Genre icon Boy George and his chart-topping band Culture Club have announced a summer performance at Audley End House.
Their outdoor concert at the stately home near Saffron Walden – one of the multi-millionaire band’s four at some of the country’s finest venues in the Heritage Live concert series – takes place on Thursday August 12, the same weekend that James Blunt, Van Morrison and Russell Watson in Last Night of the Proms will perform there.
Culture Club will be joined at Audley End by fellow 80s Bananarama legends, 60s stars Lulu and Gabrielle, who scored a No.1 in 1993 with their debut single dreams. DJ Fat Tony will get the party started.
Since its inception in 1981, Culture Club has sold over 150 million records worldwide, recognized as a Grammy-winning British institution with a stream of classic hits including Do you really want to hurt me, Karma Chameleon, Church of the Poisoned Mind, Victims, It’s a Miracle and The war song.
Singer-songwriter Boy George will be joined on stage by original Culture Club members Roy Hay and Mikey Craig.
As the first multiracial band with an openly gay frontman, the original quartet, including drummer Jon Moss, set numerous records and established themselves as an icon of British musical history and popular culture.
Originally formed as a trio in 1981, Bananarama became a staple of the UK pop music scene in the 80s, steadily churning out hit after hit, including Shy boy, cruel summer and really say something.
They proved their endurance on their way out Venus, which topped the US charts in 1986.
The group’s releases between 1982 and 2009 saw them achieve a total of 28 UK top 50 singles and a Guinness World Record for the most entries ever by an all-female group.
Since establishing herself as one of the best-selling singers of the 1960s with her signature song ShoutLulu remained a popular personality.
She made her film debut in 1967 opposite Sidney Poitier in To sir, with love and performed the title track, which was a No. 1 hit in the United States. Lulu was also one of the four co-winners of the Eurovision Song Contest 1968 with the song Boom Bang-a-Bangand later found success with his own eponymous BBC TV show, as well as success with the main theme of the 1974 James Bond film The man with the golden gun.
This year, Gabrielle celebrates more than 20 years of her album To augment. With hit singles such as the title track, as well as Out of reach, sun and Should I staythe album reached four platinum sales and was a top 10 album for three summers in a row from 1999 to 2001.
Fat Tony is the original superstar DJ, a mainstay of the London party scene, having played in some of the most legendary clubs of all time and at the birthday parties of Madonna, Prince and Michael Jackson.
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FRIDAY AUGUST 13 – James Blunt will perform in the grounds of the Jacobean mansion as part of his Once Upon A Mind tour. Special guests for the evening will be Craig Charles’ Funk & Soul Show and the Hackney Colliery Band.
SATURDAY AUGUST 14 – R&B, soul, jazz and Celtic singer Van Morrison and his debut band, folk rock band The Waterboys, will take the stage for a concert postponed from last summer.
SUNDAY AUGUST 15 – One of Britain’s most popular singers, Russell Watson, will take the stage at Audley End. His show Last Night of the Proms will feature the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra as well as composer-arranger and producer Mike Moran, coloratura soprano Christina Johnston and special guests The NHS Chorus-19.