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Sandringham to host The Who in bank holiday historic concert featuring Richard Ashcroft, Lightning Seeds, Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Estate

Rock band The Who have announced a historic concert with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra to be hosted at the Royal Sandringham Estate.

The momentous outdoor summer show will act as a finale to the band's The Who with Orchestra 2023 UK tour, and is part of the first extensive live music events to be held at the Royal Sandringham Estate - presented by Heritage Live.

Special guests for the event will include Richard Ashcroft and The Lightning Seeds.

The Who: Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend
The Who: Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend

Band member Pete Townshend said: "Very pleased and excited for The Who to be one of the first artists to perform at the country home of the British royal family on the Sandringham Estate.

"Opening up the estate to large scale concerts is a fantastic way of keeping us uplifted and enjoying congregation at what I’m sure will be a fabulous summer celebration. We can’t wait."

Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and band will perform music from throughout its nearly 60-year career, including sections devoted to classic albums Tommy and Quadrophenia - as well as other beloved Who tracks and songs from their 2019 record, their first studio release in 13 years.

The Who: Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey
The Who: Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey

This will be the only show on their 2023 tour which will see The Who perform alongside the iconic Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. It will take place on Monday, August 28.

Giles Cooper, of Heritage Live, said: “It’s been an ambition of us all at Heritage Live to stage a concert for the legend that is The Who.

"It doesn’t get any bigger and to have this iconic band accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic, in such a magnificent setting, will be the most amazing and magical experience.

Sandringham House was the residence of the late Queen Elizabeth II and the royal estate is used for various events
Sandringham House was the residence of the late Queen Elizabeth II and the royal estate is used for various events

"It will undoubtedly be a day and evening etched into the memories of all those who attend for the rest of our lives."

The show will feature The Who’s full live band comprised of guitarist and backup singer Simon Townshend, keyboardist Loren Gold, second keyboardist Emily Marshall, bassist Jon Button, drummer Zak Starkey, and backing vocals by Billy Nicholls.

They will be joined by orchestra conductor Keith Levenson, lead violinist Katie Jacoby and lead cellist Audrey Snyder; all alongside the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.

Richard Ashcroft is a two-time Ivor Novello winner who has released five solo albums.

He first entered the limelight with The Verve, with whom he released one of the biggest albums of the 1990s in the shape of Urban Hymns.

The Lightning Seeds are the brainchild of writer, singer, guitarist and producer Ian Broudie.

In 1989, they released debut album Cloudcukooland - and in 1996 the iconic single Three Lions, made for for the England national football team, topped the charts.

Also announced for Heritage Live at the Royal Sandringham Estate is Robbie Williams, who will perform two exclusive shows on August 26 and 27 - with both events already sold out.

Visit here to pre-register for tickets or here

Pre-sale tickets will be available from 9am on Wednesday, March 8, for those who have registered.

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