LIVE: CULTURE CLUB – HAYDOCK PARK RACECOURSE – 22/07/17 89

As one of the biggest bands in the world during the 1980’s, Culture Club racked up chart hit after chart hit on both sides of the Atlantic, earning themselves a fan-base equivalent to the size of One Direction’s today.

With a new album due next year, the band, fronted by iconic show-man Boy George, took to the stage at Haydock Racecourse to an audience of around 10,000 and proceeded to send everyone on a somewhat nostalgic trip down memory lane full of hits, slightly sexual banter and of course, a couple of sing-alongs thrown in for good measure.

Opening with “Church Of The Poison Mind”, Culture Club made their way on stage a little after 9pm and with the sun only just starting to set (the bit you could see behind the cloud-cover, that is), there was an almost electric atmosphere that only continued to build as the evening progressed.

Encouraging everyone to turn to the person next to them and say hello, Boy George instantly made even newer, younger fans of the band feel part of a long-since established family. “Miss Me Blind” proved particularly popular as did a rendition of Bread’s “Everything I Own”, but it was their cover of “Tainted Love” by Soft Cell that really got the audience involved in the performance for the first time with people of all ages across the site singing along to its chorus. “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me” meanwhile had the thousands in attendance waving their arms in the air and swaying along just as the heavens began to open.

With a beaming smile, a short time later, Boy George walked from one side of the stage to the other, delighting in the applause and cheers from the crowd. “We’re almost done…you don’t have to get wet for much longer” he quipped to the crowd – but little did they know then that Culture Club would play far past their ‘scheduled’ finish time. Instead, the band and the crowd refused to have their spirits dampened by the rain and the show charged on, delivering songs including “Victims” and “The War Song” before the band finally began to draw the evening to a close with…what else? – “Karma Chameleon” – cue thousands of people singing and dancing along with utterly delightful abandon.

Culture Club might have been a phenomenon back in the 80’s but tonight they proved – not that they needed to – they could still deliver a great show and the 10,000 people they entertained tonight certainly seemed more than a little pleased with what they’d witnessed.

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RAG N BONE MAN CONFIRMED FOR 2018 BRIT AWARDS 13

We are so pleased to announce the 2017 winner of the BRITs Critics’ Choice and British Breakthrough awards Rag’n’Bone Man will be performing live at this year’s award ceremony on 21 February. He will join an already exceptional line-up which so far includes Dua Lipa, Ed Sheeran, Foo Fighters, Sam Smith and Stormzy.

In the last year, Rag’n’Bone Man has broken the record for fastest-selling UK male debut of the decade with his 3x Platinum No. 1 album  ‘Human’ which has sold 2.5 million copies worldwide.

Rag’n’Bone Man said: “Jheez! 2017 has flown by super quick. Its pretty mental to think that I bagged two awards at The BRITs last year and now I’m heading back to perform. I’m looking forward to being a part of the celebration with everyone. It’s going to be a good one for sure!”

BRITs Chairman & CEO and Chairman of Sony Music UK & Ireland Jason Iley said: “Rory epitomises how dreams can come true. He has had the most amazing 12 months and I’m so delighted to see him back where it all started.”

The 38th BRIT Awards will be hosted by Jack Whitehall at The O2, London and broadcast live on ITV. We can’t wait for Rag’n’Bone Man to bring his talent to the stage.

The nominations for the 2018 BRIT Awards will be revealed at ‘The BRITs Are Coming’ on Saturday 13 January. The show broadcast live on ITV will be hosted by Emma Willis and includes live performances from Clean Bandit, J Hus, Jorja Smith, Liam Payne and Paloma Faith.

FOO FIGHTERS CONFIRMED FOR BRIT AWARDS 2018 25

We are so delighted to announce that four-time BRIT winners and one of the world’s most successful bands Foo Fighters will perform on The BRITs stage for the first time on 21 February.

The international superstars will deliver one of their legendary live performances alongside performances from Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Stormzy and Dua Lipa.

Foo Fighters have sold more than 25 million records and sold out countless world tours. The band’s acclaimed ninth studio album ‘Concrete and Gold’ was their fourth to hit No.1 in the UK charts on release in September, topping the charts in more than a dozen countries.

BRITs Chairman & CEO and Chairman of Sony Music UK & Ireland Jason Iley said: “Anyone who was lucky enough to witness one of their shows on the recent sold out UK tour, or their set at Glastonbury – which was undoubtedly one of the best performances the festival has ever seen and a night that will be talked about forever – will know why Foo Fighters are the biggest and most exciting rock band in the world. Quite remarkably they have never performed at The BRITs, so I am over the moon to confirm a massive BRITs exclusive to have them grace our stage.”

With four BRIT Awards under their belt winning International Album in 2008 and International Group in 2008, 2012 and 2015 we can’t wait for Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear and Rami Jaffee to bring the incredible Foo Fighters energy to The BRITs stage.

The nominations for the 2018 BRIT Awards will be revealed at ‘The BRITs Are Coming’ on Saturday 13 January. The show broadcast live on ITV will be hosted by Emma Willis and include live performances from Clean Bandit, J Hus, Jorja Smith, Liam Payne and Paloma Faith.