Boy George and Culture Club to perform summer concert at Audley End with support from Bananarama, Lulu and Gabrielle – in same weekend as James Blunt, Van Morrison and Last Night of the Proms featuring Russell Watson
Gender-bending icon Boy George and his chart-topping band Culture Club have announced a summer performance at Audley End House.
Their open-air gig at the stately home near Saffron Walden – one of four by the multi-million-selling group at some of the country's most stunning venues in the Heritage Live Concert Series – takes place on Thursday August 12, the same weekend that James Blunt, Van Morrison and Russell Watson in Last Night of the Proms will be performing there.
Culture Club will be joined at Audley End by fellow 80s legends Bananarama, 1960s star Lulu and Gabrielle, who scored a No 1 in 1993 with debut single Dreams. DJ Fat Tony will get the party started.
Since their formation in 1981, Culture Club have sold more than 150 million records worldwide, recognised as a Grammy award-winning UK institution with a stream of classic hits including Do You Really Want to Hurt Me, Karma Chameleon, Church of The Poison Mind, Victims, It's A Miracle and The War Song.
Singer-songwriter Boy George will be joined on stage by original Culture Club members Roy Hay and Mikey Craig.
As the first multi-racial band with an openly gay frontman, the original quartet, including drummer Jon Moss, set many records and established themselves as icons of British musical history and popular culture.
Originally formed as a trio in 1981, Bananarama became a staple of the British pop music scene in the 80s, consistently producing hit after hit, including Shy Boy, Cruel Summer and Really Saying Something.
They proved their staying power when they released Venus, which topped the US charts in 1986.
The group's releases between 1982 and 2009 saw them achieve a total of 28 singles in the UK's top 50 singles chart and a Guinness World Record for the most chart entries ever for an all-female group.
Since establishing herself as one of the best-selling female singers of the 1960s with her trademark song Shout, Lulu has remained a popular personality.
She made her film debut in 1967 opposite Sidney Poitier in To Sir, With Love and performed the title track, which was a No 1 hit in the US. Lulu also was one of four joint winners of the 1968 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Boom Bang-a-Bang, and later found success with her own self-titled BBC TV show, as well as having a hit with the title theme to the 1974 James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun.
This year, Gabrielle celebrates over 20 years of her album Rise. With hit singles such as the title track, as well as Out of Reach, Sunshine and Should I Stay, the album has achieved quadruple platinum sales and was in the top 10 album charts three summers in a row from 1999 to 2001.
Fat Tony is the original superstar DJ, a mainstay of the London party scene, having performed at some of the most legendary clubs of all time and at birthday parties for the likes of Madonna, Prince and Michael Jackson.
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FRIDAY AUGUST 13 – James Blunt will perform in the grounds of the Jacobean mansion as part of his Once Upon A Mind tour. Special guests for the evening will be Craig Charles' Funk & Soul Show and the Hackney Colliery Band.
SATURDAY AUGUST 14 – R&B, soul, jazz and Celtic singer Van Morrison and his support act, folk rock band The Waterboys, will be taking to the stage for a concert postponed from last summer.
SUNDAY AUGUST 15 – One of Britain's most popular singers, Russell Watson, will take to the stage at Audley End. His Last Night of the Proms show will feature the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra as well as composer-arranger and producer Mike Moran, coloratura soprano Christina Johnston and special guests The NHS Chorus-19.