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10 concerts you won’t want to miss in Norfolk and Suffolk this summer

PUBLISHED: 13:44 30 January 2018 | UPDATED: 12:55 06 February 2018

Some of the big acts coming to Norfolk this summer. (L-R) Lionel Richie (Photo: Alan Silfen), Katherine Jenkins (Photo: Paul John Bayfield) and Gary Barlow (Photo: Jamie Lucas)

Some of the big acts coming to Norfolk this summer. (L-R) Lionel Richie (Photo: Alan Silfen), Katherine Jenkins (Photo: Paul John Bayfield) and Gary Barlow (Photo: Jamie Lucas)

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A huge host of big name stars are flocking to the region this summer for outdoor concerts and events. Here’s a look at the top 10 shows you simply won’t want to miss...

• Lionel Richie

The crooner will be performing an open air show at Holkham Hall on Sunday, June 24 as part of a summer tour, which will see him visit a range of iconic venues across the UK. Concert goers should prepare to dance all night long as the 68-year-old is set to sing a range of songs from his extensive back catalogue, everything from Lady to Say You Say Me. Tickets for Lionel Richie at Holkham Hall cost £75 for main arena entry (plus booking fee) and are on sale via Ticketmaster, AXS, Gigantic and Alttickets. Limited reserved seating tickets at the front of the stage will also available for £125 as well as hospitality experience packages prices at £275.

• Gary Barlow

Take That’s Gary Barlow is set to return to East Anglia to play a concert in Thetford Forest this summer. The Rule the World hitmaker will be heading to Suffolk without his bandmates on Friday, June 8 as part of a 34-date solo tour. The Gary Barlow In Concert 2018 tour will see the star perform smaller solo concerts at 24 venues across the UK, and the Thetford Forest gig will be the penultimate date of the tour which will kick off on April 16 at Edinburgh Playhouse and finish on June 9 at Delamere Forest in Cheshire.

• Paloma Faith

The 36-year-old singer will perform at Newmarket Racecourses on Friday, June 22 as part of Newmarket Nights concert series. Best known for hits such as Only Love Can Hurt like This and Picking Up the Pieces, the eccentric Brit-award-winner returned to the charts in 2017 with The Architect, which is on course to become her fourth double platinum album in a row. She joins James Blunt, Craig David, Plan B, George Ezra and The Vamps on the Newmarket bill. Tickets for Paloma Faith cost £31 and are on sale now via thejockeyclublive.co.uk

• Little Mix

Little Mix have announced they are coming to Norwich for their 2018 Summer Hits tour. The group will be performing at Norwich’s Earlham Park on Saturday, July 21 as part of their new UK tour. The stars also performed at Earlham Park in September 2017. Their latest album ‘Glory Days’, led by the lead single ‘Shout Out To My Ex’, is the biggest selling album by a female group this Millennium. Little Mix signed to SYCO records on winning the X Factor in 2011 and shot straight to No.1 in the UK with their debut single Cannonball.

• The Script

Irish trio The Script are set to headline one of the summer live music nights at Thetford Forest Live. The band will play at the High Lodge outdoor venue on Thursday June 7. It will be the fourth time they have appeared at Thetford Forest having previously appeared in 2011, 2013 and 2015. The band, made up of Danny O’Donoghue on lead vocals and the keyboard, Mark Sheehan as lead guitarist and Glen Power as drummer have sold 30 million records over the course of their 12-year career. Their latest release, Freedom Child, topped the UK album chart, scoring the band their fourth UK number one. Tickets cost £42.50 (plus booking fee) and are available from the Forestry Commission box office on 03000 680400.

• Madness

Everyone’s favourite ska band Madness are heading to Suffolk this summer as part of a four-date tour of UK stately homes. The British pop icons, who have been thrilling audiences for almost four decades, will headline their House of Fun open air gig at Euston Hall, near Thetford, on July 7. Madness have chalked up 15 UK Top 10 singles, inlcuding Our House, It Must Be Love, One Step Beyond, My Girl and Baggy Trousers.

• Kasabian

Rock giants Kasabian have announced a special gig as part of Forest Live, the summer concert series at Thetford Forest. The band will be performing on Sunday 10 June 2018 at the event near Brandon which is organised by the Forestry Commission.

• Il Divo

Renowned classical cross over group Il Divo are bringing their Castles and Country tour to Euston Hall on July 5. The group, created by Simon Cowell has enjoyed success worldwide, selling over 30 million copies of their albums, with 160 certified gold and platinum hits in 35 countries.

• Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott

Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott are to return to Thetford Forest after being announced as the latest act to play the series of summer live gigs in 2018 — two years after they last played. The former The Beautiful South duo will be at High Lodge on Saturday, June 9. They will be joined by beloved British songwriter Billy Bragg who will be making a special guest appearance. The Thetford gig will see them play material from their albums as a duo as well as songs from The Beautiful South and the Housemartins. Tickets cost £33.50 plus booking fee.

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