Bicester 80s live music concert a “huge success”

Sledgehammer gig Credit Eddie Gong from Beauty and Bicester
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Bicester’s Garth Park was alive with music, dancing, singing and laughter at the weekend, with revellers hailing Bicester Town Council’s latest live music event a huge success.

Hundreds of people attended the sell-out Sledgehammer gig, dancing the night away to the sounds of the 1980s.

It was the second time covers band Sledgehammer had performed at the park – they previously took to the Garth Park stage in August 2019 – and once again the band were a huge hit with party-goers.

Tune after tune was belted out including Don’t you want me (Human League), Purple Rain (Prince), I’m going to be (500 miles – Proclaimers), Rio (Duran Duran), I’m your man (Wham), Walking on sunshine (Katrina and the Waves)and many more.

Many people had dressed in 1980s style costume or ‘I love the 80s’ t-shirts to add to the fun of the evening.

The concert was the second music event held in the park this summer, with ABBA tribute band Abba Stars UK wowing residents earlier this month.

Bicester Mayor Cllr Nicholas Mawer said: “A big thank you must go to Sledgehammer who were amazing and the town council’s staff for putting in so much effort behind the scenes to stage another fantastic event.

“It was great to see so many people get into the spirit of the evening – dressing up in 1980s fashions, dancing and singing along to songs. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening and the weather was perfect.”

Sledgehammer – made up of Russ Fray on vocals, Simon Bays on guitar, Al Grout on bass and Phil Heard on drums – previously took to the Garth Park stage in August 2019. By day they do jobs in medicine, IT and teaching, but at the weekend they pick up their musical instruments and take to the stage as 80s cover band Sledgehammer.

For more information about up-coming Bicester Town Council events view

(Photo by Eddie Gong)

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