Belinda Carlisle joins Meraki music festival line-up in Hertfordshire

PUBLISHED: 13:33 25 January 2017 | UPDATED: 14:02 25 January 2017

Popstar Belinda Carlisle will be performing live at the Meraki Festival at Redbourn in August

Popstar Belinda Carlisle will be performing live at the Meraki Festival at Redbourn in August

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Chart-topping 80s singer Belinda Carlisle is heading to Hertfordshire later this year for a summer festival appearance.

The Heaven Is A Place On Earth star has been added to the main stage line-up of new St Albans music festival Meraki.

The first Meraki Festival will take place at the Hertfordshire County Showground in Redbourn over the weekend of Friday, August 11 to Sunday, August 13.

Belinda Carlisle is down to play the opening Friday night of the event alongside the likes of Spandau Ballet frontman Tony Hadley, who went to school at Dame Alice Owen’s, and Native New Yorker soul dance group Odyssey.

Singer Belinda Carlisle will play the Meraki Festival at the Hertfordshire County Showground in AugustSinger Belinda Carlisle will play the Meraki Festival at the Hertfordshire County Showground in August

Australian ex-Neighbours star and Too Many Broken Hearts chart-topper Jason Donovan and Iain Hornal are also listed for the Friday main stage bill, according to the Meraki website, with more acts to be confirmed.

American singer Belinda Carlisle first shot to fame in the 1980s as the lead vocalist of The Go-Go’s.

The all-girl group’s best knows tracks are US Billboard number two hit We Got the Beat and Our Lips Are Sealed, a song written by the band’s guitarist Jane Wiedlin and The Specials and Fun Boy Three singer Terry Hall.

After The Go-Go’s split, Belinda carved out a hugely successful solo career with top five hits such as Circle in the Sand and Leave a Light On.

Later this year she’ll be touring the UK to mark the 30th anniversary of her second album, Heaven On Earth.

Her other big UK hits include I Get Weak, (We Want) The Same Thing, Live Your Life Be Free and In Too Deep.

The cover of Belinda Carlisle's album Heaven on EarthThe cover of Belinda Carlisle's album Heaven on Earth

But the singer is still best known for 1988 UK number one hit Heaven Is A Place On Earth, which knocked the Pet Shop Boys’ Always on My Mind off the top spot.

The song also topped the charts in America.

Of the Grammy nominated pop single, Belinda says: “Heaven Is A Place On Earth is a kind of hopeful song.

“It’s a song about peace of mind and it’s also partly a love song.”

Appearing at Meraki on Saturday, August 12 are the likes of Simon McBride, Anjali Perin and teenage St Albans singer-songwriter Hope Russell-Winter, who recently released new single Sanctuary.

Rebecca Ferguson, who was the runner-up on The X Factor in 2010, will perform on the Sunday.

The Superwoman star recently hit the headlines after saying she’d been approached to perform at Donald Trump’s inauguration.

She agreed to perform as long as she was allowed to sing black protest song Strange Fruit.

In the end she didn’t perform at the incoming president’s inauguration ceremony.

Other main stage Sunday acts so far confirmed for the Meraki Festival include Total Eclipse of the Heart singer Bonnie Tyler, The Kondoors, Natalie Williams’ Soul Family and Gospel Touch Choir.

More main stage acts across all three days are to be announced, along with the Alt Stage line-ups and the Enchanted Forest performers.

• For more on the Meraki Festival visit the event’s website at https://merakifestival.com/artists/

For tickets, visit www.eventbrite.co.uk


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