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Richard Ashcroft to play Heritage Live at Audley End

Richard Ashcroft to play Heritage Live at Audley End

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Heritage Live has revealed the debut concert of its yearly summer series for 2024 at Audley End, building on the remarkable success of 2023.

Richard Ashcroft, the renowned singer-songwriter, will be the main act at the show held in the picturesque Essex countryside, set within the magnificent English Heritage site. Joining him on stage will be special guests Ocean Colour Scene and Tom Meighan.

Tickets for the show will be available on pre-sale on Wednesday 11th October at 9 am. Customers MUST pre-register at for pre-sale access. Tickets will then go on general sale on Friday 13th October at 9 a.m. from

The summer events at Audley End House & Gardens have become a popular tradition, eagerly awaited by locals in Essex and Cambridgeshire. People from all over the country travel to enjoy the concerts held at this stunning venue.

GCE Live promoter, Giles Cooper, stated:

“We are thrilled to declare the inaugural performance marking the onset of our sixth year hosting live concerts at Audley End, a truly exquisite venue in the nation. With an incredibly prosperous 2023, we eagerly anticipate the arrival of 2024.”

We are thrilled to announce Richard Ashcroft as the inaugural headliner for next year. I recall witnessing The Verve’s debut London performance at the King’s Head pub in Fulham back in 1991 when I was employed by NME. Only ten individuals were present in the audience at that time. The band secured a record deal later that night, and now, more than three decades later, Richard has established himself as an iconic frontman in the realm of rock music.

Richard Ashcroft, a two-time Ivor Novello laureate, secured the title of Songwriter of the Year in 1998 and received the esteemed accolade for Outstanding Contribution to British Music in 2019. He has accomplished five solo albums that all reached the Top 5, with his debut album ‘Alone With Everybody’ claiming the coveted #1 spot.

He gained initial recognition as a member of The Verve, with whom he achieved great success with the release of ‘Urban Hymns’, one of the biggest albums of that era. This album, which is the UK’s 18th best-selling album of all time, features timeless anthems such as ‘The Drugs Don’t Work’, ‘Bittersweet Symphony’, ‘Lucky Man’, and ‘Sonnet’ that continue to be highlights of his live performances today. Recently, in 2022, he released his latest album titled ‘Acoustic Hymns’, which reached No. 2 on the UK Album Chart.

Since their formation in 1989, Ocean Colour Scene, led by Simon Fowler, with guitarist Steve Cradock and drummer Oscar Harrison, has released ten influential and commercially successful albums. Among them, ‘Moseley Shoals’ (1996), ‘Marchin’ Already’ (1997), and ‘One From The Modern’ (1999) reached the Top 5 on the charts. Notably, they achieved a remarkable run of nine consecutive Top 20 singles starting with ‘The Riverboat Song’ in 1996.

Tom Meighan, the ex-lead singer of Kasabian, a prominent alternative rock band, is known for his distinctive high-energy performance and commanding baritone voice. Since his emergence in 1997, Meighan has remained a topic of conversation among British music enthusiasts. In recent years, he has embarked on solo musical projects that emphasize personal growth and emotional authenticity. His debut solo album, titled ‘The Reckoning,’ was released earlier this year and received praise from critics.

About Heritage Live

Heritage Live unites top-notch live music with breathtaking outdoor venues.

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Heritage Live, presented by GCE Live, has featured renowned artists including Tom Jones, Razorlight, Sugababes, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Soft Cell, The Jacksons, Jess Glynne, 2Cellos, Van Morrison, Boy George & Culture Club, Simple Minds, Elbow, Human League, and many others at Audley End House & Gardens.

Giles Cooper, the Chairman of the Royal Variety Charity and Executive Producer of the Royal Variety Performance, currently leads a show that attracts over 152 million viewers worldwide each year. He is associated with Heritage Live.

Food & Drink

Kindly be aware that you are allowed to bring a picnic in a compact backpack. However, alcohol, soft drinks, plastic water bottles, and knives are not permitted. We strongly discourage the use of single-use plastics to minimize waste at the location. Rest assured, there will be numerous bars and artisan food vendors available on-site.


Pre-book your car parking to secure a spot by purchasing tickets in advance through the online ticketing process. The cost is £10 per vehicle. Limited on-the-day parking may be available, but it’s recommended to pre-book due to capacity limitations.

Disabled/Access Customers

For discounted disabled tickets, please purchase your tickets via Tickets for our Access Viewing Platform and/or spaces in our disabled car park can also be booked via and are sold on a first-come-first-served basis.

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