If you partied in the 80s, then there’s a high chance you kicked up your heels to the legendary R&B and soul band, Shalamar. They were the pioneers of 80s dance music and instrumental in shaping the flamboyant 1980s fashion scene seen in popular dance culture. It therefore seems fitting that the New York based band are flying in direct from the USA to headline the closing night of this year’s Jack Up The 80s festival!

Shalamar are one of the most successful Soul groups of all time selling 25 million albums worldwide. They will whip the crowd into a frenzy with their slick yet playful dance routines and massive hits such as A Night To Remember, I Can Make You Feel Good, Friends, Make That Move, There It Is and Take That to the Bank. They are guaranteed to deliver a dynamic blend of funky feel good music. It’s the band’s first Isle of Wight festival performance and the perfect crescendo to the biggest party of the Summer!

The trio featuring Jeffrey Daniel, Howard Hewett and Carolyn Griffey – the daughter of Solar Records founder Dick Griffey, bring an exciting blend of funk, disco and soul to every live show. Accompanied by a fabulous live band, they are without a doubt one of the most powerful and energetic acts of the decade.

Shalamar were regarded as true 80s trendsetters and helped to introduce ‘body-popping’ to the United Kingdom. Jeffrey Daniel brought street dance to the UK – he was the dance mentor for Michael Jackson and the man that taught him the moonwalk.

Howard Hewett is a one of the most iconic US soul artistes of all time, releasing numerous solo albums and collaborating or performing with some of the greats including Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind and Fire, Teena Marie, Anita Baker, Dionne Warwick and Deniece Williams. He was recently voted as one of the top 10 greatest male soul singers of all time.

During their career the band have collected no less than 100 gold, silver and platinum awards.