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17 October 2022

Noel Gallagher, Paul Weller, Chrissie Hynde To Play Peter Blake 90th Birthday Gig

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Noel Gallagher. Chrissie Hynde and Paul Weller are among the acts confirmed for a concert celebrating the 90th birthday of artist Peter Blake. Tickets go on general sale from 9am BST on Friday 21 October 21.

Heralded as the ‘Godfather of Pop Art’, Sir Peter Blake was knighted in 2002 for his invaluable contribution to contemporary art.

Blake began his career creating collages from photographs, cigarette packets and matchboxes. This new approach to the creation of visual art – taking found imagery from Pop culture – was spearheaded in Britain by Blake and continues to inspire contemporary artists today.

Best known for creating the iconic cover to The Beatles’ 1967 album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, his other works include the covers for two of The Who’s albums, the cover of the Band Aid single Do They Know It’s Christmas?, Paul Weller’s Stanley Road and the Live Aid concert poster. Blake continues to produce work that draws extensively on elements from popular cultures around the world.

Weller said in a statement: “We’re coming to celebrate this brilliant artist who has given us all so much for over 70 years! Thank you Peter!”

Proceeds from the show will be split between the All proceeds from the event will be split between the Teenage Cancer Trust and the Graeae Theatre Company.

Graeae’s artistic director, Jenny Sealey MBE, said: “Peter Blake is a legendary part of Graeae as a patron, an artist and the kindest person ever. He has twinkly eyes but stands for no nonsense, ever the radical maverick we hold close to our hearts. Happy Birthday Peter and so much love from your Graeae family.”

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