Heatwave Festival 1980 (Excerpts)

Written by on August 23, 2021


August 23, 1980: New Wave comes to Canada when The Heatwave Festival is held in Bowmanville, Ontario. 85,000 people saw The Pretenders, Talking Heads, Elvis Costello and The Attractions, The B-52’s, Holly and The Italians, The Rumour (without Graham Parker) and Rockpile perform at what the press dubbed “The New Wave Woodstock.” The Clash were supposed to be the headliners, but canceled at the last minute.

Heatwave Festival 1980 (Excerpts)



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