Heatwave Festival

By: Concert Vault

102 songs / 5:17:34

  1. 1 Rockpile / Introduction 00:27
  2. 2 Rockpile / Sweet Little Lisa 03:15
  3. 3 Rockpile / So It Goes 02:48
  4. 4 Rockpile / I Knew The Bride (When She Used To Rock A… 02:47
  5. 5 Rockpile / Band Intros 00:25
  6. 6 Rockpile / Queen Of Hearts 02:57
  7. 7 Rockpile / Switchboard Susan 03:13
  8. 8 Rockpile / Trouble Boys 03:13
  9. 9 Rockpile / Stage Banter 00:31
  10. 10 Rockpile / Girls Talk 03:22
  11. 11 Rockpile / Stage Banter 00:24
  12. 12 Rockpile / Three Time Loser 03:02
  13. 13 Rockpile / You Ain't Nothing But Fine 02:38
  14. 14 Rockpile / Stage Banter 00:13
  15. 15 Rockpile / Crawling From The Wreckage 03:12
  16. 16 Rockpile / Stage Banter 02:41
  17. 17 Rockpile / Let It Rock 00:24
  18. 18 Rockpile / Singing The Blues 02:55
  19. 19 Rockpile / Stage Banter 00:20
  20. 20 Rockpile / I Hear You Knocking 02:30
  21. 21 Rockpile / They Called It Rock 03:41
  22. 22 Rockpile / Ju Ju Man 03:21
  23. 23 Rockpile / Encore Applause 00:54
  24. 24 Rockpile / Down Down Down 03:40
  25. 25 Rockpile / Applause 00:52
  26. 26 Rockpile / Let's Talk About Us 04:04
  27. 27 The Pretenders / Introduction 00:46
  28. 28 The Pretenders / Precious 03:47
  29. 29 The Pretenders / The Adultress 04:13
  30. 30 The Pretenders / Kid 03:55
  31. 31 The Pretenders / Space Invader 03:02
  32. 32 The Pretenders / Private Life 06:54
  33. 33 The Pretenders / Brass In Pocket 02:53
  34. 34 The Pretenders / Stage Banter 00:29
  35. 35 The Pretenders / Stop Your Sobbing 03:15
  36. 36 The Pretenders / The Wait 03:35
  37. 37 The Pretenders / Louie Louie 03:40
  38. 38 The Pretenders / Porcelain 04:03
  39. 39 The Pretenders / Tattooed Love Boys 03:41
  40. 40 The Pretenders / Up The Neck 05:32
  41. 41 The Pretenders / Encore Applause 01:25
  42. 42 The Pretenders / Mystery Achievement 06:25
  43. 43 The B-52's / Planet Claire 05:08
  44. 44 The B-52's / Stage Banter 00:18
  45. 45 The B-52's / 6060-842 03:04
  46. 46 The B-52's / Devil In My Car 04:48
  47. 47 The B-52's / 52 Girls 03:55
  48. 48 The B-52's / Quiche Lorraine 03:52
  49. 49 The B-52's / Stage Banter 00:12
  50. 50 The B-52's / Dirty Back Road 02:56
  51. 51 The B-52's / Stage Banter 00:25
  52. 52 The B-52's / Lava 04:57
  53. 53 The B-52's / Give Me Back My Man 04:20
  54. 54 The B-52's / Stage Banter 00:17
  55. 55 The B-52's / Strobe Light 04:06
  56. 56 The B-52's / Stage Banter 00:15
  57. 57 The B-52's / Private Idaho 03:57
  58. 58 The B-52's / Stage Banter 00:11
  59. 59 The B-52's / Runnin' Around 03:29
  60. 60 The B-52's / Rock Lobster 04:59
  61. 61 The B-52's / Applause 00:20
  62. 62 The B-52's / Dance This Mess Around 04:26
  63. 63 The B-52's / Applause / Stage Banter 00:56
  64. 64 The B-52's / Party Out Of Bounds 03:33
  65. 65 Talking Heads / Stage Ambience 00:40
  66. 66 Talking Heads / Pyscho Killer 05:31
  67. 67 Talking Heads / Warning Sign 05:24
  68. 68 Talking Heads / Stay Hungry 03:48
  69. 69 Talking Heads / Cities 05:04
  70. 70 Talking Heads / Band Introduction 01:06
  71. 71 Talking Heads / I Zimbra 04:43
  72. 72 Talking Heads / Once In A Lifetime 06:05
  73. 73 Talking Heads / Houses In Motion 06:16
  74. 74 Talking Heads / Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On) 08:00
  75. 75 Talking Heads / Crosseyed And Painless 07:25
  76. 76 Talking Heads / Tuning / Crowd And Thank You 00:42
  77. 77 Talking Heads / Life During Wartime 04:42
  78. 78 Talking Heads / Encore Applause 00:25
  79. 79 Talking Heads / Take Me To The River 06:39
  80. 80 Elvis Costello & the Attractions / Shot With His Own… 04:07
  81. 81 Elvis Costello & the Attractions / Accidents Will Ha… 02:38
  82. 82 Elvis Costello & the Attractions / The Beat 03:31
  83. 83 Elvis Costello & the Attractions / Song Introduction 00:11
  84. 84 Elvis Costello & the Attractions / Temptation / Gree… 05:15
  85. 85 Elvis Costello & the Attractions / Song Introduction 00:13
  86. 86 Elvis Costello & the Attractions / You'll Never Be A… 06:15
  87. 87 Elvis Costello & the Attractions / Secondary Modern 02:32
  88. 88 Elvis Costello & the Attractions / Lover's Walk 02:44
  89. 89 Elvis Costello & the Attractions / Less Than Zero 03:20
  90. 90 Elvis Costello & the Attractions / Big Tears 04:14
  91. 91 Elvis Costello & the Attractions / High Fidelity 02:31
  92. 92 Elvis Costello & the Attractions / Song Introduction 00:23
  93. 93 Elvis Costello & the Attractions / Alison 02:26
  94. 94 Elvis Costello & the Attractions / Lipstick Vogue 03:59
  95. 95 Elvis Costello & the Attractions / Clubland 03:47
  96. 96 Elvis Costello & the Attractions / Oliver's Army 02:57
  97. 97 Elvis Costello & the Attractions / Watching The Dete… 07:59
  98. 98 Elvis Costello & the Attractions / Song Introduction 00:23
  99. 99 Elvis Costello & the Attractions / Radio, Radio 02:32
  100. 100 Elvis Costello & the Attractions / Pump It Up 04:50
  101. 101 Elvis Costello & the Attractions / (What's So Funny … 05:52
  102. 102 Elvis Costello & the Attractions / I Can't Stand Up … 02:37

