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Rewind The 80s Music Festival, the world’s first and biggest 80s music festival, is back for 2017 at Capesthorne Hall, Macclesfield for the fourth year with a fantastic line up featuring the biggest acts of the 1980’s.

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday January 27th 2017 via the official festival website: www.rewindfestival.com.

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‘SATURDAY NIGHT IS PARTY NIGHT’ at Rewind North with a fantastic headline performance from New York’s finest, VILLAGE PEOPLE (YMCA, Go West) and SISTER SLEDGE (We Are Family, Lost in Music). Sunday night is the night to totally ‘ROCK OUT!!’ featuring the one and only STATUS QUO (Rockin’ All Over the World, Whatever You Want).

Rewind North 2017 features a superb line up of 80’s acts including, Tom Robinson, Altered Images, The Trevor Horn Band (+Special Guest), Blockheads, Hugh Cornwell, The Orchestra (Starring former members of Electric Light Orchestra), Junior Marvin’s Wailers, John Parr and Johnny Hates Jazz. Appearing with super-group British Electric Foundation are Heaven 17’s Glenn Gregory, Sex Pistol Glen Matlock, Jaki Graham, Owen Paul, Claudia Brucken and The Farm’s Peter Hooton.

Level 42, Kim Wilde, Peter Hook & The Light, Roland Gift, Dr & The Medics, Belinda Carlisle, Toyah, Nick Heyward and T’Pau, complete the Rewind North weekend line-up.

Rewind Festival is a celebration of music, fun and good times set to a live 80’s soundtrack from the biggest music icons from the decade of day-glo and big hair.

It’s the biggest party of the summer with camping, glamping, posh nosh, theme bars, DJ’s, street entertainment, funfairs, silent disco, big top bars, kidzone, fireworks, trade stands, fancy dress and much more!!

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 27th January 2017. Full ticket outlet details and prices are available from the official Rewind website: www.rewindfestival.com.

Sister Sledge

Sister Sledge, real life sisters, have amassed a string of Gold and Platinum records, accumulating over 2 billion digital downloads. The group has earned over 100 awards and commendations including GrammyNominations for Record of the Year, Best R&B Duo or group and Best Produced CD.

World Known for classic dance floor anthems such as We
are Family, Lost in Music, He’s the Greatest Dancer and World Rise and Shine, the ladies have graced some of the world’s most prestigious stages, including, Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Garden,The State House, Accra, The Zenith, Paris, and the Burg Al Arab, Dubai.

In 2015, the Sisters were invited to perform for Pope Francis in their hometown, Philadelphia. As the pages of the Chicago Tribune have asserted, Sister Sledge “has the stuff legends are made of.”

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Village People

The one-of-a-kind Village People is synonymous with dance music. These six talented men combine energetic choreography with outrageous fun and lots of bumping and grinding, singing and dancing, provide great entertainment for all!

In September 2008, Village People finally received a “Star” on the Hollywood Walk of Fame – between Betty Grable and Liberace!  And the same year, they were entered into the Guinness Book of World Records when over 44,000 people danced the “YMCA” dance at one time.

Celebrating over 34 years as the world’s disco icons, Village People in just the last few years alone performed a full schedule of fairs, festivals, universities and casinos throughout the United States as well as Canada, Brazil, France, South Africa, Finland, Belgium, Spain, Italy, England, Romania, Australia, Japan and Poland. 

Biggest Hit Records: “YMCA”, “Macho Man”, “In The Navy”, “Can’t Stop the Music”, “Go West”, “San Francisco/Hollywood”. 

“YMCA” is to date their best selling single, amassing sales of over 15 million units worldwide (4 million in the US).  Their catalog of combined LP’s and singles has topped 100 million in worldwide sales.

Village People are Ray Simpson (Cop & lead singer), Alexander Briley (G.I./Military), Felipe Rose (Native American Indian), David Hodo (Construction Worker), Jeff Olson (Cowboy) and Eric Anzalone (Biker).

