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05/03/2015

News Release - Issued by York Racecourse

York Racecourse Welcomes Sir Tom Jones

The legend that is Sir Tom Jones will play York Races after the sporting action on Friday evening 24th July, as part of the popular Music Showcase Weekend at the track.

Over a forty year career, the Welsh superstar has had more than thirty entries in the UK Top 40, some of most famous include "It's Not Unusual", “Delilah", "Green, Green Grass of Home" and "Sex Bomb". Add in repertoire from across the eras and genres, an Awards catalogue that features a Grammy, two Brits, and recognition from just about every musical society around the world and you can see what the Knavesmire crowd have to look forward to on the only evening of the season.


Speaking about his appearance, Sir Tom said; “I’ve always loved performing live and can’t wait to be part of what I understand is the very special atmosphere of a music showcase night at York Races”.

To book visit www.yorkracecourse.co.uk; admission to the main Grandstand and Paddock enclosure, starts at just £21 per person for a group of six.* Accompanied under 18s are admitted free of charge and as well as free car parking, there are no booking fees.

On the racecourse itself, The EBF Lyric Fillies Stakes will be the centerpiece of a six race card. Won last year by Tasaday, trained for Godolphin by Saeed bin Suroor, the Listed contest is likely to attract a high quality field.

It promises to be a fun filled 24 hours for racing and music fans as the following day the combination of top class racing and live music will continue. The racing action will include the Sky Bet York Stakes, a Group Two contest that attracts a field from the top stables for this middle distance race. The music act for the Saturday remains a closely guarded secret so keep checking the course’s website www.yorkracecourse.co.uk for further announcements.

James Brennan, Head of Marketing and Sponsorship said, “It is great news that Sir Tom, a proper legend, will be performing for us, it should be something special.”

James Brennan continued,” The support of Sky Bet has seen this Music Showcase Weekend blossom; with great music acts and star horses, I can’t wait for more of the same this July.”

The combined racing and music extravaganza officially goes on sale at 9am on Thursday 5 March and music and racing fans alike can take advantage of some attractive deals by visiting www.yorkracecourse.co.uk or calling 01904 620911.

ENDS

Editors’ Notes:
These are integrated events and admission is not available on a "concert only" basis; indeed the gates will be closed at the time of the last race.

* With the group of six discount applied, advance booked admission to Grandstand and Paddock is £21 per person, the same size group in County Stand is £34.50 per person . An individual can advance book at £35 for County Stand and £22 for Grandstand and Paddock. The Course Enclosure is only available for sale on the day at £10 however does not offer the opportunity of getting close to the stage itself, though it is in sight.

This is an outdoor concert. To get closest to the stage, visitors will need to have either a County Stand or Grandstand & Paddock admission. The position of the stage for 2015 is as 2014, at the southern end of Bustardthorpe Lawn on the main grandstand side. It is at about the one furlong mark, some 20 metres from the track facing parallel to the direction of running. The elevation of Knavesmire Stand steppings offers a view over the stage and the angle permits viewing of races and stage from the County Stand Lawn. We will make good use of the giant screens for both racing and concert viewing. Please note in order to get closest to the stage racegoers will need to book entry to County Stand or Grandstand & Paddock; thereafter there are no reserved positions. Please note the price of admission reflects the wider facilities provided for the duration of the raceday and does not reflect a reserved position nor preferential view of the stage.

For further information please contact:

James Brennan - York Racecourse, head of marketing and sponsorship
Email: james.brennan@yorkracecourse.co.uk
DL: 01904 683940
Mobile: 07812 961140