Let's Rock The Moor reviewed

Published: 17 May 2012 09:301 comment

THE day had finally arrived, Let's Rock The Moor was upon us, and the glorious sunshine and picturesque surrounds of Cookham's Marsh Meadows ensured it was a truly shimmering step back into the 80s.

Blast from the past: Dave Benson Phillips rocked the moor. Photo: Simon Manton

In its third year, and billed as the second biggest 80s festival in the UK, the 6,500-strong crowd were treated to an all-star blast from the past and even the sell-out festival's presenters were my childhood heroes.

This is a family-friendly festival and, as such, is ideal for those looking for a fun-packed day out, which included a circus, cinema and rides.

A selection of stalls lined the festival site, including festival sponsors Indian restaurant Maliks, Costa Coffee, a delicious cake stall from children's charity The Link Foundation and an ever-busy bar.

In between Toyah, China Crisis, Modern Romance and Nick Heyward, children's entertainer Dave Benson Phillips impressed with his guitar covers of classic tunes and Funhouse favourite Pat Sharp followed to compere between Boney M, Go West, Heaven 17 and Billy Ocean.

Modern Romance were the first band to really get the crowd moving under the sun's rays with their own carnival flavour and Boney M carried the funky vibe through to the evening with hit tracks Daddy Cool, Sunny and Rivers Of Babylon. Heaven 17's smash-hit dance track Temptation went down a storm and Go West's King Of Wishful Thinking had the crowd singing and swaying along.

To have Billy Ocean on my doorstep was a Caribbean dream come true and he certainly didn't disappoint with his headline show. As the sun set it took none of its shine from the blissfully happy crowd who, it was clear to see, had saved the best for Billy. Legions of fans sung, cheered and chanted his name while the legendary artist got the crowd on board his classic-crammed car.

Let's Rock The Moor did Cookham proud and, with a promise to be back bigger and better next year, I promise I will return to rock the moor some more.

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