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“…a sincere affirmation of his real standing in pop culture as a hit-maker of the

highest order.” 

Daily Telegraph


“…his adaptability produces a show that swings between raucous R&B and chocolate-box

ballads, all of it fantastic."



“….may just have proven himself the greatest rock star on the planet.”

The Independent




International superstar Lionel Richie will return to the UK in 2018, with a show at Hove’s The 1st Central County Ground, home of Sussex Cricket, on Saturday 23rd June. The date is part of a summer tour which will be visiting iconic venues across the country. Tickets go on sale on February 2nd from 10:00 AM.

Performing hits from his extensive and much loved repertoire spanning decades, all the way from the Commodores to the present day, Richie’s shows are world renowned for their party atmosphere. Fans will be able to enjoy timeless mega-hits and sing along to classics such as ‘Lady’, ‘Truly, ‘Dancing on the Ceiling’, ‘Say You Say Me’, ‘Hello’ and ‘All Night Long’.

Lionel says of his return: “I’ve been missing the UK and can’t wait to make my long awaited return and to see parts of the country I’ve never made it out to before. The fans are always incredible and they make the atmosphere at every show electric, so I look forward to singing along with them soon.”

These will be Lionel’s first UK shows since receiving glittering reviews for the ‘All The Hits’ tour which included three nights at London’s O2. The dates followed a phenomenal Glastonbury performance which drew the biggest crowd of the weekend as over 200,000 people flocked to the Pyramid Stage. Lionel’s incredible success continued as his album ‘The Definitive Collection’ topped the charts and provided his first UK Number 1 in 23 years.

Lionel went on to receive British GQ’s Icon Award adding to a celebrated career which includes the O2 Silver Clef Award, four GRAMMYs, a Golden Globe and even an Oscar as well as the prestigious Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Award. In 2016 Lionel launched his on-going Las Vegas headline residency show, ‘Lionel Richie—All the Hits’, at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, where he takes his fans on a spectacular musical journey, performing a variety of his seminal hits. Having sold over 100 million albums worldwide he recently joined the judging panel on ABC’s American Idol.

Looking ahead to Lionel’s visit, Sussex Cricket’s Chief Executive, Rob Andrew said: “We can’t wait to host Lionel and his fans for what will unquestionably be one of the highlights of the summer. The fact that a global superstar like Lionel has chosen us for his first ever visit to Sussex demonstrates how highly regarded The 1st Central County Ground is as a concert venue.”

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Are there any age restrictions?

No under 14s unless accompanied by an adult.


Are all seats reserved?

All seats are sold as fully reserved for the concert.


Will there be a support?

There will be an opening act. The opening act will be confirmed and announced later in the year.


What facilities will be available on the day?

A range of food and refreshments will be available to purchase inside the venue.

Please note there will be credit and debit card payment facilities, however there are no cash machines within the venue.


Will there be Disability / Accessibility Tickets?

Disability and accessibility tickets are available from Ticketmaster - details can be found on their website. The accessibility hotline at Ticketmaster is 0800 988 4440 and is open Monday to Friday 9.30am to 6pm & Saturday 10.30am to 3.30pm.


What can I bring into the stadium on the day?

Please bring appropriate clothing to the forecast weather and your ticket.

We are unable to allow you to bring in food and drink, professional audio or visual recording equipment, any large bags.

Please note there will be no left luggage facility at the venue.


What about security checks?

Arrive in good time as our enhanced security measures may mean that it might take a little longer to get into the venue. 

In order to make the screening process go as smoothly as possible, please keep all personal items to a minimum.

Only small handbags and shoulder bags will be allowed. No large bags, rucksacks, picnic hampers or umbrellas are permitted.

Lastly, please smile as you may be recorded on camera as you enter and move around the site.