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Sat 19th Jul at 7:00pm
BBC Live At Edinburgh Castle
@ Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh
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BBC Live At Edinburgh Castle: Alfie Boe + Katherine Jenkins + Taio Cruz + Kaiser Chiefs + OneRepublic + Bill Bailey + Il Divo + Paloma Faith + Rizzle Kicks
A spectacular concert Live at Edinburgh Castle with a glittering array of big names will be shown on BBC One, ahead of the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Presented by The One Show’s Alex Jones on Saturday 19 July, Scotland's capital city will be welcoming a wide range of international musical acts, including Kaiser Chiefs, Smokey Robinson, Rizzle Kicks, Paloma Faith, Katherine Jenkins, Il Divo, OneRepublic, Taio Cruz, Alfie Boe and Pumeza – with more names to follow.
The music will also be interspersed with comedy on the night, as Bill Bailey performs his unique brand of musical humour with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Fred MacAulay makes a special guest appearance.
Please note that the artists appearing may be subject to change.
Alfred Giovanni Roncalli Boe was born in Blackpool to opera loving parents, with his Mother from Co. Mayo and his father from Norway. In this short time he has moved from being a Car Mechanic to an award winning Broadway star. His enchanting voice has captured the hearts of audiences and critics on both sides of the Atlantic.
Alfie has moved further away from his traditional operatic repertoire on recent recordings and has never sounded so coolly contemporary, applying his extraordinary voice to a soulful set of country and blues, folk and gospel, standards and originals such as, ‘Georgia On My Mind’, ‘You’ve Got A Friend’ and ‘Glory, Glory Hallelujah’. His repertoire draws on the full range of his musical interests, from pop to rock to classical to musical theatre.
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Brought up in Neath, South Wales, by the time Katherine was seven her interest in pop music had been superseded by classical music. She started taking piano lessons and joined her local church choir. The record-breaking multi-platinum selling mezzo-soprano is best known from her unique interpretations of popular songs, operatic arias and hymns. Katherine is also known for her long standing work with the British Forces Foundation, for which she is a trustee, that has led to her being referred to as the Forces Sweetheart.
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Producer, songwriter and singer Taio Cruz is one of the hottest name in British RnB. Having worked with Omar, Nitin Sawhney, Wookie and Will Young, he released his debut album, Departure, in early 2008 on Island Records, seeing it go to number 17 in the UK album charts.
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Five indie pop kids from Leeds who in less than two years went from self-financing their first single to getting signed by Universal and becoming the darlings of the British music press. The infectious enthusiasm of their music and the unique viewpoint of their lyrics has seen them compared to Franz Ferdinand, Blur, The Clash, and Madness, but their passionately dedicated fans know that this band are true originals.
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The LA band behind the smash hit 'Apologize' produced by Timberland. Emotional lyrics, beautiful musical arrangements and stunning vocals.
OneRepublic took the world by storm in 2007 with their debut release ‘Dreaming Out Loud’. The album included the smash hit single “Apologize,” which, along with second single ‘Stop And Stare’, propelled the album to platinum-plus sales and a GRAMMY® nomination.
The band released their second album 'Waking Up’ in 2009. Since its release, OneRepublic has toured the world, headlining dates in the U.S. and Europe and opening for Bon Jovi and U2. Lead singer/songwriter Ryan Tedder also received an Album of the Year GRAMMY® for his work on Adele’s 21 at the 54th Annual GRAMMY® Awards ceremony.
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Musical deity and comedic visionary? Bath-born founder member of The Rubber Bishops and one of the top stand-up comedians in Britain today. He was winner of the Best Live Stand Up 1999 Award, and spent six years as team captain on BBC TV's Never Mind the Buzzcocks. Bill also starred in the sitcom Black Books and had his own series on BBC2 entitled Is it Bill Bailey?
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Named Artist of the Decade at the Classic BRITS in 2011, Il Divo are the most successful international musical break-out story of this millennium, selling more than 25 million albums and singlehandedly inventing the classical crossover genre. Their ground-breaking success has brought and pioneered an entirely new sound to vocal music and the group have over 150 gold and platinum awards in 33 countries. Their first four albums, 'Il Divo', 'Ancora', 'Siempre' and 'The Promise' have achieved 50 #1 album chart positions internationally.
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London-based alt-soul songstress with a heart-melting vocal presence and a Billie Holiday influence. The Hackney-born singer draws on diverse influences from her colourful past, including working as a magicians assistant, actress, burlesque performer and trained contemporary dancer, and uses unconventional theatricals and props to make her stage shows original, engaging and magical.
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Harley Alexander-Sule and Jordan Stephens are two of the most exciting young talents to emerge in recent years, serving up a tasty mix of pop and hip hop incorporating the fun elements of the old school hip-hop era circa 1988-92. With over 1 million singles sold, plus platinum and gold albums, the guys continue to get their kicks.
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Venue: Edinburgh Castle
Enquiries: 01312 259 846
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