80S Favourites Black Lace Stage Impromptu Gig Manchester
Wednesday, 24 February 2010
Legendary chart-toppers Black Lace staged a live one-off performance in Manchester today (Wednesday 24 February) to bring some summer sunshine to the city as temperatures plummeted.
To the surprise of thousands, Black Lace - who are famed for their summer holiday hits Agadoo and Music Man - burst into song at Spinningfields with a special re-record of their smash hit We danced, We danced.
The gig is part of a successful comeback bid for the band, which is being backed by low-fares airline easyJet. Their appearance is to help launch the easyJet's summer season early and celebrate easyJet flying 1 million passengers to and from Manchester Airport in less than two years. It also marks the announcement of four new routes - Helsinki, Menorca, Sharm el Sheikh and Zurich ahead of the summer season.
Trevor Spinks, UK commercial manager of easyJet, said: "We worked with the guys earlier this year when they re-recorded their Agadoo hit - 25 years to the day when it first hit the charts - to launch our Agadir route at Gatwick Airport.
"The event was such a success, and caused a real storm on youtube, so we got back in touch to see if they'd help us launch our summer season flights and to celebrate the arrival of our fifth aircraft at Manchester Airport with another cheeky re-record!
"I was amazed to see how many people remembered the dance moves - Spinningfields was awash with people all joining in. It was quite a sight and hopefully got everyone warmed up!"
Dene Michael, founding member of Black Lace, added: "We had such a great time doing our re-record of Agadoo/dir back in November that we were eager to get involved a second time around.
"The response we got at Gatwick was awesome - which really fuelled our confidence as we've been on a comeback tour ever since appearing on Children in Need and doing gigs up and down the country!"
easyJet arrived at Manchester Airport in March 2008, initially operating five routes and carrying 200,000 passengers in its first year. Since then it has expanded its routes to 19 - covering Paphos, Alicante, Corfu, Marrakech to Sofia and this year will fly more than 1 million passengers.
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Black Lace represented Great Britain in 1979 in the Eurovision Song Contest and then in 1981 they split up from a four-piece act into the now famous duo.
In 1983, Black Lace really hit the big time when they made the Top Ten with "Superman" and in the following year with "Agadoo" and "Do The Conga".
In November 1984, Black Lace were hit by a stroke of bad luck when their distribution company went belly up with all their royalties from Agadoo, a million selling single. But just when everybody thought this would finish the likely lads off, "Party Party", their first album, shot straight into the Top Ten and sold 650,00 copies in five weeks.