Hue and Cry’s Pat Kane Reveals Music Inspirations Ahead of Star-Studded Let’s Rock Wales Festival

Scottish pop duo Hue and Cry are to play the UK’s biggest retro festival Let’s Rock Wales which comes to Cardiff’s Bute Park on May 27, the last remaining tickets available via

A celebration of all things pop and ‘80s, Let’s Rock offers gloriously unpretentious non-stop fun, with legendary musicians performing hit after hit to a crowd of all ages many of whom come dressed in their finest ‘80s fashion. Each of the one-day festivals, which happen all over the UK from May until September, features two headline acts plus a host of stars from the era when pop ruled the world. In Cardiff, Hue and Cry will join pop legends Tony Hadley, Imagination, Nik Kershaw, Go West, Heather Small, Heatwave, Five Star and headliners Soft Cell and Wet Wet Wet.

Hue and Cry aka brothers Pat and Greg Kane rose to fame in the 1980s with a string of hit albums and singles including memorable chart hits Labour of Love and Looking for Linda. Their popularity has endured in the years since with albums including Open Soul, September Songs and Pocketful of Stones.

Here, Pat Kane reveals his music inspirations to Andy Howells.

Hue and Cry join the Let’s Rock Wales 2023 line-up.

What was the first song that made an impact on you?
Ian Dury and the Blockheads’ ‘Hit Me with Your Rhythm Stick’. As slick and funky as hell, and as tough as a Cockney’s Doc Martens

What was the first single you bought?

Fire Engines – Big Gold Dream. When I was a grubby post-punk…

What was the first album you owned?
Empires and Dance by Simple Minds. Felt very European and important when I bought this… 

What’s your constant go to track?
Cory Henry – Rise Up. Cory is the next stage after Prince and Stevie Wonder

What’s your constant go to album?
Songs In the Key of Life – Stevie Wonder

Who’s your latest music discovery?
C Duncan. Like a Scottish version of the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson. He hears the music of the spheres!

What’s your own track that best defines you as an artist?
Labour of Love. Mad grooves, socially aware lyrics, latin and funky. Still extremely proud of it. 

  • Pop fan's soak up the atmosphere at one of Let's Rock's many festivals.
  • Nick Heyward entertains music fans at a recent Let's Rock show.

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