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➤ Keeping up with the 20-teensToyah Willcox, Pop Music, 2019 Tour, tickets

✱ Celebrating 40 years of music in her 60th year, Toyah Willcox is performing live dates from through summer to her Crimson Queen autumn tour – details at Toyah’s own website – “Live with full electric band”

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B-52s, pop music, European tour, US tour, new wave, Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson, Cindy Wilson

✱ Party Time! The current B-52s World tour returns to the States 26 July until September

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Radio2, 27 May: Martin Kemp from Spandau Ballet revisits the New Romantic era, with Robert Elms and Chris Sullivan, among others

✱ Visit Radio2 online before 25 June to catch up on this sweeping three-hour musical panorama of what made the Swinging 80s so compelling a chapter in British youth cultural history. Stars among the guests on Martin Kemp’s New Romantics are veteran motormouths, the broadcaster Robert Elms and Wag club director Chris Sullivan, who remind us energetically why they are rightly key Shapers of the 80s. Other good conversation comes from Blitz Club deejay Rusty Egan, Blitz Kid and clubbing legend Princess Julia, journalist Paul Simper, ex-Bananarama member Siobhan Fahey, deejays Mark Moore (S’Express/Mud Club) and Playground’s Fat Tony. High-octane playlist of 35 tunes demonstrates the innovative range of sounds that fuelled our dance-floor excesses. Abs no rock.

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Martin Kemp, Steve Norman, Spandau Ballet, secrets of success, 1980 timeline , pop music, who was who,Scala Cinema

◆ NEW AT SHAPERS OF THE 80S – Who was who in Spandau’s break-out year 1980? The Invisible Hand of Shapersofthe80s draws a selective timeline for The unprecedented rise and rise of Spandau Ballet – Turn to our inside page

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Chris Sullivan, DJ, Wag club, Mau Mau, dancing, clubbing, funk, soul music
✱ One Nation Under the Groove – Wag club legend Chris Sullivan these days deejays for Acklam Village events, Portobello Radio, Soho Radio and at the Groucho club in Soho… playing rare funk and disco from the likes of Mantus, Father Time,The Kinsman Band plus Parliament, Bohannon, Larry Young, and Latin funk. Listen here to Sullivan’s Suits at Mixcloud. . . Watch for Sullivan’s new book Rebel Rebel, “a riotous history of people and things that broke the mould”.

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Robb Scott, Siren, CD, soul music

✱ Jeff Young on Jazz FM last year made the new 18-track Siren his album of the week. This January it won the Bright Star Music Award for Best Soul / R& B Album 2018, brainchild of Colourful Radio. It was superbly crafted by Londoner Robb Scott, with strong supporting lineup, for the Expansion label. Soul Brother Records says: “A collection of classy soul/jazz grooves on that has jazz at its heart but with some superb soulful brushstrokes applied.” Purchase directly from the artist’s store

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Gabby Egan: churning out the remixes

✱ If you’ve heard them once, you’ve heard them 100 times! Ever more remixes of other people’s music pour from the studio of the gabbiest deejay in town, Rusty Egan, co-founder of the legendary Tuesday club-night at the Blitz in the 1980s. . . Visit his output online: Welcome to the Remix at Bandcamp, plus Welcome to the Beach in which Austrian producer HP Hoeger and Egan took his earlier batch Welcome to the Dance Floor and transformed it for the beach. . . More Egan mixes at Mixcloud and personal playlists at Soundcloud.

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Jools Holland: you too can play live at Canary Wharf tube station

✱ Jools Holland is the second Yamaha artist to launch a #Platform88 piano in London, this time at Canary Wharf tube station, after Tokio Myers launched the first at Tottenham Court Rd. Part of a joint initiative with Transport for London, these public pianos are at St Pancras mainline station and all over the tube system for you to play your way

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Steve Swindells,album,DanMingo
✱ Danmingo is a self-produced singer-songwriter double album of 22 tracks from London clubland’s Steve Swindells, featuring Jon (Culture Club) Moss on drums, Winston (Massive Attack) Blissett and Dale (Amy Winehouse Band) Davis on bass, Jerry (Hawkwind) Richards on guitar and myself on keyboards and vocals. “Deep lyrics and flawless music,” says one Amazon reviewer

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The Face magazine, style bible, fashion, style ,Story of The Face,books, pop music, history, youth culture, Thames & Hudson, Paul Gorman, taste-makers,magazines, Neville Brody,lifestyle
✱ Here is the definitive appreciation of the style bible that shaped the 1980s. . . Cultural guru Paul Gorman tells The Story of The Face from the magazine’s launch with £3,500 of Nick Logan’s savings in 1980 to its sale to Emap in 1999, in between “paving the way for the digital delivery of visual culture in the 21st century”. – From Thames & Hudson, £35 for 352 pages, 379 illustrations!

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Pop Stars in My Pantry, pop music, clubbing,books,history,Paul Simper, George Michael ,Bananarama, Keren Woodward ,

“Friend of the stars” Paul Simper, right: lavishing hospitality on superstar George Michael and Bananarama’s Keren Woodward in 1983. (Photo Fraser Gray)

Pop Stars in My Pantry is showbiz hack Paul Simper’s memoir of the early days of one of pop’s most successful eras: the 1980s. It’s an account of how a wide-eyed, wet-behind-the-ears lad from Wiltshire landed in London just as the capital’s club scene went into orbit. His claim is to have been “corrupted by Spandau, slated by Boy George, mothered by Sade, evicted by Bananarama, private danced by Whitney, jilted by Madonna and commandeered (for carol singing) by Wham!” Available from Amazon… Read an extract here at Shapers of the 80s – Sade’s first foray to New York City

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Survivors CD compilation on Expansion Records

✱ Celebrating its 12th year, Soul Survivors Magazine issue 82 The Thirteenth Anniversary Issue, pays tribute to ‘the voice of First Choice’ Rochelle Fleming, Maceo Parker and Azymuth’s drummer and co-founder Ivan Conti… Under Fitzroy Facey, the mag created an interactive website and a weekly events email.

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Fac251, Factory Manchester, logo, nightclubbing, records, live music
✱ Quids In Mons, FCK Thurs, #FRI251, Big Weekender Sats at the legendary Factory Manchester – clubnights, cocktail masterclasses and live bands – chart, dance, EDM, RNB, house, garage, hiphop and indie over three floors designed by Ben Kelly on Princess St, Manchester M1 7EN – @factorymanchester

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Remake Remodel, Manchester, nightlife, clubbing, Alternative, Rock’n’Roll✱ Manchester’s Remake Remodel claims to be “The Nation’s Saving Grace of Alternative, Rock’n’Roll” — Mondays at Soup Kitchen M1 1DF & every 1st Saturday at The Ruby Lounge M4 1QB – @RemakeRemodel1

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HELLO TO VISITORS ACROSS THE GLOBE

❖ Visitors to Shapers of the 80s come from 212 countries and dependencies as recorded at Revolver Maps — not forgetting our visitor in the world’s southernmost city, Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina (54°48′S, 68°18′W), only a smidgeon further south than our readers in Río Grande and Punta Arenas… Our northernmost visitor lives at Kjøllefjord in Norway (70°56′N, 27°20′E), a nudge nearer the Pole than others in Finnmark, and at Murmansk in Russia (68°58′N, 33°05′E).

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