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Chesney Hawkes: ‘It’s always going to be a good night when you’re in Northern Ireland’

Ahead of performing this week, 90s icon Chesney Hawkes speaks to Lorraine Wylie about going up in the limelight and what’s next

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Chesney Hawkes is looking forward to performing again in Northern Ireland in the Let’s Rock 80s tour. Photo: Axel Muench

Chesney Hawkes is looking forward to performing again in Northern Ireland in the Let’s Rock 80s tour. Photo: Axel Muench

Chesney Hawkes is looking forward to performing again in Northern Ireland in the Let’s Rock 80s tour. Photo: Axel Muench

In 1991, his debut single The One and Only took pole position in the UK charts, fending off competition for five consecutive weeks. Thirty-one years later, Chesney Hawkes is still performing, his career firmly on track.

Granted, it may not be the direction he’d envisaged. The days of being a pop idol, when his face was splashed across the covers of celebrity mags not to mention the bedroom walls of teenage fans, are long gone. His brief spell in the limelight earned him the unfair title ‘one hit wonder’ but Hawkes, now 51, insists he’s more than happy with his lot.


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