Originally called "80s Rewind Festival", it showcases bands and solo artists that had success in the 1980s and as such is also known as the 80's Rewind Festival. As well as music, in 2009 the site also featured a fun fair, street entertainment and artists from The Comedy Store.
The festival is run by The Rival Organisation and Into The Groove, and was started after the success of one-off 1980s retro shows of previous years.
Since its creation a number of additional attractions were included at the festival, including a weekend camp site, glamping, firework displays, theme bars, silent disco, roller disco, the Big Sing, live karaoke stage, and the Friday night welcome party.
In 2019 the capacities of the festivals were Scotland: 30,000, South: 40,000, and North: 20,000.
The second 1980s Rewind Festival took place on 20, 21 & 22 August 2010. The line-up for this event was announced on Thursday 28 January 2010. The event featured a 1980s fancy dress theme using costumes supplied by sponsor Jokers' Masquerade.
The Rewind Festival in Scotland took place at the Scone Palace grounds near Perth on 19–21 July. The Friday lineup consisted of Martin Kemp, Magic Nostalgic, and Ray Gun's Look Real Enough on the Forever Stage; Silent Disco, Ceilidh, and Karaoke Rumble in the Disco Den, and Piano Man in Studio 54.
In 2011, the festival expanded to Australia. However, the first attempt met with failure after a change of venue and loss of overseas artists due to lack of work permits.
Since 2012, the festival has expanded internationally to three venues in South Africa (including Cape Town and Johannesburg in 2012, Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban in 2015), one in United Arab Emirates (Dubai), and one in Thailand (Bangkok).