Review and pics: Nick Heyward and Formerly of Bucks Fizz, Brewood Music Festival 2016

Nick Heyward and Formerly of Bucks Fizz took to the stage at Brewood Music Festival last night to perform some of their greatest hits to hundreds of revellers.

Review and pics: Nick Heyward and Formerly of Bucks Fizz, Brewood Music Festival 2016

Nick Heyward performs at Brewood Music Festival 2016. Pic: Ben Rolfe

The cheese-fest got underway at St Dominics Girls High school from 9pm, as fans cheered Bucks Fizz ladies Cheryl Baker and Jay Aston, who dazzled in sparkling corsets and leather jackets.

And boy, did they bring a show! Crowds danced and sang the night away to hits such as The Land of Make Believe and the 1981 Eurovision-winning Making Your Mind Up.

Cheryl joked: "Without Making Your Mind Up and velcro costumes, where would we be?"

The group also performed an eighties melody of some of the decades best known songs, including Uptown Girl,Take On Me and Radio Ga Ga.

Bucks Fizz became one of the most successful bands of the 80s, with worldwide record sales of more than 15 million.

These days Cheryl, Jay, Mike Nolan and special guest Bobby McVay call themselves Formerly of Bucks Fizz due to legal reasons.

Next up was former Haircut 100 frontman Nick Heyward, who openly chatted with the audience about the bygone era in between his songs.

Fan favourites Whistle Down the Wind, Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl) and Love Plus One were performed, but it was the 1981 top three hit Fantastic Day that saw the crowd erupt past the show's curfew.

As the crowds cheered for an encore, Nick smiled: "I'm not usually used to this, it's mostly just on and off these days - so this is special."

The singer-songwriter has kept a quiet life over the past 10 years, only recently getting involved with festival touring - coming fresh from appearing at Sandwell's Let's Rock festival last month.

It was clear that the organisers had pulled out the stops to ensure that the evening went off with a bang, despite a modest stage production in a school playground.

From pulling some disco moves with drinks in hand (me included) to overhearing many talk about the decade that brought 'the best days of their lives' - the people of Brewood did themselves proud in turning the quiet countryside haven into a full-on eighties rave.

By Clare Butler

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