Win Nick’s Free Tix


Calling all 1980s music fans.

I (‘sheet Music Editor) am offering you the chance to win TWO (count ’em) tickets to the Forever Young festival which takes place from July 5-7 in Palmerstown House, near Naas, County Kildare.

It’s time to dig out the shoulder pads, backcomb that big bouffant, slip on the leg warmers and spangly jewellery and party like it’s 1982.

The line-up for the weekend is ‘a veritable who’s who of the decade that they could not kill’, including The Human League, Marc Almond, Kim Wilde, Holly Johnson, Tom Bailey of the Thompson Twins, T’Pau, Level 42 (careful with that slap bass!), Midge Ure, Bonnie Tyler, Heaven 17, Big Country and Jimmy Somerville.

There’s camping at the festival ‘to suit all tastes and budgets’ and there will be regular daily return buses from Main Street in Naas, Naas-Sallins train station and from Aston Quay in Dublin.

For a chance to win two day tickets to Saturday and Sunday (not camping tickets, sorry!), just become the 80th person to correctly answer the following question:

Holly Johnson was the lead singer of which 1980s chart-topping group?

Lines will stay open until we have a winner.

Frankie Nick says: Good luck!

Forever Young Festival 2019


A serious flaw in the competition (which was Bodger’s idea) has been detected (by TheQ47 below) that would allow a lurker to wait until the 79th entry and ninja-like sneak in and claim the 80th spot with some ease. Very sorry. I will pick a random name out of the hat at 6pm. You may also a request a suitable song by way of apology.

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65 thoughts on “Win Nick’s Free Tix

  1. Philip Quinlan

    Ahh the 80’s, ’tis well I remember the “Paddy goes to Hollyhead” T-shirts…

  2. Spaghetti Hoop

    I get lovely flashbacks of the Cold War when I hear the opening chords of Two Tribes.

      1. Spaghetti Hoop

        Now there’s an idea for Golden Discs competition: songs you can recognise in 3 seconds.
        Actually Bodger, how about a weekly quiz on a Friday?

  3. Vanessa the Holy Face of Frilly Keane

    Says Frankie Goes to Hollywood

    And I promise full Kim Wilde hair
    A Cypress Mine t-shurt
    Leather pants and tasseled pixie boots
    Madonna’s Desperately Seeking Susan earrings and fish netty top
    Blusher like chemtrails and pink shimmer lippy

    And to Vogue pose and posture – maybe a bitta Soft Cell shirks dancing all weekend

    And only drink Ritz and Satzenbrau

    If I win

    And then have anudder raffle for which one’ah ye comes with me

    Good luck everyone

    1. martco

      jasus Frilly
      Cypress Mine
      from cark
      gamely sharing the bill, available pa gear & broken dreams with Light A Big Fire & Just A Phillistine…and too much cidre

      have the vinyl somewhere in the pile too


      oh and yeah it’s FGTH of course (before Trevor Horn stirred the shyte)

  4. TheQ47

    This is never going to work is it? We can all see how many comments there have been, so we just wait until 79 people have commented with the correct answer, and then jump in. Voila!

    Or, as Murtles said, copy and paste until you’re the 80th person to reply.

    You might need to think of another way to find your ticket winners, Nick.

    1. Spaghetti Hoop

      Unfortunately I don’t get badly-photocopied newsletters and pin-up posters from the Big Country Fan Club anymore – my membership has lapsed – so, och, I canny tell yeh.

      1. martco

        feckin great times
        was something far purer about offline life

        did you send them a postal order for £5.99?

        1. Bertie Theodore Alphege Blenkinsop

          I was in The Housemartins fan club, got a handwritten letter from Paul Heaton…

  5. Bertie Theodore Alphege Blenkinsop

    Well if you’re picking out a random name count me in so

    Frankie Goes to Hollywood
    ( AKA Trevor Horn doing a nixer )

  6. Andrew

    Part of me wouldn’t mind going to this but another part of me thinks, I’m over outdoor festivals; beer in a plastic cup and other people will annoy me.
    It looks like it should be great fun though.
    Kim Wilde is a respected gardener now! Toyah does nature programmes I think.
    Stuart Adamson is dead unfortunately.

  7. Vanessa the Holy Face of Frilly Keane

    The Word
    To the wise here lads
    Bagatelle in the Tullamore Court there earlier in the year
    Was not pretty

    So if yere afraid of looking a state in that Crocker & Tubbs suit with the leather tie and side laced shoes
    And white socks
    You’ll be in good company

    Just saying

        1. martco

          Roms were Dave Starskey outof Starskey & Hutch whom I aspired to

          I begged for a pair but instead was given some Gola yokes…another Christmas fail

          1. martco

            Oh boots were another Christmas fail

            (being over reaching & ambitious as ever) I wanted Robson’s New Balance – I don’t even think you could buy NB off the shelf at the time ffs not that that mattered a damn

            ended up with a fake Scalextric

            think Frank Stapleton wore Kings as well, super soft technical yokes & most expensive too, £100 if I remember right which you could buy a used car for at the time

          2. Bertie Theodore Alphege Blenkinsop

            I can remember a crowd gathering round the first player we saw wearing Predators

  8. MadraRua

    Frankie goes to Hollywood – MadraRua goes to Naas…. hmm, doesn’t have the same ring to it.

  9. Ian-O

    Frankie Goes To Hollywood.

    How’s Holly anyway, every so often I hear he died, but he hasn’t yet and hopefully not for some time.

  10. TheQ47

    Now that I’m safe to register whenever I want,

    “Frankie Goes to Hollywood”

    On a side note, I’ve just recently entered the 21st century and signed up to Spotify. For those of you on it (other streaming services are available), go and search for “19?? Top 100 UK Hits” for whatever year you were aged around 10 or 11. The nostalgia will hit you.

    1981 for me.
    Everything from Adam and the Ants, to Kim Wilde, to ELO and Toyah, etc., etc., etc..

      1. TheQ47

        Close enough, but not exactly right. I’ve been called TheQ47 for around 15 years online, though!

  11. Janet, I ate my avatar

    I think my one of big brothers played all this stuff and made me say I liked it, the other one made me say I hate it,
    I probably just liked the theme tune to Bosco but would say anything for a few Penny sweets

  12. Jim

    Sister Sledge were supposed to play but were cancelled because Frankie groped at Holly’s wood.

    And in case my attempt at a joke doesn’t work… It’s Frankie Goes to Hollywood.

  13. Speedy

    It’s Frankie Goes to Hollywood! Blew my mind in the 80’s at my 1st ever gig. Help me recapture my squandered youth with free tickets pleeease!!!!

  14. Gary grant

    Frankie goes to hollywood. Great prize my wifes bday is on saturday of the festival, love to bring her to this festival

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