The 2016 Flashback Festival
A Nostalgic Look Back
This website was created to promote the 2016 Flashback Festival. It catered to 60's, 70's and 80's music enthusiasts, but everyone was invited to this two day event.
Content is from the site's 2016 archived pages and other outside sources.
What better way is there to spend a long summer evening than listening to your favourite performers in this picturesque location?
For 60's, 70's and 80's enthusiasts this is must but the atmosphere caters for everyone and by using our many years of experience, we ensure that Flashback keeps getting better and better!
Flashback is a picnic event to which you can bring along your own food (See our info page!), and your deck chairs and then either sit back and relax or dance the night away whilst listening to our fabulous artists.
Day tickets are available but if you really want to go for it various camping options are also available for both Friday and Saturday!
Flashback Festival 2016
A fantastic weekend of music offering a line up packed full of artists from across the decades, and all set in the picturesque grounds of Rockingham Castle
This is must for music enthusiasts and the atmosphere caters for everyone. By using our many years of experience, we will ensure that Flashback is the “must go to” festival of 2016!
There will be themed bars and food stalls catering for all tastes. So bring along your deck chairs and then either sit back and relax or dance the nights away whilst listening to our fabulous artists.
Day tickets are available but if you really want to go for it then why not take advantage of our camping option… that way you won’t miss a minute!
Flashback Festival is taking place at Thoresbury Estate, Newark from Friday 19th to Sunday 21st August 2016.
Rockingham Castle, LE16 8TH
Whether you're a child of the seventies, eighties or nineties, you are sure to find something at this throwback festival which will stir nostalgia within you. Dig out your forgotten flares and Spandex and enjoy some true greats in the beautiful surroundings of the Castle Great Park. Like a quality wine, this is the music which only improves with age so come and enjoy a good vintage.
Repeats every day until Sun Jul 10 2016 .
Saturday, July 9, 2016 - 09:00 to 23:00
Sunday, July 10, 2016 - 09:00 to 23:00
An aside: It was such a treat to attend the Flashback Festival in 2016. My wife and I had traveled to the UK for the wedding of a niece and decided to spend another two weeks traveling around the UK visiting castles along with manors, and estates that are open to the public. The Rockingham Castle Estate was one such place we wanted to see. This remarkable castle, built on the order of William the Conqueror, was held by the crown until it became the ancestral home of the Watsons for more than 450 years. There are very few other homes that have been continuously occupied for nearly 1000 years and within that time been owned by just one family since being relinquished as a royal Castle. The Flashback Festival was held on its grounds. How fortitious was that! It turned out to be a fantastic weekend of music offering a line-up packed full of artists from across the decades, and all set in the picturesque grounds of Rockingham Castle. We were tickled pink to be there. The mix of atrists was quite eclectic. We have attended several Flashback Festivals that the radio station Kiss 104.1FM in Atlanta, Georgia, hosts every year. That festival also celebrates the best music of the '70s through the '90s. This past summer (2019) I sported the same trendy mens glasses from Eyeglasses.com I had at the 2016 UK Flashback Festival. LOL. I have had the lenses replaced on these Ray Ban sunglasses several times, now, switching colors each time. For the UK Flashback Festival in 2016 the lenses were a matte military green. I received quite a few compliments on those shades as we traveled throughout the UK on that trip. For the latest Atlanta Kiss 104.1FM Flashback Festival, my sunglass lenses were a cool color combination that ombre from a gold to a pink. They wrecked havoc with one's perception of color, but look so hip. We may return to the UK this summer. There is a 2020 Flashback Festival being held just south of Bath, England at the Yeovil Showground in Somerset. Haven't explored this area of the England, but going to the festival will depend upon the lineup of acts. We'll just wait and see.
Friday: Lulu, Earth Wind & Fire, Bay City Rollers, Imagination, and Clem Curtis & the Foundations.
