Jun. 15th, 2011

Hampton Court Palace Boasts World-Renowned Artists on Bill

Photo Courtesy of HCPF
World-renowned artists are lined up to play this year's Hampton Court Palace Festival. Artists from rock, pop, jazz and classical backgrounds will be taking to the stage in the stunning open-air court of King Henry VIII's palace.

The final line-up comprises: international rock icon Bryan Adams, who will perform songs from his critically acclaimed acoustic CD Bare Bones; Westlife, who will be bringing their Gravity tour to the palace, and music festival favorite Jools Holland, who will return with His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra featuring Gilson Lavis with special guest star Sandie Shaw and guest vocalists Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall.

Kerry Ellis, billed as one of the most thrilling vocal talents on today's West End stage will join forces with founding member of Queen, legendary rock icon Brian May to perform Anthems at Hampton Court. The Australian Pink Floyd has also been added to the bill. Heralded by The Times as "perfect in just about every way", with quadraphonic sound, 3D visuals and brand new laser and light show, the band imitates the magic of Pink Floyd.

James Blunt,will make his debut appearance at the Festival, as will America's legendary singer-songwriter, Don McLean forever associated with American Pie and Vincent (Starry, Starry Night). Simple Minds and ex-Beatle, Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band will treat Festival goers to an array of timeless classics. Alfie Boe will headline the Festival Finale & Fireworks and will be joined by soprano Natasha Marsh and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra all under the watchful eye of Conductor Richard Balcombe.

Along with the fantastic musical line up, the Hampton Court Palace Festival is renowned for creating a truly unforgettable experience. Artists perform in the main courtyard of the magnificent Tudor Palace providing an intimate atmosphere for an audience of 3,000. Corporate hospitality is available in the State Apartments and festival-goers can also arrive early (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) and enjoy a delicious picnic in the stunning palace gardens, courtesy of Jamie Oliver's Fabulous Feasts.

The event runs from June 8-18 and tickets start from £45. See HamptonCourtPalaceFestival.com.
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