‘The Doctor’ is the irrepressible Reverend Dr. Clive Thomas Jackson, DJ, leader of Doctor and the Medics and our host for the Forever Young Festival since 2019. The MD is once again our MC for 2023 and we are thrilled he is once again doing the honours.
Clive created Dr and the Medics almost at the dawn of the 80s, in 1982. The band has had a very colourful and successful career as both recording artists and performers. Undoubtedly they are been best known for their massive 1986 No 1 “Spirit in the Sky,” which sold over 24 Million copies worldwide and was number 1 in Ireland and 22 other countries!! They are also recognized as a great live act, in 1985 the NME referred to them as “THE live band of the year.”
The follow-up to “Spirit in the Sky”, a track called “Burn,” got to number 21!! But as they don’t make documentaries or publish books about one and a half hit wonders, the Doctor keeps quiet about “The other hit,” and wears his “One Hit Wonder” badge with pride!!!
The band’s last chart entry was “Waterloo” which they recorded with Roy Wood. In addition, the band have recorded 6 albums. The current line up has been together since 1999 and has developed a unique and sensationally flamboyant live show. The current show features many hits from the 80s, all given the Medics unique treatment!!
In 2015 the band released Spirit In The Sky (29th Anniversary Remix Package) because the Medics wouldn’t wait for it’s 30th Anniversary. The song hit #1 in the United States.
‘The Doctor’ comperes the ‘Forever Young’ festival in Palmerstown House Estate on July 15th and 16th, 2023. ‘Forever
Young’ is a 3-day celebration of the music of the 1980s featuring artists such as Bananarama, Billy Ocean, Tony Hadley, Andy Bell (Erasure), Tom Bailey (Thompson Twins), ABC and many more.