'80s stars play park pub tribute

HARK back to the decade of mullets and shoulder pads next weekend when Greenwich Park plays host to some of the big names of the 1980s – Go West, Paul Young, ABC and T Pau. Their concert, on Saturday, Sept 19, is part of a three-day event called Pub in th

HARK back to the decade of mullets and shoulder pads next weekend when Greenwich Park plays host to some of the big names of the 1980s - Go West, Paul Young, ABC and T'Pau.

Their concert, on Saturday, Sept 19, is part of a three-day event called Pub in the Park, which celebrates the great British pub.

Paul Young was one of the biggest stars of the '80s. Starting out touring the pub scene with bands such as Kat Kool & The Kool Kats, he made a name for himself as a great live performer - a reputation that was cemented during his time fronting the band Q-Tips as they toured non-stop around UK pubs and clubs.

Breaking out as a solo artist shortly afterwards, his song Wherever I Lay My Hat became the soundtrack to the summer of 1983 and kept the No. 1 position for three weeks. He had 14 British Top 40 singles.


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ABC, led by Martin Fry, had 10 UK top 40 singles and five in the US, including Poison Arrow, When Smokey Sings and The Look of Love (Part One).

Go West are best known for the smash hits, We Close Our Eyes and The King of Wishful Thinking.

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Led by Carol Decker, T'Pau had a string of top 40 hits in the late '80s in both the UK and the US.

The '80s night will be kick-started by Two Choices, voted best new indie rock band at the 2009 Unsigned Awards. Their line-up boasts Roger Daltrey's son.

Friday night features tribute bands, a Tuborg Battle of the Bands showcase and jazz group Cattle Market.

Sunday will have stars from Britain's Got Talent and The X Factor.

The Pub in the Park also boasts a karaoke stage, a village green, games zone, comedy zone, fringe theatre, children's entertainers, wine and beer tasting.

Tickets are �18.75 each day, �5.50 for five to 18-year-olds. Family tickets and various packages are also available. See www.pubinthepark.com for details.

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