ABC, Howard Jones and Heaven 17 for Ultimate 80s Festival in Hatfield

Howard Jones will be appearing at the Ultimate 80s Festival being held at the Forum Hertfordshire in Hatfield [Picture: Simon Fowler]

Howard Jones will be appearing at the Ultimate 80s Festival being held at the Forum Hertfordshire in Hatfield [Picture: Simon Fowler]


ABC, Heaven 17 and Howard Jones will all play the Forum Hertfordshire in Hatfield as part of an all-day 80s music festival.

The Ultimate 80s Festival will take place outdoors at the University of Hertfordshire’s College Lane campus on Saturday, May 26.

The line-up features Sheffield bands ABC and Heaven 17, synth-pop star Howard Jones, Katrina, ex of Katrina & The Waves, and chart-toppers Doctor & The Medics.

Headlining the all-day event will be ABC, who kick-started the 80s with their brand of pop for a new decade.

Fronted by singer Martin Fry, ABC are best known for 1982 debut album The Lexicon of Love, which crashed straight into the UK album charts at number one.

Showcasing the hit songs Tears Are Not Enough, Poison Arrow, The Look Of Love and All Of My Heart, the album is a groundbreaking collection of modern love songs and remains a classic to this day.

Joining ABC in Hatfield are fellow Sheffield synth-pop stars Heaven 17.

Their debut album, Penthouse and Pavement, was a seminal record which demonstrated the band’s left-wing outlook.

The group enjoyed further success in 1983 with hit single Temptation, which reached number two in the UK charts.

Taken from the band’s second album, The Luxury Gap, the release spawned two further chart hits – Come Live With Me and Crushed By The Wheels Of The Industry.

Complementing the two Sheffield bands is legendary electronic artist Howard Jones.

About to embark on a UK tour playing his first two studio albums live in their entirety, Howard will be warmed up and raring to go for the Ultimate 80s Festival in May.

Howard’s debut album Human’s Lib peaked at number one in the UK charts and includes the hit singles What Is Love?, New Song, Pearl In The Shell and Hide & Seek, the song he performed at Live Aid.

His second album, Dream Into Action, featured hits Like To Get To Know You Well, Things Can Only Get Better, Look Mama, Life In One Day and top five US Billboard Hot 100 smash No One Is To Blame.

Getting the party started in Hatfield and Walking on Sunshine will be Katrina, from Katrina & The Waves, and Doctor & The Medics, who enjoyed a number one hit with their cover of Spirit In The Sky.

So get your leg warmers at the ready, pull out the eyeliner from the bottom of your make-up bag and resurrect the Flock of Seagulls haircut for a one-day festival that will take you back to the 80s.

Hosted by Heart’s Matt Jarvis, the day-long music event will start at 3.30pm.

Tickets, costing £35 in advance, went on sale today (Monday) via or by phoning 0844 477 200.

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