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The Sopot International Song Festival

August 7, 2011

The Sopot International Song Festival.

An important event in Kajagoogoo’s recent history was their performance at the 48th annual ‘Sopot International Song Festival’ otherwise known as the ‘Sopot Music Festival Grand Prix’.  Sopot itself is a seaside city in Northern Poland and a popular holiday destination, proudly boasting the longest wooden pier in Europe!  The Sopot festival is one of the biggest festivals of its type in Europe, and was originally a competition not dissimilar in format to the Eurovision Song Contest.  The ‘contest’ element was briefly dropped in the late 1990s, making it a music festival rather than a competition.

The event is televised overEuropevia Polish broadcaster TVN. 

In recent years, the organisers have updated the format of the festival to favour big star names, with artists as diverse as Vanessa-Mae, Annie Lennox, Chris Rea, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Whitney Houston all performing live at the festival at one time or another.

Kajagoogoo performed at the 2008 festival, andKajaFax is pleased to bring you backstage photographs from the event courtesy of Jez Strode.

The first set of photos was taken when the band arrived in Poland prior to the event, at a group press conference, and also whilst promoting the festival on Polish breakfast TV show ‘Dzień Dobry TVN’.

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…and some great pictures of the band in rehearsals, and then on stage for the performance ‘proper’:

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So, how good were they?  Well, the guys played a four song, 17 minute set….

A great performance!

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2011 KajaFax

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. August 7, 2011 8:32 am

    The best part was everyone tuning in via the internet to watch and hoping over to the forums to chat about it. 🙂

    • August 7, 2011 8:33 am

      *hopping….

      • Denny permalink
        August 9, 2011 12:34 am

        That was a great day. So many of us, including the wives of some of the band, all watching via that link on the forum. 🙂

  2. swishwish permalink
    August 7, 2011 8:37 am

    Great photographs!

    • August 8, 2011 12:54 pm

      Thanks swish swish – I took them 😉 Great weekend had by all!

  3. August 7, 2011 9:02 am

    we need more performances like this 🙂

  4. chase permalink
    August 7, 2011 9:23 am

    Thanks for these great photos. 🙂
    Sill love them since the early Eighties.

  5. August 7, 2011 10:46 pm

    Oh Jez is such a cheeky little monkey using my photos!!!..lol – Im glad that they can be enjoyed. It was a fab weekend – one of the best I have ever had – and many a tale to tell…..

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