Abbey Extravaganza line-up announced

March 31, 2010

It would be difficult to top the success of the 2009 Extravaganza. The sell-out Status Quo concert and the return of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra provided two memorable evenings in the ancient parkland Abbey grounds.

But Michael Eavis has pulled off another masterstroke – 2010 has Madness at the Abbey!

The legendary  British ska pioneers, Madness, with frontman Suggs, will have the Abbey jumping on Saturday 7th August.  Opening the show that night will be 70’s legend Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel most famous for the iconic chart topper “Make me Smile (Come up and see me)” – one of the most played records in British broadcasting.  In recent times, the band have played Glastonbury Festival three times, the Isle of Wight festival and many of Europe’s major rock festivals.

On Sunday 8th August, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra create a breathtaking family concert with a performance of popular classics full of well know pieces, and culminating with a chance to wave flags to “Land of Hope and Glory”.  Innovative violinist Nicola Benedetti makes her third appearance in just six years after her stunning victory as BBC Young Musician of the Year.  We also welcome back guest soloists tenor Andrew Rees and soprano Jo Appleby, and as always the excellent production includes screens by the stage, beautiful water fountains, lights and fireworks. 

The Sunday concert will open with string quartet Raven – the resident quartet for the BBC2 series, Maestro. Raven have performed and recorded with artists such as Gorillaz, Jools Holland, Leona Lewis and Gwen Stefani.  

Bring your picnic and party!

Advance tickets costs £30 (adult) and £15 (child aged 6-16). Children aged 5 and under are free. To buy tickets or find out more about the event, please click here

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