Meet just a few of the bands ready to rock the 40th Havering Show

PUBLISHED: 17:00 16 August 2018

Expose performing at last year's Havering Show. Photo: Havering Council

Expose performing at last year's Havering Show. Photo: Havering Council


Curiosity Killed the Cat are just one of the highlights of the 40th Anniversary Havering Show this August Bank Holiday weekend.

The Havering Show 2017.The Havering Show 2017.

The band which had several top 10 hits and a number one album in the 1980’s will be playing live for the festival goers on Sunday 26 August.

We talked to Ben Volpeliere-Pierrot, the band’s lead singer who told us he’ll be bringing “a certain light-hearted funky fresh vibe!”

Ben’s best memories from back in the 80’s include gigging around London’s clubs and parties which eventually landed the band a record deal that lead to working with Director Andy Warhol on their first video clip shot in New York.

We asked what he most looks forward to about appearing in the show this year

Baby D will be rocking the Havering Show later this month. Photo: Havering CouncilBaby D will be rocking the Havering Show later this month. Photo: Havering Council

“I’m most looking forward to meeting everyone! And during an event like the Havering show I can actually see the crowd I’m performing to! I also plan to hang around after performance to meet and greet people.”

Can we look forward to hearing all the original hits?

“Down to Earth always demands a good response, although Name and Number is great for the introduction and causes a bit of a debate!

Baby D will also be bringing a big dose of 90’s nostalgia to the show.

Baby D, who is performing on Monday 27 August, wants to transport the crowds back to a time when people danced in the fields without a care in the world.

She told us: “My dear pa was my first inspiration, he was half Sicilian/Maltese so I was brought up on Italian love songs - would you believe! My father also sang and always had a microphone in my face! So I owe it all to him really.

“I started off by doing backing vocals for various producers, and sang backing for Sinitta at one point! Eventually got introduced to Phil Fearon, and did backing vocals for his project which ended up as vocals for Galaxy! Phil was the next main man to make things happen by setting up his own label Production House and release tracks including Fantasy! The rest is history! Most memorable moment was winning the first ever Mobo Award.”

“I just love it when the audience are vibed up and singing back at me! It gives me goose bumps. Also, I adore meeting people and hearing all their stories especially about what Let Me Be Your Fantasy has meant to them over the years. I’ve had people get married to it, and have had people tell me they want it as their funeral song which is really touching.”

And local lads Exposé are also looking forward to playing the Time FM stage this year.

Expose started their life as a small bedroom band formed from members of the Romford British Legion marching band.

They love playing large outdoor gigs like the Havering Show and the Brentwood Festival.

We asked them what they wanted to bring to the 40th Anniversary Havering Show?

“Just like last year, we’ll bring a diverse set structured to get the audience up on their feet and singing along. The thing we’re looking forward to the most is simple, it’s the marvellous crowd.

“Seeing that many people reacting to your music is an amazing feeling.”

And what plans does the band have for the rest of the year?

“Apart from our full schedule of gigs, we will begin planning for our own 40th anniversary celebrations next year.”

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