Village People are on the internet at www.officialvillagepeople.com and Facebook.

Level 42

Level 42 took the 80’s by storm with their brand of bass driven jazz funk that came from the underground soul scene of wedge haircuts, pegged trousers, sharp shoes and soul patrols. 

With Mark King’s infectious basslines as their hallmark, Level 42 broke through into the hearts and minds of all soul-funk lovers with such underground hits as “Turn It On” and “Love Games”, cementing the way for a period of sustained chart success with hits such as “Running In The Family” and the funk-pop classic “Lessons In Love”.

We are delighted to have Level 42 return to Rewind and can promise you an upbeat funk filled performance.

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Kim Wilde

Recording Artist, Performer, Journalist, Actress, Radio Presenter and Garden Designer - Kim Wilde is one multi-talented lady. 

Since her first single “Kids in America” became a worldwide hit on its release in 1981, and a string of million-selling albums and single success followed including “Chequered Love”, “Water On Glass”, “You Came”, ‘Cambodia’, “View From A Bridge” and “You Keep Me Hangin’ On”, she’s enjoyed a varied and highly successful career.

Still producing new material and touring Europe extensively, Kim returns to the Rewind stage by popular demand, to continue her reign as the Princess of Pop.

The Trevor Horn Band

Often referred to as ‘The Man Who Invented The Eighties’, Trevor has been at the forefront of technological innovation in a career that has generated innumerable classic singles and albums.

If the success of a record producer can be judged by the weight of awards on their shelves then Horn ranks as the world’s number one. He has a hat trick of Brit Awards for Best British Producer from 1983, 1985 and 1992. In the 80s he was Rolling Stone’s Producer of the Year 1983. In the 90s, Best Producer at the 1991 Q Awards. In the 00s, Music Week’s 2004 Producer of the Year. And in 2014 The Music Producers Guild honoured Trevor with Outstanding Contribution to UK Music Award.

After forming The Buggles and recording the chart topping hit 'Video Killed the Radio Star', also well-remembered as the first ever music video to be shown on MTV in 1981, Horn has produced some of the most iconic records of the eighties, including three of the biggest selling singles of not only that decade, but of UK chart history: Band Aid ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’, Frankie Goes To Hollywood ‘Relax’ / ‘Two Tribes’.

Trevor Horn’s resume can boast an eclectic line-up of Paul McCartney, Cher, Tina Turner, Gary Barlow, Belle and Sebastian, Kylie Minogue, John Legend, Lisa Stansfield, Marc Almond, Jeff Beck, David Jordan, Genesis, Tom Jones and Olly Murs.

Now in his fifth decade as a record producer, Trevor has recently enjoyed Top 20 albums with The Overtones, Spandau Ballet and long-term collaborator Seal.

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Peter Hook & The Light

Peter Hook & The Light have toured Joy Division and New Order's albums extensively since debuting "Unknown Pleasures" back in 2010 - with dates all across the world, which have been very well received by critics and fans alike.

Rewind is proud to welcome them to our Cheshire festival, where they will perform a set featuring the best tracks from both Joy Division and New Order. We hope you all enjoy singing along to hits such as “Blue Monday” and “Love Will Tear Us Apart”.

Roland Gift

At one time picked by People Magazine as one of their 50 most beautiful people, Roland Gift came dramatically to attention with the release of the first Fine Young Cannibals album.

His high, soaring voice was immediately recognizable, his style being based both in classic soul singers and in modern techniques that provided him an edge.

It was with the second FYC album four years later, however, that the band began to break internationally, with "She Drives Me Crazy" being heard everywhere, in movies, on television, on the radio. 

Gift spent the earlier part of his life in Birmingham then Hull. He entered music first as a saxophonist with punk band Blue Kitchen, moving on from there to the Acrylic Victims, eventually joining Andy Cox and David Steel after the disintegration of the (English) Beat sent them in search of a vocalist.

