Hundreds of musicians are planning tours and live shows this year in a bid to make up for lost time.
After live music was halted due to coronavirus restrictions, musicians are making up for it with hundreds of shows planned for later this year when, hopefully, lockdown rules will have eased sufficiently to allow crowds.With both new tours and rescheduled tours there is something for everyone, and with music nostalgia big business these days, a huge number of Eighties acts are heading out for a retro revival with shows in venues near Chesterfield
Here are eight stars of the decade of shoulder pads, big phones and even bigger hair you can catch live this year…
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The American singer was one of the biggest stars of the decade, from her days as lead singer with The Go-Go's to solo hits such as Heaven Is a Place on Earth, I Get Weak, Circle in the Sand and Leave a Light On. She is set to play at Nottingham's Splendour Festival in July, before a solo tour which includes dates at Nottingham's Royal Concert Hall on October 8 and Sheffield City Hall on October 30. See fb.com/BelindaCarlisleOfficial
The veteran star enjoyed huge success in the Eighties, with tracks such as UK number one When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going and US number one Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car. Now he is embarking on a rescheduled headline tour performing the best of his greatest hits and songs from his latest studio album One World, including dates at Nottingham's Royal Concert Hall on September 22 and Sheffield City Hall, on October 22. See billyocean.com
Enjoy an Evening with The Waterboys who formed back in 1983. The band are probably best known for The Whole of The Moon, a top-30 hit on its release in 1985 and a top-five smash on its re-release six years later, which has gone on to be covered by the likes of Prince, The Killers and U2. They play Sheffield City Hall on October 10. See mikescottwaterboys.com
From acting in Neighbours to his solo singing career - and that duet with Kylie - Jason Donovan was one of the biggest stars of the Eighties. He brings his rescheduled Even Good More Reasons tour - performing his biggest musical and pop hits with a full live band - to Nottingham's Royal Concert Hall on September 19 and Sheffield City Hall on November 20. See jasondonovan.com
Definitely the biggest band out of the Isle of Wight, Level 42 enjoyed more than 15 top-40 singles in the Eighties, including Lessons in Love, Heaven in My Hands and Something About You. The rescheduled From Eternity To Here tour includes shows at Nottingham Royal Concert Hall on October 13 and Sheffield City Hall on November 1. See bit.ly/3nrjhe9
The Liverpool new wave and synth-pop band enjoyed huge success in the early Eighties, with top-20 singles such as Wishful Thinking, Christian and Black Man Ray. Catch the band at Nottingham's Rescue Rooms on August 13 and Derby's Flowerpot venue on October 15. See fb.com/chinacrisisofficial
Deacon Blue, led by singer Ricky Ross, shot to fame in the late 1980s with a string of top-40 hits, including Dignity, Real Gone Kid and Wages Day from their first two albums, Raintown and chart-topper When the World Knows Your Name. Catch their rescheduled Cities of Love tour at Nottingham's Royal Concert Hall on November 28 and Sheffield City Hall on December 4. See deaconblue.com
The quartet - now fronted by former Liberty X singer Kevin Simm after the departure of Marti Pellow - show to fame in the late 1980s with top-five songs such as Wishing I Was Lucky, Sweet Little Mystery, Angel Eyes (Home and Away) and the number one With a Little Help from My Friends. They bring their rescheduled Journey tour to Nottingham's on October 31. See wetwetwet.co.uk