It’s July, the sun is scorching, you’ve got shades and shorts on, and a cup of cider in your hand, chilled with clinking ice. Behind you there is a huge stage, and on it, 80s hitmaker Owen Paul, who is making everyone get to their feet and dance.
This is Bracknell Festival. Taking place at the wonderful South Hill Park on Saturday 30th July, Bracknell Festival is going to be a huge music event, with acts including The Hoosiers, The Shires (so exciting!) and of course, Owen Paul.
Owen, who had a huge hit in 1986 with My Favourite Waste of Time, took part in a Q&A for Broadsheet Boutique, and here is what he had to say.
1. This year marks the 30th anniversary of My Favourite Waste of Time, how are you celebrating?
I’m currently putting the finishing touches to a brand new version of the song, which should be released within the next month. On top of that there will be random live appearances performing it on TV, radio and at one off appearances throughout the UK, at other peoples gigs and so on. We also have 30th Anniversary merchandise ready to go on www.owenpaulmcgee.com such as mugs and t-shirts etc…
2. What was it like to have such a big hit in the 80s?
It was a very frantic and mad time, and much of it I didn’t like as I became hugely famous overnight, even though I had been in the music business for many years previously. However, over the years I have come to appreciate what it meant to a great deal of people and also at the same I am grateful for what the song has brought to my life. Thirty years of world travel working in the industry I love, with fantastic artists, producers and so on. I wouldn’t change a thing….and I’m very proud of the record!
3. What is it that makes the 80s such an iconic period for music?
Hard to say exactly, and hopefully its not just iconic because of the mullets! But in the main, I would say the tunes of the time were very melodic, electronic or not, and this has made them pass the test of time. Who doesn’t like to singalong?
4. You’ve toured and recorded with a number of different artists, including Mike + The Mechanics. What has been your most memorable experience during your career to date?
There are many for sure. It’s hard to beat being one of very few non-American vocalists to sing the American National Anthem in Orlando Florida in front of 30,000 people at the start of the basketball season at Orlando Magic. Also, I didn’t rehearse…I was winging it!
5. What can people expect from your set at Bracknell Festival?
They will hear My Favourite Waste of Time and many, many other great songs of the 80’s era such as Weather with you, I still haven’t found what I’m looking for, Don’t you forget about me and lots more. There will be plenty to singalong with for sure. I’ll even sneak in a brand new track called Amazing. Can’t wait!
Bracknell Festival is on Saturday 30 July, noon to 9pm. Tickets are £30 adults, £8 children aged 6-17, under 5s free. To book visit www.southhillpark.org.uk/festival