Steve Strange to be honoured at New Romatic festival in Porthcawl

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1980s pop star Steve Strange is to be honoured with a one-day music festival in Porthcawl.

The event, on October 31, will see several bands and artists with New Romantic links taking to stage at the town’s Grand Pavilion.

Visage frontman Steve died suddenly at age 55 while holidaying in Egypt earlier this year. Crowds of fans lined the streets of Porthcawl at his funeral last month, as Boy George and Steve Norman and Martin and Gary Kemp, of Spandau Ballet fame, helped carry the coffin.

Speaking to the BBC, musician Jayce Lewis explained why he and Mr Strange’s former personal assistant Amanda Lloyd had decided to set up the event: “The response to Steve’s death was so overwhelming.

“We could see that the New Romantic era was very much alive and so we wanted to carry the torch,” Mr Lewis said.

Although no musicians have been announced for the festival yet, the pair are said to be negotiating with some well-known 80s pop stars.

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