In Simon Reynolds’ Retromania he notes that “there has never been a society in human history so obsessed with the cultural artefacts of its own immediate past” and that towards the end of the twentieth century nostalgia has become more bound with popular culture than ever.“We feel pangs for the products of yesteryear, the novelties and distractions that filled up our youth,” wrote Reynolds.
At Throwback there is eighties nostalgia everywhere, and festival-goers’ costumes range from Ghostbusters and Hi-de-Hi yellow coats to Culture Club and Adam Ant.
Debbie Sledge, her daughter Camille and Tanya Tiet, who Sledge describes as her “adopted daughter”, have been on the road since May with their family. Their last show of the tour was Throwback’s headline act on Saturday night and a passionate seamless performance brought the house down. They love hearing stories about how their music has touched people’s lives over the years through family occasions and milestones.
“The excitement from people is so inspiring for us,” said Debbie. “It’s a circle, because we’re excited and people are excited – everybody’s happy.”
Throwback returns on October 1, 2020 as the Ultimate Festival at Sea with headliners Jimmy Somerville, Marc Almond and The Jacksons, plus more.