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31 mars 2007

Peter Gabriel to play Blickling

A rock singer famous for founding a supergroup, dressing up in bizarre costumes and starring in one of the most popular music videos, is coming to Norfolk this summer.

Peter Gabriel is the latest name on the local gig programme, appearing at Blickling Hall on Saturday, July 21.

He was one of the Charterhouse public schoolboys who founded Genesis in 1967, with his flamboyant stage presence as lead singer helping them become popular across Europe.

Gabriel's madcap costumes, which included a flower and Britannia, also helped lessen his initial stage fright.

When he left amid tensions in 1975 he struck out on a solo career which saw him find chart success with the song Solsbury Hill in 1977, followed by Games Without Frontiers in 1980.

But it was his award-winning partly animated video to Sledgehammer, a song which reached number four in the charts in 1986, which provided him with his biggest hit. It was followed the same year by the ballad duet, with Kate Bush, Don't Give Up.

Gabriel has also been a leading figure in promoting world music, setting up Womad - World of Music Arts and Dance in 1980 - and will appear at its 25th festival being staged a week after the Blickling gig.

Over the years, he has also been involved with a wide range of human rights and environmental issues. His song Biko in 1980 was the first pop tune to talk about apartheid, and he has been involved in concerts for Nelson Mandela and Amnesty International.

His gig at Blickling adds to a line-up for the National Trust stately home, which also includes Bryan Ferry on July 13, Madness on July 22, and a sell-out 10-artist party marking 10 years of concerts at the venue on July 14.

Tickets for the Peter Gabriel concert at Blickling, which cost £40, go on sale tomorrow at 9am at the hall, the Blickling box office on 0870 010 4900, or National Trust website, the Ticketmaster hotline on 0870 4000 688 or the concerts website at www.

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