Picnics are back at the Pastures concert

A stylish picnic at the 2010 Jools Holland concert. Picture by Jane Coltman
A stylish picnic at the 2010 Jools Holland concert. Picture by Jane Coltman
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Picnics are back! That’s the message from the organisers of next summer’s Alnwick Castle concert.

The Gazette revealed today that pop sensation Jess Glynne is performing in the Pastures when the popular event returns in August.

Jess Glynne

Jess Glynne

The chance to picnic in the Pastures was always one of the highlights of previous concerts.

But a controversial decision to ban food and drink from being brought into the concert area for the ill-fated Sir Tom Jones show in 2015 caused uproar.

Today, a spokeswoman for Northumberland Estates, joint organisers of the August 12 show with promotor Music Plus Sport, confirmed that picnics will be allowed.

She said: “We want people to bring their picnics and have a fun time. Northumberland Estates are joint organisers of the concert, it gives us a better level of control.

“Music Plus Sport have a really good track record. They have an excellent reputation and are very well established.”

Jess Glynne is one of only two British female solo artists to have five consecutive UK number one singles.

Her number-one charting debut album, I Cry When I Laugh, has turned double platinum in the UK, making it the highest selling debut album of the past year.

She has a sold-out UK arena tour under her belt this year and was nominated for British Breakthrough Act, British Female Solo Artist and British Single for the smash hit Hold My Hand at this year’s prestigious Brit Awards.

Tickets go on general release on Friday but early birds can get a presale ticket on Thursday.

There are only 1,000 of these at a discounted rate of £33 including booking fee, as opposed to £38 inc booking fee.

They will go on sale at 9am on Thursday on a first-come first-served basis. To be eligible, you need to sign up to the concert mailing list via www.alnwickcastle.com

The rest of the tickets go on general release at 9am on Friday and these will include a limited number of family tickets at a cost of £110 for two adults and up to three children.

Tickets are being sold via http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk

Prices start at £33 adult/£17.50 child (under 18). Child tickets are limited. All T&Cs are available on http://www.alnwickcastle.com