The Hollies Set to Headline Silverstone Classic

By Marie | 31st January 2013 | Category: Motor Festivals | Leave a comment


One of Britain’s most famous bands, The Hollies, will top the live music bill at this summer’s Silverstone Classic on 26th to 28th July.

Formed in the early 1960s, The Hollies had no fewer than 30 singles in the UK charts and along with the Rolling Stones is one of the few British groups from that era that have kept performing for over 50 years.

Two of the original band members, guitarist Tony Hicks and drummer Bobby Elliot are still present today and festival-goers at Silverstone are promised a memorable Saturday evening. The band will perform many of their most loved classic hits such as: ‘Just One Look’; ‘Bus Stop’; ‘On a Carousel’; ‘Carrie Anne’; ‘Jennifer Eccles’; ‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother’ and ‘The Air That I Breathe’.

Underlining the enduring pop group’s elite status, The Hollies were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.

Friday evening's entertainment features another illustrious band, this time from the silver screen. The ‘Stars from The Commitments’ includes original cast members from the BAFTA winning film The Commitments. Released in 1991 and directed by the great Alan Parker, the comedy drama is based on Roddy Doyle’s book and follows the fortunes of some working class Dubliners who form a band as a special homage to soul music greats Otis Redding, James Brown and Wilson Pickett. More than 20 years later, stars from the movie are still performing many of the film’s hits including ‘Mustang Sally’ and ‘In the Midnight Hour’.

Silverstone Classic festival-goers can also enjoy a host of other familiar favourites from four top tribute bands. Floyd Reloaded and Bootled Zeppelin will be performing Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin classics on Friday while The Hollies will be supported on Saturday by the Ultimate Eagles and the Guns N’ Roses Experience.

There’s also live music on Sunday, with the all-female Tetra Electra Quartet performing amplified arrangements of many much-loved classical favourites.

Nick Wigley, Event Director, said: “We’ve had some amazing pop and rock bands providing great entertainment at recent Silverstone Classics and I’m thrilled that we can now add the legendary Hollies to the names of Adam Ant, Mike & the Mechanics, Santana, Suzi Quatro, 10cc and the Yardbirds.

“Anyone who saw The Commitments knows just how good the music from that film was, too, and everyone knows just how popular tribute bands are with festival-goers – we’ve got four of the very best lined up for July. Add all this live music to the full on-track programme of 24 fantastic races and the scene is set for another wonderful ‘Rocking and Racing’ weekend.”

All tickets to the Silverstone Classic give free access to the live music concerts on both Friday and Saturday evenings as well as racing paddocks and trackside grandstands.

Tickets must be purchased in advance and those booking before the end of March can take full advantage of special ‘Early Bird’ prices with adult entrance starting from just £30 (plus fees). Considerable savings are also on offer for festival-goers spending the full weekend at Silverstone and special packages for car clubs and members are available.


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