New acts announced for June’s Nocturne Live

Three new acts have been added to the line-up for this summer’s Nocture Live series of concerts at Oxfordshire’s Blenheim Palace.

Double Grammy-winning star US vocalist Gregory Porter, multi-million-selling, four-time Brit Award winner Emeli Sandé, and Lighthouse Family’s Tunde Baiyewu are the latest acts confirmed for the June event.

Porter, Sandé and Tunde, who will perform as part of an exclusive triple bill on the evening of Friday June 16, join the 125 million-selling Oscar, Golden Globe and Grammy-winning singer Lionel Richie, and star DJ Pete Tong’s international smash Ibiza Classics show on the line-up for Nocturne Live 2023, which runs from June 14 to 18, 2023.

Gregory Porter
Grammy-winning Gregory Porter

Additional acts will be announced in due course.

Since the release of his globally acclaimed 2013 Blue Note debut Liquid Spirit, which won the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album, Gregory Porter has cemented his reputation as one of the all-time great jazz singers. Having embarked on a huge UK arena tour in 2022, Porter makes a much-anticipated return to Blenheim Palace following his sold-out performances supporting Van Morrison in 2015 and headlining in 2017.

Gregory Porter: said:

“I have many wonderful memories of performing at Blenheim Palace and I’m looking forward to returning this summer to perform alongside the inimitable voices of Emeli Sandé and Tunde. I hope my friends and fans in the UK can join us for what I’m sure will be a beautiful celebration of music.

Emeli Sande rose to fame in the UK following the release of a series of chart-topping singles including Clown, Read All About It, Heaven and Beneath Your Beautiful. Her debut album Our Version of Events spent ten weeks at #1 in the UK and became the best-selling UK album of the year. She performed at both the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2012 Olympics and last year released a brand new album Let’s Say For Instance.

Tunde Baiyewu formed Lighthouse Family with Paul Tucker in 1993 and the duo went on to pen a series of hit singles including Ocean Drive, Lifted and High, selling over 15 million albums along the way. Tunde went on to release two acclaimed solo albums before Lighthouse Family reformed in 2019 for the release of their first album in 18 years Blue Sky In Your Head.

Tickets for the Gregory Porter, Emeli Sandé and Tunde triple bill start at £45 and go on sale at 9am on Friday January 27th. Tickets, along with a limited number of VIP packages – which provide an exclusive opportunity to dine in the State Rooms of Blenheim Palace – are available from

Nocturne live at blenheim palace
Nocturne Live at Blenheim Palace

What is Nocturne Live?

Since its inception in 2015, the Nocturne Live series has presented performances from worldwide artists like Elton John, Kylie Minogue, Gary Barlow, Simply Red, Nile Rodgers, Noel Gallagher, Gregory Porter, Van Morrison, Tears for Fears, Gladys Knight, Elvis Costello, Simple Minds and Ennio Morricone amongst many others. The beautiful backdrop of the Great Court at Blenheim Palace transforms into the ultimate 10,000-capacity outdoor concert arena.

When is Nocturne Live?

Gregory Porter

Nocturne Live 2023 is June 14 to 18, 2023 at Blenheim Palace and will feature artists including Emeli Sandé, Gregory Porter and Tunde Baiyewu.

Where is Blenheim Palace?

Address: Woodstock OX20 1P

Located in Blenheim Park, the nearest train station is Oxford so requires a Stagecoach S3 bus journey to the Marlborough Arms at Woodstock.

Hanborough is an alternative station, and requires Bus 233 to complete your journey.

With the crowds expected for the Nocturne Live series additional services are provided to the Blenheim Gates:

  • From Oxford Rail Station – the Stagecoach S3 from Stand R5 (45 mins journey time)
  • From Oxford City Centre – catch the Stagecoach S3 from Magdalen Street, Stand C4 (33 mins journey time) OR
  • Stagecoach 7 from Magdalen Street, Stand C4 (42 mins journey time)
  • From Oxford Parkway Station – catch the Stagecoach S3 from Stand E (24 mins journey time)

You can buy early bird return tickets in advance in the extras section of the official site ticket page for the show you are attending (£10 return plus transaction fee), or on the day from the driver (£12 return)

In addition, Nocturne live are providing a special shuttle bus back to Kidlington, Oxford Parkway, Pear Tree Park and Ride, Summertown Shops, Oxford City Centre or Oxford Rail Station. The last bus will depart 30 mins after the concert finishes, and single tickets are available for £9.