SIX huge bands who made it big in the 80s will be coming to Colchester as part of a whole-day for showcasing new wave and synth-pop retro revival. 

The Human League will be headlining the 80s Calling! festival, set to take place on a huge stage in Castle Park this summer.

The new wave band will be joined by other incredible 80s acts for the event in August.

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Bananarama, one of the most successful female groups of all time will also be performing in the city, famous for songs 'Cruel Summer' and 'Love in the First Degree'. 

In addition, there will be Jazz-funk icons Level 42, known for hits like ‘Lessons in Love’ and ‘Something About You’, and The Farm, best known for their anthemic hit ‘All Together Now’.

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Another band performing at the festival will be soul-pop siblings Pat and Greg Kane, otherwise known as Hue and Cry best known for their single 'Labour of Love'.

Opening the festival for a brilliant day of live music will be The Christians, whose debut album, The Christians entered the UK Albums Chart at number two. 

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Liz Doogan-Hobbs MBE, chief executive of LHG Events, said: “We're thrilled to announce yet another music offering to Colchester, and we are certain 80s Calling! is going to prove a huge hit.

"Not only with fans who remember the artists the first time around but also newer fans who embrace the retro revival, or just want to enjoy top tunes in a spectacular summer setting.

"We hope to see as many of you there as possible and encourage you to dress your own take on 80s style and really embrace the spirit of the evening.

"Bring on the neon, bring on the shades, and let’s have a party!”

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The 80s Calling! festival will take place in Castle Park on August 3, with tickets going on sale on March 29 at 9am. 

Tickets will be priced from £42.50, including a booking fee and hospitality packages and VIP upgrades are also available.

Accessible tickets are available directly from Ticketmaster. 

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