Entertainment | 19 Dec 2014 | By Sun International

The 80s Rewind Festival Is Back!

It was the golden age of Madonna, MTV and the Moonwalk. It was the time of Pac-Man, the Rubik’s Cube and Flashdance. It was the 1980s, the electric decade!

The world’s biggest 80s music festival returns to South Africa for a 3rd time, and you know what they say… 3rd time lucky! Following a successful tour of Thailand, the United Arab Emirates and the UK, the 80s Rewind Festival will be held at Carnival City in Johannesburg on Saturday 31 January 2015 and at Cape Town’s GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World on Thursday 5 February.

A blast from the past, this rad festival will feature some of the 80’s biggest performers. (To get in the spirit of things, click here and check out this tubular list of 80s slang.)

On stage at the 80s Rewind Festival

Festival revellers can expect to see the likes of Billy Ocean, Heather Small, Nik Kershaw, Go West, Wang Chung, Hazell Dean and Cutting Crew. For a quick recap of some of the performing artists’ dazzling careers, check this out:

One of Britain’s most successful recording artists, this Grammy award-winning musician has sold over 30 million records in his lifetime. Best lyrics: Get outta my dreams. Get into my car. Get outta my dreams. Get in the back seat baby. Get into my car. Beep beep, yeah. – Get Outta My Dreams Get Into My Car. Swimming in an ocean of nostalgia? Click here for the video!

Heather Small

Most well-known for her uncanny vocal talent, Heather Small first found fame as a member of the 80s band M People. Following the smashing success of M People, this British songstress went on to release two solo albums. Best lyrics: So what have you done today to make you feel proud? What have you done today to make you feel proud? – Proud

Nik Kershaw

A former teen idol, the 56-year-old English jazz-funk guitarist was once described by Elton John as “one of the best songwriters of a generation”. Best lyrics: I got it bad, you don't know how bad I got it. You got it easy, you don't know when you've got it good – Wouldn’t It Be Good

Formed in 1982, this British pop duo is best known for the classic 80s track “We Close Our Eyes”. Selling millions of albums worldwide, Go West consists of lead vocalist Peter Cox and rhythm guitarist and backup vocalist Richard Drummie. Best lyrics: We are tigers in the dark. We are burning, we close our eyes. Heroes never give in to the night. – We Close Our Eyes

Wang Chung meaning “yellow bell” in Chinese, was one of the most popular bands of the 80s. Based in the UK, this post-punk group found their greatest success in America. Best lyrics:Everybody have fun tonight. Everybody Wang Chung tonight. Everybody have fun tonight. – As you guessed it – Everybody Have Fun Tonight. Click here and follow the group on Twitter.

Cutting Crew

Cutting Crew is an English rock band formed in 1985. They are best remembered for their hit singles, "(I Just) Died in Your Arms" and "I've Been in Love Before." Best lyrics: Oh, I just died in your arms tonight, must have been some kind of kiss. I should have walked away – I (Just) Died In Your Arms Tonight.

With February just around the corner remember to get your tickets and start practising your dance moves!

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Tell us: Who are you most excited to see perform at the 80’s Rewind Festival?