COMPETITION: Win a pair of tickets to see The Jacksons and Sister Sledge in Bedford Park


Throughout this week, the Bedford Independent is giving away tickets to the Bedford Park Concerts taking place this June.

First up is your chance to win a pair of tickets to see soul legends The Jacksons, Sister Sledge and The Real Thing on Friday 23 June.

All three legendary acts will join forces for an incredible show in the beautiful surroundings of Bedford Park and you could be there.

Headliners The Jacksons hardly need an introduction. The group has sold more than 200 million records including the worldwide smash hits I Want You Back, ABC, The Love You Save and I’ll Be There.

Signing their first record deal in 1967, the family group, with the late Michael Jackson, made history in 1970 as the first recording act whose first four singles reached Number One on the US Billboard Hot 100.

The Jacksons

Building a reputation for their combination of music and brilliant choreography, they went on to score 17 Top 40 singles on the Hot 100 – together with 22 UK Top 40 singles – including Never Can Say Goodbye, Show You The Way To Go, The Love You Save and Dancing Machine.

Following the group’s massive success in the 1970s, they spent the 1980s and 90s concentrating on successful solo careers. They reformed for a series of concerts in 2001 and have packed theatres and arenas around the world ever since.

Joining them on the bill is Sister Sledge, responsible for some of the biggest dance anthems of all time such as Lost in Music, He’s the Greatest Dancer and Thinking of You.

Sister Sledge

Hailing from Philadelphia, sisters Debbie, Joni, Kathy and Kim became household names and a symbol of unity with their 1979 world-wide hit and iconic album We are Family.

Over the years, the group has amassed a string of Gold and Platinum records, accumulating total sales of more than 20 million worldwide and a clutch of Grammy Award nominations.

Following the death of Joni in 2017, Sister Sledge’s beautiful legacy is now evolving as their extraordinary adult children take centre stage.

Under the vocal direction of founding member Debbie Sledge, they specialise in ‘bringing the party’ as Debbie, Camille Sledge, Tanya Ti-et, Thaddeus Sledge and David Sledge make one funky family affair.

Formed in 1972, The Real Thing are universally known for their timeless hits You To Me Are Everything, Can’t Get By Without You and Can You Feel the Force, as well as their ground-breaking 1977 song, Children of the Ghetto

Original members – Chris Amoo and Dave Smith – are now celebrating 50 incredible years in the music industry, and they are still going strong, playing hundreds of gigs across the world.

How to enter

To be in with a chance to win a pair of tickets to see The Jacksons, Sister Sledge and The Real Thing, simply answer the following question:

In what year did The Jacksons sign their first record deal?

Email your answer to by 23:59 on Thursday 1 June 2023.

The winner will be notified by email on Monday 5 June. All terms and conditions can be found here.

The Jacksons, Sister Sledge and The Real Thing join George Ezra, Sting and West End Proms among the Bedford Park Concerts headliners. You can book tickets here.