AN iconic indie rock band are set to headline a huge outdoor concert in Essex this summer.

Suede will be heading to Audley End for its Heritage Live event in August.

The popular band will be joined by special guest Johnny Marr, with Nadine Shah opening the event.

Bursting on to the scene 30 years ago, Suede were dubbed the best new band in Britain by Melody Maker.

They soared to the top of the charts with their self-titled debut album which won the second Mercury Music Prize

With huge songs such as Metal Mickey, Animal Nitrate, Beautiful Ones, Trash, Saturday Night, and Filmstar, Suede achieved remarkable success across a run of era-defining albums including Dog Man Star, Coming Up, Head Music and A New Morning.

Braintree and Witham Times: Group - indie rock band SuedeGroup - indie rock band Suede (Image: Deacon Communication)

The band split in the early Noughties, before reuniting in 2010.

Since then, they have released further albums Bloodsports, Night Thoughts and The Blue Hour, as well as 2022’s hugely successful Autofiction.

All reached the top ten in the UK album chart, with Autofiction debuting at number two, their highest charting album since 1999.

Composed of singer Brett Anderson, guitarist Richard Oakes, bass player Mat Osman, drummer Simon Gilbert and keyboardist/rhythm guitarist Neil Codling, Suede are still one of the best live bands in the world and have wowed audiences worldwide with their electric live shows in recent years.

For the show at Audley End, they will be joined by special guest Johnny Marr.

One of the most respected musicians and songwriters of his generation, Marr formed legendary band The Smiths in 1982.

After The Smiths, he went on to become a member of many iconic bands including The Pretenders, Modest Mouse and The Cribs, and also collaborated with huge stars including Pet Shop Boys, Bryan Ferry, Talking Heads and Hans Zimmer.

Braintree and Witham Times: Icon - musician Johnny Marr, who will be joining Suede at the event in AugustIcon - musician Johnny Marr, who will be joining Suede at the event in August (Image: CarFest)

Marr released debut solo album The Messenger in 2013, and has since released four more albums, most recently 2022’s Fever Dreams Pts 1-4, with all his solo releases reaching the top ten in the UK.

Opening the show will be Mercury Prize-nominated singer-songwriter Nadine Shah, who is set to perform songs from her recently released album Filthy Underneath.

Promoter Giles Cooper, of GCE Live, said: “It has been an ambition of us all at Heritage Live to stage a show for the legendary Suede, and to have Johnny Marr as their special guest is a dream come true.

“Both are icons of the British music scene and to have the brilliant, Mercury-nominated Nadine Shah to open, will mean this will undoubtedly be a night to remember for many years to come. We can’t wait.”

Tickets for the August 1 show will be available on pre-sale on Wednesday, April 3, at 9am.

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Tickets will go on general sale on Friday, April 5, at 9am from

Previously announced for the Heritage Live concert series at Audley End are Madness and the Lightning Seeds on August 2, Richard Ashcroft and Ocean Colour Scene on August 3, and Elbow on August 4.