Because the best live music comes with horses as standard. Whether you’re sipping champers in the Royal Box (we wish!), throwing back Pimms in the Grandstand, or largeing it on the grass this summer the coolest concerts are coming live from British racecourses. Giddy up ladies… and boogie!
Wychwood Festival (tickets from £37, wychwoodfestival.com)
Where: Cheltenham Racecourse, Gloucestershire (31 May – 2 June)Watch: Soul II Soul, The Human League, Kate Nash
Why: The UK’s leading family festival where pop, indie, rock and world tunes combined
** Win: One pair of weekend camping tickets!
Three Friday Nights (tickets from £28, goodwood.co.uk)
Where: Goodwood, Chichester
Watch: Rudimental (31 May), Andy Cato, (14 June), Trevor Nelson (21 June)
Why: An evening of high-octane horse racing followed by a DJ set in the most incredible setting. Now, that’s worth dancing about!
Epsom Live With Bananarama (tickets from £22, epsomdowns.co.uk)
Where: Epsom Downs, Surrey
Watch: Bananarama (4th July)
Why: These girls are celebrating their 30th anniversary this year so join them for the party. Eat your heart out The Big Reunion, Epsom’s got it covered!
** Win: A pair of tickets!
Party In The Paddock (tickets from £35, eventmaster.newbury-racecourse.co.uk
Where: Newbury Racecourse, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 7NZ
Watch: Rita Ora (8 June) / Meatloaf (17 August)
Why: An evening of racing followed by Ms Ora or, on Ladies Day, get stuck into Meatloaf. Winners all round!
Chester Rocks (tickets from £32, chester-rocks.com/tickets.co.uk)
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Where: Chester Racecourse, Chester, Cheshire
Watch: The Wanted, Union J, The Vamps, A*M*E, Ollie Marland (15 June) / Jessie J, Lawson, Amelia Lily, Charlie Brown, Scarlett’s Roses (16 June)
Why: OK, there’s no gee gees at this one but who’s moaning with all these amazing acts. Party on!
Win: Two pairs of tickets – a pair for each concert – are up for grabs.
Sandown Live (tickets from £37, sandowntickets.thejockeyclub.co.uk)
Where: Sandown Park, Esher, Surrey
Watch: Madness (17 July), Travis (24 July), Happy Mondays (31 July)
Why: Immerse yourself in eighties bliss or just sit back and let Travis Sing… sing, sing, sing. Whatever you choose you’ll be rubbing shoulders with the band.
Kempton Live (tickets from £24, kempton.co.uk)
Where: Kempton Park, Sunbury on Thames, Middlesex
Watch: Conor Maynard (14 September)
Why: He’s had over 135 million YouTube views and everyone wants a piece of him. After Twilight racing, see Conor live on stage. The perfect way to end summer…
** Win: One pair of tickets!
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By Gemma Calvert