Review: Here and Now, The Very Best of the 80’s at Audley End House & Gardens on July 13

PUBLISHED: 17:06 16 July 2018 | UPDATED: 17:21 16 July 2018

Audley End House and Gardens hosted Here and Now, The Very Best of the 80's concert.

Audley End House and Gardens hosted Here and Now, The Very Best of the 80's concert.

Source: English Heritage Photo Library - Picture Reference: N090512

My evening at Audley End where I was attending a concert choc-a-block with hit makers from the eighties, including Jason Donovan and Midge Ure, did not start well.

My friend, who arrived earlier than me, rang me and said, in slight disbelief: “They’re not letting us bring food in!”

“What?” I said, thinking of my picnic stashed in the boot of my car, “that cannot be right.”

But it was right.

Organisers Giles Cooper Entertainment were not letting anyone bring pre-prepared or pre-bought food or drink (apart from water) into the grounds.

Although The English Heritage website and the websites selling the tickets do mention this, the many concert-goers who arrived with hampers, drinks and pringles expecting to be able to eat their food in the grounds, whilst letting eighties nostalgia wash over them, suggests the policy wasn’t made obvious.

But anyway, grumble over.

The line-up for the evening included Jason Donovan, Midge Ure, Five Star, Hot Chocolate, Altered Images, T’Pau and Toyah.

Highlights of the night were T’Pau’s powerful rendition of China in Your Hand and Jason Donovan crooning Any Dream Will Do from the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, which led to vigorous arm swaying and some rather impressive singing from the crowed.

Wearing purple sparkly suits, Five Star busted out some impressive moves and performed a tight, fast-paced dance routine, which made them stand out from the other acts.

The setting was family friendly, with children running around and friends dancing together on blankets.

The concert was a lovely way to spend a summer evening, it was just a shame about the £4 Mr Whippy ice creams and the no food or drink rule.

2 comments

  • The marketing for this event advised that on Police advice the promoters were not permitting ticket holders to bring in food or drink but a wide range of food and drink outlets would be available at the concert, clearly an attempt to make more profit from concert goers like charging £6 for parking. Although there was a fair crowd at the concert there were far fewer than in previous years when picnics were allowed. Having attended a concert at Holkham Hall a few weeks ago to see Lionel Ritchie in a similar setting where food and drink was allowed there were thousands more concert goers all enjoying themselves without a hint of trouble. Did the police really advise no food or drink to be taken in? If so on what grounds and why would Norfolk Police allow it and Essex Police not. Picnic Concerts at Audley End have been very well supported and enjoyed by many over the years so English Heritage let’s have them back please

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    Malc56

    Monday, July 16, 2018

  • The marketing for this event advised that on Police advice the promoters were not permitting ticket holders to bring in food or drink but a wide range of food and drink outlets would be available at the concert, clearly an attempt to make more profit from concert goers like charging £6 for parking. Although there was a fair crowd at the concert there were far fewer than in previous years when picnics were allowed. Having attended a concert at Holkham Hall a few weeks ago to see Lionel Ritchie in a similar setting where food and drink was allowed there were thousands more concert goers all enjoying themselves without a hint of trouble. Did the police really advise no food or drink to be taken in? If so on what grounds and why would Norfolk Police allow it and Essex Police not. Picnic Concerts at Audley End have been very well supported and enjoyed by many over the years so English Heritage let’s have them back please

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    Malc56

    Monday, July 16, 2018

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