Preview: Pete Tong / JLS / Busted / James Arthur / Becky Hill / Deacon Blue

Pete Tong is bringing his Ibiza Classics back to Newmarket (Picture: Carsten Windhorst/FRPAP.com)
Pete Tong is bringing his Ibiza Classics back to Newmarket (Picture: Carsten Windhorst/FRPAP.com)

by Adam Aiken

Another season where flat-racing meets live music is looming up on the horizon, with Newmarket Nights set to take place on half a dozen nights over the summer.

Organisers say the “line-up for 2024 offers a diverse array of headliners, ensuring there is a night for every musical palate”.

The six events kick off on Friday, June 21, with Pete Tong’s Ibiza Classics with Jules Buckley and The Essential Orchestra.

Pete Tong is bringing his Ibiza Classics back to Newmarket (Picture: Carsten Windhorst/FRPAP.com)

It’ll mark a fairly quick return to the July Course for Tong, who last headlined a sold-out show in 2022.

JLS will be up next, with a show on Friday, June 28, when they’ll bring their Summer Hits tour to the Cambridgeshire/Suffolk border.

Busted will then roll into town as they celebrate two decades on the pop-punk scene.

Busted will be making the trip up from Essex
Busted will be making the trip up from Essex

The Southend outfit, who also have an appearance booked on the heavy Download bill next month, will be at Newmarket on Friday, July 19.

Chart-topper James Arthur will be the draw on the first of three nights in August.

It’s 10 years since Arthur – who’s one of the world’s biggest streaming artists – last played Newmarket Nights, and his show is on Friday, August 2.

Becky Hill will be in town for a show in August
Becky Hill will be in town for a show in August

Becky Hill will be the evening attraction at the headquarters of British racing on Friday, August 9.

Fans can expect a set packed with hits, with the singer having secured no fewer than 18 top-40 singles.

Finally, wrapping things up on Friday, August 16, will be Deacon Blue. The Glaswegian pop-rockers will play Newmarket on Friday, August 16, as part of their All The Old 45s – The Very Best of Deacon Blue tour.

Deacon Blue will wrap things up for the season (Picture: Cameron Brisbane)
Deacon Blue will wrap things up for the season (Picture: Cameron Brisbane)

On all six dates, the music will follow a six-race card.

“We’re looking forward to another fantastic season of live music at Newmarket Racecourses this summer, continuing to cement Newmarket Nights’ reputation as the highlight in the region’s social calendar,” said general manager Sophie Able.

“With headline sets from Becky Hill, JLS, James Arthur, Deacon Blue, Busted and Pete Tong’s Ibiza Classics, there really is a huge variety, and something for everyone.”

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