With a large disco ball glittering high above the floating stage, the Disco Classical night featuring Kathy Sledge from Sister Sledge and accompanied by a full orchestra on the fourth night of Henley Festival treated the audience to a superb throwback disco with non-stop classic hits. After 18 months of the pandemic and lockdowns, it certainly relit everyone’s fire!
Going Back to my Roots the 1977 song originally recorded by Lamont Dozier was the first song at the disco sung by Dominic Lawson before Kathy came on to sing the first of the Sister Sledge classics, We’re Lost in Music. The whole crowd were quickly up on their feet at this point and didn’t sit down for the rest of the show.
Kathy was joined on stage by other brilliant singers; Nicole Battick, Jaz Ellington and Lisa Olivant. The hits spanned from the 60s to the 90s and included Everybody Dance and Good Times by Chic during which Dominic performed Rapper’s Delight, Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough by Michael Jackson, Got to be Real by Cheryl Lynn, Young Hearts Run Free by Candi Staton, I’m Coming Out by Diana Ross, Cosmic Girl by Jamiroquai, You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) by American disco/R&B singer Sylvester and our favourite, Relight My Fire originally recorded by Dan Hartman.
During Sister Sledge’s He’s The Greatest Dancer two superb dancers did a dance off. Kathy then went on to sing the other two big Sister Sledge hits, Thinking of You and We are Family which was continued as the encore.
After the show we enjoyed a drink listening to the brilliant Thrill Collins, a three-piece band from Cheltenham in the Bedouin tent who performed a wonderful mixture of pop songs performed in a skiffle tune style.
The Festival closes tonight with Don’t Stop Me Now show featuring the magic of Queen, Abba and the Bee Gees in a rock and symphonic spectacular celebrating their greatest hits. There’s still a few tickets left at https://henley-festival.co.uk/artist/dont-stop-me-now/