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80's vs 90's Lytham Festival
Graham Clark, Features Writer
The Friday night of this year's Lytham Festival had a mix of acts from the 80's and 90's.

When Living in a Box announced as they arrived on stage that they were "going to put the rhythm into Lytham" it might have sounded cheesy but they were not wrong.

Now with Kenny Thomas singing lead vocals, Thomas is perfectly suited to the band: his soulful yet powerful voice lends itself well to the Living In A Box songs. Most people associate the act with the track that is the also the name of the band but there is a lot more to Living in a Box than their first big hit.

Kenny Thomas & Living In A Box
Room in Your Heart and Blow the House Down might be erased from some people's memories but tonight under the soulful voice of Kenny Thomas they sounded superb.

Of course Thomas has a solo career too and he reminds the audience of his past with Thinking Bout Your Love which is even bettered by a surprise appearance of Spandau Ballet's Steve Norman on saxophone.

Predictably they had to end with the Living In A Box track which concluded a brilliant set.

A1
Whether A1 are part of the 90's or later is debatable, now a 3 piece it seems that the band had travelled from different parts of Europe to be at the Lytham gig.

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If it is a while since they performed together it did not show, they worked in harmony and their infectious enthusiasm seemed to cross over to the crowd. Same old Brand New You and Caught in the Middle brought back the memories.

They even did the dance routine to the hit they had with their version of the A-Ha hit, Take on Me. Their addition to the line up might have raised eyebrows but in reality they were one of the surprise successes of the night.

Midge Ure has been a teen idol when he was in Silk, a Rich Kid in the band of the same name, the lead singer of Ultravox and remembered for his involvement with Live Aid as well as his solo career.

Midge Ure
He delivered a storming set that relied heavily on the Ultravox songs, as well as a great version of the Walker Brothers No Regrets, Visage's Fade To Grey which he produced and his solo number 1 from 1985, If I Was. His set was well received too in preparation for the headliners, The Human League.

Sadly an announcement came from the stage that one of the band members had been taken seriously ill on site and was under the care of a doctor. The band's hits played over the PA as the audience dispersed, but it had still been a superb night of entertainment.

80's vs 90's Lytham Festival, 7th August 2017, 16:45 PM