Hampton Court Palace Festival announce Cliff Richard, Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons and more

 

British icon, Cliff Richard, will be this year’s headline artist and will sing in the stunning open-air court of King Henry VIII’s Palace for two nights – Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd June. Having established himself as one of Europe’s authentic rock ‘n’ roll stars and selling a staggering 250 million records to date, Cliff will delight the audience with his spectacular live performance of best loved classics and new songs

Following a sensational sell out performance last year, which marked their UK comeback after a 20 year break,the Festival is delighted to welcome back Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, one of America’s most successful pop and rock group from the 1960s. The group will give fans another chance to hear many of theirclassic hits such as Big Girls Don’t Cry, Walk Like A Man, Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You, Bye, Bye, Baby (Baby Goodbye) and December 1963 (Oh What A Night)

The UK’s best ever selling classical artist Russell Watson will also be performing with his orchestra. Having won four Classical BRITS, Russell will perform many of his well-known songs including those from ‘Anthems’, his most recent album release. Russell’s special guests will be Amore, the stunning classical vocal quartet.  Commenting on his appearance at the Festival, Russell said, “I'm delighted to be taking part in the Hampton Court Palace Festival this summer. I'm thoroughly looking forward to performing alongside some truly great artists and musical talent."

We are also delighted to host the incredible Lisa Stansfield for her only London date this year. A multi Brit Award winner, Lisa has sold over 20 million records throughout her career. Best known for her smash hits All Around the World, So Natural and All Woman, the audience will be treated to her greatest hits. Lisa said: "After having such a great time last year in the UK with my three sold out shows, I'm so excited to be touring once again and I cannot wait to perform at Hampton Court Palace this June!"

Bringing 50s glamour and rock ‘n’ roll to the Festival is the hugely popular singer Imelda May. With a triple platinum album under her belt and gold certified album Mayhem, Imelda will wow the audience with her powerful vocal.

Incredible blues rock duo, Joe Bonamassa and Beth Hart, will make their Festival debut this year. One of the world’s greatest guitar players and a child prodigy, Joe Bonamassa was opening shows for blues icon B.B. King by the age of 12. Singer-songwriter Beth Hart is known for her powerful vocals and soul-baring performances. Beth and Joe will feature songs from their highly anticipated second album due to be released in May, alongside selections from their critically acclaimed debut duo album, Don’t Explain. Beth and Joe are very excited by their new project and plan to bring their individual virtuoso strengths to a grand live stage in the beautiful setting of Hampton Court Palace.

We are also thrilled that the internationally acclaimed Björn Again, will bring a night of ABBA fun to theFestival. Designed as a rocked-up, light-hearted show, it rapidly achieved world-wide cult status and was acknowledged for single-handedly initiating the ABBA revival which brought about ABBA Gold, Muriel’s Wedding and MAMMA MIA! The enduring appeal of ABBA is reflected in the ongoing success of the Björn Again show, having amassed 5,000 performances in 71 countries in 25 years. The show was created and founded in 1988 in Melbourne by Australian director and musician Rod Stephen. Recently acknowledged by ABBA’s blonde vocalist Agnetha Fältskog, Rod aims to keep his typically Australian production at the top and will continue for as long as people want to hear the much-loved ABBA repertoire performed the Björn Again way.

Now a veteran of the Hampton Court Palace Festival, Jools Holland will be one of the highlights of our summer concerts. His passion for music has made him a doyen of the music scene, and he was awarded an OBE in 2003 for his services to the British music industry. Jools’ phenomenal success has seen him sell millions of records throughout the course of his career and he holds the unique status of performing with musicians who have achieved success in every decade of the 20th Century. Special guests include the fantastic former Squeeze drummer Gilson Lavis, Roland Gift (the voice of Fine Young Cannibals) and Ruby Turner who together withJools and his fantastic Rhythm & Blues Orchestra will raise the roof of the magnificent Palace once again.

