Spandau Ballet star and Britpop legends to headline Upton House Concerts
SPANDAU Ballet star Martin Kemp and Britpop band Space have been announced as headliners for three nights of music at Poole’s Upton House next month.
The acts will be joined by eighties headliners Katrina and Dr & the Medics at the festival taking place on Friday May 27, Saturday May 28 and Sunday May 29.
The events aim to reinvent the tradition of picnic concerts on the lawn of the Grade II listed Georgian mansion with its 130 acres of parkland, grounds and formal gardens in Holes Bay Nature Park.
It opens May 27 with “Legends Night,” a program filled with tributes to Queen, the Rolling Stones and Amy Winehouse; with “Britpop Forever” Saturday headlining 90s hitmakers Space with supporting tributes from Stone Roses, Stereophonics, Oasis, Blur and Pulp.
It will end with “Ultimate 80s” featuring Katrina (of Waves fame), Dr & the Medics, Sonia and a tribute to Fleetwood Mac, with DJ sets by Spandau Ballet’s Martin Kemp – including “Return to the 80s” are a major draw in clubland – and the one and only Pat Sharp.
Festival director Ben Dyas said: “We are delighted to be bringing some of the best and biggest chart-topping artists of the 80s and Britpop era to Upton House – the perfect way to kick off Jubilee week. .
“It’s an amazing place with a stunning backdrop and beautiful grounds, so whether you’ve seen these legends for the first time or not, the invitation is there for revelers to bring their pals and bring their picnics and down to the lawn.”
Over the weekend, Space will revisit their best-known hits ‘Neighborhood’, ‘Female of the Species’ and ‘Begin Again’ alongside material from their latest album, Music For Pleasure Music For Pain from last year.
Early birders for Upton House Concerts can take advantage of an introductory offer with three-day adult weekend passes on sale now for £39 (£8 child). On-site parking is pre-bookable and gates open at 4:00 p.m. Friday, noon Saturday, and 1:00 p.m. Sunday.
For more information, visit www.uptonhouseconcerts.com.