Newmarket Racecourse Celebrates 25 Years of Newmarket Nights

Newmarket Nights began back in 1986 and from the very start this Cambridgeshire music event has gone from strength to strength. This year’s fantastic line-up includes Peter Andre, Tom Jones, Boyzone and Scissor Sisters. In the last 25 years, Newmarket Nights has entertained over 1.5 million music lovers and is aiming to break its own attendance records this year while celebrating its quarter of a century anniversary.

Friday 17 June sees the first of Newmarket Nights special commemorative line-up kicking off the celebrations with Jules Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra. Jules is no stranger to Newmarket Nights and has played 2 consecutive years at the racecourse and he will be including special guests Sandy Shaw and Ruby Turner at his concert.

If Rhythm & Blues is not your scene, the popular Scottish band Texas fronted by Sharleen Spiteri will be performing old favourites such as I Don’t Want A Lover and Summer Sun interspersed with more recent tunes from their 10 albums. They will be performing at Newmarket Racecourse on 25 June.

For those who are seeking a stylish event during the day, look no further than Cambridgeshire’s most reknowned and fashionable Ladies Day which returns to Newmarket Racecourse as part of the Piper Heidsieck July Festival on 7 July. This flat racing event has often been referred to as the sporting and social engagement of the summer.

This year, fashion at the festival returns in association with Cambridge’s Grand Arcade and our editors are definitely vying for the spot of Best Dressed Lady and/or Best Dressed Couple. This competition is open to everyone and is a wonderful way to combine fashion and sport in hopefully what will be a glorious summer day. Gates open at 11am with racing starting at 1.30pm with last races around 5pm. Tickets are reasonable priced starting at £10 for Garden Enclosure to up to £36 for Premier Enclosure. Also note this festival continues on 8 and 9 July inclusive. To book online or for further information, visit

For style tips to ensure you look your best on Ladies Day, take a look at our article Fashion at the Races written by City Connect fashion writer and Cambridge-based personal stylist, Katie Bowen.

The fun however does not stop there, continuing on with the 25th anniversary of Newmarket Nights, in July the racecourse also brings you the singer James Blunt – an ex-officer who has captured our hearts not only with his debut album Back To Bedlam but also through the wonderful charity work he does for Help for Heros and the British Legion. Tickets for James Blunt are available for his Newmarket performance on Friday 15 July.

Should acoustic tinged pop not be your thing and you would like to add a little more energy and disco to your night out, Friday 22 July promises to deliver all this and more with the presence of Scissor Sisters whose frontman Jake Spears is sure to entertain. If you need even more great music to get your feet moving, Friday 29 July brings Anglo-Irish pop stars The Wanted to the stage. This group is not just for teenyboppers as they were nominated for Best British Single this year at the Brit Awards.

If that’s not enough testosterone to whet your appetite, Friday 5 August sees Boyzone take to the Newmarket Nights stage. For all of you who were unable to get Take That tickets for their July concert, the Newmarket performance of the Irish pop group Boyzone is a must for your calendar.

As we come to the end of the Newmarket Nights 25th Anniversary, we are spoiled with yet another Cambridgeshire appearance from Tom Jones who needs no introduction and will be strutting his stuff on 20 August.

Last but by no means least, Peter Andre will be closing the Newmarket Nights 25th Anniversary season on 27 August.

Newmarket Nights ticket prices range from approximately £16 plus for Garden Enclosure, £20 plus for Grandstand & Paddock, and between £31 and £40 for Premier Enclosure. To book your tickets, please contact Newmarket Racecourse on 01638 675 500.

City Connect editors will be attending a selection of the concerts so do say hello if you see us. We look forward to seeing you there or reading your comments below.

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