David Gilmour guesting at Richard Thompson 70th birthday gig in London
Written by Matt   
Wednesday, 24 July 2019
Richard Thompson - 70th birthday celebration concert, Royal Albert Hall, 30 September 2019

Earlier this year, a 70th birthday celebration show was announced for Richard Thompson, taking place on September 30th at London's Royal Albert Hall. At the time of announcement, special guests were promised, but these weren't revealed - until now.

Joining Richard and his band will be the following, listed in alphabetical order (by first name): Alistair Anderson, Ashley Hutchings, Bob Mould, Christine Collister, Danny Thompson, Dave Mattacks, Dave Pegg, David Gilmour, Derek Smalls, Eliza Carthy, Hugh Cornwell, Jack Thompson, James Walbourne, Judith Owen, Kami Thompson, Kate Rusby, Linda Thompson, Loudon Wainwright III, Maddy Prior, Marc Ellington, Martin Carthy, Olivia Chaney, Simon Nicol, Teddy Thompson and Zara Phillips.

Quite a line-up, and David Gilmour's inclusion is arguably a first public step to show that - exactly as he said - the sale of a large chunk of his guitars recently in aid of charity, was no sign of retirement. Should be reassuring for those who thought he'd never perform again, following the sale of so many instruments! Naturally there is no indication what he will be performing, or for how long.

Tickets are currently showing as sold out, but it is entirely possible that a few could become available closer to the event, so if you are interesting in going, it's worth checking regularly at RoyalAlbertHall.com/tickets.