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05 avril 2007

Ex-Genesis man in concert at 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 North Norfolk. Peter Gabriel is the latest name on the local summer gigs programme. He will appear at Blickling Hall on Saturday, July 21. Gabriel was one of the Charterhouse schoolboys who founded Genesis in 1967.

Gabriel's madcap costumes, which included a flower and Britannia, helped to lessen his initial stage fright. When he left amid tensions in 1975 he struck out on a solo career and enjoyed chart success with 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, that 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. He is also well known as a writer of music and in 1989 released an album of instrumentals, Passion, used in Martin Scorsese's film, The Last Temptation of Christ.

His Blickling date adds to a summer line-up that 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 are £40, available on 0870 010 4900, the National Trust website,

the Ticketmaster hotline on 0870 4000 688, or at

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