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The Jacksons, Kool and the Gang and Boney M in disco triple bill at Audley End


By Paul Winspear


The Jacksons feature four of the original members, brothers Jermaine, Tito, Jackie and Marlon
The Jacksons feature four of the original members, brothers Jermaine, Tito, Jackie and Marlon

One of the biggest groups of all time will headline a once-in-a-lifetime open-air concert at Audley End near Saffron Walden next summer.

Kool and the Gang - from left, Ronald Bell, George Brown, Dennis Thomas and Robert Bell
Kool and the Gang - from left, Ronald Bell, George Brown, Dennis Thomas and Robert Bell

The Jacksons – featuring four of the original members of the band of brothers – top a disco triple bill which also includes Kool and the Gang and Boney M featuring Maizie Williams.

The concert on Sunday July 14 will be the finale to Giles Cooper Entertainment’s Heritage Live Concert Series weekend at Audley End which begins on Friday the 12th with 80s icons The Human League, ABC and Belinda Carlisle.

The Sunday disco concert in the grounds of one of England’s finest country houses features three acts who between them have sold 320 million records worldwide.

Celebrating their 50th anniversary, marked by the release of their 1969 chart-topping debut single I Want You Back, The Jacksons – consisting of founding members Jermaine, Tito, Jackie and Marlon – continue to wow audiences across the world.

Boney M featuring original member Maizie Williams
Boney M featuring original member Maizie Williams

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.

Originally formed in 1969 – and thus celebrating their 50th anniversary in music at Audley End next year – Kool and the Gang 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 150 million 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.

General tickets go on sale on Friday (Nov 30) and pre-sale tickets are available from Wednesday (Nov 28). Visit ticketmaster.co.uk for both.

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.

Car parking tickets can be bought with the concert tickets via Ticketmaster.



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