Marc Almond, Heather Small, Hue & Cry, China Crisis & Altered Images

Updated: Feb 5, 2020

Ellis Mather presents Newark Festival is BACK for 2020 - and it's time to Discover the 80s!

LHG Events, organisers of the annual Newark Festival, are thrilled to announce that Saturday will this year feature Discover the 80s – an unforgettable evening of fun and some of the best music from the much-loved decade.

This year’s line-up will see the legendary Marc Almond take to the stage along with Heather Small, Hue & Cry, China Crisis and Altered Images in what promises to bring a true celebration of the 80s to Riverside Park. It is retro revival at its finest!

The 2020 edition of Newark Festival see Ellis Mather Group return as its naming rights partner, with the Tuxford based e-commerce and magnet specialists joining long standing festival partners Newark Town Council, Liz Hobbs Group, and local businesses Barcode Warehouse, Farndon Boathouse, Duncan Toplis, Inizio, Team KnowHow and Future Prospects.

Marc Almond is an internationally acclaimed music 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’. Soft Cell parted amicably in 1984 to pursue solo projects, after which Marc recorded the innovative and influential double album Torment and Toreros with Marc and the Mambas which propelled him to a unique musical place that had one foot in mainstream and the other in the underground.

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, , with the band winning the ‘Best British Dance Act Award’ at the Brits in 1994 and 1995, as well as the Mercury Music Prize for Elegant Slumming.

Hue & Cry are brothers Patrick and Gregory Kane, from Coatbridge, Scotland. Their debut single Labour of Love from the album Seduced and Abandoned the song was apropos of the growing dance-pop scene, with Greg hammering a funky piano line beneath Pat’s lightning fast rap-esque vocals. Backed by synths, it retained a soulful edge which would later become part of their signature sound. Looking For Linda and Violently, both smash hits, followed from their second album Remote. The 90s saw the duo take an experimental leap with Truth and Love and Showtime, that infused jazz, R&B and Nuyorican Latin-funk. After several years hiatus to purse individual careers they released Open Soul in 2008, which harkened back to the pop hits that elevated them in the 80s.

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. They are renowned for not just stretching the creative limits of their time but incorporating horns, strings, woodwinds, pedal steel; the result is an explosive combination of distinctive sounds that present elements of jazz, reggae, country and their own impressive melodies and harmonies.

Altered Images were an early 1980s Scottish new wav/post punk band. Fronted by singer Clare Grogan, the band branched into mainstream pop music, having six UK Top 40 singles and three Top 30 albums between 1981 and 1983.Their hits included Happy Birthday, I Could be Happy, See Those Eyes and Don’t Talk to Me About Love. After the break-up of the band for them to each pursue individual interests, Clare – who had previously to Altered Images appeared in the 1981 film Gregory’s Girl – went on to become a film and television actress. Appearances included Red Dwarf, Eastenders, Father Ted and Skins as well as a host of TV presenting, and in recent years a children’s novelist.

Liz Doogan-Hobbs MBE, CEO of LHG Events said “Festival-goers, get ready for our finest year yet, with a new date and an incredible line-up of artists who will be brining retro fever to Newark! We’re thrilled to present yet another year of music and entertainment and are sure that revellers will welcome the new August date at the height of the summer. We have some amazing acts and urge everyone to get into the spirit of the decade and dress up for the occasion. Early Bird tickets are on sale now so be sure to buy yours whilst they are on this offer and stay tuned of news coming soon for the Friday line-up. Bring on the sunshine, and the neon (!), and let’s have a party!”

Tickets for Newark Festival, which takes place at Riverside Park, Newark from 28 August until 29 August 2020 are on sale from NOW!

Discover the 80s – Saturday 29 August 2020 | Gates from 3.00pm

Early Bird Adults from £27.50

Early Bird Child ticket (16 and under) from: £17.50

Early Bird Gold Adult from: £55.00

Early Bird Gold Child from: £45.00

Early Bird Premier Enclosure Adult: £80.00

Early Bird Premier Enclosure Child: £70.00

Ticket prices are subject to increase on the day.

Tickets can be purchased:

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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