Friday, 8 July 2011

Ascot’s Shergar Cup 1980s concert...spotlight on Clare Grogan

Looking ahead to the spectacular two and three quarter hour 1980s Here and Now post Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup concert on Saturday 6th August, each week we are focussing on one of the acts performing in the concert and this week is the turn of Clare Grogan.
Ah, Claire! For a forty-something male such as I, Claire Grogan stirs welcome adolescent memories! It was Claire’s acting skills in a Billy Forsyth film ‘Gregory Girl’ which helped bring attention to her band, Altered Images, who went on to secure a slot as the support band to the ‘Siouxsie and the Banshees’ after sending them a demo tape. Thereafter. the group burst onto the scene with their debut single ‘Happy Birthday’ and were subsequently voted Best New Group by NME. The group had continued success with ‘I Could Be Happy’, ‘See Those Eyes’ and ‘Don’t Talk To Me About Love’.

In recent years, Claire has been a talk show host and played control-freak office manager Sandra Reeves in the 2006 film The Penalty King. In 2007, she appeared in the video for the Comic Relief cover of The Proclaimers classic ‘I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)’ with Peter Kay and Matt Lucas. Claire has recently starred in the E4 TV series Skins as Shelley, the mother of Mini McGuinness.

Tickets for the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup on Saturday 6th August, including the Here and Now concert, start from £26. To book, or for further information, call 0870 727 1234 or visit

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