Nostalgia trip with Eighties icons at Sheffield City Hall

Go West and Nick Kershaw, along with T'Pau are set to perform together in concert.
Go West and Nick Kershaw, along with T'Pau are set to perform together in concert.

Music fans can revel in some 80s nostalgia when not one, but three acts take to the stage to a night of retro fun.

Nik Kershaw and Go West have teamed up for the latest show to capitalise on the wave of nostalgia for the decade of yuppies, shoulder pads and perms - and lined up China in Your Hand hit-makers T’Pau as special guests .

And singer Peter Cox, one-half of Go West alongside guitarist Richard Drummie, is determined to make the most of the current resurgence in love for the decade of all things big.

“The 80s revival has been going on for a while and, for me, I hope it continues,” admits the 59-year-old.

“It’s interesting, because our stuff appeals to a cross-section of age groups, not just people of a certain age, but their children too.

“I know people in their 20s have bought it, which, of course, I am happy about.”

Go West enjoyed chart success in the late 80s and early 90s with songs such as We Close Our Eyes, Call Me and King of Wishful Thinking, while Nik Kershaw enjoyed a string of top-five hits in the mid 80s with tunes such as Wouldn’t It Be Good, The Riddle and I Won’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me.

And they have known each other for a long time.

Peter says: “We have been knockiong around with Nik on the festival circuit for some years and I have always been a fan of his, so getting together seemed to be a good idea.

“We’ve been meeting and talking about it.”

The show promises performances by each act, as well as on-stage collaborations between Nik and Go West.

“T’Pau are going to open the show, “ says Peter.

“There will be a little bit of Go West, a little bit of Nik - the audience are going to come to hear certain songs.

“Richard and I have been doing the Go West set for some time. There are a certain number of songs our audience will expect to hear.

“And Nik Kershaw and Go West will also be on stage together. We going to play some songs that are not necessary songs we have written.

However, the choice of songs to cover is a difficult one, says Peter. “From experience of playing other people’s materiam, what seems like a good idea over a couple of pints doesn’t always work. Nik’s influences are very different from our own.”

“One idea it so choose a song by a female singer, because that will immediately sounds different. Nik will have ideas he wants to try.

And Peter admits the band are considering a cover of a song by Sheffield favourites The Human League.

“We have totied with the idea of Don’t You Want Me, but it’s never made the set. It’s certainly a possibility.”

But fans will have to find out themselves at the show.

Tickets for Go West & Nik Kershaw Together In Concert with special guest T’Pau at Sheffield City Hall, on Sunday, November 1, are now available, priced from £28.50, from 0114 278 9789.