The Hit Factory Live 2012 – Stock Aitken Waterman anniversary show in Hyde Park in aid for Cancer Research UK. KYLIE AND JASON TO REUNITE
A 25th anniversary concert in London’s Hyde Park this summer will celebrate the pop hits of Stock Aitken Waterman and the PWL Hit Factory, raising funds for Cancer Research UK.
The Hit Factory Live on 11 July 2012 will be headlined by Steps, with co stars Rick Astley, Jason Donovan , Bananarama and Dead Or Alive also playing.
Stock Aitken Waterman and their home, The Hit Factory, scored an unrivalled run of global hits in the 80s and 90s, with sales of over 500 million units worldwide. Their bestselling single ever with UK sales of over a million was Especially For You, Jason Donovan’s duet with Kylie Minogue – and a surprise duet is promised for the event.
A proportion of proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Cancer Research UK and there will also be a number of fundraising activities in the run up to, and on the day of, the show. Jools Tait, Director of Partnerships at Cancer Research UK, said: “We’re thrilled that this exciting concert will benefit Cancer Research UK. Our work to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer has already saved millions of lives, but there’s still more to do.”
Pete Waterman said: “I’ve been saying no for years to a Hit Factory concert but now, 25 years on, the timing feels right. It’s time to celebrate the hit single and we have a wonderful occasion. ”
Here are some of the fans’ favourites appearing:
JASON DONOVAN: The King of PWL to Kylie Minogue’s Queen . Donovan had four chart-topping successes before moving into West End musicals, drugs and reality TV. The organisers have hinted at a ” very special duet “. Do they Especially for You with Kylie. Of course they do.
STEPS” ” Abba on speed “, as Waterman called them, were the babies of the PWL stable but the most commercially successful, scoring 14 consecutive top five singles.
RIK ASTLEY: Started out as the studio teary and became a fresh-faced hearth=throb. Ashley has enjoyed a a kitsch revival in recent years thanks to the internet phenomenon ” RickRolling” and got voted “Best ACt Ever” at the 2008 MTV Awards after an online campaign.
SONIA: The bubble-permed popstrel persuaded Waterman to sign her by badgering him on the street and auditioning live on his radio show. She finished runner-ip in the 1993 Eurovision Song Contest.
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