Historic Royal Palaces and IMG are delighted to announce the hotly anticipated return of live music to Hampton Court Palace in August 2021. Legendary artist Tom Jones, music icon Van Morrison, indie idols Bastille Reorchestrated, British rock hero’s Keane and Swedish sensations Björn Again join this year’s line-up. The concerts are held in Base Court, one of the magnificent Tudor courtyards within the palace.
Now in its 25th year, Hampton Court Palace Festival, is a series of truly special and unique open-air concerts. Artists perform in an intimate 3,000-seat auditorium in Base Court, set against the backdrop of Henry VIII’s magnificent Tudor Palace. Attendees will arrive at the Palace Gardens to enjoy a spot of picnicking. Sit and relax in luxury too with the addition of the beautiful waterside gazebos. Picnics and gazebos are available to purchase now when buying tickets for the festival.
The festival will open on Friday 13 August with legendary artist, Van Morrison. Entering the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2007 and winning an Americana, BRIT and Grammy award for his out-standing contribution to music, Van Morrison is a true icon. From Brown Eyed Girl to Moondance, the impact of the OBE awarded, global sensation’s artistry on the music industry is huge and his legacy stronger than ever.
Born in 1945 Van Morrison heard his Shipyard worker father’s collection of blues, country and gospel early in life. Feeding off musical greats such as Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers, Muddy Waters, Mahalia Jackson and Leadbelly he was a travelling musician at 13 and singing, playing guitar and sax, in several bands, before forming them in 1964.
Making their name at Belfast’s Maritime Club, Them soon established Van as a major force in the British R&B scene. Morrison’s matchless vocal and song writing talents produced instant classics such as the much covered ‘Gloria’ and ‘Here Comes The Night’.
Those talents found full astonishing range in Van’s solo career. After working with Them’s New York producer Bert Berns on beautiful Top 40 pop hit ‘Brown Eyed Girl’ (1967), Morrison moved to another realm.
Settling back into life in the UK in 1980 he re-leased Common One an album centring on Summertime In England an extraordinary invocation of literary, sensual and spiritual pleasure the song would often become a thrilling improvised centre-piece to his live shows. Van Morrison continued to advance on his status as a game- changing artist through the 90s and into the 21st century.
Awards and accolades – a knighthood, a Brit, an OBE, an Ivor Novello, 6 Grammys, honourary
doctorates from Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Ulster, entry into The Rock n Roll Hall of Fame and the French Ordres Des Artes Et Des Lettres – attested to the international reach of Van’s musical art.
We have a pair of tickets available to see Van Morrison at Hampton Court festival on the 13th August.
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