South-West London's splendid Kew Gardens will play host to concerts by some of the world's most renowned names in pop this summer, forming the annual Kew The Music season (renamed from 'Kew Summer Swing'). Jools Holland, Blondie and Jamie Cullum are just some of the performers due to shatter the silence at the popular gardens from 6th to 11th July and tickets for all events will go on sale from 9am Monday 7th March - all concerts will cost £35-£37.50.
The 7th sees the ever-popular Jools Holland and His Rhythm 'n Blues Orchestra perform with '60s icon Sandie Shaw.
Jamie Cullum is expected to make just one London appearance in 2011 - this one on the 8th. Ably supported by Natalie Williams, this is one night that should sell out quickly, along with the act appearing on the 9th - Bryan Ferry with Sophie Ellis-Bextor in support. The smoothie will also be performing with his band Roxy Music during the spring - tickets are still available for those.
The last two evenings are contrasting in styles with the Orquestra Buena Vista Social Club featuring Cuban vocalist Omara Portuondo appearing with pianist Chucho Valdés on the 10th, while on the 11th it will be Blondie, fresh from performing at the Hammersmith Apollo last month in aid of the Killing Cancer charity concert. Debbie Harry and co will appear with The Magnets in support.
Blondie are also plotting a UK tour later in the year - Liverpool has just been confirmed for 1st August (tickets on sale now). We'll keep you posted on further concerts.