New-look Alnwick concert weekend set to include other big-name acts

Il Divo to perform at Alnwick.
Il Divo to perform at Alnwick.

The summer concert by world-renowned classical-pop group Il Divo, announced yesterday, could be joined by other ‘exciting’, high-profile gigs at the Alnwick venue over the same weekend.

That is the aim of the hosts of the Pastures concert, Alnwick Castle, as they hope to build on the success of the popular series, which began in 2006.

This year, the organisation of the event has been handed over to one of the UK’s top 10, live music and event promoters, Cuffe and Taylor, now part of Live Nation, who will rent the land at the Pastures to bring a huge musical extravaganza to Northumberland.

David Hawke, head of operations at Alnwick Castle, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to welcome the massively popular Il Divo to Alnwick Castle. Building on the success of our Jess Glynne concert last August, it’s a huge honour and a great accolade for us.

“And watch out for more announcements for the same weekend to come. It’s going to be a very exciting time for the castle and for Northumberland.”

Il Divo will be performing in the Pastures, overlooking Alnwick Castle, on Sunday, July 15.

Peter Taylor, director of concert promoter Cuffe and Taylor, said: “We are delighted to be bringing such a huge act back to the UK. Il Divo are superstars who have millions of fans around the world. This promises to be an amazing tour at wonderful venues.”

For more information, contact the concert information line on 01665 511082 or

Tickets go on general sale at 9am on Saturday (pre-sale tomorrow) from or from and prices start from £45.


Next year’s Alnwick Pastures concert will be in a different format to those previously held.

With the potential for three different concerts taking place throughout the weekend, the 2018 showcase will take on a new form.

Unlike previous Alnwick Castle concerts, Il Divo will be a fully-seated performance and in accordance with the promoter’s regulations, guests’ own food and drink will not be permitted, which means there will be no picnics allowed.

However, people with special dietary requirements can be accommodated if they have a doctor’s note.

Only one sealed bottle of water (maximum 500ml) will be allowed per person.

There will be a selection of hot and cold food stalls, including local suppliers, available to choose from inside the venue grounds.

There will be a raised, accessible, platform suitable for wheelchair users, to accommodate everyone.

Seating plans have been finalised and are now available, along with a list of frequently-asked questions, on the Ticketmaster website.

There will be on-site parking for up to 5,000 cars, costing £10 plus fees in advance, or £20 on the day parking is £20. Car parks will open at noon on the day of the show. To book, visit

Previous Pastures concerts include Jools Holland, Jess Glynne, Jessie J, Tom Jones and Simple Minds.

Check out the Northumberland Gazette for regular updates and announcements.