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Let's Rock Leeds: The Retro Festival

By Christine Emelone
Monday, 20th June 2022, 9:30 am
Updated Monday, 20th June 2022, 1:00 pm

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A joyous annual celebration of all things pop and ‘80s. thirteen events across the UK this summer Let’s Rock is the UK’s leading retro festival series.

Let's Rock Leeds takes place at the city's Temple Newsam Park this Saturday (25 June) and the fun continues at a variety of sites this summer, taking in 13 locations across the UK.

A combined audience of over 150,000 people will be entertained by many of the biggest stars of the era when British pop ruled supreme, including headliners Squeeze (making their Let’s Rock debut), Billy Ocean, Adam Ant, OMD, The Human League, and Wet Wet Wet.

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    Other performers include ABC, Level 42, Tom Bailey (Thompson Twins), Nik Kershaw, Jason Donovan, Tony Hadley, Nick Heyward, The Selecter, Go West, Belinda Carlisle, Toyah, Scritti Politti, Johnny Hates Jazz, Bad Manners, Pigbag & many, many more.

    “Let’s Rock was our first gig back after locking down started, we were in uncertain times then. It’s always special to be able to play music to a crowd, but this was extra special as it was our first attended gig for a couple of years so the emotions were running high. Combine that with the crowd, emotive music and the feelings can be overwhelming.”

    Graeme Clark, Wet Wet Wet

    “Festivals like Let’s Rock give everybody the opportunity to indulge in catching up on times past.”

    Pauline Black, The Selecter

    LET’S ROCK FESTIVAL SERIES 2022

    MAY 21   

    LET’S ROCK THE MOOR, MARSH MEADOW, COOKHAM, BERKS

    SQUEEZE + WET WET WET, TOM BAILEY (THOMPSON TWINS), NICK HEYWOOD, GO WEST,

    PIGBAG, THE SELECTER, JASON DONOVAN, SCRITTI POLITTI, JOHNNY HATES JAZZ & MANY MORE

                             Tickets: https://letsrockthemoor.com/

    MAY 28            

    LET’S ROCK NORWICH, EARLHAM PARK, NORWICH

    THE HUMAN LEAGUE, BILLY OCEAN + LEVEL 42, TOM BAILEY (THOMPSON TWINS),

    NICK HEYWARD, NIK KERSHAW, THE SELECTER, SCRITTI POLITTI & MANY MORE

                             Tickets: https://letsrocknorwich.com/

    JUNE 4   

    LET’S ROCK WALES, TREDEGAR PARK, NEWPORT

    ADAM ANT, OMD + ABC, HOWARD JONES, MARC ALMOND, JAKI GRAHAM, CHESNEY HAWKES,

    BETTY BOO, T’PAU, HUE & CRY & MANY MORE

                             Tickets: https://letsrockwales.com/

    JUNE 11    

    LET’S ROCK THE NORTH EAST, HERRINGTON COUNTRY PARK, SUNDERLAND

    BILLY OCEAN, WET WET WET + LEVEL 42, TONY HADLEY, TOM BAILEY (THOMPSON TWINS),

    NICK HEYWARD, BAD MANNERS, SCRITTI POLITTI, JOHNNY HATES JAZZ & MANY MORE

                             Tickets: https://letsrockthenortheast.com/

    JUNE 18      

    LET’S ROCK SCOTLAND, DALKEITH COUNTRY PARK, MIDLOTHIAN

    OMD, SQUEEZE + LEVEL 42, TOM BAILEY (THOMPSON TWINS), NICK HEYWARD, PIGBAG,

    THE SELECTER, TOYAH, SCRITTI POLITTI, MUSICAL YOUTH & MANY MORE

                              Tickets: https://letsrockscotland.com/

    JUNE 25  

    LET’S ROCK LEEDS, TEMPLE NEWSAM, LEEDS

    BILLY OCEAN, WET WET WET + TOM BAILEY (THOMPSON TWINS), NICK HEYWARD, GO WEST,

    NIK KERSHAW, BAD MANNERS, BELINDA CARLISLE, SCRITTI POLITTI, JOHNNY HATES JAZZ & MANY MORE

                              Tickets: https://letsrockleeds.com/

    JULY 2  

    LET’S ROCK EXETER, POWDERHAM CASTLE, KENTON, EXETER

    THE HUMAN LEAGUE, OMD + BILLY OCEAN, TOM BAILEY (THOMPSON TWINS), NICK HEYWARD,

    GO WEST, THE SELECTER, BELINDA CARLISLE, SCRITTI POLITTI & MANY MORE

                              Tickets: https://letsrockexeter.com

    JULY 9     

    LET’S ROCK SOUTHAMPTON, SOUTHAMPTON COMMON, SOUTHAMPTON

    ADAM ANT, BILLY OCEAN + TOM BAILEY (THOMPSON TWINS), NICK HEYWARD, TONY HADLEY,

    SCRITTI POLITTI, BAD MANNERS, BELINDA CARLISLE, ROLAND GIFT & MANY MORE

                             Tickets: https://letsrocksouthampton.com/

    JULY 16   

    LET’S ROCK SHREWSBURY, THE QUARRY, SHREWSBURY

    WET WET WET, BILLY OCEAN + TOM BAILEY (THOMPSON TWINS), NICK HEYWARD,

    TONY HADLEY, SCRITTI POLITTI, BAD MANNERS, BELINDA CARLISLE & MANY MORE

                              Tickets: https://letsrockshrewsbury.com/

    JULY 30     

    LET’S ROCK LIVERPOOL, WAVERTREE PLAYING FIELDS (MYSTERY)

    BILLY OCEAN, CO-HEADLINER TBA + LEVEL 42, TOM BAILEY (THOMPSON TWINS), NICK HEYWARD, GO WEST,

    BAD MANNERS, BELINDA CARLISLE, THE FARM, PIGBAG, JOHNNY HATES JAZZ & MANY MORE

                              Tickets: https://letsrockliverpool.com/

    AUGUST 6       

    LET’S ROCK NORTHERN IRELAND, WARD PARK, BANGOR

    ADAM ANT, WET WET WET + ABC, HOWARD JONES, MARC ALMOND, SISTER SLEDGE,

    THE REAL THING, CHESNEY HAWKES, TOYAH, T’PAU & MANY MORE

                              Tickets: https://letsrockbelfast.com/

    SEPT 3     

    LET’S ROCK KENT, MOTE PARK, MAIDSTONE

    WET WET WET, BANANARAMA + ABC, HOWARD JONES, SISTER SLEDGE, MIDGE URE,

    GO WEST, NIK KERSHAW, CHESNEY HAWKES, THE REAL THING & MANY MORE

                             Tickets: https://letsrockkent.com/

    SEPT 10    

    LET’S ROCK IPSWICH, TRINITY PARK, IPSWICH

    ADAM ANT, OMD + ABC, HOWARD JONES, HEAVEN 17, GO WEST, HEATHER SMALL,

    NIK KERSHAW, TOYAH & MANY MORE

                             Tickets: https://letsrockipswich.com/