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Altered Images

Clare Grogan started her 30 year long career as a schoolgirl popstar in her band Altered Images; by day studying for her A Levels and at night touring and playing festivals alongside Siouxsie and The Banshees, Echo and The Bunnymen and U2 and recording sessions for John Peel. 

Clare never got to finish her exams as the band were signed to Epic Records in 1981, the same year she appeared in the BAFTA winning film Gregory’s Girl. Altered Images quickly had worldwide success, selling millions of records which topped the charts in several countries, including “I Could Be Happy”, “Don’t Talk To Me About Love” and “Happy Birthday”.

After an eighteen-year gap in performing with Altered Images, in 2002 Clare was persuaded to sing their hits again and continues to play in front of huge and enthusiastic crowds.

Tom Robinson

London-based broadcaster & songwriter, born 1950. His best known songs are ‘2-4-6-8 Motorway’, ‘Glad To Be Gay’ and ‘War Baby’; he has also co-written songs with Peter Gabriel, Elton John, Dan Hartman and Manu Katché.

In his 20s he formed the Tom Robinson Band – becoming an early campaigner for Rock Against Racism and lifelong supporter of Amnesty International and LGBT rights.

As a recording artist he has released 14 albums since 1978 – plus various compilations and live LPs. He also appeared on an earlier album in 1975 as a member of Cafe Society (produced by Ray Davies), and on two others as a member of Faith, Folk & Anarchy (with Steve Knightley and Martyn Joseph) in 2001.

1982 was a landmark year – when Tom relocated to Hamburg, wrote the future hit War Baby and recorded an indie single in German. That Autumn he lived and worked briefly in East Berlin, touring the German Democratic Republic with local band NO55.

Finally, back home at the end of the year, he contracted late-onset bisexuality after meeting his future wife at a Gay Switchboard benefit. A brief period in Tabloid Hell (“Britain’s No.1 Gay In Love With Girl Biker” etc) followed a few years later when the red-tops got hold of the story.

As a broadcaster he began hosting his own radio show on the BBC World Service in 1985. He’s since presented programmes on BBC Radios 1, 2, 3, 4, 4Xtra, 5 Live, 6 Music.

He now lives in South London with his wife and two children.

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The Blockheads

The Blockheads are a legendary outfit that has grown in stature from the early days of the Stiff tour in 1977, right up to the present day.

Backing up Ian Dury’s poetic lyrics, this is the band that brought you ‘Hit Me with your Rhythm Stick’, ‘What A Waste’, ‘Reasons to be Cheerful (Part 3)’, and ‘Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll’, among many others.

Rarely off the road since the demise of Ian Dury in 2000, but now with Derek Hussey fronting the band, the Blockheads are still one of the most underrated British bands of all time, with a legion of fans of all ages.

Dr & the Medics
Dr and the Medics were created in 1982 by the Rev. Dr. Clive Thomas Jackson and now in 2016 they celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the song that they are best known for, their massive 1986 No 1 “Spirit in the Sky,” which sold over 23 Million copies worldwide and was number 1 in 19 countries!!

Throughout their career they have also been recognised as a great live act, never more so than with the current line-up that delivers a unique and sensationally flamboyant show.

2015 saw the band return to the recording studio releasing a couple of singles including the 29th Anniversary dance remixes of Spirit in the Sky which reached No. 1 in several American dance charts. With a new album and more singles due in 2016 the band are in for a busy year!!

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Hugh Cornwell

Hugh Cornwell is one of the UK's finest song writing talents and accomplished live performers.

As the original guitarist, singer and main songwriter in the British rock band The Stranglers, he's enjoyed massive success with 10 hit albums and 21 Top Forty singles, etching himself into Europe and the USA's musical psyche with classic songs, including Peaches, No More Heroes, Golden Brown, Nice N’ Sleazy, Always the Sun and Duchess.

Status Quo

In their 48 year history, it is estimated that QUO have played over 6000 live shows to a total audience in excess of 25 million people. In doing so, the band has travelled some four million miles and spent 23 years away from home. They have had 43 hit albums (27 studio albums of new material, 11 compilations, 5 live albums) in the British Albums Chart; more than any other band apart from The Rolling Stones.

