George Benson praised his ‘incredible London fans’ as he took to the stage at the Hampton Court Palace Festival 2022 in London on Thursday evening (16.06.22).
The 79-year-old soul legend wowed the crowd on a hot summer night at the historic venue and took a moment before playing his 1983 single ‘Lady Love Me (One More Time)’ to share his love for the UK. Capital city.
He said: “We are finally back here at Hampton Court. People are coming to London from all over the world. You are amazing. London is amazing.”
Benson’s setlist was packed with his greatest hits such as ‘Turn Your Love Around’, ‘In Your Eyes’, ‘Shiver’ and ‘Never Give up on a Good Thing’, prompting audiences to join in. to sing in droves.
George took a break at one point so his backing vocalist could take lead vocals on “Ain’t Nobody” – originally a 1983 hit for Rufus and Chaka Khan – but returned for other hits such as ‘Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love for You’ and ‘Give Me The Night’, which saw everyone rising from their seats to dance.
Benson left the stage to raucous applause and cheers to return for an encore that included a cover of Glen Campbell’s song “Wichita Lineman” and “On Broadway,” from his 1978 album “Weekend in LA.”
Benson was the fourth artist to take the stage for this year’s Hampton Court Palace Festival and other artists yet to perform include The Human League, Jack Savoretti, Crowded House, Ministry Of Sound Classical, Kacey Musgraves and Michael Ball and Alfie Boe .
Hampton Court Palace Festival is a truly special and unique outdoor concert series. Artists perform in an intimate 3,000-seat auditorium at Base Court, with Henry VIII’s magnificent Tudor Palace as a backdrop, and attendees can enjoy picnics, drinks and street food in the grounds of the palaces, while waterside gazebos are also available for purchase for those who want to sit back and relax in luxury.
Visit www.hamptoncourtpalacefestival.com for more information and tickets.