October 8, 2011

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It was time to re-live the 80’s as we attended Retrolicious, an outdoor concert whose lineup this year featured Human League, Belinda Carlisle and Bananarama.

First up though was dinner with Jane and Albert at Gattopardo, Hotel Fort Canning. Jane and I shared a pizza while Albert had pasta and Nick had a pork belly dish. The pizza was very normal, the pork belly thing was very tender but after a while it gets a bit ‘jelak’.

By the time we walked over to the concert venue, it was jam-packed. The concert was sold out, some people dressed to the theme, saw a couple of Cindy Lauper wannabes. We managed to track Rena down and she had secured a good spot, about 20 people deep from the middle of the stage.

The Class 95 deejays were out in force, they screened videos and clips from the 80’s to warm up the crowd and soon enough Human League were invited on stage to kick things off.

They started with a couple of newer obscure songs which was lost on the crowd but it picked up towards the end with ‘Don’t You Want Me’ and ‘Human’. They ended with ‘Together in Electric Dreams’, which was a real crowd pleaser, though that was something lead singer Philip Oakley collaborated with Giorgio Moroder on, and not by the band per se.

After a short break, it was Belinda Carlisle’s turn. She hasn’t aged a bit! She belted out hit after hit, I could sing along to everything! There was ‘La Luna’, ‘Runaway Horses’, ‘Heaven Is A Place On Earth’, ‘Summer Rain’, ‘I Get Weak’, ‘Leave A Light On’, ‘Circle In The Sand’ and ‘Live Your Life Be Free’ etc. I enjoyed her set the most, and she was the most engaged with the audience.

Last but not least was Bananarama, they’ve been a duo for a while now and are in their 50s! They looked pretty hot for their age and kept chatting to each other in between songs such as ‘I Heard A Rumour’, ‘Venus’, ‘I Want You Back’, ‘Nathan Jones’ and ‘Love In The First Degree’.

We all enjoyed ourselves, it was good fun and I would go again depending on the line up next time. More concerts please!

Before heading home, Nick and I stopped by Robertson Quay to have a drink at TCC, so thirsty after the concert. They had these old-fashioned swing chairs, but the boy did not appreciate them!

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