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Tickets have gone on sale for a live music performance from Jools Holland and former Spice Girl Melanie C at Althorp House later in the year.

The summer concert will be at the stately home on Saturday, August 30.

Jools Holland appears alongside his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra with a special guest performance from the pop star as part of a UK tour.

Colin Ward from Live Promotions, promoter for the concert at Althorp, said: “We are delighted to have Jools and Melanie C at the splendid setting of Althorp House, it really will be a magical evening, not to be missed”.

Holland is a pianist, band leader, singer, composer and television presenter. He was a founder of the band Squeeze and his work has involved him with many artists including Sting, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, George Harrison, David Gilmour, Magazine and Bono.

Since 1992, he has hosted Later... with Jools Holland, a music-based show aired on BBC2, on which his annual show Hootenanny is based.

He also regularly hosts the weekly programme Jools Holland on BBC Radio 2, which is a mix of live and recorded music and general chat, and features studio guests, along with members of his orchestra.

Holland is also an acclaimed author having written books about both Ray Charles and The Rolling Stones.

He also appeared as the musical director in the film Spiceworld, all about the group.

He returns to BBC 2 with his TV show Later with Jools Holland that will include performances from Coldplay, Elbow and many more.

Melanie C was one of the five members of the Spice Girls, in which she was nicknamed Sporty Spice. With the band, she toured the world and sold more than 100 million records worldwide.

As a solo artist, she has since sold more than 12 million records.

She is currently the female artist with the second most number-one singles in the United Kingdom and also the only female to reach the number one spot as part of a quartet, a quintet, a duo and solo.

In recent years, she has received critical acclaim for appearing in the West End production of Blood Brothers and the British arena tour of Jesus Christ Superstar.

She has enjoyed a tremendous start to this year with a sell-out birthday concert at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire.

After appearing on Jools Holland’s special Hootenanny Show on New Years Eve, Melanie will now join Jools on tour across the UK.

Gates for the concert open at 5pm and tickets, if bought in advance, cost £39.95.

They are now available online from www.livepromotionsconcerts.co.uk.

For more information about Jools Holland, visit www.joolsholland.com. To find out about Melanie C, visit www.melaniec.net.