Stereophonics have a string of huge gigs lined up for 2020.

Wednesday, 26th February 2020, 5:24 pm

Updated Wednesday, 26th February 2020, 5:25 pm
Kelly Jones and the gang will be playing all over the UK this year. Picture: Bertrand Guay/AFP via Getty Images

Welsh rock legends Stereophonics will be returning to Edinburgh Castle this summer as part of the Castle Concerts series.

The Welsh rock band, fronted by Kelly Jones with Richard Jones on bass, Adam Zindani on rhythm guitar and Jamie Morrison on drums, have sold more than 8.5 million albums in the UK.

This summer, they will once again be performing as part of the Edinburgh Castle Concerts series, having sold out two nights at the venue in 2016.

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Here’s everything you need to know about the concert, and how to get tickets.

When are Stereophonics playing at Edinburgh Castle?

Stereophonics will be performing live at Edinburgh Castle on Tuesday 23 July 2020.

This will be their first time back at the castle since playing two sold-out nights at the venue in 2016.

Castle Concerts director Mark Mackie said: “It is with great delight we are able to announce Stereophonics are to play the castle this July.

“If their last shows there in 2016 were anything to go by, this promises to be a truly special evening and a highlight of the summer, rocking those ramparts.”

British band Stereophonics performs during the the second day of the Corona Capital Music Fest at the Hermanos Rodriguez racetrack, in Mexico City, on October 13, 2013. AFP PHOTO / ALFREDO ESTRELLA (Photo credit should read ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP via Getty Images)

What other UK shows are Stereophonics playing this year?

The Scottish dates come as part of a UK-wide arena tour. The full list of dates is as follows:

Friday 28 February 2020 – Sheffield, FlyDSA ArenaSaturday 29 February 2020 – Birmingham, Birmingham ArenaMonday 2 March 2020 – Brighton, Brighton CentreTuesday 3 March 2020 – Bournemouth, BICFriday 6 March 2020 – London, O2Saturday 7 March 2020 – Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena NottinghamMonday 9 March 2020 – Newcastle, Utilita ArenaTuesday 10 March 2020 – Aberdeen, P&J LiveWednesday 11 March 2020 – Glasgow, SSE HydroFriday 13 March 2020 – Manchester, Manchester ArenaSaturday 14 March 2020 – Cardiff, Motorpoint ArenaSunday 15 March 2020 – Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena CardiffWednesday 25 March 2020 – London, Royal Albert HallSaturday 11 July 2020 – Inverness, Bught ParkThursday 23 July 2020 – Edinburgh, Edinburgh CastleSaturday 25 July 2020 – Bangor, Parc Y Faenol

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What songs will they play?

When Pull The Pin was released in 2007, it marked the fifth consecutive Stereophonics album to land at number one in the UK charts so it’s safe to say the band have a stacked list of hit songs to draw from when they play at the castle.

It certainly sounds like they’ll be rolling out the classics, according to Edinburgh Castle Executive Manager Nick Finnigan: “This is guaranteed to be a special night for Edinburgh audiences as they get to hear the band perform all their hits alongside the iconic backdrop, as once again, Edinburgh Castle transforms into the most impressive entertainment venue in the Capital.”

However, the tireless band also released their 11th studio album, Kind, at the end of last year, once again reaching number one in both the Scottish and UK album charts.

Those who find themselves on the esplanade come summer time can expect to hear a mixture of old and new as the band draws on 23 years of hit songs.

Irish rockers The Script will also be playing Edinburgh Castle this summer. Picture: Marcel Van Hoorn/AFP via Getty Images

Who else is playing at this year’s Castle Concerts series?

This year, Stereophonics will be joined by their Irish counterparts and fellow UK chart-toppers, The Script.

The Celtic rockers also released an album right at the end of 2019 – Sunsets & Full Moons – so fans will no doubt be in for plenty of fresh material alongside their favourite tracks.

The rock group will play the castle on Friday 17 July 2020.

The rest of the line-up for this year’s Castle Concerts series has yet to be announced but is sure to feature a number of other major names.

In 2019, the castle was rocked by pop queen Kylie Minogue, The Jam legend Paul Weller and Scotland’s very own superstar duo, The Proclaimers.

Past years have seen the likes of Rod Stewart, Blondie, Elton John, Leonard Cohen, Tom Jones and Pink performing at the castle.

Where can I get tickets?

Tickets for the Edinburgh Castle show go on sale at 9am on Friday 28 February. They will be available via Ticketmaster.

Tickets are not available from the Edinburgh Castle Box Office.


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