Date: 29 May 2011
Originally published in: Nordbayerische Nachrichten (Germany)
BAYREUTH – Multiple 10,000 visitors from all over Germany the area transformed the brothers Maisel brewery in Bayreuth in northern Bavaria into the largest party area at the weekend. ‘This is something we have never experienced,’ the leaders agreed. Reason for the unusual influx this year was an appearance by British pop star Kim Wilde, the legendary British rock group Barclay James Harvest. In the course of the evening the brewery site had to be temporarily shut off, so great was the rush.
Both Kim Wilde and Barclay James Harvest had their greatest successes in the early 80s, but Kim Wilde had a comeback as recently as 2003 with the hit ‘Anyplace, anywhere, anytime’ together with Nena. ‘Kids in America’, ‘Cambodia’, ‘You Keep Me Hangin ‘On’ and ‘Chequered Love’ are the titles by which the now 50-year old had the audience in the cleared wheat beer hall brought to a boil. But the current hits like ‘You Came’ or the current top 10 song ‘Lights Down Low’ weren’t missing during the Bayreuth performance.
Before that, half a dozen fans get the chance to get to know Kim Wilde personally on a so-called ‘Meet and Greet’. The blonde signed autographs, gave interviews and was welcomed by the Bayreuth Mayor Michael Hohl and District of Hermann Hübner.
About two hours before were on the same stage, the legendary rockers Barclay James Harvest, a band that influenced mainly by their orchestral style was known, and tours of the now two groups with the same name across the country. Bayreuth experienced ‘Barclay James Harvest featuring Les Holroyd’. Frontman Les Holroyd was one of the founders of the band in 1966. ‘Hymn’, ‘Mockingbird’ and of course ‘Life is for living’ were the hits, the Barclay James Harvest celebrated in Bayreuth.