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Dreams can come true! Gabrielle will visit Canterbury Festival in 2023

Canterbury Festival are absolutely thrilled to welcome UK legend Gabrielle to Canterbury Festival in 2023, as part of the 30 Years of Dreaming Tour, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the release of her era-defining smash hit #1 single Dreams. This intimate show with just 500 seats is generously sponsored by Headline Sponsor Paul Roberts and will take place at the Great Hall, Kent College on Friday 3 November 2023. Expect highlights from her catalogue of hits, including Rise, Out Of Reach and Sunshine.

Gabrielle says, “Going on tour to celebrate 30 years of Dreams is just amazing. I can’t wait to party with everyone and celebrate the record that launched my career three decades ago! Time sure does fly when you are having fun.” Gabrielle made an immediate impact when her debut single Dreams spent three weeks at #1 in the summer of 1993. Her second #1 single, Rise, followed in 2000 and was embraced by fans as an anthem that helped inspire them to keep the faith and that better days would follow in the future.

Her catalogue of hits includes a further eight Top 10 hits, notably Out Of Reach (which featured in Bridget Jones’s Diary), If You Ever (with East 17) and Give Me A Little More Time. That success extended to albums too. Her 1999 #1 album Rise was one of the most successful of the
era and has been certified 4 x Platinum, a status matched by the compilation Dreams Can Come True, Greatest Hits. In total, six of her albums have reached the Top 10, including 2018’s Under My Skin.

Gabrielle’s popularity was matched by a succession of major awards. Highlights included two BRITs (Best British Female and Best British Breakthrough) as well MOBO Awards for Best Single (Give Me A Little More Time) and Best Album (Rise). After being nominated on five separate occasions, she won her first Ivor Novello Award in 2008 when she was honoured with the prestigious accolade for Outstanding Song Collection.

After earning a new generation of fans during her show-stealing performances on the 2021 edition of The Masked Singer, Gabrielle’s resurgence continued when her album Do It Again flew into the charts at #4 – her highest chart position in almost twenty years. Now with a huge tour, Gabrielle’s well-deserved era of rediscovery continues.

Priority booking for Festival Friends is now open. General bookings open on Monday 16 January at 10am.

Tickets can be purchased online 24 hours a day from

Alternatively, they can be booked over the phone on 01227 457568 or in person at the Festival office, 8 Orange Street,

Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm.

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