"Rewind is fantastic, the rain never seems to dampen people's spirits. I think the site is outstanding, and of course meeting up with old friends – because we're all so stupidly busy and we never get the chance to socialise. You do here and you're hanging about backstage chatting to a few pals."

Legendary musician Midge Ure summed up the Rewind Festival spirit, just before taking to the stage at the 80s weekend extravaganza in Henley.

It's a true party spirit at Rewind, and when even the security guards are dancing to Thriller and the YMCA, you know it's a fun place to be.

As the Village People said to the crowd, at what has become an annual pilgrimage for 80s lovers: "You're a party, we're a party band, that's why we go so well together!"

Perhaps it makes a pleasant change for this flamboyant crew to play to a crowd as colouful as themselves, with 80s costumes equally as eye-catching as theirs.

And the party continued until the closing act with the legendary Status Quo who proved that class acts never fade, getting the entire audience Rocking All Over the World in torrential rain.

With inflatable guitars aloft, the 80s music lovers were treated to guitar classics such as Down Down, What You're Proposing and In The Army Now.

In what was their first ever appearance at Rewind South, it will certainly go down in Rewind history as one of the greatest acts to grace the stage.

Speaking of great acts, Heaven 17's Martyn Ware pulled off the incredible feat of assembling some of the best-loved performers of the 80s into one supergroup.

The British Electric Foundation was a real highlight of the weekend, with performances from punk rock to dance and pop by artists including Glenn Gregory, Rozalla, the Sex Pistols' Glen Matlock, Owen Paul and Jilted John.
Also joining the BEF was Kim Appleby of 80s duo Mel and Kim who gave an emotional performance of the smash hit Respectable for the first time in decades, much to the delight of the crowd.

In a poignant close to their set, the BEF paid homage to their friend, the late great George Michael, with a full group rendition of Freedom '90, with Glenn Gregory on lead vocals and George Michael's image illuminated on screen.
As always at Rewind, timeless anthems are served to a hungry 80s crowd, and disco queen Gloria Gaynor did not let the festival goers down, with euphoric performances of I Will Survive and I Am What I Am.

The equally glamorous Kim Wilde continued the girl power on stage transporting an appreciate audience back to her pop princess days with tunes such Kids in America and You Keep Me Hangin' On.

Other Rewind Festival stalwarts such as Go West, Nik Kershaw, Nick Heyward and Level 42 proved that 80s crowds can never tire of their huge back catalogue of hits that shaped that decade.

There was a welcome as warm as the Saturday sunshine when Big Country brought their unique blend of rock to the stage, performing hits such as In a Big Country and Wonderland.

Rock turned to pop, and it wasn't just an illusion, when Imagination's Leee John did body talking to the 80s crowds with his trademark fashion style as unforgettable as his hits.

Also appearing at Rewind South were The South themselves, who rolled back the years with hits including Perfect 10 and It Takes A Little Time, continuing the relaxed vibe created by The Christians who had opened Sunday's show.

With only a year to go before the festival celebrates its big 10th anniversary, Rewind has turned into a unique musical institution for die-hard 80s kids who are given an annual opportunity to relive their childhoods, and dress up as their 80s heros. No doubt they'll already be planning their costumes for next year!

Photo credit: Andras Paul