“Gold! You’re indestructible!” Spandau Ballet’s Tony Hadley closes final night of Chilfest

A scorching day of sunshine morphed into a sizzling showcase of 1980s talent revived for the second and final day Tring’s brand new Chilfest music festival.

The Saturday night spectacle filled the town’s Pendley Meadow to capacity, attracting 7,000 music-lovers.

Tony Hadley of Spandau Ballet performing at Chilfest in Tring, 2013. Photo courtesy of www.adamhollier.co.uk

Tony Hadley of Spandau Ballet performing at Chilfest in Tring, 2013. Photo courtesy of www.adamhollier.co.uk

Acts included lead singer of Spandau Ballet Tony Hadley, Midge Ure of Ultravox fame and 80s solo stars Howard Jones – in a very glittery pair of trousers – and Rick Astley.

After bursting onto the stage, as ladies in the crowd cried out with excitement, Rick said: “I might be middle-aged, but I’ve still got it.”

Tony Hadley was supported by John Keeble, original drummer for Spandau Ballet. The crowd sang happy birthday to John, who also turned 54 on Saturday, and he had cake with Tony and their entourage backstage afterwards.

Actress and singer-songwriter Hazel O’Connor opened Saturday’s Chilfest with crowd-pleasing numbers from her decade-spanning career.

She said afterwards: “It’s brilliant performing here in Tring, as I used to live just down the road in Aldenham. It’s always a weird one when you open a show, but it was fantastic. Everything was blessed today.”

The cookie monster and lots of people dressed as Beetlejuice, main character in the iconic 1988 movie of the same name, were among those in the crowd.

> Buy a copy of the Gazette this week for more pictures from Chilfest. Keep checking this website for an updated video containing interviews with major Chilfest acts like Tony Hadley and Heather Small from M People, who performed on Friday.

> You can see our report on Friday’s Chilfest by clicking here.