True 80s legend Tony Hadley has helped to launch the first ever festival annual, Chilfest The Annual 2018.
Published by Chilfest,Tring’s ever- popular retro music festival, the much-awaited book is written in the style of colourful 80s annuals of yesterday.
It features interviews with all of the acts performing at the event being staged on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th July, and also includes a host of fun 80s features, pop and trivia quizzes and much more.
Speaking at the book launch in Tring on Wednesday night, Tony said: “I remember these sorts of annuals from years ago, it’s a really great idea.
“There are interviews with so many artists like Marc Almond, and the book is also light-hearted with some trivia too, which is cool.”
He added: “I love Chilfest as a festival. It’s just one of those places where you can relax in a great setting and enjoy the music.”
Chilfest The Annual 2018 also includes exclusive interviews with other star acts including Kim Wilde, From the Jam, Go West, Nick Heyward and Gabrielle.
Chilfest Founder and Director, Steve Butcher said: “Chilfest is delighted to make festival history with this unique 80s annual which keeps fans up-to-date with all of their favourite performers.
“We have also made Chilfest fans stars themselves by featuring them in our special #BTTF (Back to the Future) photo spread, showing our Facebook followers ‘back in the day’ and today.
“We hope The Annual – just like Chilfest – gives readers a real nostalgic trip down memory lane. It’s a fantastic book which is brilliantly designed and crammed full of in-depth interviews.”
Readers can also find out how they can ride away from this year’s festival on the must-have bike of the 80s – the Raleigh Chopper. Customised in Chilfest green, the bike is being raffled in aid of Help for Heroes
Chilfest the Annual was devised and written by Choose 80s music journalists, Leigh Adams and Sue Archer, who themselves have been regulars at the festival, interviewing a host of stars.
Journalist Sue Archer said: “As avid 80s fans, it’s been fantastic seeing our vision come to life and we hope everyone enjoys the book as much as we enjoyed writing it!”
The book has been masterfully designed by Jo Euston-Moore, with the front cover created by Hertfordshire artist, Rob Bishop.
To purchase a copy at just £8.99, visit the Chilfest website – www.chilfest.co.uk. Annuals can also be bought at the festival and at designated local outlets.