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Festival of Friends brings the 80s to Ontario

By Carey Langsner, Ontario, Canada Correspondent

Is it safe for ordinary people with a “heartbreak beat” to dance?

The 40th Anniversary of Festival Of Friends in Ancaster, Ontario, Canada was invaded by the 80’s Friday night.  Hitting the stage, in front of a very energetic crowd were The Box, Men Without Hats and The Psychedelic Furs.

Starting off the evening was The Box with Jean-Marc Pisapia, an early member of Men Without Hats, singing their many hits including the singles “Ordinary People”, “Closer Together” and “Crying Out Loud for Love.

Next on stage was Men Without Hats fronted by Ivan Doroschuk and his synthesizers. The set started off with an a capella version of The Safety Dance.  While this did settle the crowd down as everyone was expecting the version that they all remembered from so long ago, Ivan did put on a show with his flamboyant dancing style.  The beat of the music picked up as they performed more of their hits such as Pop Goes the World and a full musical version of The Safety Dance to close out their set.

Closing out the evening was The Psychedelic Furs, from England, led by singer Richard Butler and his brother Tim Butler on bass guitar.  From the moment the band hit their first note until the end of the set, the crowd was on their feet singing and dancing.  They were a great headlining act and a great closing of the 80’s evening.

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Psychedelic Furs

MEN WITHOUT HATS

 

 

THE BOX

 

 VIDEOS from FESTIVAL OF FRIENDS 2015

 

 

 

 

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Carey Langsner

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada Correspondent

I am now living in Paris.No no no … the other Paris. Paris Ontario Canada.

I am the Ontario, Canada correspondent for Rock At Night covering music and summer festivals in pictures and words.

I grew up in the 70’s (gasp!) going to the concerts of some of the best hard rock and punk groups to ever make music.Music seems to have always been involved in my life one way or another.I even met my wife in a bar when I was working with a band and we have been together ever since.Working with Rock at Night feeds my concert and photography addicts.
About Carey Langsner (13 Articles)
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada Correspondent I am now living in Paris. No no no … the other Paris. Paris Ontario Canada. I am the Ontario, Canada correspondent for Rock At Night covering music and summer festivals in pictures and words. I grew up in the 70’s (gasp!) going to the concerts of some of the best hard rock and punk groups to ever make music. Music seems to have always been involved in my life one way or another. I even met my wife in a bar when I was working with a band and we have been together ever since. Working with Rock at Night feeds my concert and photography addicts.
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