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Village People, The Real Thing, and The Three Degrees among seven acts to play Birmingham for 40 Years Of Disco show

By Kirsten Rawlins | Music | Published:

Icons such as Village People and The Three Degrees will play Birmingham for the return of 40 Years of Disco.

40 Years of Disco 2

The huge show, starring seven acts, follows the success of the first event this year, which took place at the Genting Arena last weekend.

See what we made of the show starring Sister Sledge, George McCrae, Odyssey, Tavares and more here

Next year's line-up will feature Village People, The Trammps, Imagination starring Leee John, The Gibson Brothers, The Three Degrees, The Real Thing, and Eruption.

The 40 Years Of Disco 2 show will take place at the Genting Arena on March 24.

Tickets are now on sale for the show, priced between £53.18 and £108.55 for meet and greet access.

For more information, click here

More on the acts:

Village People

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Founded in New York in 1977, Village People is a six-piece act best known for their costumes and catchy songs.

The band's name refers to New York's Greenwich Village, known at the time for its large gay population - for which Village People was originally created.

On the group's 40th anniversary, Willis, the original lead singer, returned. With his powerful and distinctive voice, the party continues with the original 'Hot Cop' now back at the helm.

Top songs the group is known for include YMCA, Macho Man, In The Navy and Go West.

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See the music video for Go West here:

Village People Go West OFFICIAL Music Video 1979

The Trammps

This act started out in Philadelphia back in 1972 as one of the first-ever disco acts.

According to the group's website, its members include Robert Upchurch, Van Fields, Lafayette Gamble, Ed Cermanski, Doc Salom, Dave Rue, Mike Natalini, Rusty Stone, Fred Vesci, Carmen Tornambe, and Inner City Horns.

The Trammps' best known song is Grammy Award-winning hit Disco Inferno. The group is also known for its cover of Judy Garland's Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart, That's Where The Happy People Go, Love Epidemic and Where Do We Go From Here.

See the music video for Disco Inferno here:

The Trammps - Disco Inferno

Imagination starring Leee John

London band Imagination was created in the early 80s, by Hackney-born Leee John, Ashley Ingram from Northampton and Errol Kennedy from Jamaica.

In just three years, Imagination earned four platinum discs, nine gold discs and more than a dozen silver discs around the world between 1981 and 1983.

Songs the group is best known for include Body Talk; Just An Illusion; Music and Lights; So Good, So Right; Changes; and Burning Up.

See Imagination perform Just An Illusion on Top Of The Pops in 1982 here:

Imagination Just An Illusion Top of the Pops 1982

The Gibson Brothers

French disco act The Gibson Brothers was formed in 1976 and had its greatest success during the disco boom of the late 1970s.

It was created by trio of brothers Chris, Patrick and Alex Gibson.

The group's best known songs include Cuba; Oooh, What A Life, Non-Stop Dance; Que Sera Mi Vida; and Better Do It Salsa.

See The Gibson Brothers perform Cuba here:

Gibson Brothers - Cuba (HD 16:9)

The Three Degrees

Philadelphia trio The Three Degrees launched in 1963.

Though a total of 15 women have been members of the years, the group has always been a three-piece group.

Today, the line-up consists of Valerie Holiday, Helen Scott and Freddie Pool.

The Three Degrees' top songs include When Will I See You Again, Woman In Love, Take Good Care Of Yourself and The Sound Of Philadelphia.

See The Three Degrees perform When Will I See You Again here:

-The Three Degrees- -When will I see you again-

The Real Thing

The multi-million selling soul band features two original vocalists Chris Amoo and Dave Smith who have just celebrated the 40th anniversary of the act's debut hit single You To Me Are Everything.

Singer Eddy Amoo tragically died last month.

Songs the Liverpool-founded band is best known for include Can You Feel The Force?, Can't Get By Without You and Let's Go Disco.

See The Real Thing perform You To Me Are Everything here:

The Real Thing - You To Me Are Everything • TopPop

Eruption

Eruption launched in 1974, produced by Frank Farian, who discovered Boney M.

They had two huge hits with I Can’t Stand The Rain and One Way Ticket.

See the group perform One Way Ticket here:

Eruption - One Way Ticket (1979) HD
Kirsten Rawlins

By Kirsten Rawlins
@kirsten_Star

Online Entertainment Editor for the Express & Star and Shropshire Star. E-mail me kirsten.rawlins@expressandstar.co.uk, or phone 01902 319368

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