October 29, 2012
Virgin Atlantic brings Rick Astley to 80s Rewind Festival in Cape Town
Fazielah Williams has lived in and loved her Mother City since birth. Having lived all over the Peninsula during her childhood, she now calls the picturesque City Bowl home and likes nothing more than watching the sun set over Table Bay from the window of her apartment.
A lover of the arts and proud Cape Town fanatic, Fazielah began her writing career by spending many hours as a child conjuring fantastical stories that featured independent heroines from faraway lands who saved the Prince instead. This Capetonian princess has enjoyed stints as a magical arts PRO and TV publicist before finding her calling as a travel writer.
When not waxing lyrical about the Fairest Cape’s most loved attractions and activities and embarking on unexpected adventures, Fazielah can usually be found taking in a show at one of the City’s fabulous theatres.
If you were a neon-colour T-shirt, shoulder-padded jacket, leg warmer-wearing teenager in the 1980s, chances are you swooned every time pop idol Rick Astley sang Never Gonna Give You Up.
On Wednesday, October 31 and Thursday, November 1, 2012, Astley, along with icons Belinda Carlisle, ABC, Nik Kershaw, Imagination and more will be at the Grand West Casino and Entertainment World’s mega entertainment venue, the Grand Arena, for the Virgin Atlantic 80s Rewind Festival.
Brought to the Mother City by airline giant Virgin Atlantic, the festival promises two evenings of retro fun. Like its London counterpart and the Durban event, which attracted 20 000 fans, the Cape Town show will feature only the best of the decade’s talent and a nostalgic trip back in time.
It’s time to dig deep into your closet and find those stonewashed jeans, off-shoulder shirts, head bows and leather pants because you don’t want to miss out on the big prizes for the best-dressed festival goers. Another highlight is the Big Sing, a mass sing-along session.
I managed to snag a few minutes of Rick Astley's time to ask a few questions:
What was your most beloved clothing item in the 80s and can we expect to see it at the Rewind Festival?
My raincoat… I was at a Radio Road show back in the 80s and I handed it to someone who I thought was part of the crew, he wasn’t and promptly legged it [ran away] with my Mac, so you won’t see it in Cape Town.
What inspires you musically?
Lots of things, like everyone, it’s all to do with moods. I like a great voice but it could also be a melody or energy.
Where to from here, in terms of your career?
Who was your secret 80s icon crush?
Kylie Minogue and Debbie Gibson who by the way are still both in great nick [look great]!
And your millennium crush, besides your gorgeous wife?
I just saw a girl at the garage buying ice cream… wow!
Which Cape Town meal are you most excited to taste while here?
A vienna, which I have been promised by the concert promoter.
Which one of your songs would best describe Cape Town?
Tickets for the Virgin Atlantic 80s Rewind Festival on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at the Grand Arena were available via Computicket.
Grab your hairbrush, find a large mirror, bust out your best 80s dance moves and sing along to Astley’s hit single, Never Gonna Give You Up below: