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The BIG Winter Warmer 60s & 70s Festival at Warner Norton Grange
5 days, 6th February 2020, from £279 per person
Originally created in 1969, it was not until 1973 that Brotherhood of Man formed a definite four-member line-up in 1973 consisting of Martin Lee, Lee Sheriden, Nicky Stevens and Sandra Stevens. They went on to score many hits around the world in the mid to late 1970s including Kiss Me Kiss Your Baby, Angelo, Oh Boy (The Mood I’m In) and Figaro. They achieved their biggest success when they won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1976 with Save Your Kisses For Me and they also had three number-one singles and four top-twenty albums in the 70s. The group still continues performing with the same original line-up. Altogether, they have released 16 studio albums, with worldwide sales topping 15 million records.
Carrying on the tradition of the guys who started it all in 1963 – Freddie and The Dreamers – The Dreamers remain one of the best known named bands on the 60s music circuit. Changes to personnel over the past 50 years were inevitable but one member, Alan Mosca, remains in the band today. Alan was alongside Freddie as part of the British Invasion Tour of America, sharing the stage with Gerry and The Pacemakers, The Searchers and others. Alan is joined by The Temple Brothers, Steve and Colin, who have toured extensively with their Everly Brothers tribute show and Midnight Dynamos rock and roll band. Newest member Nicky Walker also a seasoned professional who toured the UK and Abroad as a session musician and his own unique Buddy Holly tribute show. With their unique harmonies and musicianship they add an extra dimension to the Dreamers, who along with the hits of Freddie and The Dreamers perform the most popular songs of the fifties rock and roll days and the great songs of the sixties.
Dave Berry is best-remembered for hits such as ‘Memphis, Tennessee‘, ‘The Crying Game and ‘Little Things‘. Together with his backing band The Cruisers they continued recording and touring throughout the 70s and 80s. Known for his expressive voice Dave Berry has remained fresh and dynamic in front of the pulsating back-beat of The Cruisers.
The New Pacemakers continues the legacy of the famous 60s group which powered Gerry Marsden to a string of hits including, Like It, How Do You Do It?, Ferry Cross the Mersey and You’ll Never Walk Alone. The band is led by lead guitarist and vocalist Steve Thompson who has been the right hand man to founder Gerry Marsden since the 90s. The Pacemakers have toured extensively for the past 26 years and continue to do so as the latest chapter of The New Pacemakers history unfolds. Steve is joined in the band’s line-up by former Pacemaker Andy Wild, Brian Poole’s Drummer Tony (Gill Boy) Allen and Rob Swain.
Brian Poole, who guests with The Pacemakers, made his name as the lead singer of 1960s band The Tremeloes (1957–67) which became one of the top dance-hall attractions in Britain. In 1962 they signed for Decca Records and were billed as Brian Poole and The Tremeloes. Their first chart entry was “Twist and Shout” in June 1963, a cover version of the Isley Brothers’ original (also covered by The Beatles). It reached number 4 in the UK singles chart, selling over one million copies, and other chart hits followed, including “Do You Love Me”, “Candy Man” and “Someone, Someone”. In 1968, the band officially split and Brian Poole went solo. in 1988, Poole hooked up with four other 60s stars; Reg Presley from The Troggs, Mike Pender of the Searchers, Tony Crane from The Merseybeats and Clem Curtis from The Foundations. Together, they formed the Corporation, also affectionately known as the Travelling Wrinklies. Brian has been recording and touring with this group and others and is one of the most popular artists on the 60s music circuit.
Spencer James has been vocalist/lead guitarist with 60s legends The Searchers for 32 years, during which time the workload has been phenomenal, and has included numerous UK and world tours. Spencer’s high-end recording studio (SJO Music) has produced acts such as The Equals, The Searchers, as well as his own albums Tides of Time, Love Remains and Breath In Breath Out, The Age Of Reason and Hope For Me Yet, featuring his own original songs. Spencer is developing his solo recording, writing and playing career as time and Searchers’ schedules permit.
Abba Arrival are one of the best and most popular Abba tribute bands and have performed their legendary show all over the world delighting Abba fans everywhere since 1995. Bursting on stage with an energy akin to the great band themselves, Arrival maintain a vitality that stuns crowds and leaves them shouting for more! Add to this outstanding vocal and musical ability and a stunning collection of authentic replica costumes and it’s clear this band are right on the money money money!
Vivo are a 3-piece band dedicated to the 60s when music changed a generation. Led by multi-instrumentalist Keith Slater, this trio bring back the best sounds of the decade.
Warner Norton Grange
The journey to the Isle of Wight is a pleasure in itself with a relaxing short cruise across the Solent from the Portsmouth, Lymington or Southampton. During the crossing, you can sit back and take in the lovely views as the south coast recedes into the distance and the picturesque Isle of Wight coast gets ever closer. Once on the island, the journey takes in picturesque countryside before arriving at Warner’s Norton Grange resort.
There are plenty of activities to keep you on your toes at Norton Grange, from pitch ‘n‘ putt, a bike ride or enjoy or archery to a swim in the indoor pool followed by a sauna.
You can rely on Warner‘s quality hallmark for good food and you will enjoy a hearty breakfast – or something lighter to suit your taste – and a full three-course dinner served at your table in the Castaways restaurant.
Relax in your comfy chalet, situated in single story terraces near the main entertainment and restaurant complex. Every chalet is looked after by a team of housekeepers who ensure they are clean and tidy with fresh linen and towels.
Standard chalet – £279pp – check-in from 3pm
Standard include en-suite bathroom, toiletries, hairdryer, central heating, tea & coffee making facilities & biscuits, TV & radio. There is a choice of single, twin & double-bedded chalets.
Premier chalet – £309pp – check-in from 2pm
Classy furnishings, extra space, still & sparkling water and iron & ironing board are the extra finishing touches in Norton Grange’s highest chalet grade.
Garden Suite – £354pp – check-in from 1pm
They’re sleek and contemporary with a hint of a nautical theme giving a nod to their prime coastal location.
Please note for operational reasons ‘My Warner Table’ will not operate on this break. Instead seating in the ballroom will be on a first come first served basis.