Van Morrison, Squeeze, Katie Melua and Liza Minnelli have been announced as part of the line-up for the 20th anniversary of Londonís Hampton Court Palace
Festival in June. Joining them will be Marc Almond who will take to the stage with Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra as a special guest, alongside Gilson Lavis and guest vocalists Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall.
Liza will provide the opening for the 10-night festival on Thursday, June 14, as well as singing many of her showstoppers such as Cabaret
, Maybe This Time
, New York, New York
, and a selection of her best loved songs.†The festival will also play host to Katie Melua, one of Britainís most successful artists of the last decade with 11 million albums sold, who will perform favorites such as Closest Thing To Crazy
and Nine Million Bicycles
, as well as songs from her new album Secret Symphony.
The legendary group Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons will perform their first concert in the UK in 18 years. This eagerly awaited concert will give fans the chance to hear classic hits such as Big Girls Donít Cry
, Walk Like A Man
, Canít Take My Eyes Off Of You
, Bye, Bye, Baby (Baby Goodbye)
, December 1963 (Oh What A Night)
Brit Award Winner James Morrison is also confirmed to perform in the stunning open-air courtyard of King Henry VIIIís Palace and will treat fans to his hit songs You Give Me Something
, Wonderful World
and I Wonít Let You Go
as well as new tracks from his current album The Awakening.
Caro Emerald will make her festival debut this year with her eclectic style of ballroom jazz, cinematic tangos, groovin' jazz, and infectious mambos with songs from her platinum-selling album Deleted Scenes From The Cutting Room Floor.
To mark the festivalís milestone, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will perform a special 20th Anniversary Gala, which will be followed by spectacular fireworks over the Palace.
Conducted by Gavin Sutherland, he will be joined by tenor James Edwards, soprano Laura Wright and violinist Clio Gould. The evening will have a long interval so that festival-goers can enjoy their traditional picnics and champagne in the Palace Gardens as the sun sets on the summerís evening.
In addition to the music, Hampton Court Palace Festival is renowned for creating a truly unforgettable experience. Artists perform in the historic 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 (Palace Gardens open at 5:30 p.m.) and enjoy a delicious picnic courtesy of Jamie Oliverís Fabulous Feasts, in the stunning Palace gardens. Tickets from £37.50. For further announcements register on HamptonCourtPalaceFestival.com
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