Billy Ocean and Artful Dodger go to Solihull Summer Fest 2022

BILLY Ocean, Kool and The Gang and the Artful Dodger have been named to perform at this year’s Solihull Summer Fest.

The star-studded music festival returns to Tudor Grange Park on July 23 and 24.

Now in its sixth year, thousands are expected to attend what the organizers call one of the summer’s most popular music events.

Billy Ocean goes on stage on Sunday (July 24) with Belinda Carlisle, Kool and The Gang, Bad Manners, The Real Thing and Dr and The Medics.

Billy, the Trinidadian-English musician, won a Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run), and was nominated in 1987 for the BRIT Award for Best British Male Artist. His other hits include When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going, Love Really Hurts Without You, Suddenly and Red Light Spells Danger.

On Saturday, the audience will see Shaggy, Sister Sledge. Boyzlife, Shalamar, Lemar and Artful Dodger return to the main stage.

Throughout the weekend, Second Stage will host The Soul Selection with the finest 70s and 80s Soul and Funk Anthems.

The Soul Selection scene is headlined on Saturday by Kenny Thomas and on Sunday by Trevor Nelson.

Organizer, Ian Rogers, said: “After a very challenging few years, event life is in a much more positive situation and our team is completely focused and passionate about delivering the best Solihull Summer Fest ever.

“There are some big names in our line-up and I really hope the Solihull district supports this increasingly popular festival on the doorstep.”

Tickets, including VIP options, are available online at www.solihullsummerfest.co.uk.

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