Festival that will pay tribute to Steve Strange sells out in record time …

The festival that will honour the life of Steve Strange has sold out in less than 48 hours just days after tickets were put on sale.

No names have yet to be announced for the New Romantic Festival to be held at the Grand Pavilion in Porthcawl in October, but that didn’t stop fans of the former Visage frontman and the ‘80s movement he spawned from snapping up tickets.

A post on the New Romantic Festival website read: “We are now sold out of all standing tickets for the New Romantic Festival at the Porthcawl Pavilion.

“We would like to thank you all for the overwhelming support for this event, which is a celebration of our dear friend and family member and New Romantic Pioneer – Mr Steve Strange.”

Exceeded expectations

One of the organisers of the festival, Welsh musician Jayce Lewis, said: “The festival selling out has exceeded our wildest expectations. We were surprised. I didn’t expect to see all the tickets sold without any bands having been announced.”

The event promises to feature live music from artistes past and present who have links to the New Romantic movement.

The salute to the life of the former Visage frontman and kingpin of the Blitz Club, which fostered the early careers of the likes of Spandau Ballet and Boy George, is being masterminded by Jayce and Steve Strange’s former PA Amanda Lloyd.

Steve died aged 55 from heart failure on holiday in Egypt and the pair organised the singer’s star-studded funeral which was held in Porthcawl in March.

Pop icons Boy George, Spandau Ballet’s Martin and Gary Kemp and Steve Norman, and close friend Jayce fought back tears as they carried the coffin.

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Spandau Ballet lead singer Tony Hadley, ABC’s Martin Fry, hairdresser Nicky Clarke and Liverpudlian actress Margi Clarke were among the 400-plus mourners who filled the church.

Following Steve’s funeral, it was decided to create an annual event in his memory.

Blown away

“It’s a reaction to the unbelievable coverage that Steve received after his untimely death,” said Jayce, who is the singer with rock outfit Protafield.

“I think everybody was blown away by it and the love that there was for him.

“It also made us think that this movement is still very much alive and there is still so much interest in it. It captured a moment in music that has influenced and keeps influencing bands. We realised the magnitude of what he started and what we could carry on with the festival.

“I couldn’t believe a festival like this hadn’t been done before.”

Jayce added that while no names have yet been announced to appear they are negotiating with some familiar stars from the ‘80s – and that while they have grand ambitions for the New Romantic Festival, they don’t want to get ahead of themselves.

As big as Elvis festival?

“We’re going to start it off being realistic and careful, and see how it goes,” he said.

“We’ve got the Elvis Festival in Porthcawl and that’s massive and we can’t see why this festival can’t do as well as that eventually.

“The reaction we’ve had so far has been great and Steve’s family are very much behind what we’re planning.”

The New Romantic Festival Facebook page is www.facebook.com/newromanticfestival

Article source: http://www.walesonline.co.uk/whats-on/music-nightlife-news/steve-strange-festival-sold-out-9293617