Two legends set to appear at the Royal Albert Hall to mark special 50 year anniversary

Two musical legends will appear in conversation at the Royal Albert Hall for a unique one-off event to mark 50 years since the Sexual Offences Act 1967 decriminalised homosexuality.

John Grant will chat to Cocteau Twins vocalist Elizabeth Fraser about her iconic indie group’s 1988 album, Blue Bell Knoll, with all proceeds from the show going to gay rights charity Stonewall.

Elizabeth Fraser and John Grant

The event on Sunday 23 July is a rare chance to hear Fraser talk about her distinctive, indelible music, which influenced an entire generation of performers, including Grant, with his exquisite electro-balladeering.

In typical John Grant style, he had this to say about the upcoming event in the Hall’s Elgar Room: “Blue Bell Knoll is one of the best albums of the eighties – and of all time. I get to talk to Liz Fraser about the creation of this masterpiece and you don’t, so there!”

Programmer Sara-Jane Power from the Royal Albert Hall added: “It’s quite an honour to be celebrating this important milestone in our cultural history – the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK – with these two very special artists in our intimate Elgar Room.

“We are extremely excited to welcome John Grant back to the Royal Albert Hall after his stunning performance here last year, and to unite him in conversation with one of his major influences. It’s sure to be a truly unforgettable experience.”

The pair will be joined by Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy, from Classic Album Sundays and BBC 6 Music.

Both Grant and Fraser have headlined the Royal Albert Hall’s iconic auditorium – she with the Cocteau Twins in 1996, he making a spectacular debut last year – with Grant also memorably guesting alongside Kylie Minogue and Goldfrapp.

Spend an evening with Elizabeth Fraser and John Grant on 23 July

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