Quo are now made up of Francis Rossi alongside keyboard player Andrew Bown (since 1976), bassist John ‘Rhino’ Edwards [1986] and drummer Leon Cave [2013] and Richie Malone.

AQUOSTIC II – THAT’S A FACT was released in October 2016 as a 2CD, Deluxe and Vinyl with 14 reimagined Quo classics such as ‘In The Army Now’, ‘Hold You Back’, ‘Roll Over Lay Down’, ‘Ice In The Sun’ and two brand new tracks. 

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The Orchestra

Featuring former members of Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) and Electric Light Orchestra Part II, The Orchestra bring a massive repertoire of hits with them to Rewind Festival this year, stopping off as part of their 2015 tour, heralding a continuing era of unparalleled symphonic rock. 

With songs from the eleven studio albums ELO released between 1971 and 1986 to choose from along with The Electric Light Orchestra Part II back catalogue, expect to hear such symphonic rock classics as “Evil Woman”, “Livin’ Thing”, “Sweet Talkin’ Woman”, “Do Ya” and future festival anthem “Mr Blue Sky” as The Orchestra rock Rewind Festival.

Belinda Carlisle

If ever anyone has given Madonna a run for her money as the queen of the three-minute pop song, it’s Belinda Carlisle.

Over the last two decades, she’s made the journey from Hollywood-based teen punk with The Go-Go’s to the ultimate global big hair pop icon with a series of sophisticated, but instantly memorable pop-rock singles. 

Achieving international success with “Heaven Is A Place On Earth”, the single reached number one on both sides of the Atlantic and established her as a solo artist in her own right after the demise of The Go-Go’s in 1985. 

With such massive solo hits as “Circle In The Sand”, “(We Want) The Same Thing”, “I Get Weak”, “Leave A Light On” and “Do You Feel Like I Feel?” to her name, Belinda is still touring the world with her brand of uplifting and inspirational pop.  

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In a career spanning over 38 years Toyah has had 15 top 40 singles including “It’s a Mystery“ and “I Want To Be Free”. From punk princess to high priestess of TV, Toyah is a uniquely gifted performer. Charismatic, outspoken and impossible to categorise, she is one of Britain’s iconic household names – an award-winning rock legend as well as a much-loved actress and music composer.

With continuing Film and TV appearances, as well as yearly touring, Toyah maintains a multi-faceted and vibrant career. Her latest movie “AAAAAAAAH!” has been nominated for awards around the world. In 2014 she topped the Itunes Rock chart with her American band The Humans.

This year sees more releases and more touring!

Junior Marvin's Wailers

Born in Jamaica, Junior Marvin moved to London as a child, where his love of both acting and music was nurtured. He appeared in the Beatles’ film “Help”, which was followed by a number of other television appearances. Meanwhile, Junior served his musical apprenticeship in America by playing with the likes of Blues Legend T-Bone Walker and Ike & Tina Turner.

In 1977 Junior was invited to join both Stevie Wonder & Bob Marley & The Wailers. During this time, Junior Marvin work closely with, electrical engineer and inventor, Roger Mayer, who helped Jimi Hendrix develop his unique guitar sound. Junior Marvin’s guitar playing on songs such as; “The Heathen”, “Waiting in Vain”, “Jammin”, “Could You Be Loved”, and “Exodus”, to name a few, memorably enhanced the songs in the way they were looking for, which contributed to the success of them becoming some of their biggest hits. “Exodus” was Junior’s first album with Marley and The Wailers and it was voted, “Best Album of the 20th Century” by Time Magazine.

He is on all Bob Marley and The Wailers Albums/CDs since that time. Since Bob’s passing, in 1981, Junior has put out four CDs with The Wailers, continuing on with the message and music as Bob Marley asked him to do. He was Lead Guitarist and Vocalist of The Wailers and then of The Original Wailers up until 2011. Junior can also be found on CDs with Burning Spear, Alpha Blondy, Bunny Wailer, Israel Vibrations, Culture, The Meditations, Beres Hammond, The Congos, O.A.R. and SOJA.

