Hot Chocolate’s Kennie Simon joins Hale Barns Carnival line-up

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Hot Chocolate’s lead vocalist Kennie Simon is joining the line-up for this summer’s Hale Barns Carnival.

The singer will co-headline the Saturday night bill alongside Liverpool legends The Real Thing, bringing sweet soul sounds and irresistible dance anthems to the event on St Ambrose Playing Fields.

This year’s event takes place across the weekend of Friday 15th to Sunday 17th July, with live music stretching out across all three nights.

The Carnival opens on the Friday night with ‘People’s Tenor’ Russell Watson with R&B royalty Gwen Dickey, the voice of Rose Royce, headlining the Sunday night.

And top Chic tribute act Chic Out! will appear in support on the Sunday evening, playing irresistible disco classics from Chic, Nile Rodgers and Sister Sledge.

Hale Barns Carnival is against taking place on St Ambrose Playing Fields

The addition of Kennie Simon to Saturday’s bill will ensure visitors here many of Hot Chocolate’s hits, which include It Started With a Kiss, Every 1’s a Winner and the legendary You Sexy Thing.

Tickets for the concert are on sale now here.

In addition to individual concert tickets and weekend passes, special VIP secret garden tickets are also available, giving access to a premium bar, at-table waitress service, VIP toilets and exclusive musical performances as well as a great view of the main stage.

The live concerts are once again complemented by a two-day free Hale Barns Carnival family event on the Saturday and Sunday.

Kennie Simon will join The Real Thing on the Saturday night bill

The event features local performances and live music, the ‘Kidchella’ mini festival experience for youngsters aged three to 11, traditional fun fair rides, a makers’ market with 30 stalls, plus a foodie village and bars. The Supercar Paddock also returns featuring rare classic cars and supercars.

This year the daytime programme will include a host of new attractions including Inflatable World – with a giant inflatable obstacle course; a 28ft rock climbing wall for adults and children giving a bird’s eye view of the festival site; The PartyBus soft play double decker, and a chance to test your skills in a special Football Academy.

Daytime entry is free from 12noon until 4pm.

Organiser Max Eden, from Hale Barns Events, said: “We’re really excited to be able to announce Kennie Simon as a fantastic addition to the Saturday night line-up. Kennie looks and sounds uncannily like the late, great Errol Brown, who co-founded Hot Chocolate, and I know that along with the brilliant The Real Thing, he’s going to have the Hale Barns audience up on its feet and dancing the night away.”

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