The Real Thing headline Farmer Phil's Festival 2023

Ratlinghope gets ready for THE REAL THING!

Phil and the team at Ratlinghope are beyond excited to announce multi-million selling soul legends THE REAL THING will headline Farmer Phil’s Festival on Saturday 12 August 2023.

The Real Thing first shot to the top of the charts in the seventies with three number one hits – ‘You To Me Are Everything’, ‘Can’t Get By Without You’ and ‘Feel The Force’ – all of which were remixed in the eighties to huge success all over again thanks to the band’s massive following. And even now we type this, ‘You To Me Are Everything’ has over 90 million streams on Spotify alone!

Funky in-your-face show

In 2005, ‘Love’s Such a Wonderful Thing’ was sampled by French dance outfit Daft Punk and retitled ‘So Much Love to Give’. In the same year, The Freeloaders had a UK Top 10 single with ‘So Much Love to Give’ featuring The Real Thing, which resulted in the band charting across three decades.

Fast forward to 2023 and original vocalists Chris Amoo and Dave Smith perform these hits and many more live onstage with their own fantastic five-piece band. Enjoy tracks like ‘You’ll Never Know What You’re Missing’ and ‘Whenever You Want My Love’ as the band delivers a funky in-your-face show with a strong retro flavour, while mixing The Real Thing’s class songs with contemporary grooves.

All the hits

Farmer Phil’s Festival goers can expect to hear all of The Real Thing’s hits as well as some fantastic covers including ‘Ladies Night’, ‘Celebration’, ‘Good Times and ‘Ain’t No Stopping Us Now’ in an action-packed show!

The Real Thing recently celebrated 40 years on the road by releasing ‘The Real Thing Live’ DVD and CD recorded at the Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool. It features the concert in full, which included new material and a cover of The Beatles hit ‘Eleanor Rigby’.

And just a couple of months ago, the group delivered a show-stopping performance on Jools Holland’s Hootenanny as the UK rang in the New Year live on the BBC.

“There’s always going to be a sense of nostalgia about our music,” says Chris Amoo, “It’s the soundtrack to so many peoples’ lives and that will never die.”


Posted in Line-up News and tagged , , .