Golden New Wave Stars In Belgium This Summer At The 4-Days W-FESTIVAL

Top acts/singles from the past…

6 April 2021

This summer – last days of August – Belgium’s renowned W-FESTIVAL ,
celebrates the golden decades (70s/80s) of new W-ave music for the fifth
time. The major event will take place on the beach in Ostend, the queen
of our native country’s seaside town, on 26-27-28-29 August 2021.

Over 4 days a series of new wave icons will boost the adrenalin-production
of thousands of die-hard fans with massive hits from their glorious past.

All info, tickets and COVID-19 measures right here.

To warm up Turn Up The Volume picked one
act per day with one of their classic crackers.

Let’s roll…

THE BOOMTOWN RATS (Bob Geldof’s band)
with ‘Looking After Number One‘ (26 August)

THE HUMAN LEAGUE with (of course) ‘Don’t You Want Me (27 Aug)

OMD with ‘Enola Gay’ (28 August)

THE HOUSE OF LOVE with ‘Shine On‘ (29 August)

W-FESTIVAL: Facebook

THE HUMAN LEAGUE Topped The UK Singles Chart 38 Years Ago With ‘DON’T YOU WANT ME’…

Knockouts from the past

12 December 2019

THE HUMAN LEAGUE scored their only No 1 hit in the UK with ‘DON’T YOU WANT ME’ when it topped the chart on 12 December 1981, 38 years ago. It was the biggest selling single of that year with over more than 1.560.000 copies. It was weird to hear frontman Phil Oakey saying later in interviews that he actually disliked the song so much that it became the last track on their masterpiece album Dare.

Here’s the original video clip…


YESTERDAY’S CRACKERS – This Week: 25 Killer Tracks And 3 Top LP’s From 1978…

The best of the past

Every week Turn Up The Volume! jumps into the past! Relive 25 Crackers and
3 Top Albums per year/per week. Here’s another fabulous year to remember: 1978.



– ‘All Mod Cons‘ by THE JAM

Stream here

– ‘Parallel Lines‘ by BLONDIE

Stream here

‘This Year’s Model’ by ELVIS COSTELLO

Stream here


See/hear you next week for the year of 1979…

THE HUMAN LEAGUE – Timeless Score ‘DON’T YOU WANT ME’ Number One 35 Years Ago…

Looking back in time… memorable moments in sonic history!


‘Don’t You Want Me’ by THE HUMAN LEAGUE


THE HUMAN LEAGUE started as a fascinating, dark electronic new wave band in Sheffield way back in 1977 scoring a Top Ten hit in their home country with the magnificent Being Boiled. Co-founders Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh left in 1980 to form the less popular HEAVEN 17 while singer Philip Oakey decided to continue under The Human League banner. He turned the band into a world-famous synthpop band – with two extra female singers – with the 1981 triple platinum DARE. It was actually 4th album single DON’T YOU WANT YOU ME that boosted the LP’s sales enormously. The song’s lyrics were written after Oakey read a photo-story in a teen-girl’s magazine and the rest is pure pop history. The single occupied the top spot of the UK charts on 9 December 1981 – 35 years ago – and stayed there till after Christmas. Here’s the glam gem…

And the band is still going with Phil Oakey as only original member…

THE HUMAN LEAGUE: Website – Facebook