Spandau Ballet will aim for the Gold standard in America’s Cup performance

Spandau Ballet are performing at Portsmouth Live! at the America's Cup racing

Spandau Ballet are performing at Portsmouth Live! at the America's Cup racing

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  • Spandau Ballet will headline Portsmouth Live! on July 25
  • Also on the bill are Wet Wet Wet, McBusted and Carly Rae Jepsen
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THE lead singer of Spandau Ballet has told how excited the band are to be part of the America’s Cup World Series.

The 80s superstars, who were responsible for megahits like Gold and True, are headlining Portsmouth Live! on Southsea Common on Saturday, July 25.

And they will be joined on the bill by Love Is All Around hitmakers Wet Wet Wet, boyband supergroup McBusted and American pop sensation Carly Rae Jepsen.

Spandau frontman Tony Hadley told The News: ‘It’s going to be exciting – we’re looking forward to it.

‘We’ve never played anything like this before – it sounds like it’s going to be an amazing vibe down there.’

He’s also looking forward to catching up with some of the other acts: ‘McBusted are great lads – a wonderful band. We always bump into them here, there and everywhere.

‘And the Wets – I see Marti from time to time, but I haven’t seen them all together in a long time, they’re a great bunch of guys, a good band.

‘It’ll be great fun. It’s going to be absolutely beautiful.

‘It’ll be like a festival – it will be all the hits and as much as we can cram in.’

As reported, international competitors in the cup series will soon be making their way to the city’s naval base ahead of the World Series races.

It’ll be like a festival – it will be all the hits, and as much as we can cram in

Tony Hadley, lead singer of Spandau Ballet

Olympic sailing hero Sir Ben Ainslie’s Land Rover BAR team is now operating out of its new state-of-the-art facility at the Camber, in Old Portsmouth.

Tickets for Portsmouth Live! cost £20 to £45, but a limited number of tickets are currently available at two-for-one prices.

Go to ticketmaster.co.uk/portsmouthlive2for1 or pick them up without paying a booking fee from Cosham, Central Portsmouth, Southsea, North End and Beddow libraries.

- Don’t forget to pick up The News on Friday, when we will have a Big Interview with Tony Hadley in The Guide.

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