6 reasons to race to Aintree’s summer Music Nights
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Sugababes and Pete Tong Ibiza Classics at Aintree Racecourse this summer
It’s home to one of the greatest events in the racing calendar, The Grand National, but Aintree’s also the amazing setting for a series of Music Nights that’ll get your summer sizzling.
The Sugababes are back and ready to push all the buttons with a fabulous concert in May, followed by Pete Tong’s Ibiza Classics live in June.
And if that’s not enough to get everyone galloping to the famous course, a full schedule of top-class racing will.
Still sitting in the stalls on this one? Then here’s 6 reasons to make it an odds-on favourite.
What can people expect?
Music nights are organised by The Jockey Club Live at racecourses like Aintree – and nearby Haydock Park – across the UK, and they combine an evening of racing with a night of music to make it a fab get-together event for friends and family, or the crew from the office.
“When we first started Music Nights, the idea was to bring new people to the racecourse,” says Emma Rogerson-Smith, Marketing & Communications Director for The Jockey Club Live, “and introduce a new audience to racing. It’s a beautiful setting, you can place a bet and watch the horses and jockeys come flying past, there’s fabulous food and drink stands, and just 10 minutes after the last race has finished, the concert starts.
“There’s always a great atmosphere, so it’s a great place to spend your summer evenings. People know Aintree for the Grand National, but this is another chance to see it, and enjoy it.”
See the Sugababes
The Sugababes will be on stage on Friday, May 19, and it’s a chance to see the original line up of Mutya Buena, Keisha Buchanan and Siobhan Donaghy who’ve reunited and arrived back in full force, becoming the talk of the summer festivals last year – they had to have their field shut down when they played at Glastonbury due to huge demand!
You can expect to hear all the iconic tracks from ‘Freak Like Me’, ‘Round Round’, and ‘Hole In The Head’, to ‘About You Now’ and ‘Push The Button’.
Hear Pete Tong’s Ibiza Classics Live
This is one to get in your diary because it will be one of the highlights of the summer. It promises a night of fun and nostalgia as all your favourite club tracks are reimagined by the 65-piece Essential Orchestra conducted by Jules Buckley, along with incredible visual effects. Who needs a sun-soaked Spanish isle when it’s all happening closer to home?
There’s a full card with six races to get your heart pumping – and maybe put more cash in your pocket if you have a flutter.
Emma said: “If you’re not familiar with racing, the talent of the jockeys and horses is incredible. To watch them go past, hear the sound of their hooves, and the roar of the crowds is just amazing, even if you’re not betting! To sit by the racetrack and get really close to the action, chatting with your friends with a drink in your hand is a lovely summer experience.”
What time do Music Nights start?
Gates to the course open at 3.10pm with the first race at 5.10pm. The last race runs at 7.58pm, and the music is on cue for 8.13pm. They’re held on Fridays, so it’s a great way to end the working week, or get the weekend off with a bang.
Value for money
Tickets start from £38.16 for individual adults (it’s cheaper for children and large groups): “So it’s great value for money too,” says Emma. “At Aintree you have the fun and experience of the racing and the concert too!”
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