This year we were excited to have Ronan performing at the Castle Concerts on Thursday 12 July 2018.
Boasting a lifetime of impressive professional achievements including; dueting with Elton John at Madison Square Garden, singing for the Pope, hosting a number of television shows, recording with Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), writing an autobiography, travelling the world, starring in his first movie Goddess, guiding Westlife to stardom, winning a prestigious BMI European Song Writing Award, winning an Ivor Novello Award, being appointed as a UN Goodwill Ambassador, providing the singing voice for Postman Pat, plus too many hits, gigs and awards to keep count, Ronan’s prolific, varied and highly successful career shows no sign of slowing. 2014 also saw Ronan add a new string to his bow when he debuted, to fabulous reviews, in the West End in the lead role in Once.
Ronan’s music career of course, started with Boyzone back in the early nineties. 2008 saw Ronan rejoining his band mates, after nearly a decade apart, for what was a spectacular comeback. After a sell-out 29-date tour, a Top 5 comeback single and a Number 1 Greatest Hits album, Boyzone re-affirmed their place in the pop charts and cemented this with another huge arena tour of the UK & Ireland. The boys were enjoying touring, being back together as a band and looking forward to recording their 4th studio album but on 10th October 2009 things changed forever with Stephen’s tragic and untimely death. For a while it seemed that maybe Boyzone could be no more but then Ronan, Keith, Shane and Mikey decided that Stephen would want them to carry on and indeed the album and subsequent tour they dedicated to their Brother. Released in March 2010 the Brother album went straight to Number 1 in the UK and in Ireland.
Ronan’s first taste of musical success came in November 1994 when he hit the top three for the very first time with Boyzone’s first hit Love Me For A Reason. Since then he’s not looked back. In those initial five years as part of one the biggest pop bands ever, he enjoyed success with an incredible 16 top five singles, six of which hit the number one spot. In August of 1999 he had his first ever solo number one with When You Say Nothing At All from the hit movie Notting Hill.
Since then he’s released number one solo albums and achieved sell-out tours. He has also set up the Marie Keating Foundation which now, in partnership with Cancer Research UK, raises huge amounts of money every year towards cancer education and research, in his mother’s memory.
Sophie Ellis-Bextor shot to fame as a vocalist on Spiller’s huge number one single Groovejet and then followed it up with Take Me Home and her worldwide smash hit, Murder on the Dancefloor.
Her solo debut album, Read My Lips was released in 2001 and reached number two in the UK Albums Chart and certified double platinum by the BPI. The album sold more than 2 million copies worldwide.
Her subsequent album releases include Shoot from the Hip (2003), Trip the Light Fantastic (2007), Make a Scene (2011).
In 2014, in a departure from her previous dance pop albums, Sophie embarked on her debut singer/songwriter album “Wanderlust” with Ed Harcourt at the helm as co-writer and Producer. It proved to be a critical and commercial success : certified Gold in the UK and spending 3 weeks in the UK top 10 album chart and spawning the hit single “ Young Blood “.
Sophie followed this release and collaboration up with 2016’s Familia which saw her return to the dance floor with the radio hit “Come With Us“.
In the Autumn of 2018 with Ed Harcourt as Producer and Amy Langley (of Dirty Pretty Strings) arranging, Sophie will release orchestrated versions of all her hits and past single releases.
This year, we were pleased to welcome Megan on Thursday, 12 July at The Castle Concerts.
Megan reached the semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent at the tender age of 16 in the female singing duo Harmony and then reached the six chair challenge of the X Factor in 2014.
Megan then appeared on series 3 & 4 of MTV’s Ex on the Beach, where her hilarious and infectious personality left the public wanting more. This caused Megan to become an obvious choice when casting began for Celebrity Big Brother and she appeared on the Channel 5 show in January 2016.
After a successful cameo appearance on TOWIE’s 100th episode, Megan who is from Woodford, Essex became a full-time cast member of the hit ITVBe show.
Megan has been exploring her interests in make-up by launching her very own cosmetics brand ‘Mouthy by Megan’ and collaborating with Easilocks on a clip in hair piece called Megan’s Bouncy Blow. Her latest venture is her very own fine dining restaurant ‘MCK Grill’. Megan is a coeliac and has ensured that the menu is 90% gluten free but still equally as delicious!
Megan says singing is definitely her passion so she eagerly accepted the opportunity to sing on the West End Stage at the Adelphi Theatre alongside Strictly Come Dancing professionals Gleb Savchenko and Kristina Rihanoff at the end of 2016.
Music is Megan’s main focus for the future, in particular her love of country music which was showcased on her own ITVBe show ‘There’s Something About Megan’. Off the back of the show, Megan released two country songs 'High Heeled Shoes' and the song which Megan wrote 'Far Cry From Love' which shot straight to No.1 & No.2 on the iTunes chart. Megan is currently back in the studio working on her debut album and managed to fit in an appearance on the prime time ITV show ‘The Full Monty’ where Megan helped raise awareness for breast cancer.
There are a number of ways you can get here to experience what Castle Concerts has to offer. An overview of travel options and help is listed below:
There is no parking directly on site, however there are a number of pay and display car parks located near by.
There is a free of charge coach park located in nearby Corporation Street, and a coach drop off point at the rear of the visitor information centre. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Rochester station is a short walk from the venue (less than 5 minutes). Strood station is approximately a 10 minute walk from the venue, over Rochester Bridge. Click here to visit South Eastern's website.
Services in Rochester are operated by Arriva and Nu Venture. Alight in Corporation Street, which is a short distance from the castle.
Postcode: ME1 1SW
A range of hot and cold snacks are available in the castle gardens. Bars, selling alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, will be open during the concerts. They will close 30 minutes before the end of each concert.
PLEASE NOTE: to ensure overall safety and enjoyment, we will now be following live music event best practice, similar to other concerts of this nature. Therefore, no drinks - except for sealed bottles of water - will be allowed into the Castle Concerts. Drinks will be allowed to be brought in for the Saturday night Proms only but no glass is permitted with the exception of champagne, sparkling wine, prosecco etc in sealed, pressurised corked bottles.
You may have noticed itâ€™s been a little on the warm side recently! And itâ€™s looking like itâ€™s set to continue all of next week during the concerts. Therefore, due to this extreme hot weather, you will be allowed to bring in sealed bottles of soft drinks, as well as sealed bottles of water during this yearâ€™s concerts. Please be aware, no cans will be allowed â€“ sealed bottles only.
Enjoy and stay hydrated!
Reasonably sized collapsible chairs are allowed into the castle gardens. A limited number of seats will be available and issued on a first come, first served basis.
Toilets are available within the castle grounds. No barbecues or gas cylinders will be permitted under any circumstances. No dogs (except guide dogs) or other pets will be admitted.