Big-name line-up for Four Four Time 2014

The Blow Monkeys appear on Tuesday February 18.
The Blow Monkeys appear on Tuesday February 18.

A host of famous-name musicians will be taking to the stage at Buxton Opera House during one of the countries only music festivals to take place in February.

Four Four Time 2014, which runs from Saturday February 15 to Sunday February 22, will see 16 events staged in the opera house and the Pavilion Arts Centre.

Headlining the festival this year is legendary Queen guitarist Brian May with singing sensation Kerry Ellis. Together they will perform stripped down versions of Queen classics alongside their personal favourites, on Wednesday February 19.

Mike + The Mechanics will celebrate their 25th anniversary at the festival with a sold-out gig on Saturday February 15, with an unlikely support act in the shape of Downton Abbey star Elizabeth McGovern in Sadie & The Hotheads.

Kiki Dee, best known for her 1976 duet of Don’t Go Breaking My Heart with Elton John, returns to Four Four Time with guitarist and writer Carmelo Luggeri on Saturday February 15, while Britpop legends Toploader appear on Sunday February 16.

Reputedly the best singer to come out of the 80s soul era, Alexander O’Neal, will perform dozens of hits, such as Sunshine, Secret Lovers, Fake and Criticize, when he takes to the stage on Monday February 17.

In the wake of 2013 being the 25th anniversary of acid jazz, Brand New Heavies have released a new album and will arrive at Four Four Time on Friday February 21 with some new material as well as old favourites including Dream On Dreamer and You’ve Got a Friend.

And The South, a nine-piece off-shoot of The Beautiful South with members Dave Hemingway and Alison Wheeler, will reproduce plenty of their hits on Saturday February 22.

Other Four Four Time performances include: Sons of Cream (Sunday February 16), Trio Valore (Tuesday February 18) Toyah (Wednesday February 19), Jahmene Douglas and Graeme Clark (Thursday February 20), The Idle Hands (Friday February 21) and the Chris Corcoran Trio (Saturday February 22).

Full details are available in the Four Four Time Festival brochure, which is available now from the Buxton Opera House Box Office.

To buy tickets or for more information, call the box office on 0845 127 2190 or visit www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk.