Lionel Richie back in the UK next year for Blenheim Palace concert
The Nocturne Live concert series will feature performances by US singer-songwriter Lionel Richie, who has said he “can’t wait” to play there next year and calls the UK audiences “some of the best in the world.”
The Academy Award winner, 73, is reportedly returning to the UK for the first time since 2019 to stage a concert at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire from June 14 to 18.
Richie, who was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this year, is the first artist confirmed to perform at the 10,000 capacity venue, with more names set to be announced.
He said: “I’m really looking forward to heading to Blenheim Palace next summer.
The pop superstar rose to fame in the 1970s as part of the Commodores funk and soul band, writing and recording hit singles including “Easy” and “Three Times A Lady”.
He launched a solo career in 1982 with his self-titled debut before releasing a string of hit albums including Can’t Slow Down and Dancing On The Ceiling.
Richie also won four Grammys and an Oscar for original song Say You, Say Me from the film White Nights.
Since its inception in 2015, the Nocturne Live concert series has featured performances from Sir Elton John, Kylie Minogue, Take That’s Gary Barlow, and former Oasis star Noel Gallagher, as well as Gregory Porter, Van Morrison and Nile Rodgers.