For the fourth consecutive year, 80s in the Park is back for a rockin’ good time

Lita Ford

By Vicki DiAddezio, Rock At Night Orlando Correspondent

Event dates:  August 25th – 28th, 2016

Location: Melbourne Auditorium – 625 East Hibiscus Blvd Melbourne, Florida 32901

Michael Aston of Gene Loves Jezebel
Michael Aston of Gene Loves Jezebel

It’s been said that it’s the “biggest 80’s weekend…since the 80’s”. If you are still in love with that era, want to check out some great tunes from back in the day, or are just plain stuck in the 80’s, break out your best 80’s attire (not required but you just might end up feeling like a celebrity and it definitely adds to the atmosphere), come dressed to impress, and be ready to rock! This year’s festival will once again be held at Melbourne Auditorium. Weather will not be an issue and the show will go on, rain or shine. To add to the festivities, there will also be poolside VIP concerts and late night VIP after parties at the Crowne Plaza Ocean Front, which is the host hotel for the event.

80’s in the Park is entering its fourth year and is once again bringing you some great 80’s bands, including several that are returning from previous years such as: Nova Rex, Quiet Riot, Femme Fatale, Kip Winger, Great White, Jack Starr’s Burning Starr, and more. As an added bonus for this year’s event, two of your favorite video vixens, Tawney Kitaen and Bobbie Brown will be in attendance as well as Florida’s own Gene Simmons impersonator, The Art of Gene. The event offers free parking, a shuttle for host hotel guests and VIP attendees, and a variety of food and beverage vendors.

It has been reported that headlining acts will be performing at 5:00pm, 7:00pm, and 9:00pm however, the full entertainment schedule has not yet been released. Check the event website for updates and to purchase your tickets if you haven’t already. VIP and reserved tickets may still be available. Don’t miss out on your chance to rock the weekend away with some of your favorite 80’s music.

Killer Dwarfs
Killer Dwarfs

Although actual set times are yet to be determined, here’s a little sneak peek to start planning your weekend…

Confirmed for the 98.5fm 80’s in the Park Opening Party on Thursday August 25th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel is Krush, Dirty Skirty, and Mystery

Friday August 26th – Quiet Riot, Tuff, Nova Rex, Cult Revolution, & Angels of Babylon

Saturday August 27th – Stryper, Ted Poly of Danger Danger, EMN (Every Mother’s Nightmare), Pretty Boy Floyd, & Super Troup

Sunday August 28th – Great White, Femme Fatale, Kip Winger, London,  & Jack Starr’s Burning Starr

Bands currently slated to perform at the either VIP after parties and/or VIP poolside are American Hot Rods, Mycah, and Kenny McGee

80’s in the Park is once again being sponsored by Platt Hopwood Attorneys at Law as well as WSBH 98.5 The Beach, Guilty Pleasure Baking Co., Metal Sludge, Nature’s Market, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, Victory Casino Cruises, Space Coast Comic Con, The Escape Zone, Bar Refuge, Toto Pedicab, LDP, Good Greens, and Fishlips Waterfront Bar & Grill.

80’s in the Park is proud to support  We Rock for Autism, an organization that supports children through music therapy. You can find out more about this wonderful organization and make donations at

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