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Playing Craigie Hillfest today will feel like heaven for Fiction Factory

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Forty years ago, Kevin Patterson and Eddie Jordan were tucked away in a Perth bedroom trying to fathom out how the most basic of kit was going to record their new song.Decades down the line, the upshot of those experiments with fickle 1980s technology is still getting regular airings on radio stations around the world.(Feels Like) Heaven went on to become a top 10 1984 hit for the hastily-formed Fiction Factory, with equally elevated chart placings across the continent.They shared a Top of the Pops studio with a youthful Madonna and bands including Whitesnake and Musical Youth.DJs Peter Powell and John Peel introduced the band from Perth.The pop classic is certain to prove a show-stopper at the Kilmac-sponsored Craigie Hillfest today (September 10) as the original five-piece get back together for their first hometown gig since the glory days.Kevin and Eddie are being joined by bass player Graeme McGregor, guitarist Chic Medley and US-based, one-time Simple Minds drummer Mike Ogletree for the Fair City gig, hard on the heels of a festival in Belgium which had been put on hold by the pandemic.“With Mike coming over from his home in North Carolina it made sense to take up the invitation to play the Hillfest,” explained Eddie.“Why would we turn down the chance to play Perth, where it all began?

I remember we played at the old Plough Inn when record label CBS wanted to see a band.”Kevin noted: “Eddie and I had done enough playing live in the Rude Boys and we thought maybe we could just write songs for other people, having no idea how that would actually work.“Feels Like (Heaven) was actually our first song.

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