Announcing Today – Rochester Castle Concerts: Jools Holland, TheLibertines, The Jacksons, Ub40 – July 8 – 11th 2020

Rochester Castle, on the east bank of the River Medway in Rochester, Kent, features a beautiful 12th-century tower, which is one of the best preserved in England. Serving as a strategically important royal castle it helped protect England’s South-East coast from invasion during the late mediaeval period.

The English Heritage property is surrounded by stunning gardens, and will be once again open its doors to an entirely different kind of invasion this Summer, when hundreds of delighted music lovers come to Rochester for a series of four concerts to be held 8-11 July. Some of the biggest names from the UK and the USA will be performing in the castle grounds, thanks to concert and festival promoters AGMP, who established the London-based Innervisions Festival back in 2018, as well as promoted tours for a huge array of A list artists, including, but by no means limited to; Prince, James Brown, Eminem, Black Eyed Peas, Van Morrison, Faithless, and George Clinton.

AGMP are pleased to present Jools Holland, The Libertines, The Jacksons and UB40, with supporting acts to be announced at this year’s events at Rochester Castle.

Wednesday 8th July 2020 – Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra feat. Gilson Lavis with special guest Eddi Reader and guest vocalists Ruby Turner & Louise Marshall.

Jools Holland OBE was an original member of the band Squeeze, who had 12 UK Top 40 hits including; ‘Cool For Cats’, ‘Up The Junction’ & ‘Labelled with Love’. An English pianist, bandleader, singer, composer and television presenter, he hosts ‘Later with Jools Holland’ on BBC2  which is one of the few remaining music shows on British Television. He also hosts his own show on Radio 2 and the annual ‘Hootenanny’ which is both live & televised every year on NYE.

Thursday 9th July 2020 – The Libertines

One of the Millennia’s greatest rock n roll bands, the full line up including Pete Docherty and Carl Barat will be performing songs new and old, including favourites such as;  ‘Don’t Look Back into The Sun’, ‘Can’t Stand Me Now’ and ‘The Likely Lads’.

Friday 10th July 2020 – The Jacksons

Tito Jackson, Marlon Jackson & Jackie Jackson were in one of the most famous bands in the world, with brothers Michael & Jermaine. Bringing the US Disco sound to the UK, The Jackson 5 grooved into the charts with hit after hit, still populating club dancefloors today. The Jacksons  (Tito, Marlon & Jackie) will be performing everyone’s favourite songs from 70’s hits ‘Show Me The Way To Go’,  ‘Blame It On The Boogie’ & ‘Shake Your Body’ to 80’s chart toppers ‘Can You Feel It’ & ‘Walk Right Now’.

Saturday 11th July 2020  – UB40

Formed in Birmingham in 1978, UB40 named themselves after the UK government’s unemployment benefit form. Their debut album ‘Signing Off’ was released in August 1980 and is considered by many to be one of the greatest reggae albums ever released by a British band. It was the start of a career that led to 100 million record sales worldwide, forty UK Top 40 hits – including three Number 1s (‘Red, Red Wine’, ‘I Got You Babe ft. Chrissie Hynde’ and ‘(I Can’t Help) Falling in Love with You’) – and a run of hit albums that have spent a combined period of eleven years in the UK’s Top 75 album chart, establishing UB40 as one of Britain’s most successful bands of all-time.  UB40 are founding members Robin Campbell, Brian Travers, Jimmy Brown, Earl Falconer, Norman Hassan and long-time members Duncan Campbell (vocals), Martin Meredith, Laurence Parry,  Tony Mullings.

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