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Music in the Park: Bananarama, Nik Kershaw, Peter Andre, Bad Manners, Deco, Boys on Block all head to Leyland’s Worden Park in the nostalgic 80s and 90s festival

Crowd at Music in the Park. Pic Paul Heyes

Bananarama, Peter Andre, Bad Manners, The South, Nik Kershaw, Boyz on Block (with an exciting special guest) and Deco all headline the event, which will be hosted by Nathan Moore of Brother Beyond. Back by popular demand, the one and only Pat Sharp will be on the decks to play more of those fantastic tunes that got everyone dancing last year. The event will return on Sunday, May 28, the bank holiday, and will once again take place at Worden Park in Leyland.

Councilor Paul Foster, leader of South Ribble Council, said: ‘Wow, look at that queue. It’s going to be such an amazing night. “It was a dream for us to establish a musical event in the borough and now that we are back for the second year, it’s incredible. Last year’s event completely exceeded all of our expectations and thousands of you came out and danced the night away. We’ve listened to this year’s feedback and next one should be an even bigger and better event. If I were you, I would take your tickets earlier! If you’re quick, you might be able to get an early bird discount and buy a standard entry ticket for £30. There are a limited number of tickets available at this price – when they’re gone, they’re gone. Full price tickets will be £40 for standard entry and £55 for premium tickets which allow fast track entry, access to upgraded toilets and a dedicated bar near the stage, plus a VIP cordon. Tickets can be paid for in installments.

Earl Foster said: “We have tried to keep the cost of tickets as low as possible to allow everyone to be able to come and enjoy our fantastic line-up. It’s also important to remember that while this is a large, stand-alone event, having this event in the borough year after year will be a great boost to our local economy and encourage visitors from across the region. at South Ribble.

Nick Kershaw

Featured acts include:

Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward of Bananarama are celebrating the band’s 40th anniversary and their accomplishments speak for themselves. Two Band Aid appearances, an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most successful female group in the world with the most popular singles, many of which were international hits, four reaching the US Billboard Top 10, including one #1 with Venus. To date, the duo have had 30 hits, released 12 albums and sold 30 million records.

Pat Sharp at Music in the Park

Throughout his career Nik has drawn accolades from legends such as Eric Clapton and Miles Davis and been nominated for four Brit Awards. Elton John described him as “the best songwriter of his generation”. He continues to write and record (both for his own projects and for film and television) and perform his songs – old and new – to his followers all over the world.

Peter Andre is an accomplished global media star known for his successful career in music and television. Peter reached a peak in his musical career in the 1990s when he became the sixth best-selling artist in the UK. He had number one hit singles with “Flava”, “I Feel You” and his biggest hit “Mysterious Girl”, as well as two number one albums. Peter has toured the world, collecting a host of national and international awards along the way.


Pat rocked Worden Park in 2022 with his fantastic DJ set and we couldn’t be happier to have him join us again! With nearly 40 years of experience in live TV, radio and hosting, Pat continues to attract more and more new fans, young and old, and has over 60,000 followers on Twitter. Pat currently broadcasts across the UK on Greatest Hits Radio, as well as his three weekend radio shows in Norway on P8 Pop.

The South is an impressive 9-piece band made up of former members of The Beautiful South, including vocalist Alison Wheeler and lifelong saxophonist Gaz Birtles. Since Dave Hemingway, the original vocalist, left the band in late 2016, Gaz has moved to the front of the band with Alison and has taken on vocal duties. Since the demise of The Beautiful South in 2007, this exciting live band have spent 11 years touring UK theaters and festivals across the country, bringing back the full sound and arrangements of these treasured songs – A Little Time (the number one single), Perfect 10, Rotterdam, Song For Whoever, Old Red Eyes Is Back, Good as Gold, Don’t Marry Her plus many other singles and album tracks plus some choice originals from the South. These songs span an impressive 18-year career beginning in 1989.

Bad Manners, along with singer Buster Bloodvessel, were at the forefront of the ska revival movement in England in the late 70s. They quickly became fashion favorites thanks to their bald frontman’s silly antics and the huge body, gaining early exposure through package tours from 2-Tone Records and an appearance in the live-action documentary Dance Craze. In the early 80’s they had many UK hits including ‘Ne-Ne Na-Na Na-Na Nu-Nu’, ‘Lip Up Fatty’, ‘Special Brew’ and ‘Can Can’. By the mid-80s, the ska craze was over, but the band have been touring ever since, getting people dancing all over the world. Now in their 45th year and no sign of stopping.

Comprised of members of 5ive, Another Level and Phats & Small, these guys have become well known for their block party style, and that’s what they do best! They’ll rock the stage with hits like ‘Turn Around’, ‘Everybody Get Up’ and ‘Freak Me’. The Boyz will also bring a surprise special guest.

Deco debuted in 2021. After a string of TikTok-worthy covers and content, their mashup of Wonderwall by Oasis and Smalltown Boy by Bronski Beat went viral, with over 4 million views to its credit. This led to TV appearances on BBC News and Good Morning Britain, as well as listens on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2, Radio X, Absolute Radio, Virgin Radio and countless others around the world. Bronski Beat’s Jimmy Somerville said he was “blown away,” and Oasis’ Liam Gallagher gave it his stamp of approval by sharing it on his official TikTok account. In the summer they took part in BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend and supported Nile Rodgers & Chic and Culture Club with huge outdoor shows!

Nathan is an incredible performer who effortlessly captivates an audience. He had huge success in the 80s with his band Brother Beyond, recording hits such as “The Harder I Try” and “He Ain’t No Competition”. He’s toured with Rick Astley and Kim Wilde, and is a regular face at every festival. around the UK. Tickets are on sale now at www.musicinthepark.live