Russell Watson returns to Hale Barns Carnival as organisers confirm evening headliners

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Classical star Russell Watson, soul stars The Real Thing and Rose Royce’s Gwen Dickey have been confirmed as the headliners for this year’s Hale Barns Carnival.

The festival is returning for a sixth year to the St Ambrose Playing Fields, taking place from Friday 15th to Sunday 17th July.

Salford-born Watson, the UK’s best-selling classical artist, performed a socially distanced concert at the event last year but will be back with a full set of Last Night of the Proms classics, alongside hits from his record-breaking debut solo album The Voice, on the Friday night.

The full line-up for this year’s event

Saturday Night will now be headlined by soul legends The Real Thing, replacing Alexander O’Neal who has had to pull out of the event due to scheduling issues.

And Sunday night’s concert will be headlined by Rose Royce’s Gwen Dickey, who will be performing the band’s famous hits including Wishing on a Star and Car Wash.

Organiser Max Eden said: “This is our sixth year and we have lots of really exciting features and attractions for this year’s event.

“I am thrilled that we can again announce a line up of incredible headliners for Hale Barns Carnival this year, and also support the amazing Brainwave charity. I’m so looking forward to flag waving and Pimms on Friday night, getting our groove on with The Real Thing on Saturday night and seeing Rose Royce legends on stage on Sunday!”

The Real Thing will be headlining Saturday night

The headline evening concerts will once again be complemented by a two-day free Hale Barns Carnival family event on the Saturday and Sunday.

The daytime programme will feature attractions including local performances and live music, traditional Funfair, Maker’s Market, artisan food and drink, kids’ crafts, supercar displays and much more family entertainment.

Daytime entry is free from 12 noon until 4pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

The weekend event is sponsored by B&M Bargains, Benchmark Security Group & We Are Curves alongside NSS Group who will be sponsoring the Sunday Night Charity Concert.

Tickets for all three evening concerts are available here.

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