Park and glide with Hawkwind and synths

Easy as ABC: Martin Fry
Easy as ABC: Martin Fry
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PICK the wrong evening to stroll into Clumber Park in the next few days and your ears could be in for a shock.

For there couldn’t be three more contrasting al fresco offerings at the north Nottinghamshire beauty spot.

Sheffield’s original new romantic swingers ABC are on the top table of Saturday’s retro festival offerings.

Martin Fry and suited chums occupy a stage with enduring hits such as Poison Arrow, All Of My Heart and Look Of Love alongside the likes of former Soft Cell voice Marc Almond, Belinda Carlisle and Go West for a hefty helping of ’80s/’90s nostalgia.

Innovative Merseysiders OMD – the band behind seminal electronic hits Enola Gay, Electricity and Joan Of Arc – headline a Flashback Festival bill that is completed by The Christians.

Tomorrow is an entirely different ball game with guitars ruling the night air rather than synths.

Brit Floyd and Hawkwind are the late night draws on a Rockin’ In The Park roster that includes Carl Palmer – performing songs from classic 1971 Emerson, Lake & Palmer album Pictures At An Exhibition – Curved Air and The Strawbs.

By stark contrast, the hat-trick of gigs in the Worksop park is completed by classical crooner Alfie Boe, performing with his orchestra on Sunday.

The lovely lad from Lancashire was one of the more memorable performers at Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Organisers are urging people to bring along their own refreshments, chairs and camping tables to a show supported by Laura Wright.

Tickets for all three from 01909 512534, Motorpoint Arena and HMV’s local stores.