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LIVE & EVENTS

ROCKAWAY BEACH FESTIVAL

BUTLINS BOGNOR REGIS RESORT

10-12 JANUARY

© Ollie Millington/Redferns

A DOUBLE DELIGHT AT ROCKAWAY BEACH AS GARY NUMAN AND ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN ARE ON TOP FORM FOR HEADLINE SETS

Where festivals were once confined to fields in the summer months, there’s now a diverse annual offer for music lovers – including this deep midwinter blinder at one of the UK’s best-known holiday camps.

Part of the Butlins Live Music Weekender series (see also 70s, 80s and 90s-themed weekends), Rockaway Beach brings together an impressive line-up of artists and provides some world-class entertainment on what would otherwise be a dull January weekend. And all for around £80 a pop, with cinema screenings, pub quizzes, Slush Puppies that can be upgraded to alcoholic cocktails with a little imagination, a pool party and daytime beach walks. As soon as you arrive, it’s clear who’s playing. The dyed black hair, the thick eyeliner, the allblack unofficial dress code; it has to be Gary Numan.

He’s a rare breed of artist who, decades since he first rose to fame with Tubeway Army and his 1979 solo album The Pleasure Principle, continues to command such loyalty among fans that they come out in force every time he plays. His pre-gig public interview conducted by Louder Than War’s John Robb is testament to this, a jam-packed Skyline Pavilion and Robb commenting he’s never seen such a well-attended Q&A.

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Issue 50 of Classic Pop is on sale now! For our 50th issue, we had to come up with something very special – and we certainly have… our cover stars this month are The Specials, hot on the heels of the release of their superb chart-topping album, Encore. Our must-read interview with the band delves into their remarkable comeback and the story behind their superb new record. We also catch up with the iconic Gloria Estefan who tells us how she brought Latin grooves to the world and Bonnie Tyler talks us through her new studio album, which features a hotly-anticipated duet with Sir Rod Stewart. 30 years on, we celebrate New Order’s Technique in our latest Classic Album feature and we also serve up a buyer’s guide to the blue-eyed soul of Simply Red. As Wet Wet Wet face the future without Marti Pellow, we meet the band as they embark on a fresh chapter with new frontman, The Voice winner Kevin Simm. Our packed new album reviews section features the wonderful return of Chaka Khan plus Dido, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Paul Weller. On the reissues front, we check out a must-have 10-CD Heaven 17 boxset plus re-releases from David Bowie, Sparks, Erasure and more. In our live reviews section, we elbow our way down to the front for Gary Numan and Echo & The Bunnymen at the Rockaway Beach Festival plus gigs by Chrvches and The Christians. Enjoy the issue!