in 2013. Tony Hadley returned while Jason Donovan and Belinda Carlisle also popped up in Perthshire for the event.
Among the stars that year was M People’s Heather Small who praised the Perthshire crowd, telling the PA: “The crowd were absolutely amazing, I couldn’t have asked for better.”
Hall and Oates were the star attraction in 2014, while OMD were the Sunday headline act in 2015.
In 2016, Adam Ant headlined the Sunday night while other acts included Holly Johnson, who headlined for a second time, Average White Band, Go West and Leo Sayer.
Billy Ocean headlined for the second time in 2017, having been the Saturday headline act in 2014.
In 2018, history was made. Both Midge Ure and The Boomtown Rats - led by Bob Geldof - had played the festival before, but never on the same day.
That changed on a sunny Sunday when both Midge and Bob took to the same stage on the same day since the Live Aid concert both had been instrumental in organising.
Midge told the PA that day that Rewind Scotland was the best of the Rewinds that take place across the UK.
“Out of all the Rewinds, this is the most notorious with all the artists because they all go away with their jaws aching,” he said. “It’s just great, it’s notorious but in a good way.
“People are here for the event and as long as the music is on then people are pretty happy.”
Status Quo - who, of course, opened at Live Aid - were the headline act in Perthshire that Sunday in what was one of the best line-ups the festival had put together with OMD, Heaven 17, A Flock of Seagulls, Bonnie Tyler, Wendy James and Peter Hook all performing over the weekend.
US singer Tiffany also caused a stir when she popped into the Fair City to get her hair done at Rae Peacock Hair and Beauty.
Foreigner took their bows at the festival in 2019, as did Bryan Ferry on the Sunday. Lulu, Paul Young, The Stranglers and Lisa Stansfield all took to the stage on a weekend when the rain failed to dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd.
Sadly, there will be no addition to the list of Rewinds this year, but many of the acts who had signed up are expected to make their way to Scone Palace in 2021 such as Wet Wet Wet and Jimmy Somerville.
One thing that is for sure, the Perthshire crowd will be the real stars as they have been right from the very beginning.