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Nick Heyward

Nick Heyward (songwriter, guitarist & vocalist) formed Haircut 100 in 1981 with Les Nemes on bass and Graham Jones on guitar. They were soon joined by Blair Cunningham on drums, Phil Smith on saxophone and Marc Fox on percussion. The band had four UK Top 10 singles and their debut album, Pelican West, reached no. 1 in the UK charts.

Nick’s solo career began in 1983 with his debut album North of a Miracle which reached no. 10 in the UK charts and included three UK Top 14 singles.

In 1993 his single “Kite”, taken from the album, From Monday to Sunday, made no. 3 on the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart. To date he has released 8 albums and 19 singles, six of which reached the Top 40 in the UK.


T’Pau burst onto the music scene in 1987 with “Heart and Soul”, enjoying success in both the UK and US before releasing the classic “China In Your Hand” which stayed at no. 1 in the UK for five weeks.

With her mass of red hair, soulful voice and commanding stage presence Carol Decker continues to “rock out” T’Pau’s greatest hits, and shall do at Rewind North 2017.

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John Parr

Grammy nominated John Parr has sold in excess of 10 Million albums and has had two Billboard No.1 hits in the USA.

John had several movie hits in the 80's, including three of the decade’s biggest movies - 'The Minute I Saw You' from Three Men and a Baby soundtrack (1987), the power ballad 'Restless Heart' from The Running Man soundtrack (1987), and of course the Billboard No.1 hit 'St Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)' from St Elmo's Fire (1985).

Johnny Hates Jazz

Johnny Hates Jazz consists of singer-songwriter Clark Datchler (vocals, keyboards) and producer-engineer Mike Nocito (guitar).  The pair met in the early 1980s while working at RAK Studios in London.  

The first song Clark wrote for the band was “Shattered Dreams”, and as predicted by his father Fred, it became a massive hit.  

After being signed to Virgin Records and releasing the single in 1987, it hit the top 5 throughout Europe and Asia as well as in the UK. This was followed by four other worldwide smashes including “I Don’t Want To Be A Hero”, “Heart Of Gold”  and “Turn Back The Clock” (featuring Kim Wilde on backing vocals).  

Their album of the same name went double platinum and hit the number 1 spot in the UK. JHJ then went on to achieve great success in the US, with “Shattered Dreams” reaching number 2 on the US charts.

After 21 years apart following Clark’s departure from the band at the end of 1988, the pair re-established their friendship and creative synergy in 2009, working on a new album for the modern era ‘Magnetized’ (released in 2013) and performing together once again. The single ‘Magnetized’ became a huge radio hit in both the UK and Germany.

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British Electric Foundation (B.E.F.)

British Electric Foundation were formed in 1980, the brain child of Martyn Ware (The Human League and Heaven 17) the group showcases a variety of different musical artists performing classic songs with an electronic slant.

"Heaven 17 and B.E.F. were unique and completely radical.  Simultaneously, a critique and a postmodern embodiment of early-Eighties corporatism, they were too clever by half for many who didn’t get the joke. B.E.F. and Heaven 17 made it all into a straight-faced spoof of oppressive and unimaginative corporate industry, by creating one based on fun and intelligence’, says John Foxx, another electro pioneer of the Eighties.

Martyn Ware has produced and performed Human league, Heaven 17 and British Electric Foundation over a career spanning over 35 years. He has now assembled a stellar line-up featuring the full Heaven 17 band performing songs made famous by the stars themselves and cover versions in the inimitable BEF electronic pop style - featuring Heaven 17’s Glenn Gregory, Jaki Graham, Sex Pistol Glen Matlock, Owen Paul, The Farm’s Peter Hooton and Claudia Brücken.

