Gladys Knight Confirmed For Nocturne Live At Blenheim Palace

Knight joins this year’s other headline acts Lauryn Hill, Tears For Fears and Kylie Minogue.

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Legendary Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Gladys Knight is the final act to be announced for this summer’s Nocturne Live concert series, which returns to Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire from 20-23 June.

The seven-time Grammy-winning singer, whose spellbinding performance at this month’s Super Bowl was watched by a global audience of over 100 million, will perform at the UNESCO World Heritage site on Thursday June 20th. Support will come from chart-topping UK vocalist Gabrielle, and Disco Classical, a unique concert experience presenting classic disco hits performed by Sister Sledge featuring Kathy Sledge with a full orchestra and DJs.

Widely renowned as the “Empress of Soul”, Gladys Knight is much-loved for the hits she recorded during the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s with her group Gladys Knight & the Pips, which also included her brother Merald “Bubba” Knight and cousins Edward Patten and William Guest.

Knight has recorded two number-one Billboard Hot 100 singles (‘Midnight Train to Georgia’ and ‘That’s What Friends Are For’), eleven number-one R&B singles, and six number-one R&B albums. She is an inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with The Pips. She also recorded the theme song for the 1989 James Bond film Licence to Kill.

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Nocturne Live, which transforms Blenheim Palace’s 9500-capacity Great Court into a spectacular open-air concert venue, will this year also present concerts from Lauryn Hill, featuring support from Laura Mvula and Mahalia, Tears for Fears, with support from White Lies and Scritti Politti, and Kylie Minogue, with support from Sophie Ellis Bextor and Hackney Colliery Band.

Tickets for Gladys Knight start at £35 and go on general sale on Friday, 1 March from the Nocturne festival’s official website.

Nocturne Live’s 2019 programme is as follows:

Thursday June 20:
Gladys Knight
Disco Classical Feat. Sister Sledge

Friday June 21:
Lauryn Hill
Laura Mvula

Saturday June 22:
Tears For Fears
White Lies
Scritti Politti

Sunday June 23rd *SOLD OUT*
Kylie Minogue
Sophie Ellis Bextor
Hackney Colliery Band

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