Get ready to roll back the decades at Audley End with Human League, The Jacksons and The Hives
Headliners at this year's Audley End concerts will roll back the years with hits spanning five decades.
A chart-topping triple bill of the Human League, ABC and Belinda Carlisle will kick off the Heritage Live series at the stately home near Saffron Walden on Friday, July 12.
Formed in Sheffield in 1977, the league now comprising Philip Oakey, Joanne Catherall and Susan Ann Sulley, achieved both critical and commercial success in the 80s and 90s selling more than 25 million records worldwide.
They include a remarkable four Top 10 UK albums, including the 1981 classic Dare, featuring hit singles Love Action (I Believe In Love), and the timeless Don't You Want Me, which topped the US and UK singles charts.
Fellow Sheffield synth-pop luminaries ABC will take to the stage the same night. Fronted by Martin Fry, the group best known for classics like Poison Arrow, The Look of Love, and When Smokey Sings, will perform hits from their back catalogue from their 1982 chart-topping debut album The Lexicon of Love all the way up to 2016's critically acclaimed follow up The Lexicon of Love II.
Completing the line-up will be Belinda Carlisle. This iconic American singer originally found fame selling over seven million records worldwide with all-female group The Go-Go's, before embarking on a solo career in the mid-80s that saw her achieve huge success on both sides of the Atlantic with singles such as Heaven Is A Place On Earth, Runaway Horses and Leave A Light On.
On Saturday, July 13, Indie rock stars The Hives will take to the stage, supported by The Fratellis and The Sandinistas.
The Hives released their debut album, Barely Legal, just over a decade ago. Their 2000 follow-up, Veni Vidi Vicious, catapulted them onto the world stage on the strength of hits Hate To Say I Told You So and Main Offender.
Fronted by Howlin' Pelle Almqvist, The Hives have collaborated with the likes of Pharrell Williams, garnering US top 40 hits including Tick Tick Boom and several gold albums and awards worldwide.
The Fratellis roared into their second decade as a band with their fifth album, In Your Own Sweet Time, released in 2017 to widespread critical acclaim and commercial success.
In 2016, they undertook a 16-date UK tour to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Costello Music, their successful sing-along debut album, which earned them a BRIT Award for Best British Breakthrough Act and spent 83 weeks in the charts, bolstered by hits such as Flathead, Whistle For The Choir and the now ubiquitous anthem Chelsea Dagger.
Opening the show will be Welsh four-piece, The Sandinistas.
The Jacksons – featuring four of the original members Jermaine, Tito, Jackie and Marlon – top a disco triple bill on Sunday, July 14.
The brothers, who are celebrating their 50th anniversary in show business will be supported by Kool and the Gang and Boney M featuring Maizie Williams and between them, the three acts have sold 320 million records worldwide.
With the ubiquitous hits ABC, The Love You Save and I'll Be There, The Jackson 5 made history with their trademark sound in 1970 as the first act whose first four singles reached No 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
They ultimately scored 17 top 40 singles on the Hot 100, following with hits such as Never Can Say Goodbye and Dancing Machine.
Kool and the Gang are also celebrating their half-century and in the past 50 years they have earned two Grammy Awards, seven American Music Awards, 25 top 10 R&B hits, nine top 10 pop hits, and 31 gold and platinum albums, with seminal hits such as Celebration, Cherish, Jungle Boogie, Summer Madness and Open Sesame.
Completing the line-up will be Boney M, featuring original singer and founding member Maizie Williams.
Since their inception in 1976 in West Germany, the group have sold more than 150m records worldwide with their quintessential hits of the disco era, including Daddy Cool, Brown Girl in the Ring, Rivers of Babylon, Mary's Boy Child and Rasputin.
Concert-goers will be allowed to take standard-size food hampers and sealed bottles of water but will not be permitted to take alcohol. There will be bars and artisan food traders on site. Concert and car parking tickets are available at ticketmaster.co.uk
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