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.
Since its inception in 2015, the Nocturne Live concert series, which has featured performances from the likes of Elton John, Kylie Minogue, Gary Barlow, Simply Red, Nile Rodgers, Noel Gallagher, Gregory Porter, Van Morrison, Tears for Fears, Gladys Knight, Elvis Costello, Simple Minds and Ennio Morricone amongst many others.
Lionel Richie plus very special guests to be announced
The 125 million-selling international pop superstar Lionel Richie is the first artist confirmed for the 2023 Nocturne Live concert series. Richie will bring his dazzling live show to the 10,000-capacity Great Court. His seminal hit songs, including 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.
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.
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.
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.