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Rewind Scotland 2015 - muddy and marvellous

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Rewind Scotland is like many festivals throughout the country, friendly camping, fantastic music and epic queues, but one thing that makes this festival stand out from the rest is a single stage which manages to keep the audience transfixed for the entire day.

It wouldn’t be a festival weekend without a little bit of rain and mother nature obliged with a torrential downpour as the festival began, you've got to feel sorry for Howard jones who was on stage at the time, but even the deluge failed to dampen the spirits of festivalgoers who had flocked to Scone Palace for the perfect nostalgia trip.

As the rain and hail subsided "The Orchestra" managed to cheer up a drenched audience with a great selection of ELO hits including the brilliant "Mr blue sky", which seemed to set the tone for the rest of the day.

As the day progressed so did the the quality of entertainment, presenter Toyah Wilcox started a tradition reading out birthday greetings which many of the artists continued with, by the end of the evening even Five Star had sung happy birthday to the audience, it's these little things that make the Rewind festival seem intimate compared to others.

As evening fell the ever present rain turned the entire site into a mud bath, it was only flawless performances from Clair Grogan, Jimmy Sommerville, Five Star, Bananarama and Tom Bailey that managed to save the day, the fans had been given the great music they expected and could be heard singing thier favourite 80's hits as they happily left the site.

On Sunday, the Rewind venue had been totally transformed, new car parking areas, relocated admission gates and bales of straw helping dry the saturated ground, organisers and staff must be congratulated on the mammoth task involved to achieve this.

I met up with a group of friends and neighbours as the day began with Hue and Cry, Aswad then an absolutly brilliant set from Paul Carrack, for me this was one of the best performances of the festival, songs from his days with mike and mechanics "The living years" "Over My Shoulder" and "Silent Running", brought back fond memories of the 80's.

The biggest suprise was Sister Sledge, it's hard to believe that disco music from the 70's could bring a crowd to life in the 21st Century, but these real life sisters from Philadelphia did exacly that, Toyah, Dave Edmonds and Hazel O'Conner had a hard act to follow, but an assortment of familiar hits from each of the artists brought the audience firmly back to the 1980's.

An infectious energy seemed to spead amongst the crowd following a great set from Joe Lynn Turner, equally fantastic performances from Belinda Carslile, Nik Kershaw and Kim Wilde had the audience wanting more, they didn't have to wait long, festival headliners OMD were waiting in the wings.

Andy McCluskey opened with the brilliant 'Enola Gay', and followed up with a barrage of hits including 'Sailing on the Seven Seas', 'Walking On The Milky Way' and 'Locomotion' , the audience were totally captivated by the performance and would have stood there forever listening to the band.

As the festival drew to a close revellers dressed as their favourite 80’s characters hugged and kissed each other in the mud, exchanged numbers and promised to meet up again next year, that's what's unique about Rewind Scotland, as long as they get the music right nothing else seems to matter, not even the rain.


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