Level 42 confirm summer show in north Norfolk

Level 42, who are set to perform at Holkham this summer.

Level 42, who are set to perform at Holkham this summer. - Credit: Archant

One of the biggest-selling bands of the 1980s and 90s is on its way to perform at Holkham.

Level 42 will headline an open-air concert at the north Norfolk stately home on Saturday, August 27.

They will be supported by former Ultravox front man and BandAid organiser Midge Ure, who will be making his second visit to the open air venue.

Level 42 founder member Mark King, whose bass guitar playing gave the band their distinctive sound, said: 'I am thrilled to be bringing Level 42 back to Norfolk this summer, and Picnic in the Park couldn't be a better event for us to play. 'I promise we'll play as many of the hits as we can jam in, so all you have to do is come on down and enjoy the day with your family, and I am forecasting sunshine.'

To date Level 42 have released 14 studio albums, seven live albums, the Sirens' EP, and six compilation albums.

They have had 18 Top 40 singles, including Lessons in Love, Something About You, Leaving Me Now, Running in the Family, and Hot Water, and sold in excess of 30m albums around the world.

Midge Ure was the frontman of 80s pop band Ultravox and appeared with other acts including Rich Kids and Visage. He wrote and co-produced the charity single Do They Know It's Christmas in 1984, which went on to become one of the biggest-ever selling singles and raised millions in aid of African famine victims.

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He also co-organised Band Aid, Live Aid and Live 8 with Bob Geldof and is also an ambassador for Save the Children.

Holkham has become a popular venue for family picnic-style concerts since 2006, when Jose Carreras and Jools Holland performed in the deer park near the historic hall. Acts which have appeared at the venue in recent years include Status Quo and Elton John.

Sir Elton said after his summer evening show: 'There's something very special about playing at such a historic site. 'One feels very grand with a stately home as a backdrop. I love playing in Britain on a warm summer's evening and having an enormous picnic under an open sky is the perfect way to start.'

Tickets for the Level 42 show, priced £34.75, can be booked online here.