British Electric Foundation are proud to present a unique and exciting performance at the Rewind Festival featuring legendary artists.

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Jaki Graham

Jaki Graham is a unique entertainer - her down-to-earth approach to life and compassion for others, combined with a powerful and inspirational voice and visual impact on stage, have made her one of the most appealing and enduring Soul entertainers to emerge from the UK.

First joining a band at the age of 17 and making her debut TV appearance on 'Crackerjack', Jaki was destined for big things. When she was finally given the opportunity to take centre stage, there were no holds barred, as her powerful voice, positive energy and radiance were injected in every one of her performances that people couldn’t help but enjoy.

'Could it Be I’m Falling In Love?' marked a significant collaboration in Jaki’s career, and timeless 80’s classic followed, including 'Round and Around', 'Set Me Free’ and 'The better Part Of Me'.

Heaven 17’s Glenn Gregory

Biography (TBC)

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Sex Pistol Glen Matlock

Glen Matlock is one of rock’s most iconic figures- bass player, gentleman, founding member and songwriter for the iconic Sex Pistols.

He is firmly placed in the annals of rock n’ roll history for his part in the bands short, but meteoric rise to fame, the voice of a generation and a band that influenced and changed not just music, but life as we know it.

In the late 70’s Glen’s next band, The Rich Kids, a mini super group featuring Midge Ure (Ultravox/ Visage/ Band Aid) and Rusty Egan put out one of the most influential albums of that time, ‘Ghosts Of Princes In Towers’. 

In the 1990s Glen emerged as a solo force to be reckoned with. His album ‘Who’s he Think he is When he’s at Home?’ recorded for Creation Records, home of Oasis, was a full-on guitar album, blistering in its intensity, taking everyone by surprise.

Owen Paul

Owen Paul, the Scottish singer, producer and co-writer of the 1986 UK and European smash summer hit ‘My Favourite Waste Of Time’ has done many things in the years since he first came to musical prominence.
He ran a theatre in the West End, toured the UK and Europe with Phil Collins as one of 'Mike and the Mechanics' and was their vocal arranger on the album 'Rewired.'

After a lengthy hiatus from solo live performance, he returned to the stage in 2012 once more under the name Owen Paul. He currently tours with XSM: Ex Simple Mind, his Live 80s show and Owen Paul - Acoustic 80s as well as on his own as a solo artist. In January 2014 Owen released ‘The One’ his first official single in the UK since 1987, and in November last year two brand new versions of his unforgettable 80’s classic My Favourite Waste of Time (Part One and Part Two) were released along with a multitude of dance remixes to celebrate its 30th Anniversary, 1986 - 2016.

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The Farm's Peter Hooton

Twenty years after their million selling album Spartacus reached No 1 in the UK album charts, Liverpool’s legendary Peter Hooton from The Farm is back as part of the British Electronic Foundation for Rewind 2016.

The group had eight top forty hit singles in the UK including ‘Groovy Train’ and ‘All Together Now’ that were known as the soundtrack for a generation.

Claudia Brücken

Claudia Brücken’s illustrious career began in 1984 as the lead singer, and one quarter of the cult glam-goth electro- group, Propaganda.

Produced by Trevor Horn and Stephen Lipson, their ZTT debut album ‘A Secret Wish’, is generally considered to be one of the decades finest, a definitive electronic music masterpiece of extravagant, surreal songs of intimacy and intrigue.

It was very unusual in the electro-pop weighted early 80s, for there to be a female singer in a techno band, so the combination of Claudia and Susanne Freytag gave a female kick to the boys own world of machine tooled pop.

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Originally launched at Henley-on-Thames in 2009, Rewind has become the biggest 80s festival in the world. Rewind has featured everyone from Boy George, The Human League, The B52’s, OMD, Kool & The Gang, Holly Johnson, Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey, and many more.

Rewind Festival in Henley-on-Thames has proven to be so popular with audiences that it has expanded to Rewind Scotland, Rewind North, as well as South Africa, Dubai and Bangkok.

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