An 80s Festival Is Coming To Greater Manchester And It’s Going To Be Excellent

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An 80s Festival Is Coming To Greater Manchester And It’s Going To Be Excellent

80sFest will feature tributes to Duran Duran, The Jam and George Michael and will be raising money in support of the Dianne Oxberry Trust.

Now in its fourth year, the day-long festival will bring the UK’s leading 80s tribute acts to the purpose-built stage at Sale FC Rugby club’s CorpAcq Stadium on June 29.

Photo: Neil Taylor

The Duran Duran Experience will headline with other acts including leading tributes to The Jam, OMD, Madonna and George Michael.

The event will also be raising money in support of the Dianne Oxberry Trust, a charity set up after the much-loved presenter’s death earlier this year from ovarian cancer.

In addition to the stage, which will be located on the playing field, there will be bars located around the arena, a street food area with cuisines from around the world and a VIP section overlooking the pitch.

Photo: Neil Taylor

Events manager at Sale FC Rugby, Brad McBride, said:

“We are incredibly pleased to welcome the 80sFest to the CorpAcq Stadium.

“We will be pulling out all the stops to create a family-friendly environment to ensure everyone has the best day possible.”

Organiser Gillian Potter Merrigan, of Troika Music, said:

“We are really pleased to bring the 80sFest to Sale FC Rugby’s stadium, on Heywood Road. The facilities are second to none.

“The success of the 80sFest means we have outgrown our previous venue, and we are confident that Sale FC Rugby has the expertise and infrastructure we need to deliver the 80sFest now and into the future.”

The event will run from 12noon until 10pm and tickets are available here.


The Duran Duran Experience

Established in 2012 – are the premier Duran Duran tribute band in the UK and in 2015 were picked to be the only Duran Duran tribute appearing at the famous Absolute 80s weekends. Previous festivals include Glastonbudget, Marvellous and the International Duran Duran convention when it was held in the UK.

The Jam’d

The best known and Number 1 UK tribute to The Jam and are back for second year by popular demand.   Regarded as the most authentic band by fans they play festivals and scooter rallies all over the UK and beyond.  They are happy to be back for a second year.


The UK’s only tribute band to synth legends OMD.  Recreating the authentic OMD sound and with the blessing of the genuine article, Manoeuvres are in great demand across the country.

Randall Butler as George Michael

Currently appearing in Faith: The George Michael Legacy across a consistently sold out UK theatre tour, we are very lucky that Randall has agreed to perform at 80sFest.

Vogue Madonna

A return visit to Elly Jarmain as Vogue Madonna who is currently starring in the nationwide Into The Groove theatre tour.  Vogue Madonna appears across the globe and has graced the stage for audiences including Richard Branson and HRH Prince William.  We’re glad to have her back.

2Rude Ska

The UK’s Top Ska band and festival regulars, the boys from Wales will bring their own brand of mayhem and madness to the festival for the fourth year running.

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