SPANDAU Ballet star Martin Kemp and Britpop band Space have been announced as headliners when three nights of music come to Poole's Upton House next month.

The acts will be joined by eighties chart toppers Katrina and Dr & the Medics at the festival which takes place on Friday, May 27, Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29. 

The events aim to reinvent the tradition of picnic party concerts on the front lawn at the Grade II listed Georgian mansion with its 130-acres of parkland, grounds and formal gardens within the Holes Bay Nature Park.

It opens on May 27 with ‘Legends Night', a hit-packed programme of tributes to Queen, the Rolling Stones and Amy Winehouse; with ‘Britpop Forever’ on Saturday headlined by 90s hitmakers Space with support from Stone Roses, Stereophonics, Oasis, Blur and Pulp tributes.

It will close with ‘Ultimate 80s' in the company of Katrina (of the Waves fame), Dr & the Medics, Sonia and a Fleetwood Mac tribute, with DJ sets from Spandau Ballet's Martin Kemp - whose 'Back to the 80s' theme nights are a major draw in clubland - and the one and only Pat Sharp.

Festival director Ben Dyas said: “We're thrilled to be bringing some of the best and biggest chart acts from the eighties and Britpop era to Upton House - the perfect way to kick off Jubilee week.”

“It’s an amazing location with a stunning backdrop and beautiful grounds so whether you saw these legends the first time around or not, the invitation is there for party people to bring their pals and bring their picnics and get down on the front lawn.”

Over the weekend, Space will revisit their best-known hits ‘Neighbourhood’, ‘Female of the Species’ and ‘Begin Again’ alongside material from their latest album, last year's Music For Pleasure Music For Pain.

Early bookers for Upton House Concerts can take advantage of a launch offer with three-day adult weekend passes on sale now at £39 (£8 child). The on-site parking is bookable in advance and gates open at 4pm on Friday, noon on Saturday and 1pm on Sunday.

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