Ronan completes Blickling line-up

A star-studded line-up of live summer music was complete last night with the confirmation f another pop pin-up at Blickling Hall.

A star-studded line-up of live summer music was complete last night with the confirmation of another pop pin-up at Blickling Hall.

After on-off talks, Irish crooner Ronan Keating became the fifth and final act due to perform at the National Trust's lakeside setting in July. The former Boyzone frontman, famous for his slushy love songs, will complete the summer festival on Sunday, July 24. Tickets go on sale today.

It will follow gigs from rocker Meat Loaf, seasoned veterans Status Quo, Pop Idol winner Will Young and rhythm and blues legend Jools Holland.

American singer Meat Loaf sold out Blickling's 9000 capacity in days of tickets going on sale.

The hall's events manger Shirley Donovan, said Will Young and Status Quo were three-quarters full and Jools Holland's Rhythm and Blues Orchestra on July 23 was also "selling well".

"There is something for everyone this year," she said. "With Meat Loaf being an international artist we expected him to sell out, but we were blown away with how quickly. Ronan was booked to do the Saturday, but he now has a new promoter and we are delighted he is coming to Blickling."

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Norfolk's other big summer festival, at Thetford Forest, is also proving popular. Beautiful South and Madness concerts are sold out.

Tickets are available for Daniel Bedingfield and Ian Brown in July.

Ronan Keating shot to fame with boy band Boyzone more than 10 years ago. After a string of hits, the 28-year-old went solo with chart-toppers including Life is a Rollercoaster, When You Say Nothing at All, Lovin' Each Day and The Way You Make Me Feel.

Tickets for Ronan Keating cost £37.50 plus booking fee from the Blickling box office on 0870 0104900 or the UEA box office on 01603 508050.

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