Gladys Knight is set to open the 2023 Hampton Court Palace Festival. The soul legend will top the bill at the annual summer series of spectacular open-air concerts at the royal landmark on June 6.
The show will be a London exclusive for the 78-year-old Grammy-winning star – who shot to fame as a member of the Motown group Gladys Knight and the Pips – as part of ‘The Empress of Soul Farewell Tour.’
Tickets go on general sale from Wednesday 5 April, with an exclusive pre-sale to e-mail subscribers from today via the event’s official website.
Sir Tom Jones, Soft Cell and Kool and The Gang are also set to play the festival. Welsh music legend Tom will top the bill on June 14, synth-pop pioneers Soft Cell – comprising Marc Almond and David Ball – headline on June 7, and funk and soul legends Kool and The Gang on June 9.
Grace Jones, Kaiser Chiefs, Bjorn Again and Rick Astley were among the first acts confirmed to play the event. The Kaiser Chiefs headline on June 10, the ABBA parody act are set for June 16, While Astley will perform on June 17.
At Hampton Court, artists perform in an intimate 3,000-seat auditorium in Base Court, set against the backdrop of Henry VIII’s magnificent Tudor Palace and attendees can enjoy picnics, drinks and street food in the Palace Gardens, whilst waterside gazebos are also available to purchase for those that want to sit back and relax in luxury.
Hampton Court Festival 2023 includes the following shows:
Tuesday 6 June: Gladys Knight
Wednesday 7 June: Soft Cell
Thursday 8 June: Grace Jones
Friday 9 June: Kool and The Gang
Saturday 10 June: Kaiser Chiefs
Wednesday 14 June: Sir Tom Jones
Friday 16 June: Bjorn Again
Saturday 17 June: Rick Astley.