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Hampton Court Festival 2018 starts on Tuesday 5th June and ends on Saturday 23rd June. Over these exciting weeks, you can enjoy a huge variety of events in one of the country's most famous historic buildings.
The legendary Lionel Richie will open the festival on Tuesday 5th June, kicking off the first of three performances at the Palace. The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra will provide a fitting finale with Fanfare & Fireworks on Saturday 23rd June.
As part of his UK tour, Lionel Richie will be performing on three dates at Hampton Court Palace. Performing hits from his extensive and much loved repertoire, all the way from the Commodores to the present day. Fans will be able to enjoy timeless mega-hits and sing along to classics such as Dancing on the Ceiling, Say You Say Me, Hello and All Night Long. Don't miss this rare opportunity to see the music icon up close and personal in the intimate setting of Hampton Court Palace.
With her acclaimed Number 1 album The Architect currently riding high in the charts and a BRIT Award nomination for Best British Female, Paloma Faith promises a show-stopping performance at Hampton Court Palace Festival this June. Joining the Festival as part of her summer tour, don’t miss the chance to hear the latest hits including Crybaby and Guilty.
One of the greatest guitarists of his generation, Joe Bonamassa has released 15 solo albums over the last 13 years. A prolific performer, Joe has amassed a huge number of awards for his ever-evolving style and flair. Joe hasn’t performed at the palace since 2013, but this return promises to be a blast! So join him and an adoring crowd and enjoy some of the best blues-rock ever performed.
You don’t have to wait for the Hootananny to enjoy Jools and his Orchestra performing live! Joined by Gilson Lavis, Ruby Turner, Lousie Marshall, Rosie Mae and other guests, Jools and company promise an incredible performance that cannot be missed!
If you're in the mood for some Good Vibrations, you won't want to miss this two night performance by the legendary Beach Boys. Fronted by Mike Love, The Beach Boys play an astoundingly busy schedule of concerts, averaging 150 shows a year, including Hampton Court Palace. So head down on the 15th or 16th of June to enjoy their iconic hits, including Surfin' USA, Do It Again and many more.
Since 1989, Gary Barlow has been a giant in British pop music. Having sold 45 million records with Take That and having launched a successful solo career, Gary Barlow continues to wow the crowd. At Hampton Court Palace, Gary will be performing all your favourite hits just for you.
Sir Tom Jones continues to fill up arenas even after more than 50 years of performing. A living legend, Sir Tom still enjoys a thriving career and tour that is coming to Hampton Court Palace. His latest show "traverses musical eras and genres, cuts across class divides and appeals to people of all ages, male and female, mainstream and cutting edge." He promises a real treat this year!
The Hampton Court Palace Festival ends in breathtaking style, with fireworks accompanying the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Performing a variety of scores from the classic to the modern age, the orchestra is led by Llyich Rivas, an up and coming conductor who made his debut at the tender age of 16. He will be your guide through an evening of awe-inspiring music and spectacle.
If you'd prefer a more intimate, acoustic experience, make your way over to the Viking Stage from 5:30pm. Each day there will be two performances from the new Viking Stage in the East Front Gardens. Emerging singer-songwriters and acoustic acts will perform a 40 minute set, providing a relaxing musical backdrop to your summer evening.
Acts include Hugo Valentine, Esme Neale, Lily Lyons, One Eyed Jacks and many more.
A fan favourite, the festival picnics return for 2018, so you can make the most of the warm summer evenings and green spaces around the palace. Featuring the finest British fare, as well as bottles of champagne, the picnics transform a festival night into a truly luxurious experience.
A range of summer drinks and snacks will also be available from the bars in the East Front Gardens. Enjoy a refreshing beer, wine, cider, soft drink or Pimm’s from one of the 4 open-air bars, including the Theatre Bar and a full Champagne bar.
If you don't fancy lounging on the grass, you can instead enjoy the Waterside Gazebos. These cosy spaces are the perfect place to spend time eating drinking and socialising before the nightly performances.