Horseracing should attract a whole new fan base this summer, thanks to a series of top acts performances organised over a three months period. For the second year running, the Jockey Club is hosting a series of concerts in ten of its courses, including Newmarket and Epsom Downs, which caters for all tastes, from pop sensation Eliza Doolittle, neo-disco band The Scissor Sisters and X-Factor darlings Rebecca Ferguson and Alexandra Burke, to old favourites like Tom Jones, The Beach Boys and Blondie. Not to be outdone, Goodwood is also organising its own top music nights, with DJs Chris Evans and Mark Ronson closing the meetings with evening concerts in June.
Horseracing might be the UK’s second most popular sport, but it can hardly be described as the most musically trendy one- although that might change, once the Sussex Downs are rocked by the sounds of top DJ Mark Ronson at Goodwood on the 17thof June and that charts’ favourite Scouting for Girls inject their own brand of dancy pop in Epsom on the 14th of July.
In total, the Jockey Club is hosting 31 top music acts combined with horseracing at ten of its courses over the summer. While Eliza Doolittle will perform the penultimate show on 23rd August at the Warwick racecourse, the three month season of music will also include Tom Jones, The Scissor Sisters, Boyzone, Blondie, X-Factor favourites Rebecca Ferguson and Alexandra Burke, James Blunt, Jools Holland, Texas and The Beach Boys, amongst others. Goodwood racecourse, while not part of the Jockey Club, will also have horseracing lovers in a spin with Chris Evans and Mark Ronson taking to the decks at the Friday nights races on 10 and 17 June.
Prices for races and concert start at £15 through the Jockey Club and £19 at Goodwood
Below: Mark Ronson and the Goodwood race track