- 02 Sep 16
Martin Fry leads a nostalgia-fest to bring Friday to life
The teenagers of the eighties were lined up in front of the stage, awaiting ABC with the charismatic Martin Fry. Fresh from the Hot Press chatroom, Fry walked on stage with a smile on his lips, staring into the afternoon sun. Ready to take on the Picnic.
'Show Me' was bang on, followed by 'Poison Arrow', the crowd singing along to every word. For a moment Electric Picnic turned into an eighties discotheque, where hit after hit got the crowd swinging their hips and waving their arms as if there was no tomorrow. The lyrics spilled from their lips as they all clung to each other, trying to hold onto their youth. 'Viva love' and 'The Flames Of Desire' from the new album blended in perfectly with the classics, with Fry smoothly dancing across the main stage.
‘Come on you old Romantics and new Romantics’, exclaimed Fry before the opening notes of 'All Of My Heart' flowed into the air. Lovers sought each other out as they gently swayed to the music, screaming their lungs out during the chorus. 'When Smokey Sings' drove the crowd crazy, but when they closed their set with 'The Look Of Love', there was no stopping them.
The eighties never died and today, ABC proved that even the curious youngsters can find their way to the music their parents loved.