Published: Friday, 24th May 2019

BRIT Award nominees, music legends and soul superstars are all going to be performing live in Medway this summer.

A stellar line-up of top British artists including Rudimental, Jess Glynne, George McCrae and The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra will be providing the soundtrack to the summer when they headline the county’s famous Castle Concerts in Medway.

Returning this year from Wednesday 10th – Saturday 13th July, the events are a unique and intimate live music experience which takes place within the walls of Rochester Castle, where everyone is able to get close to the stage.

The popular event opens with urban music legends, Rudimental (Sound System), on Wednesday, 10 July. The genre-defying supergroup and BRIT nominees – who have sold more than 20 million singles and over two million albums – will be bringing their own unique sound to the castle with their Sound System set which features a DJ set with live brass and vocals.

Joining Rudimental on the opening night are two special guests; platinum-selling artist Example, and fellow BRIT nominee, Mahalia. Example’s career spans over a decade and needs little introduction with three top ten albums and 10 singles that have made the top ten, while Mahalia is one of the one of the UK’s most exciting up-and-coming female artists.

On the second night of the concerts, Thursday, 11 July, pop goddess Jess Glynne is playing a sold-out gig with special guest, Nina Nesbitt.

Friday, 12 July is party night at the Soul Party concert, when the audience will get to boogie the night away under the stars and singalong to their favourite floor-filling hits from the likes of Chaka Khan, Tina Turner, James Brown, Aretha Franklin and Lionel Richie, to name just a few. The evening will be headlined by legend George McCrae, singer of the smash hit Rock Your Baby. Joining him will be the disco group Odyssey and Heather Small, singer of the famous Proud track and former M People star.

The Castle Concerts conclude on Saturday, 13 July with the iconic and spectacular Proms finale, featuring the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra who will be performing a selection of James Bond movie themes along with classical hits such as Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, Fantasia on British Sea Songs, Rule Britannia and Jerusalem. They will be joined by with special guests Collabro – the world’s most successful musical theatre group and stars of Britain’s Got Talent – and soprano Laura Wright, one of the biggest selling classical artists this decade. Local musicians, the Kent Rock Choir will also be performing and interval entertainment will be provided by NChant, the Senior Girls' Choir from The Rochester Grammar School.

Enjoy an evening of live music under the stars

Commenting on the Castle Concerts, Cllr Howard Doe, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: “This year’s Castle Concerts offers a fantastic line-up of top musical talent and we’re delighted acts of this calibre will be visiting Rochester in July. The concerts are one of the highlights of the summer in Medway and offer a truly unique live music experience – located within the picturesque walls of Rochester Castle, the events have an intimate atmosphere where everyone is able to get close to the stage with a great view. So round up some friends and family members and enjoy an evening of live music under the stars.”

Tickets for Rudimental (Sound System), Soul Party and The Proms are on sale now. For more information and to purchase tickets, call the Box Office on 01634 338 338.

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