Saturday: Billy Ocean, Bananarama, Roland Gift (Fine Young Cannibals), Living In A Box, Nick Heyward, Hue and Cry and Doctor and the Medics, plus the special afternoon guest Paul Carrack.
Sunday: Jools Holland with special guest Chris Difford of Squeeze, and also featuring Ruby Turner, Louise Marshall, and Beth Rowley.
Weekend tickets are priced at £95 with camping, or £39 a day. A child (aged under 14 years) ticket is free. A campervan pass is £100.
For the second year running, festival organisers have decided to expand the facilities to include a 'Silent Disco' which will take place after the event.
Head over to the Big Top and enjoy a variety of different acts and entertainment including:
Head over to Terry’s Bar where we will be serving draft Real Ale along with a selection of other alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
Treat yourself and visit our cocktail bar for a delicious beverage; choose from Mojito, Pimms, Prosecco or even Champagne…Cheers!
So the live music has finished and you are still in the mood to party on… Well throw on your dancing shoes, grab your headphones and show us your best moves!
2 DJ's, 2 Stations, 1 great party.
Silent disco runs from 11pm-2am each night.
Tickets - £10 per person, per night (including booking fee.)
Ticket Info Important Notes
A small booking fee of £2.95 will be charged on each ticket. The charge is to cover the processing of your booking, administration and transaction fee.
Tickets are not for re-sale.
All Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.
Tickets will be dispatched no later than 14 days prior to the event.
Under 14’s are FREE of charge; everyone over 14 will require an adult ticket. Please pre-register for you free child’s ticket by calling 0845 075 6101.
There are no child concession tickets available for VIP Camping
Tickets cannot be exchanged so please ensure you select the correct ticket type at the point of purchase.
Adult with Camping
Child (Under 14)
Child with Camping (Under 14)
FREE (limited places)
Campervans – Up To 7m max. (Individual weekend camping tickets are also required)
Weekend Tickets; Entrance from 4pm on Friday 8th July.
After you have made your purchase you will receive an email confirmation.
General Camping Information
All camping tickets must be purchased in advance and cannot be upgraded at a later date.
Please select Camping option when purchasing your tickets online.
Camping tickets can only be purchased from UK Events and not from our outside ticket agents.
Price stated for Day Camping, Weekend Camping and VIP Camping include general admission to concert.
Extra Camping Information
No BBQs or Gas Stoves are permitted in to the camping areas for health & safety reasons
Weekend Camping, Campervans and VIP Camping will each be located in individual areas. You will only be able to access the campsite for which you have purchased a ticket.
A small amount of food and drink for personal use is permitted into the campsite only. Excessive amounts of food and drink may be confiscated
After a fantastic show why not take it easy and camp onsite. We have standard camping and a VIP facility available. Both options take the hassle out of arranging transport home and are located close to the arena!
Please note; Camping tickets are not available to purchase separately and must be selected at the time of purchase, the options are:
Make a weekend of it and camp for both nights, Campsite opens at 4pm Friday and you will be asked to vacate by 11am Monday. The campsite will be located a short walk away from the main arena and will benefit from Showers, toilets and entertainment.
Take all the hassle away and treat yourself to a weekend of luxury with our VIP Camping.
VIP Camping is for a minimum of 2 people and can be booked by calling the Flashback Team on 0845 0756101.
- Pre- erected tent
- Executive Toilet
- Exclusive camp site close to the arena
- Free tea/coffee each morning
- Free continental breakfast each morning
- Pamper parlour
- Festival Pack
Please note; these tickets are valid for campervans only! Caravans, transit vans, or 4x4s with mattresses in the back are not permitted.
Book your campervan pitch early as spaces are limited, once these spaces have been sold then no further campervans will be permitted onsite.
- All campervan pitches are 6m x 7m. If you wish to stay in this field your vehicle will need to fit within these parameters.
- Campervans larger than 7m are not permitted.
- No electrical hook ups are available for campervans.
- Personal toilets are not allowed on site.
