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Jamie Cullum looks forward to homecoming Hampton Court gig

Hot on the heels of an appearance at the Playboy Jazz Festival in the US, musician and Radio 2 DJ Jamie Cullum flies home for the Hampton Court Festival on June 17

Jamie Cullum

From playboy bunnies to enjoying a cup of tea in the grounds of Hampton Court, jazz superstar Jamie Cullum is planning a wild summer including a stop in Surrey.

Cullum will be performing at the Hampton Court Palace Festival, amid the stunning Tudor Base Court of the palace, in June, alongside huge names including Jools Holland and Van Morrison.

The 11 day festival, which starts on June 11 and runs almost every night until June 25, is set to be a typically English affair, with crowds enjoying a picnic on the grounds before performances.

Cullum, who will perform on June 17, said he will be looking forward to revelling in the event after his time in the US.

“I will be coming straight from the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl, which could not be more of a contrast to the Hampton Court show,” he said. “That is what is so excellent about it.

“It’s always great to come back to the UK after a trip and I can’t think of a better event to come back to.”

Cullum will be performing at the event, which also features a fireworks display and music from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, for the first time.

The double Golden Globe, double Brit and Grammy winner said: “The setting is beautiful and I am looking forward to seeing what sort of crowd we have.

“These outdoor events are always an experience for the artist as well and the crowds often have had a bit more to drink because they have spent a lot of the day enjoying themselves.

“That means you get a great atmosphere despite such a huge setting. As an artist you do have to put in that bit more work to get that connection with the crowd initially. But if you are successful with it, it’s something really special.”

Cullum will be expected to play plenty of hits from his new album Momentum, as well as some of his new pure jazz songs.

He said: “I often don’t know what I am going to come out with.

“I think I have hit the point where I just know to keep creating and to follow my gut and see where it takes me. I stopped worrying about what I was trying to do years ago.”

Of course the event is open air, but Cullum said any rain wouldn’t dampen the spirits at his show.

“I have performed outside a lot of times and there is something about the indomitable spirit of the Uk crowds which means the umbrellas come out and everyone keeps dancing. Nothing will stop that.

“Although, of course, we don’t want rain. We can just hope it rains on Rick Astley and Jason Donovan’s night and not mine.”

For more information on the Hampton Court Palace Festival, as well as the full lineup, visit www.hamptoncourtpalacefestival.com .

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