Hello! Lionel Richie

“Hello, is it me you’re looking for?”

Yes, that’s what Lionel Richie will be saying when fans show up to his highly anticipated, All The Hits All Night Long, concert at Edinburgh Castle’s Esplanade next Wednesday.

The second of three Castle Concerts this July, it’s the first time in fourteen years since the five-time Grammy award winner last performed in the Capital.
The question is: have you got your tickets yet?

If you haven’t, then you better hurry.

The 66-year-old has been experiencing something of a renaissance in recent weeks, having pulled the largest crowd at Glastonbury. Over 100,000 people showed up to the Pyramid Stage to see Richie perform a slew of hits that included Hello, Easy, and Dancing On The Ceiling. The televised performance ensured a significant sales boost of Richie’s 2003 Greatest Hits album, too, having shot up 103 places on the Album Chart.

Not bad for a man who has already sold over 100 million albums, and who almost became a priest before becoming a musician.

As the title of Richie’s Edinburgh show suggests, though, the focus will be on his career’s chart-topping hit songs, including material from both his solo output and his days in 70s soul-funk outfit, The Commodores.

From ballads (Three Times A Lady), to pop (Truly), to outright funk (Machine Gun), there will be something for everyone.

“Returning to Edinburgh Castle is going to be amazing,” says Richie. “I can’t wait to perform in such a breathtaking location which is steeped in history. There’s always a special atmosphere there and I’m excited to be part of this musical tradition.”

At Glastonbury, Lionel Richie went down a storm. So, as Soul Granddad Number One prepares to take to the Esplanade stage on the 15th of July, here’s hoping the sun shines down on Edinburgh… All Night Long.

Lionel Richie, Castle Esplanade, Wed 22 July, 7pm, £56.25-£73.15, 0844-844 0444

words: Barry Gordon