- Trailer tents are not permitted.
Above details relate to the campervan permit only, each person attending will also require a weekend camping ticket
Food and Drink are permitted into this Jools Holland event so bring along your picnic and deck chairs; sit back, relax and enjoy!
What Not To Bring
Our concerts are all about the enjoyment however we do have some rules and regulations to keep everyone safe and happy. The following items may not be brought into the site:
- GLASS – NO GLASS IS PERMITTED INTO THIS EVENT
- No gas stoves, naked flames, garden flares or BBQs will be allowed onsitee.
- No tents, caravans or campervans will be permitted.
- No trailers or gazebos will be allowed into the event unless approved by event organisers in advance.
- No pets allowed onsite.
- Illegal substances
- Portable Laser Equipment and Pens
- Unauthorised Professional Film or Video Equipment
- Audi Recorders
- Air Horns
- Spray Cans
- Any item which may reasonably be considered for use as a weapon
- Please be advised you may be body searched at the entrance.
- Persons suspected of carrying items that may be used in an offensive or dangerous manner, or carrying out illegal activities onsite may be searched.
Concerts are for general admission and do not have allocated seating.
Anyone using what is deemed to be unreasonable behaviour will be removed from site.
Contraband items will be confiscated.
The Flashback Festival at Thoresby Estate Nottinghamshire on Saturday 2oth August 2016
By: Kevin Cooper / http://www.ukmusicreviews.co.uk/
Clive Jackson, better known as the Doctor from Doctor & The Medics and compere for the event told this crowd on the second day of The Flashback Festival at the Thoresby Estate that in 38 years of appearing at Festivals, it had never rained. Yesterday he experienced real festival weather as blustery and rainy conditions threatened to put a damper on proceedings, but thankfully this hardy crowd did not even notice.
The afternoon’s special guest, Paul Carrack came on stage early and so it was a meagre crowd that saw him and his six piece band bound onto the stage to open with Tempted. Choosing from a back catalogue of songs from his days with Ace, Squeeze, Roxy Music and Mike + The Mechanics, his unique, mellow, blusey voice showcased the likes of The Living Years, Another Cup Of Coffee, and How Long, before he brought his energetic set to a close with sing along number, Over My Shoulder.
Up next was the obligatory appearance from Doctor & The Medics who had this growing audience dancing along to the likes of You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) and Tainted Love. This eccentric band’s enthusiasm is simply infectious as the crowd were warmed up nicely with set closer, Spirit In The Sky.
In anticipation of a great evening of nostalgia, Hue & Cry, were given a warm welcome. Backed by a skilled and eager band the Kane brothers sounded lively and engaging. Getting the crowd immediately onside with opener Looking For Linda, their set included most of their hits and by the time the closer came, Labour Of Love, the crowd were positively rocking.
Nick Heyward’s set was cut short due to timing issues so there was no Fantastic Day, but what he did have time for was simply that, fantastic. There was no doubting the delight of the crowd as he treated them to Blue Hat For A Blue Day, Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl), whilst On A Sunday got a rare outing. Finishing with Love Plus One the crowd were dancing with the energetic glee that would have graced any teenage disco.
It was soon the turn of Living In A Box, with guest vocalist Kenny Thomas, who’s own songs Outstanding and Thinking About Your Love were sneaked in. But it was Blow Your House Down and the fun danceable pop tune of Living In A Box that had this crowd dancing.
No festival would be complete without an appearance from Roland Gift, former frontman with Fine Young Cannibals, whose voice definitely gets better with age as he delivered his huge hits, Suspicious Minds, Good Thing and singalong number, She Drives Me Crazy.
Leaving the stage for Bananarama, now a duo, they let Cruel Summer, Nathan Jones and Shy Boy show what they were about. Really Saying Something induced a mass singalong as did set closer Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye).
