ONCE UPON A MIND TOUR
PLUS SPECIAL GUESTS:
CRAIG CHARLES FUNK & SOUL SHOW
HACKNEY COLLIERY BAND
AUDLEY END HOUSE & GARDENS,
SAFFRON WALDEN, ESSEX
FRIDAY 13TH AUGUST 2021
After a summer distinctly lacking in live music, Heritage Live has announced the return of concerts next year to the spectacular grounds of the English Heritage site Audley End House & Gardens, the Jacobean mansion in the heart of the Essex countryside.
Announced today, James Blunt will take to the stage on Friday 13th August 2021 as part of his ‘Once Upon A Mind Tour’. Special guests for the evening will be Craig Charles’ Funk & Soul Show and the Hackney Colliery Band.
Since emerging with 2005’s Biggest Selling UK Album ‘Back to Bedlam’, bolstered by the incredible success of the single ‘You’re Beautiful’ which went on to become No.1 in several countries worldwide including the UK and USA, James Blunt has become one of Britain’s most loved solo artists.
With five more albums under his belt including his most recent, last year’s ‘Once Upon A Mind’ - which saw him return to the classic singer-songwriter style of classic songs that touch both the heart and the head - Blunt is as popular as ever.
Having worked with the likes of Ed Sheeran an selling over 20 million albums worldwide, his success has also seen him receive multiple Grammy nominations and two BRIT Awards.
Alongside being one of our most loved actors (Red Dwarf and Coronation Street), Craig Charles has also cemented himself as one of the UK’s most beloved Funk & Soul DJ’s. With his iconic BBC Radio 6 Music primetime Saturday evening show he delivers the classic sounds of the 60’s and 70’s as well as introducing audiences to the freshest artists in the genre.
Craig has captivated crowds throughout the UK, having performed his legendary DJ set at numerous festivals such as Love Box, Park Life, Festival no 6, Wychwood Festival, Common People, Mostly Jazz Funk and Soul festival to name but a few. In 2016 Craig played to over 10,000 people at the world famous Arcadia and Shangri-La stage in Glastonbury.
Hackney Colliery band have been described as ‘one of the greatest live bands that we have in this country’ by BBC Radio 2. With five albums to their name, including 2019’s Collaborations: Volume One which saw them collaborate with jazz and world music stars including Angelique Kidjo and Mulatu Astatke, the band have gone from strength to strength since their creation more than 10 years ago.
Their characteristic sound fuses brass, percussion and electronics to create a genre-defying, highly original mix. It’s this sound that has wowed audiences the world over including sell-out shows at Barbican Hall and Koko, as well as high-profile festival appearances including Field Day, Love Supreme, WOMAD and Glastonbury.