FESTIVAL NEWS: Let’s Rock announce line-up for three 2024 Festivals: Leeds, Exeter & Shrewsbury

Performers Include: Ub40 Feat. Ali Campbell, Squeeze, Bananarama, Boomtown Rats, Martin Kemp (Dj Set), Peter Hook & The Light, Level 42, Jason Donovan, Sister Sledge, Go West, Nik Kershaw, Altered Images, Kim Appleby + Many, Many More


The UK’s most iconic retro festival series, Let’s Rock, have today announced the line-ups for three 2024 festivals – Leeds, Exeter & Shrewsbury – with the Southampton line up to follow on 1st December (and worth the wait!)

Let’s Rock 2024 headliners include UB40 featuring Ali Campbell – who are making their Let’s Rock debut – Squeeze and Bananarama, while Martin Kemp of New Romantic pioneers Spandau Ballet will be making his debut with a DJ set.

In a line-up packed with era-defining hitmakers, also performing next summer will be Boomtown Rats, Peter Hook & The Light, Level 42, Jason Donovan, Sister Sledge, From The Jam, Go West, Nik Kershaw, The Real Thing, eXTC, Altered Images, Kim Appleby, Toyah & more TBA.

2024 will also see the very first ever Let’s Rock DJ Battles, with iconic ‘80s DJ Pat Sharp taking on Andy Crane (Leeds), Toby Anstis (Exeter) and Harriet Scott (Southampton).

Tickets for the all-day events offer remarkable value, starting at just £35. Available now via letsrock80s.com

UB40’s Ali Campbell colour portrait © Alex Barron Hough 2023
UB40’s Ali Campbell colour portrait © Alex Barron Hough 2023

UB40 topped the UK singles chart on three occasions and sold 70 million records as they took their smooth yet rootsy musical blend to all corners of the globe. They topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic with reggae covers of ‘Red Red Wine’ and ‘I Got You Babe’ (with Chrissie Hynde), while also scoring a UK No.1 hit with ‘(I Can’t Help) Falling In Love With You’.

Ali Campbell, the voice of UB40 says “We’re really looking forward to making our debut at Let’s Rock next summer. We’ve heard great things about the energy of the crowds at these festivals, which is something we love to tap into. Sunshine, good vibes and reggae music… the perfect summer’s evening! Big Love xx.”

Jason Donovan
Jason Donovan

Jason Donovan: “I can’t wait to perform at Let’s Rock Leeds, Exeter, Southampton and Shrewsbury in 2024. Let’s Rock means summertime to me and I’m already looking forward to the longer and warmer days. Bring it on!”

Individual LET’S ROCK SUMMER 2024 line-ups

June 22nd – Let’s Rock Leeds, Temple Newsam, Leeds

UB40 feat Ali Campbell (Headline), Level 42, Peter Hook & The Light, Go West, From The Jam, eXTC, Jason Donovan, Kim Appleby, Altered Images, China Crisis, Toyah + Andy Crane vs Pat Sharp DJ Battle + more TBA

June 29th – Let’s Rock Exeter, Powderham Castle, Kenton, Exeter

UB40 feat. Ali Campbell (Headline), Boomtown Rats, Sister Sledge, From The Jam, The Real Thing, eXTC, Jason Donovan, Kim Appleby, Altered Images, Toby Anstis vs Pat Sharp DJ Battle, Sonia + more TBA

July 6th – Let’s Rock Southampton, Southampton Common, Southampton

Line-up to be announced on December 1st

July 13th – Let’s Rock Shrewsbury, The Quarry, Shrewsbury

Squeeze (Co-Headline), Bananarama (Co-Headline), Martin Kemp (DJ set), Go West, From The Jam, Nik Kershaw, eXTC, Jason Donovan, Kim Appleby, Altered Images, Red Box, Dr & The Medics + more TBA

Tickets for all events from £35. Available now via letsrock80s.com

About Let’s Rock

The most well-known and best-loved British retro festival, Let’s Rock offers glorious non-stop nostalgic fun, with legendary musicians performing hit after hit to a family crowd of all ages (many of whom come dressed in their finest ‘80s fashion). Since launching in 2009 with a solitary festival at Cookham Moor in Berkshire, Let’s Rock has grown into the UK’s biggest retro festival series, and in doing so has re-launched and revitalized the careers of many iconic ‘80s artists.

Let’s Rock works with many amazing charities including official charity partner Child Bereavement UK, who support families and educate professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a family is facing bereavement. Since partnering with UK Live in 2014, Child Bereavement have raised almost one million pounds at Let’s Rock events.

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