Rick Astley, Katrina and The Real Thing have been announced to play Inverness on the 9th of November. The trio of acts will be headlined by Rick Astley. Rick means a lot to many, not just aficionados of the 80s. “Rickrolling” antics swept the internet in the noughties. He is as popular as ever, he’s toured with Peter Kay and worked as a DJ on Magic FM. However, Rick is best known from the golden days of the eighties when he was hand picked by legendary producers Stock, Aitken and Waterman. Rick went from obscurity in Warrington to chart stardom when his debut single “Never Gonna Give You Up” went to the top of the charts in the summer of ’87 and a string of hits followed. Rick Astley said: “Performing to a Scottish crowd is always special. I’m really excited to be coming to Inverness and will put on a great show for fans.” Also on the bill will be Katrina (minus the Waves but keeping the tunes) who came to international notice with ‘Walking on Sunshine’ and managed to also be one of the few UK winners of the Eurovision with ‘Love Shine a Light’ in 1997. Finishing the bill will be The Real Thing who were formed in the Seventies but are well known for their single “You to me are everything”. This is the first of what is promised to be a series of live music events at Inverness Leisure Centre and is the first time that original artists have played in this Eighties revival format in the Highlands. Tickets details are not available currently. Details of Scotland’s Rewind Festival 2013 held in Perth and if you want true retro how about our interview with Carol Decker from 2011.