FOR THE first time in five years, outdoor shows will return to London’s Kenwood House as part of the Heritage Live Concert Series.
In total 12 events will be held during the summer series, all promoted by Giles Cooper Entertainment (GCE), with concerts also taking place at English Heritage’s Wrest Park in Bedfordshire and Audley End in Essex. Each show will have a 10,000-capacity.
“English Heritage spoke to a few promoters, but we were really keen to take this on,” says GCE MD Giles Cooper.
“They have had so much demand from visitors asking when concerts would return. Kenwood House was one of the forerunners for outdoor concerts and has held events there since 1951 until recently, so it has a lot of history.”
In 2013, acts performing at Kenwood included Keane and Suede, but promoter Rogue Events cancelled the event following year citing low ticket sales.
Concerts at Kenwood this June feature Alfie Boe, Katherine Jenkins and Kris Kristofferson, while 2 Cellos and Tokio Myers play Audley End in July and Van Morrison performs at Wrest Park in August.
“These are spectacular country estates and what we’ve found is that if you get a combination of acts, it becomes a special event,” adds Cooper, who hopes the series will become an annual occurrence.”
GCE is also promoting Placebo and Happy Monday’s concerts at Dundee’s Caird Hall (cap. 2,400) and Magic Numbers at Cardiff’s Globe (350).