Gladys Knight will open this year’s esteemed Hampton Court Palace Festival on 6 June, the only London date of her 2023 Farewell Tour. Tickets will go on general sale on Wednesday 5 April, with an exclusive pre-sale to e-mail subscribers beginning today via

Hailed as the Empress of Soul, Gladys Knight is renowned for her string of universal hits, including US #1’s Midnight Train to Georgia and That’s What Friends Are For. As a member of Gladys Knight & The Pips, her tracks Take Me In Your Arms and Love MeI Heard It Through The Grapevine and It Should Have Been Me are instantly recognised the world over. With an incredible 7 Grammy Awards to her name and recent National Medal of Arts, Gladys’ will take to the Hampton Court Palace stage on the opening night of this year’s festival, 6 June, for what will be her farewell London show. 

Also performing at this year’s Hampton Court Palace Festival is bastion of British music Tom Jones, iconic synth-pop duo Soft Cell, and legendary singer and songwriter Grace JonesKool & The Gang will bring their soul and funk fusion to the Palace, while indie-rockers Kaiser Chiefs, pop sensation Rick Astley and the internationally acclaimed Björn Again will also take to the www. 

Now in its 27th year, Hampton Court Palace Festival presented by heycar is a summer festival like no other which features a series of incredible performances in a truly unique location. Taking place in the Tudor Courtyard of Henry VIII’s majestic palace, the festival gives fans the special opportunity to see world-class artists in an intimate 3,000 capacity setting.

Attendees will arrive at the palace gardens and can enjoy a spot of picnicking in the stunning surroundings prior to the concert, with two types of luxury hampers available to pre-order: The Courtier’s Best of British Picnic or The King’s Gourmet Hamper. Supplied by British Fine Foods, hampers will be available with meat or vegetarian options, with the option to add wine or champagne. Picnics can be purchased alongside tickets, or separately as an addition to existing bookings at

Listings Information: 

Location:                                      Hampton Court Palace, Surrey, KT8 9AU 

Dates:                                                  6 – 17 June 2023

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Dates confirmed so far:    


Date                                                     Artist               

Tuesday 6 June                           Gladys Knight

Wednesday 7 June                      Soft Cell

Thursday 8 June                            Grace Jones 

Friday 9 June                                  Kool & The Gang

Saturday 10 June                          Kaiser Chiefs 

Wednesday 14 June                    Tom Jones

Friday 16 June                                Bjorn Again 

Saturday 17 June                          Rick Astley 

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