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Do you still have the moves? Northern Soul tonight at Newbury Retrofestival

Retrofestival had returned to Newbury Showground this weekend to celebrate of all things vintage and 11-piece Northern Soul band Stefan Taylor & The Signatures take to the stage tonight (Saturday).

Stefan first sang with The Signatures in 2016 and the group have just released their debut studio album Run For Cover.

“Run For Cover is an album that The Signatures and I have had in the pipeline for a while,” says Stefan.

Stefan Taylor credit Sam Haskell, Catman Boogie Media
Stefan Taylor credit Sam Haskell, Catman Boogie Media

“Now that we have finally finished the project I couldn’t be prouder or more excited by the end product.

“It’s 10 songs hand-picked as our favourites from our live set that we have perfected over the last few years alongside versions of songs we have performed with the original artists themselves, such as Nolan Porter. As out first studio album together, I cannot wait for our fans, old and new, many of whom have been clamouring for us to make an album for years. To hear the final product of our many hours of work and refinement, I’m genuinely buzzling for people to hear this record.”

“Our performances at Retrofestival have always been some of our favourites as a band, with a non-stop roaring Northern Soul set full of all the classic stompers in front of a crowd that very rarely stop dancing to even take a breath. With the legendary Tommy Hunt always stealing the show with his wit and charm, it is sure to be a memorable gig once again this year, the band can’t wait.”

“It is so good to be back at our spiritual home of Newbury,” says Retrofestival organiser Paul Jezard. “It has been such a difficult year for everyone, but hopefully, we are slowly getting back to some kind of normality, and we are so pleased to be able to put on a festival to bring some happiness to the people of Newbury and beyond.

“We really have been embraced by the people of Newbury and it is much appreciated.

“The difference this year is there will be lots of hand-washing stations and we have increased the size of our cleaning team by 50 per cent.”

There are more than 1,000 exhibits including classic cars, motorbikes, caravans, hot rods, military vehicles, Tear Drop caravans, Airstreams, scooters, steam engines, hot air balloon show in the evenings, American RV’s, plus more. There will be live music on several stages from 10am right through till 11pm – 50s rock ‘n’ roll, rockabilly, 60s Mod, soul, Northern soul or pure vintage from the 20s and 30s.

There’s also cabaret in the Spitfire Pavilion on Saturday night, with all proceeds going to charity, along with all monies from T-shirt sales and brochure sales. Over the last few years, Retrofestival has raised more than £200,000 for local charities including Prior’s Court, Children’s Heart Association, Child Bereavement Centre, Yellow Submarine, plus many more.

With more than 250 stalls selling everything from classic games to furniture, from clothes to car parts, and everything in between, there really is something for everyone.

Look out for walking entertainment, Ken Fox Wall of Death (as seen on Top Gear), magic show, steam powered fun fair, a hairdressing salon and barbers, if you fancy getting involved with the style of the eras.

Tickets are available on the gate and under-11s go free. Open from 5pm tomorrow till 11pm and from 10am till 11pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

To find out more go to www.retrofestival.co.uk

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