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Alton Towers is celebrating its 30th anniversary on May 23, 2010 with a 1980s-themed concert - and will let guests in for free in exchange for cassette tapes from the era.

The concert will include classic 80s acts including Rick Astley, Kim Wilde, Bananarama, Midge Ure, The Christians, Curiosity Killed the Cat and The Here & Now Band. The event will start at noon, with the headline acts performing during the afternoon. Admission to the concert is included in the normal admission price for the park.

The 80s celebration will be a limited availability event, meaning that Annual Pass Holders are not guaranteed entry to Alton Towers on the day. The park will allow passholders to pre-book a park ticket for £5, with details on how to do this due to be provided on the event page on the park's website. Non-passholders can also book ahead to avoid disappointment.

Alton Towers will admit guests to the park on May 23 for free if they can produce a cassette tape of one the acts. Those wishing to take advantage of the offer will need to provide a cassette upon entry and should visit the pre-booked ticket collection window on arrival. A maximum of 1 guest will be admitted per cassette, with the offer being limited to just 100 free tickets and ending at 10am.

Prior to the 80s concert, Alton Towers will also be running The Ultimate Event 2010 on Saturday, May 8. The event will see a number of contemporary Christian bands playing an evening concert, with acts including The !Audacious Band, Philippa Hanna, Four Kornerz, [dweeb], thebandwithnoname and Reggie Dabbs. Tickets can be booked online at www.ultimateministries.co.uk or by calling 0870 040 0365.

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