Disco Rock in Bansko
Disco Rock in BanskoDisco Rock in Bansko SofiaEcho, 11.07.05, Lucy Cooper ON Saturday July 23 the July Evening Disco Rock concert will be serving up a big helping of ear candy, straight out of the 60s and 70s. This year marks the fourth consecutive year of the festival, organised by the Bulgarian-German Tanne Hotel in Bansko, and it will be held in the Bansko stadium, which has a capacity for 10 000 fans. Here’s a look at the line-up for this year’s event. Ottawan The French disco group led by Jean-Baptist Patrick first gained popularity in their home country in 1980 with their hit D.I.S.C.O. Their name spread quickly throughout Europe, with the single charting in Germany for 34 weeks. In the same year You’re OK topped the French and British charts for record sales. A year later in 1981, the English version of their song Hands Up staked out their place in disco history. The Rubettes In 1974, they conquered the world music charts with their first unforgettable hit, Sugar Baby Love, which sold 10 million copies, securing the group’s place in pop’s hall of fame. The eventually racked up a total of 15 international hits and 10 albums and sold over 30 million copies. Class of ???64 Mick Avory, the original drummer from the Kinks, Eric Haydock, the bass player and founding member of The Hollies and Chip Hawkes, vocalist and songwriter for the Tremeloes, perform the music that they created for the swinging 60s. The Sweet They wrote hard-rock numbers on the b-sides of their bubblegum pop anthems, such as Funny Funny, Co-Co, Poppa Joe and Little Willy. This led to heavier pop-rock numbers, most notably the powerful Blockbuster, which reached number 1 in the UK at the beginning of 1973. The group’s glam-rock image was reinforced by a succession of Top 10 hits, including Hell Raiser, Ballroom Blitz, Teenage Rampage and The Six Teens. Their live performances gained a reputation – the band was banned from UK clubs for their “shameless sexual show on stage”, but as is the nature of Rock n Roll, the scandals brought them even more popularity, with record sales reaching over 30 million. Dave Ashby The English musician, singer and songwriter plays everything from old melodies to modern hits on his trademark blue guitar. Ken Hensley and Uriah Heep The man behind July Morning, Gypsy, Bird of Five and Lady in Black will keep classic rock fans happy. So, whether it be pop, rock or disco that gets you moving and grooving, there’s bound to be something that’s music to your ears at the July Evening Disco Rock Party in Bansko.
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