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Van Morrison and Gipsy Kings join Hampton Court line-up (2010)

Van Morrison

Story by Jack Foley

THE legendary Van Morrison and The Gipsy Kings have been added to the line-up for this year’s Hampton Court Palace Festival, between June 8 and 18, 2010.

Morrison will take to the stage at this historic venue on Thursday, June 10, while The Gipsy Kings will bring an evening of their world-renowned Rumba Catalana style to the Palace on Wednesday, June 9.

They join an international line-up that includes Jackson Browne, Jools Holland, Nicola Benedetti, Simply Red, Michael Bolton, Katherine Jenkins and Michael Ball.

This year, the Hampton Court Palace Festival supported by Continental Airlines, comes of age and celebrates its 18th birthday with a series of concerts that boast some of the greatest names in popular music.

Commenting on their appearance, The Gipsy Kings said: “Performing at Hampton Court Palace Festival will be absolutely magical for us. This will bring us right back to our origins, performing under the stars, and in an environment that welcomed travelling musicians who entertained courtiers back in the 16th Century. This will be a welcomed French invasion of the palace.”

The concert dates for the 2010 Festival are as follows:

Tuesday, June 8 – Jackson Browne
Wednesday, June 9 – Gipsy Kings
Thursday, June 10 – Van Morrison
Friday, June 11 – Jools Holland with Alison Moyet
Saturday, June 12 – Nicola Benedetti and the RPO
Tuesday, June 15 & 16 – Simply Red
Thursday, June 17 – Michael Bolton
Friday, June 18 – Katherine Jenkins
Saturday, June 19 – Michael Ball