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Ronan Keating.
Ronan Keating will perform at Blickling

Summer gigging

A string of stars will be hitting the road to Norfolk this summer for a line-up of picnic concerts at Blickling Hall, Thetford Forest and North Walsham.


Summer gigs

  • 15 July: Meatloaf at Blickling Hall - returns available. Support from Hurricane Party.
  • 15 July: Daniel Bedingfield with support from Lucie Silvas at Thetford Forest - tickets are £24.50 plus booking fee.
  • 16 July: Ian Brown at Thetford Forest with support from the Scratch Perverts - tickets are £22 plus booking fee.
  • 16 July: Status Quo at Blickling Hall - tickets are £37.50 plus booking fee.
  • 17 July: Will Young at Blickling Hall - tickets are £37.50 plus booking fee. Support from Mara Carlyle.
  • 23 July: Jools Holland at Blickling Hall - tickets are £27.50 plus booking fee.
  • 24 July: Ronan Keating at Blickling Hall - tickets are £37.50 plus booking fee. Support from female singer-songwriter Beulah.
  • 6 August: The Bootleg Beatles at North Walsham Rugby Club. Tickets for adults are £22.50 adv or £25 on the door, while children are £5 in adv or £10 on the door. Family tickets and group discounts are available.
    For more ticket details go to the venues' websites.

Music lovers are getting ready to enjoy another summer of concerts and picnics with the final star act confirmed for Norfolk's line-up of outdoor gigs.

Irish heart-throb Ronan Keating is the last artist to be added to Blickling Hall's bill and the announcement completes the list of household names who will strut the county's stages.

Star names

Meat Loaf, Status Quo, Will Young and Jools Holland have been booked to appear at the waterside parklands at Blickling, while Daniel Bedingfield, Beautiful South, Madness and Ian Brown were signed up at Thetford Forest.

Elsewhere in the county, there will be a one-off show at North Walsham Rugby Club will host tribute band The Bootleg Beatles.

Singer-songwriter Beulah is warming up for Ronan.
Singer Beulah is warming up for Ronan

Ronan Keating has sold 17 million copies of his latest album, 10 Years Of Hits, and the Blickling date on Sunday 24 July is just one of three open-air shows which he will perform in England this summer. Singer-songwriter Beulah is warming up for the gig.

The National Trust venue, near Aylsham, has put 9,000 tickets on sale for the gig.

'Great mix'

Blickling Hall events manager Shirley Donovan said she was delighted with the calibre of names on their bill.

"Ronan competes the line-up for the Blickling Festival and I think we have a great mix of artists," she said.

"I think Ronan will really suit the picnic-in-the-park style concert that people have become accustomed to here at Blickling Hall over the last few years," she added.

The ex-Boyzone pin-up will be the last pop star to tread the Blickling stage this summer.

Jools Holland will pitch up at the stately home with his big band and guest singers for a concert and firework display on Saturday 23 July.

Jools Holland.
Jools' gig highlights will be broadcast

Fans who want to re-live the gig's highlights will be able to tune into BBC Radio Norfolk on their way home - and the 10 tracks from the concert will also be available to listen again to on the website.

Meat Loaf tickets

Organisers at the hall have put on a string of three gigs for the first weekend of the festival which will be opened by rock singer Meat Loaf on Friday 15 July.

The show sold out within days of tickets going on sale, but Meat Loaf fans now have a second chance to see the gig as return tickets have been made available.

The rock songs will continue on the next night as Status Quo make one of their regular trips to the county.

The first weekend will end with a show on Sunday 17 July by pop idol Will Young - who has notched up two number one albums and has a mantle-piece brimming with Brit gongs - will perform in the grounds.

Woodland gigs

Ian Brown.
Ian Brown

Thetford Forest confirmed its roster of dates at the start of March with chart-topper Daniel Bedingfield the last star to be revealed.

He will be joined by singer-songwriter Lucie Silvas, who has just celebrated a top 10 hit with Breathe In, for the concert.

Daniel Bedingfield will wow 6,000 pop fans on Friday 15 July for the only summer UK gig he has planned for this summer.

The New Zealand-born star will appear as part of the second weekend of concerts at the woodland venue on the Norfolk-Suffolk border.

Former Stone Roses front man Ian Brown will sign-off Thetford's round of gigs on Saturday 16 July. Support for his gig will come from British turntablists the Scratch Perverts.

Hull's finest, Beautiful South, kicked off both the Thetford series and their six-date forest tour with a sellout show on Friday 10 June. Madness also scored a sellout for their gig on Saturday 11 June.

Mike Taylor, Forest District Operations Manager, said he thought the performances offered gig lovers a good choice.

"Every year we try to find a diverse range of acts to perform and this year's programme boasts some top names," he added.

Beatles tribute

See more photos in Beautiful South's gig gallery
Beautiful South's Alison Wheeler

A tribute to one of the world's top bands will bring Norfolk's outdoor dates to a close on Saturday 6 August. The Bootleg Beatles will perform a run-down of the Fab Four's songs at North Walsham Rugby Club.

The show by the band - which has warmed-up for Oasis, Rod Stewart and David Bowie - is being billed as a night out for all the family.

IML Concerts director Keith Louch said, "We are delighted to be presenting the band in Norfolk. IML has always brought a variety of outdoor picnic-style concerts to the county from Jools Holland and Midge Ure to the Glenn Miller Orchestra and Salute To The Rat Pack."

Last year, a host of stars including Tom Jones, Cliff Richard, Paul Weller and The Sugababes staged sellout gigs across the county.

This season's outdoor concerts got off to an early start with Elton John's stadium gig at Carrow Road in Norwich at the end of May.

last updated: 16/07/05
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