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Beverley Knight, Billy Ocean, Jools Holland and Rick Astley joins Kew The Music 2019

Beverley Knight and Billy Ocean

Story by Jack Foley

BEVERLEY Knight + Billy Ocean, Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra and Rick Astley have all been confirmed as headline acts for Kew The Music 2019.

Knight and Ocean will both be playing full headline sets on Tuesday, July 9. These two iconic artists make their Kew the Music debut.

Queen of British soul Beverley Knight has impeccable credentials. With powerhouse vocals tinged with a raw honesty, she has sold over a million albums. She has won three MOBO Awards, nominated multiple times for Best Female at the Brits and also received a prestigious Mercury Music Prize nomination.

Billy Ocean is the biggest black recording star Britain has ever produced, selling over 30 million records to date. He reached Gold and Platinum status worldwide with hit after hit after hit – from killer ballads like Suddenly to pop classics Love Really Hurts Without You and When The Going Gets Tough. His latest album, Here You Are, featuring handpicked and reworked tracks entered the charts at his highest position since 1988.

Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra will be playing Kew The Music on Thursday, July 11. Jools has been touring with his veritable musical army, the Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, for more than 25 years and once again he will be joined by Gilson Lavis and regular guest vocalists, Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall.

Finally, Rick Astley will be playing on Sunday, July 14.

The much-loved multi-million selling 80s icon returned to capture the heart of a nation with his #1 platinum selling album 50 in 2016 and this year returned with his stellar album Beautiful Life in the top 10.

Back in 1987 his solo debut, Never Gonna Give You Up was a global smash, number 1 in 25 countries. Over the next 5 years Rick had 13 international hit singles. He became a viral sensation in the naughties and most recently he has been back in the studio creating new, touchingly intimate ballads, upbeat dance beats, hook-laden pop songs and soul stormers – packing in the cheeky lyrical references and the signature sing-along style that are instantly recognisable.

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