Rockin’ All Over The South – London to Rewind Festival

As the gates opened there was a flood of people who ran, camping chairs in hand ready to secure their spot in front of the stage.

It’s been an up and down couple of weeks. It was a letdown when we discovered that a move to China can no longer happen, so we’ve been on the job hunt looking for a new adventure for when this one ends.

On the other hand we had an entertaining weekend working at ultimate 80s festival – Rewind South. I fulfilled a lifelong dream of seeing Status Quo, who were one of the first bands I ever listened to. According to my parents playing Quo was a good way to calm a screaming baby. They’re not everyone’s cup of tea but you know what, it was some good old fashioned fun!

We stayed the week at Bluebeard’s brother’s place in Wallingford which is a stunning little town along the Thames. It’s local supermarket is a Waitrose which probably tells you a lot about a place! Oddly it’s also one of the only places I’ve found an eatery that serves up real South East Asian food – Pho, Gado Gado and Nasi Goreng right in the middle of a quaint English town.


Our day-trip to London was good interview practice but due to unforeseen circumstances it was not to be! We did however hit up Camden Town, a hipster haven where your favourite childhood cereal is served up as a ‘cocktail’ and the streets are lined with vintage shops and an assortment of world eateries.

At the weekend we arrived in Henley on Thames at Rewind Festival which sits alongside the Thames. A fairly small festival site awaited us as we started our first night of work on a craft beer bar with entertainment from 4 Poofs and a Piano from the Graham Norton Show.

For the next two days we would be by the main stage doing various jobs behind the bar witnessing what we like to call the ‘Rewind Olympics’. As the gates opened there was a flood of people who ran, camping chairs in hand ready to secure their spot in front of the stage. What an amazing spectacle! Then it would be the race to the bar where they would order a ridiculous number of drinks, more than they could carry, before the relay back to their spot.


It was festival of nostalgia, fancy dress and carefree adults of a certain age, reliving the times of vast quantities of hairspray, lycra and the pop sensation that was Sonia with the forever creepy ‘You’ll Never Stop Me Loving You’. Honestly look it up, it’s ‘Every Breath You Take’ kinda creepy!

It was fun to see familiar faces behind the bar again and we had a sweet view of the main stage where we watched Gloria Gaynor, The Village People, The South (Beautiful South), Midge Ure, Belinda Carlisle, Kim Wilde and Status Quo who we got a break to go watch. Despite the rain we did a bit of rockin’ all over the field.

After a successful run at Rewind South we headed up to Sheffield and made our way to festival number 8, Leeds Festival! More on that coming soon. x


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