The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra also returns to the Festival for another spectacular classicalevening. The Orchestra will perform scores from the mainstream masters of classical music: Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks to Tchaikovsky’s waltz; from Swan Lake to Ravel’s Bolero. Young and upcoming trumpeter Melissa Venema from the Netherlands will perform the ever popular classic, Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto. There will be a long interval so that Festival-goers can enjoy their picnics and Champagne in the Palace Gardens as the sun sets. A fireworks display will provide a visual fanfare to round off this superb 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 (doors open at 5pm) to enjoy picnics, courtesy of Jamie Oliver’s Fabulous Feasts, on the Palace Garden lawn or underneath a luxury waterside gazebo before the show.

Full music lineup announced for Jolly Day Out 2011

Imedla MayOn the main stage, there will be a showcase of family-friendly popular music. Imelda May will open the festival on Friday 26th August and supporting her will be Size 9, aneight piece band from South London, fusing funky-soulful sounds from the past with a distinctly contemporary and urban feel to create their own organic and original music, Parade, an all-female band with their groovy, RnB pop with a touch of street style, Oh My! a girl duo, who are signed my 679 – the label who kick started the careers of Dizzee Rascal and Plan B and Lucy Morris, fresh from her performance at the Isle of Wight Festival.
 
On Saturday 27th August, Bjorn Again will be headlining and supporting them will be, Tankus the Henge a six piece powerhouse of a band who embody a look and a sound that lies somewhere between their South East London home and the carnival town of New Orleans, Mamas Gun who combine the euphoria of soul and Motown with the spirit of Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye and Daniela Brooker, who was picked up by Chris Evan’s Breakfast Show and Hit Sheet heralds her as “definitely one to watch”.
 
McFly will be headlining the main stage on Sunday 28th August and will be supported by AJ, already dubbed by the media as Britain’s ‘Prince of Pop’, this singer-songwriter has spent the last year touring the UK on a string of promo dates alongside artists such as The Saturdays, Peter Andre, Chipmunk, Scouting for Girls and former X factor winners, Size 9 and City Stereo a nationally up and coming pop-rock band performing their trademark, energetic mix of pop-rock.
 
The Festival will close on Monday 29th August with Sing-A-Long-A Sound Of Music and a spectacular fireworks display. The support acts including Chelcee Grimes with her urban pop songs packed with hooks and lyrical twists, Daniela Brooker and funk rock fusion from Soul Trigger.
 
So, grab your friends and enjoy the bank holiday weekend with great music and entertainment. There will be Pimms, beer and Champagne tents as well as delicious food available from Jamie Oliver’s Fabulous Feasts, Pizza Express, Maggies Farm, SoulFoods Co and Flaming Cactus to name a few. There will be a delightful Summer Market stalls jam packed with arts & crafts, gifts & jewellery as well as delicious homemade cakes and fudge.
 
Jolly Day Out also has plenty of kids entertainment throughout the day, whilst the bands play. We will have live shows from Charlie & Lola’s Best Bestest Play* from the BBC hit TV series, the stage show of HORRIBLE HISTORIES and the Zingzillas performing. There’ll be hourly story- telling from The Roald Dahl Museum, interactive demos and experiments from the Science Museum and Henry the Apes Arena. Learn circus skills in our very own Big Top, make arts & crafts, faces painting and a traditional funfair as well as the Moshi Monsters who’ll be at Jolly Day Out on Saturday and Sunday. There will also be the chance to bet on your favourite Pig, with Pig Racing every hour, see the special Dancing Sheep andget stuck in with Welly Wanging.
 
All this and much more will be available in an afternoon of British summertime fun!
 
