The Nocturne line-up in June 2022 at Blenheim Palace is now missing its headline star Lionel Richie

Simply Red, one of the best-selling British bands of all time with global album sales of over 60 million, have been announced today as headliners for the opening night of next summer’s Nocturne Live concert series at Blenheim Palace in Woodstock.

Fronted by Mick Hucknall, the multi-Brit Award-winning group whose 1991 album Stars was the best-selling album for two years running in Britain and Europe.

Simple Minds

The band also topped the US charts twice with their massive hits If You Don’t Know Me By Now and Holding Back The Years, will descend on the Palace’s 10,000-capacity Great Court, with support from Brand New Heavies, on Wednesday June 15 2022.

Simply Red join headliners Lionel RichieSimple MindsUB40 featuring Ali and Astro, and David Gray (celebrating the 20thanniversary of his seminal album White Ladder) in the line-up for the popular concert series, which will run across five nights from Wednesday June 15 – Sunday June 19 2022 for the first time.

Support acts for next summer’s event include the likes of Macy Gray, Deacon Blue, Brand New Heavies, Nerina Pallot, Jimmy Cliff, Aswad and James Morrison 


Nocturne Live Founder Ciro Romano says: :“We’re overjoyed to have added Simply Red to the line-up for next summer’s Nocturne Live. It’s going to be a wonderful feeling having everyone finally back together at Blenheim Palace enjoying five nights of incredible music against the beautiful backdrop of The Great Court.”

Tickets from Simply Red start at £36 and go on sale at 9am on October 22 from