Nocturne Live 2023 at Blenheim Palace
15 June 2023 to 18 June 2023
About Nocturne Live 2023 at Blenheim Palace
Nocturne Live 2023 will turn The Great Court at Blenheim Palace into a grand arena with world-class acts and 7,000 seats. It can be an all-day affair with VIP dining in the famous State Rooms, a stroll in the palace’s vast grounds, or a waterside picnic. It can also be an evening gig for those who just want to hear their favourite live music.
Wednesday 15 June
Simply Red and The Brand New Heavies will be playing the first of 5 nights of music at Blenheim Palace. One of the best-selling British bands of all time, Simply Red ruled the airwaves and the charts across Britain and Europe with their seminal album “Stars”, selling more than any other record for two years running. They will be joined by The Brand New Heavies, pioneers of the Acid Jazz and Brit-Funk underground scenes in the UK.
Thursday 16 June
David Gray will be celebrating the 21st anniversary of the wildly successful ‘White Ladder’ album. Featuring the hit singles ‘Babylon’, ‘Sail Away’ and ‘This Year’s Love’, ‘White Ladder’ is one of the top 10 best-selling albums of the 20th century in the UK. James Morrison will join the bill as a special guest, with Nerina Pallot to complete the lineup.
Friday 17 June
UB40 feauring Ali & Astro will take the stage on Friday to perform some of their best-known hits from their string of chart-topping albums. Expect ‘Red Red Wine’, ‘I Got You Babe’, ‘(I Can’t Help) Falling In Love With You’, ‘Kingston Town’ and many more hits. Opening the night will be Aswad, one of the UK’s most successful reggae bands. Grammy Award-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Jimmy Cliff will perform as a special guest.
Saturday 18 June
Simple Minds will perform 40 years of hits tour - a greatest hits set featuring a selection of their best-known songs including, ‘Don’t You (Forget About Me)’, ‘Alive And Kicking’ and ‘Sanctify Yourself’. Support will come from fellow Scottish pop-rock band Deacon Blue, who enjoyed widespread success throughout the 1980s and ‘90s.
Sunday 19 June
Lionel Richie will perform to a sold out performance of his timeless hits include “Endless Love”, “Lady”, “Truly”, “All Night Long”, “Penny Lover”, “Stuck on You”, “Hello”, “Say You, Say Me” and “Dancing on the Ceiling”. His catalogue also includes his early work with The Commodores, whose smashes include “Three Times a Lady”, “Brick House”, “Still”, and “Easy.” Macy Gray will appear as a special guest for this concert.
The Nocturne Concert Area opens from 4.30pm and you will be able to enjoy a range of food and drink options before you take your seats in The Great Court. The music will commence at approximately 6.00pm, followed by two intervals. It's expected to finish at around 11.00pm. The concert set times will be released approximately one week before the concert. Please check the Nocturne Live website for updates. For those with State Room Dining tickets, hospitality will begin from 4.30pm onwards. You'll receive full information in advance of the concert.
Arrival and depature
Your Nocturne Live ticket will allow you to arrive at any time during the day of the concert and enjoy the beautiful grounds of Blenheim Palace. If you would like to visit the Palace itself, you can purchase a half price Palace, Park & Gardens ticket from the ticket page. Your Nocturne Live ticket will also allow you to do this when you arrive on the day. The Palace opens to the general public at 10.30am and the last entry is 3.45pm. For more information on what Blenheim Palace has to offer, please visit the Blenheim Palace website. Re-entry is not permitted except in extreme circumstances.
How to get to Nocturne Live 2023
If you are travelling from the local Oxford area, the Oxford Bus Company will run a Special 500 Bus service which will pick up from Oxford Rail Station and stop at Summertown, Oxford Parkway Station and Kidlington en route to Blenheim Palace. The bus will return via the same route and will also stop at Pear Tree on the return journey. Buses will depart approximately every 30 minutes from Oxford Station between 9.00am and 8.00pm. After the concert, buses will leave when they are full. The last bus will depart 45 minutes after the concert finishes. You will have the opportunity to buy your bus tickets at the same time as your concert tickets.
If you do decide to drive, please be aware that Blenheim Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage site and its infrastructure wasn’t designed for a large number of cars to depart simultaneously at the end of a concert. There are three main exit roads that lead to a common main road which, despite best efforts, can become congested at peak times.