This playlist contains all of the Heatwave Festival recordings available on Wolfgang's Vault, presented in their original running order. To download these sets, or for more information on the performances by Rockpile, The Pretenders, The B-52's, Talking Heads, and Elvis Costello and the Attractions, please click on the links in the "Related Concerts" box below.

Here's some information about the concert itself:

Held at Mosport Park, a 500-acre auto racing facility located approximately 100 kilometers east of Toronto, the aptly named Heatwave Festival took place on a hot August Saturday and presented the cream of the crop of post-punk new wave bands, just as many were breaking big internationally. Promoted as the "New Wave Woodstock" or as the poster for the event proclaimed, "The 1980s Big Beat Rock And Roll Party," nearly 100, 000 fans would converge that day to witness some of the greatest American, British and Canadian bands to emerge in recent years all on the same stage.

The first major outdoor new wave musical event to be held anywhere, nearly 85,000 fans would purchase the $20 tickets to hear the likes of Rockpile with Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds, The B-52s, The Pretenders, Talking Heads, Elvis Costello, and The Clash, along with Canada's own Teenage Head and The Kings and with lesser known groups like Holly and the Italians and The Rumour (Graham Parker's former group) performing earlier in the day.

Like the original Woodstock Festival, Heatwave presented an incredible roster for that moment in time, but was likewise fraught with logistical and legal problems and would end in financial failure. When headliners, The Clash, pulled out at the last minute, rumors began spreading about the integrity of the festival. During this pre-Internet era, mass communication was difficult at best and wild speculation was running rampant about who else might cancel or who might replace The Clash. Lines were also being drawn, with the inevitable cries of "sellout" being aimed at so