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Discover the 80s this summer at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium

20 November 2019

Club News

Discover the 80s this summer at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium

20 November 2019

Cheltenham Town's annual summer concert at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium will be introducing the biggest 80s revival festival line-up to hit Cheltenham this summer.

On Saturday 23 May 2020, five different 80s acts will be providing a retro revival at its finest, promising an unforgettable night of evocative fun and some of the best music from the decade!

Marc Almond, Heather Small, The South, China Crisis and Johnny Hates Jazz are the line-up for Cheltenham's summer music calendar with tickets going on sale on Friday 22 November.

Marc Almond is an internationally acclaimed artist who has sold over 30 million records worldwide and is an icon and influence to a generation of musicians. The former founder of ‘electro duo’ Soft Cell alongside David Bell, who achieved international acclaim with four albums and the hugely successful single Tainted Love, which broke all records as the track that remained the longest in US Billboard Top 100 and a Brit Award for ‘Best Single of the Year’. He's enjoyed a diverse and hugely successful solo career, with over a dozen musical albums and a second number one single; Something’s Gotten Hold of My Heart in 1989 with 60s legend Gene Pitney.

Heather Small has enjoyed huge acclaim both as the former lead singer of M People and in a solo capacity as one of the seminal British voices of the time, not to mention a number of TV appearances with her infectious personality and sense of humour earning her place in the heart of the public. As part of M People, hits such as Moving On Up, One Night In Heaven and Search For The Hero and albums like Elegant Slumming, Bizarre Fruit and Fresco achieved massive worldwide success. Heather has since had great successes with two solo albums, with the title track of her Proud album going on to become the soundtrack to a whole host of very special events including London's successful 2012 Olympic bid.

The South are an impressive nine-piece band who feature former members of pop rock group The Beautiful South, who achieved over 15 million record sales, including singer Alison Wheeler and lifelong sax player Gaz Birtles. Since Dave Hemingway, the original singer, left the group at the end of 2016, Gaz has moved across to front the band with Alison and taken on vocal duties. They play the songs made famous by The Beautiful South and bring back the full flavour and arrangements with this exciting live band.

China Crisis, emerged in 1981 from their native Kirkby, Merseyside as the song writing duo of vocalist/keyboardist Gary Daly and guitarist/vocalist Eddie Lundon, who over the years have been accompanied by a gifted and creative but ever-mutable group of musicians both on stage and in their recordings. The clearly identifiable China Crisis sound stood and continues to stand out from the crowd and has seen them garner an impressive eleven UK Top 50 singles and three UK Top 40 albums.

Johnny Hates Jazz consists of singer-songwriter Clark Datchler (vocals, keyboards) and producer- engineer Mike Nocito (bass guitar). The band is best known for a cycle of hits in the late 1980s, the most successful being Shattered Dreams. Released in March 1987 it became a Top Five hit in the UK, throughout mainland Europe and Asia, and reached Number Two in Japan. This was followed by four other worldwide hits, being the anti-war anthem, I Don’t Want To Be A Hero, Turn Back The Clock (featuring Kim Wilde on backing vocals), Heart Of Gold and Don’t Say Its Love. In 1988, Shattered Dreams reached Number Two on the US Billboard chart, Number One on the US Adult Contemporary chart, and climbed to Number Four in Canada. That same year, their album Turn Back The Clock entered the UK charts at Number One, going triple-platinum and selling over four million copies in the process.

Tickets for Discover the 80s at Jonny Rocks Stadium Cheltenham on Saturday 23 May 2020, featuring Marc Almond, Heather Small, The South, China Crisis and Johnny Hates Jazz go on General Sale at 9.00am on Friday 22 November 2019.

Tickets are available from:

Ticket prices:

General Admission Tickets available from £27.50 + booking fee

Un-reserved seated tickets will be available for £37.50 + booking fee

Golden Circle - £55.00 + booking fee

VIP Packages are available to purchase from £90 + booking fee

• Private Toilets and Bar Upgrade available for £15 + booking fee
• Fast Track upgrades are available for £5 + booking fee
• Hotel room packages are available through Ticketmaster

16s and under must be accompanied by an adult. This is an outdoor concert.

Hospitality packages will be available directly from Jonny-Rocks Stadium. Contact to find out more.

Accessible Tickets Purchase Information:

A limited number of Accessible tickets will be available on a first come first served basis and will be available to purchase directly through Ticketweb on T. 08444 771000. For existing bookings or to amend: T. 0333 3219990.

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