If listening to summer sounds beside the River Thames – and one of London’s most historic properties – feels appealing, the Hampton Court Palace Festival could be for you.
Featuring some of the biggest names of the past few decades, including Kylie Minogue, Nile Rogers & Chic, Michael Ball and Alfie Boe, the event has plenty to recommend it.
The festival kicks off on 6 June 2019 when Jules Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra take to the stage. A regular at Hampton Court, this king of the boogie-woogie will perform an energy-fuelled show raising the roof of the palace – or at least trying to!
Last year the Jacksons celebrated 50 years as one of the most successful bands in music history and the inspiration for generations of boy bands. Catch them on 7 June.
Busted, the harmony-rich pop-punk trio who conquered the world in the early 2000s promise they have grown up, without growing old. You can see them on 8 June.
Award-winning vocalist Caro Emerald blends retro jazz with modern pop samples and an exceptional voice to create a truly unique sound. She plays the palace on 12 June.
Legendary musician and producer Nile Rogers and his band Chic will be on stage on 14 and 15 June. As a creative force behind decades of pop anthems, from Le Freak to Get Lucky, Nile Rodgers’ influence can’t be overstated. General tickets for the shows are now sold out but VIP packages are available.
Three decades on from hits including Mad World, Change and Everybody Wants to Rule the World, Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, AKA Tears for Fears are still casting their influence over rock, hip-hop, dance and indie. Their music has been sampled by the likes of Kanye West, David Guetta, Drake and more. Catch Tears for Fears on 18 and 19 June.
International sensation Kylie Minogue OBE will take the festival by storm on 20 and 21 June, playing new material alongside her well-loved classics. The shows are already a sell-out but fans can still join a waiting list for tickets.
Rounding things off on 22 June are Michael Ball and Alfie Boe with a fireworks finale. Two of the UK’s most cherished voices – Michael Ball as a legend of musical theatre and Alfie Boe as Britain’s best-selling tenor – the pair have attracted accolades galore. The show will finish with a stunning fireworks show in the East Front Gardens. Limited tickets are available for this event.
For a bit of shelter with style, waterside gazebos can be hired during the shows and a range of Fortnum & Mason picnics can be pre-ordered.
To find out more about the summer concerts and book tickets and packages visit the Hampton Court Palace Festival website.