Date: Friday 26th – Monday 29th August 2011
Friday 26th: Imelda May, Size 9, Parade, Oh My! and Lucy Morris
Saturday 27th: Bjorn Again, Tankus the Henge, Mamas Gun and Daniela Brooker
Sunday 28th: McFly, AJ, Size 9 and City Stereo
Monday 29th: Sing-A-Long-A Sound Of Music, Chelcee Grimes, Daniela Brooker and Soul Trigger
Location: Hampton Court Green (Opposite Palace), East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9AU
Tickets: £25 for 13 years and over
Tickets are free for kids 12 and under
Each adult ticket entitles you to 2 free kids tickets
 
Times:                    Doors open at 1200, headline act on stage at 8pm
Box Office:            0844 888 9991 / www.jollydayout.com
 
*No alcohol or food is permitted to be brought into the Festival.
 
Extra information – Theatre Tent tickets
Tickets for each of the Charlie and Lola shows and Horrible Histories shows need to be booked in addition to your Festival Tickets and as numbers are limited, advanced booking is highly recommended. Tickets for these shows are only £4.50 per person so simply select the date you have booked for the Festival and the Theatre Tent show and time to ensure you are there. 
Show times are as follows each day:
Charlie and Lola – 12.30, 3.00 and 5.30
Horrible Histories – 1.45, 4.15, 6.45

Jolly Day Out – Hampton Court’s Summer Festival

Jolly Day Out provides an eclectic array of Summer Festival fun, top bands, award-winning kids’ shows with unexpected pleasures hidden around every corner.

Each day a headline act will take to the main stage and we areimelda may delighted to confirm Imelda May (26th), Bjorn Again (27th) and McFly (28th) will be performing with an extra artist to be announced shortly. Throughout the day there will also be a great mix of bands and activities on the stage for everyone.
 
Jolly Day Out is all about the family so that means keeping the kids entertained. We will have live shows in the theatre every day with Charlie & Lola’s Best Bestest Play* from the BBC hit TV series and the stage show of the BAFTA Award-winning HORRIBLE HISTORIES. We have more Festival Fun planned with hourly story- telling from The Roald Dahl Museum as well as hands-on interactive demos with the coolest experiments from the Science Museum.  Kids of all ages can monkey around recreating all the excitement of a Royal Tournament in Henry the Apes Arena, learn circus skills in our very own Big Top, make arts & crafts, have their faces painted and jump on our traditional funfair rides keeping them entertained for hours. 
There will also be the chance to bet on your favourite Pig, with Pig Racing every hour and see the special Dancing Sheep, get stuck in with Welly Wanging and play a game of Crazy Golf. In addition to the fun and games there will be a delightful Summer Market with over 30 stalls jam packed with arts & crafts, gifts & jewellery as well as delicious homemade cakes and fudge.
And finally, we haven’t forgotten about the adults… Whilst the kids are off being entertained, the parents can relax with a well-deserved drink of their choice. There will be Pimms, beer and Champagne tents, for starters.  We are also delighted that Jamie Oliver’s Fabulous Feasts will be at the Festival, providing delicious food for all the family, a Pizza Express, Maggies Farm, SoulFoods Co and Flaming Cactus to name a few.
All this and much more will be available in an afternoon of fun packed family tomfoolery!
 

Jolly Day Out Details

Date:                     Friday 26th – Monday 29th August 2011

Location:               Hampton Court Green (Opposite Palace), East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9AU
Tickets:                 £25 for 13 years and over
Tickets are free for kids 12 and under
Each adult ticket entitles you to 2 free kids tickets
Times:                   Doors open at 1200, headline act on stage at 8pm
 
Extra information – Theatre Tent tickets
Tickets for each of the Charlie and Lola shows and Horrible Histories shows need to be booked in addition to your Festival Tickets and as numbers are limited, advanced booking is highly recommended. Tickets for these shows are only £4.50 per person so simply select the date you have booked for the Festival and the Theatre Tent show and time to ensure you are there. 
Show times are as follows each day:

Charlie and Lola – 12.30, 3.00 and 5.30
Horrible Histories – 1.45, 4.15, 6.45