With Billy Ocean’s timeless 80’s classics and infectious dance moves, songs like Red Light Spells Danger and Caribbean Queen will never lose their appeal. Radiating the energy of a twenty year old, hits like Love Really Hurts Without You and When The Going Gets Tough, he brought this year’s Festival to a close.
What could have been a dreary, wet and thoroughly unpleasant day, turned out to be a joyous celebration of 80s music. As the Doctor once said, “The British do festivals better than any other country”. On this weekend’s showing, there won’t be any argument from this crowd.
We would like to take a moment to send our sincere apologies for the cancellation of Flashback Festival 2017 and give you a brief explanation of why and what will happen next.
The truth of the matter is that Flashback has had to be cancelled because of lack of support from the local community which has led to a decrease in sales. We are extremely saddened and disappointed that the event will not be going ahead this year or in the future.
We do thank you; the customers that have supported us this year and we will work as quickly as possible to process all the refunds. As you can appreciate, this is a mammoth task and we have to follow a set procedure in doing this, we have started the process now and hope to finalise these refunds as soon as possible.
Once again, we thank you for your support over the years.
Fury as Flashback Festival at Thoresby Park is cancelled just weeks ahead of performance
ByJames Peck / 26 JUL 2017 / www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/
Revellers had already bought camping gear and outfits
Fans have reacted with fury after the popular Flashback Festival was scrapped just weeks ahead of the four-day event starting.
The shock announcement was made last week - just a month before the 80s music extravaganza featuring OMD, T'Pau and Altered Images were due to perform in front of thousands of fans between August 18 and 21 at Thoresby Park.
Angry revellers have labelled the decision as "shocking", with people from across the country and beyond having to cancel plans at the 11th hour.
One of them is Retford's Annie Knight.
"My sister and I were really looking forward to it - I can't believe it; I'm absolutely gobsmacked," she said.
"We've been over the last few years for the full four-day camping and we'd bought camping equipment and outfits and now they tell us it's not happening.
Paul Carrack performing live at The Flashback Festival on the Thoresby Estate in 2016
"When they put the message up on facebook there were people from Norway and Scotland who said they were supposed to be coming, people had booked time off work. It's a complete mess."
Fans were told they can get refunds, but that it would take 30 to 60 days to get their money back.
"It took 60 seconds for them to take our money but we have to wait two months to get it back - it's ridiculous," Annie said.
Organisers shut down their original Thoresby Flashback Festival facebook page and replaced it with a message about the cancellation.
In a missive sent to fans by email, seen by the Retford Times, organisers said the move was because of a 'lack of support'.
"We would like to take a moment to send our sincere apologise for the cancellation of Flashback Festival 2017 and give you a brief explanation of why and what will happen next," the message read.
"The truth of the matter is that Flashback has had to be cancelled because of lack of support from the local community which has led to a decrease in sales.
Lulu performing live at The Flashback Festival at Thoresby last year
"The main reason why we moved the event to Thoresby Estate was to give us more scope to grow the event. Our aim over the next few years was to create a festival which had much more to offer our customers; a few examples of this would have been to introduce a dedicated kids' area and second stage with additional artists.
"We are extremely saddened and disappointed that the event will not be going ahead this year or in the future. We do thank you; the customers that have supported us this year and we will work as quickly as possible to process all the refunds.
"As you can appreciate, this is a mammoth task and we have to follow a set procedure in doing this, we have started the process now and hope to finalise these refunds as soon as possible.
"Once again, we thank you for your support over the previous years."
In a message on its facebook page, Thoresby Park said the decision had nothing to do with the venue.
>The Flashback Festival was due to be held at the stunning Thoresby Park venue near Bothamsall
"Thoresby Park is disappointed to announce that it has received notification from the Flashback Festival organisers, UK Festivals and Events Limited, that this event has been cancelled.
"This decision has been made by the Flashback Festival organisers and is something beyond Thoresby Park’s control.
"The festival organisers have yet to confirm with Thoresby Park any details of how Flashback Festival customers can obtain ticket and camping refunds.