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Our Friends Acoustic The 80s Extravaganza Is Back In Aid Of Mencap!

| On 05, Mar 2011



The 80s may be gone but are by no means forgotten, as ‘Our Friends Acoustic’ returns for a one off show in aid of learning disability charity Mencap. On Thursday 12 May at The Grand in ClaphamNik Kershaw hosts a night which will feature performances from; Rick AstleyToyahT’PauCutting CrewHazel O’ConnorKatrina (former Katrina and the Waves),  and Nik Kershaw himself. This spectacular event promises a night to remember, as each era defining artist performs unique, acoustic versions of their greatest hits. Tickets go on sale Wednesday 2 March priced at just £25, with all proceeds going to learning disability charity Mencap – don’t miss out on a chance to re-visit the 80s in all their glory! Round up your friends for a night of fun, 80s classics and dancing!!

Returning for its second year, ‘Our Friends Acoustic’ is a rare opportunity for fans to see their favourite 80s acts perform their most loved classics in an intimate and unique setting. The Grand in Clapham has recently been restored to its full glory after opening in 1900 as a music hall and once again returns to its live music roots. Those lucky enough to get their hands on tickets will also receive access to the exclusive after show party with guest DJ’s from Absolute 80s – the nation’s only radio station dedicated to the 80s, taking charge of the decks.

Nik Kershaw says: “It is my privilege to be a part of such a brilliant night celebrating the best of the British pop. The fact it is for learning disability charity Mencap makes it even more special”

Hazel McIlwraith, Mencap’s assistant director of fundraising said: “Our Friends Acoustic is set to be a fantastic night out, so come along with your friends, relive the best of the 80s with a selection of great acts from the era and help Mencap support people with a learning disability, their parents and carers.”

Topping the bill and hosting the show will be the one and only, 80s heart throb, Nik Kershaw. A man whose good looks and top tunes made many weak at the knees, Nik is sure to rock The Grand in Clapham like never before. In 1987, the world met a new vocal talent in the form of the powerful and soulful Rick Astley. His debut single ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ hit the top of the charts within two weeks of its release and immortalised him as a true 80s hero. Joining them is punk princess and high priestess of TV, Toyah Willcox; whose biggest hit ‘It’s A Mystery’ and Platinum-selliing album ‘Anthem’ celebrate their 30th anniversary in 2011 –  another perfect addition to the evening’s 80s soundtrack.

Fronted by the flame haired beauty Carol Decker, T’Pau will be providing the heart and soul of the evening. ‘China In Your Hand’ was a defining musical moment in the 80s and number one for five weeks running, making their appearance at Our Friends Acoustic one not to be missed! The Grammy nominated Cutting Crew, who spawned the classic hits ‘(I Just) Died in Your Arms’ and ‘I’ve Been in Love Before’ are also set for an appearance alongside the raft of stars.

Hazel O’Connor’s distinctive and captivating voice made her a powerful presence in the music scene. Her many hits include ‘Eighth Day’ and ‘Will You’ and her appearance in the film Breaking Glass proved this was one star you could expect big things from. Another starlet on vocals is Katrina, the remarkable voice of Katrina and the Waves, best known for their smash hit single ‘Walking on Sunshine’, they had songs covered by the likes of The Bangles and Celine Dion.  Katrina now returns to the stage for an exclusive performance at Our Friends Acoustic. Last but not least is Jimmy Sommerville who wowed the world with the bell clear melodies of ‘You Are My World’ and the disco inspired ‘You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)’. His songs defined the decade as the unmistakeable voice of ‘Bronski Beat and The Communards’ that hits notes like no one else.

Tickets for this ultimate 80s bash go on sale from Wednesday 2 March through priced from £25 which includes exclusive access to the after show party.  All proceeds go to learning disability charity Mencap.