Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Ladies Day - 80's music

I've had a date in my diary for months, Smooth Radio's Ladies Day at Leicester Racecourse with my good friend H.  I'd got my outfit planned, a gorgeous vintage 50's style dress, with a yummy frothy petticoat, a pretty wrap, and a peony and butterflies for my hair.

Then the rain continued to fall!  They had no choice but to cancel the racing, the ground was waterlogged, however the music (three 80s bands) would go on.

After much discussion and the prospect of lots of mud, we decided to not dress up so much and that wellies would be needed! I wore my sundress and bought some wellies that morning - shiny red ones that reminded me of being 5 again...

those dark clouds kept rolling in but thankfully we didn't need our raincoats

the event was sold out, all 7000 tickets, but because of the weather (and lack of racing) many didn't show up - thankfully they're insured - and we're getting our money back (isn't that nice of them!)

We still had a great time and couldn't wait for the main entertainment to start

me & H,
 ok, so as it turned out we didn't need the wellies, but still!

Heaven 17 were up first, they were slightly before my time, but I knew a couple of their songs, mainly remembering the fantastic "Temptation" from when they re-released back in 1992 (ah, dancing to it at our Christmas school disco) - watch/listen to it HERE ...

Heaven 17

Followed by the fabulous Belinda Carlisle, she looked gorgeous and sounded no different than in the 80s (ie fantastic)!  and I was thrilled that I remembered all the words to her songs :) (I'm a big fan of the Go-Gos too) - check out her music videos HERE

Belinda Carlisle

The show finished off with a long set from the amazingly awesome ABC (Martin Fry) - what can I say, I'm a fan!

One of their albums 'Lexicon of Love' is one of those albums that stay with you, full of brilliant songs that last the test of time (we have soooo many copies of it it's daft)! 

They didn't disappoint, singing so many favourites including "Poison Arrow", "When Smokey Sings" and finishing with "The Look of Love" - if you don't know them, check out some fabulously 80s videos HERE - seriously :D

Martin Fry - ABC

It was all over by 7.30pm, and whilst it wasn't quite the day we'd planned for, the music was AWESOME!  x


  1. sounds like such a fantastic time! i am hoping to get some lady time this weekend. the venue is beautiful and i love the wellies, even if you didn't need them!


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