Rockfest 80’s Recap by Zara Roach

Photos by Scott Nathanson and Bryan Sette for iHeartMedia The Gater 98.7.

Festival season has kicked off with Rockfest 80’s put on by Rockfest concerts at Markham Park in Sunrise, Florida this past Saturday and Sunday April 2nd and 3rd. The weather was perfect, the sun was shining, blue skies both days as 80’s rock music filtered through the air. This two-day Rock-n-Roll event was fun, lively, and a huge success!

RockFest 80’s was unique from other festivals as it celebrated the nostalgia and history of the greatest decade in rock music. Concertgoers experienced rock music’s biggest hits with 80’s themed bands and events. Bands were Bret Michaels, Paul Rodgers, Ace Frehley, Vixen, Firehouse, John Waite, Nelson, Night Ranger, Warrant, Tom Keifer, Trixter, The Romantics, Autograph, Slaughter, Lynch Mob, Geoff Tate, Ratt, Winger, Quiet Riot, along with some local bands Krush, Whitenoise and Maid of Metal. The bands were tight, played all their hits and had the crowds going wild by the end of each set. Two stages held all these bands over two days along with an 80’s dance party, 80’s arcade, vendor village, vintage car show, motorcycles, a VIP tent and a huge merchandise booth. The highlight for the fans were the bands accessibility. Roy Anthony the promoter and Mad Studio made sure almost all the bands were on hand for meet and greets, photos and signings throughout each day.

Many bands walked around and stayed the whole two days to enjoy the festival and were happy to take pictures, eat lunch with you or grab a drink. Eddie Trunk hosted this event along with Paul Castronovo our local celebrity from Big 105.9 and The Gater 98.7. had coffee all day brewing and the many food venders had a wide variety of food and drink to choose from for every need. Budweiser had an oasis tent and beer and wine were served throughout the park. Papa Pilar Rum was on hand with free samples and a very smiley Pam who was always happy to help! There was shade under the huge trees and park pavilions, parking was plenty, the lines were manageable and the tight sets of the bands who ran almost on time was a plus.

If the smiling crowd and voices of them singing aloud was not enough to bring you back in time to the 80’s, the bands on stage sure nailed it! The energy of the festival was electric and now we cannot wait to next April to do it all over again! Check it all out here for next year: