Katrina. Sunshine Festival. Upton-on-Severn. 25.08.2018

Back in the eighties, Katrina and the Waves were criminally overlooked. ‘Walking on Sunshine’ was very much their ‘All Right Now’ and the Eurovision 97 winner ‘Love Shine a Light’ their ‘Wishing Well’. We saw them at Leeds University when they were touring their sadly inferior second lp.

Caught the end of Secret Affair, doing ‘Time for Action’ and ‘My World’ and headed for the front rail to wait for Ms Leskanich. A bit late coming on, they started with 1989’s ‘Rock n Roll Girl’. A version of ‘River Deep Mountain High’ followed, with ‘Sun Street’ hot on its tail. Katrina acknowledged Her Ladyship bellowing for ‘Red Wine and Whiskey’ and duly obliged. It is a great song. The similarly great ‘Going down to Liverpool’ was preceded by Katrina’s preamble about the Bangles. Martha and the Muffins ‘Echo Beach’ has been in the set for a while and the set ended with ‘LSAL’ and ‘WOS’ with my favourite ‘Lovely Lindsay’ sandwiched in between. Barely 45 minutes and that was it.  It is definitely a ‘festival’ and ’80s night’ set, but it is shame that she feels she has to put a couple of singalong covers in when brilliant originals such as ‘Do you want crying’, ‘Game of Love’ and ‘Que te Quiero’ are left on the shelf. (But she has been singing RDMH since the early KATW days though.)  Still enjoyed her.



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