Let’s Rock are certainly leading the 80s revival this summer delivering a whole raft of retro fuelled festivals across the length and breadth of the UK.

Last weekend the musical extravaganza Lets Rock Leeds arrived in West Yorkshire for an action-packed twelve hours of music featuring some of the very best acts from this beloved era in time.

If you know Goose from Maverick, you’re Conga from your Agaadoo, or whether to Choose Life or Relax the only place to be last Saturday afternoon was Temple Newsam Park.

With a 15,000 strong crowd and some glorious weather to boot the Let’s Rock crowd in attendance were transported back in time thanks to the soundtrack to their youth and some familiar faces.

As has become customary the sounds of the Reprobates Party kicked off the proceedings and set the tone for this music-filled afternoon to the sounds of Owen Paul, Rozalla, and Westworld. Each of these much-loved artists made their performance seem like a walk in the park – Temple Newsam Park that is.

Self-confessed chatterbox Jaki Graham let the music do the talking during a short but sweet set that featured RnB favourites such as “Could It Be I’m Falling In Love”, “Set Me Free” and “Ain’t Nobody”.

The Stranglers Hugh Cornwall switched up the proceedings with punk rock anthems such as “No More Heroes” and “Peaches”. The Leeds crowd basked in the glorious sunshine whilst topping up their tan to the sounds of “Golden Brown” – a fitting number for the afternoon’s summer weather.

It goes without saying that dance duo Snap have still “Got The Power” as they got the Leeds crowd moving to floor fillers such as “Rhythm Is A Dancer”.

However, it was US-based chanteuse Belinda Carlisle who stole the show mid-afternoon. Performing classics such as “Leave A Light On”, “Circle In The Sand” and “We Want The Same Thing” – Belinda proved that Heaven Is A Place in Leeds. Belinda’s beautiful voice has aged like a fine wine. Her infectious melodies cast a spell over the Let’s Rock crowd.

The unmistakable guitar melodies of Big Country, and a classic set by From The Jam was enough to please both the mods and the rockers in attendance – now “That’s Entertainment” quite literally. Whilst Midge Ure delivered a synth-heavy set that was rich in New Wave hits including the likes of the incredibly infectious “Fade To Grey”, “Dancing With Tears In My Eyes” along with the anthemic “Vienna”.

Now Peter Cox may have been the “King Of Wishful Thinking” if they thought their trip to Leeds would be trouble free. Having endured traffic woes on the motorway Go West arrived late to site resulting in a last minute line-up switch with Midge Ure. However, the crowd would argue it was worth the wait. And the group also performed one of the most contemporary songs of the day in the shape of “Sex On Fire“ by Kings of Leon.

Having the disco sounds of Shalamar, Erasure’s Andy Bell and Status Quo top the bill just goes to highlight the diversity of this line-up. But it’s fair to say that the Let’s Rock crowd gave a little “Respect“ to every artist featured. And it goes without saying that Shalamar “Make It A Night To Remember” for everyone in attendance.

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Event Date: 22-June-2019

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Adam Kennedy is an experienced music photographer based in northeast England. He has been shooting concerts for several years, predominantly with the band Vintage Trouble. In 2013, he was one of their tour photographers, covering the UK and Ireland tour including the headline shows and as opening act for The Who. As an accomplished concert photographer, Adam's work has been featured in print such as, Classic Rock Blues Magazine, Guitarist Magazine, Blues in Britain magazine, broadcast on the MDA Telethon on ABC Television in the US, used in billboard advertising for Renaissance Hotels in the US, and featured online via music blogs such as Uber Rock and Guitar Planet. He is also the official photographer at Newcastle Rock and Blues Club.

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