The Jam star Paul Weller to headline opening of Audley End’s Summer Picnic season

Paul Weller is to perform at the opening night of the Audley End Picnic Concerts. Paul Weller is to perform at the opening night of the Audley End Picnic Concerts.

Thursday, February 13, 2014
3:23 PM

Audley End’s Summer Picnic season will begin with a bang when The Modfather Paul Weller rocks the stage on opening night.

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Fireworks cap off one of the concerts at Audley End House & Gardens.Fireworks cap off one of the concerts at Audley End House & Gardens.

The Jam star, who has forged a successful solo career since the band split in 1982, will perform at the historic open-air venue on Saturday, July 26.

Tickets go on sale on Valentine’s Day (tomorrow) and an announcement about other headline acts is expected soon.

So far, the organisers, Portal Events Ltd, have confirmed the first weekend of shows will take place from July 26-27.

Lynsey Coombs, English Heritage general manager at Audley End House & Gardens, said: “We’re delighted to welcome back the summer concerts programme to this historic site, and look forward to seeing such an established act as Paul Weller take to the stage in the iconic gardens of Audley End House & Gardens.”

Weller, who won a BRIT award in 2009 for ‘Best Male Solo Artist’, confirmed his Audley End appearance in an announcement on his official website.

Lynsey Coombs, English Heritage general manager at Audley End House & Gardens, said: “We’re delighted to welcome back the summer concerts programme to this historic site, and look forward to seeing such an established act as Paul Weller take to the stage in the iconic gardens of Audley End House & Gardens.”

Fans of the 55-year-old will be treated to an array of songs from his back catalogue, while a number of as yet unnamed support acts will get revellers in the mood.

A principal figure of the 1970s and 80s mod revival, Weller follows in the footsteps of other big-name artists to perform at Audley End House & Gardens, including Katherine Jenkins, Ronan Keating, Michael Ball, Tom Jones, The Saturdays and a host 80s stars.

The Jam remain one of the biggest bands in UK pop history having produced hit singles including The Eton Rifles, In The City, their first number one single Going Underground, and their last, Beat Surrender.

Tickets can be purchased online or by phone at a cost of £40 (£37 for English Heritage members) or in person for £36 (£33). To book, visit audleyend concerts.com, call 0871 231 0847 or go along to the Saffron Walden Tourist Information Centre.

More information and artist updates can be found at at facebook.com/AudleyEndConcerts.

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