Issued by: York Racecourse
Issue date: 21 November 2019

The 80’s icon RICK ASTLEY has been confirmed as the first headliner for the Music Showcase Weekend at York Racecourse, taking to the stage after racing on Saturday 25th July.

His era-defining classic ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ topped charts the world over and catapulted the 80’s icon on a journey that would encompass 8 consecutive UK Top 10 hits and 40 million sales. After stepping aside to focus on his family, he shot back to #1 almost 30 years later with his Platinum-selling album ‘50’. Last month, he released his career-spanning compilation ‘The Best of Me’, which also included an independently recorded set of reimagined interpretations of his songs, old and new.

Last year saw Rick complete a gargantuan 38-date stadium tour as special guest to Take That, during which he played to over 500,000 people. Showing his mass appreciation across genres, he also graced the main stage of the legendary Reading Festival this summer, performing ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ with one of the worlds biggest rock bands, Foo Fighters.

Selling over 100,000 tickets to his own UK headline shows since releasing ‘50’, his forthcoming tour dates include gigs in Australia and Japan as well as his first ever show in New Zealand; before arriving at York Racecourse on 25th July.

James Brennan, Head of Marketing and Sponsorship said,

“Everyone at the course is really excited that a northern boy is set to play York, add in the spectacle of the racing itself and we hope it will prove a great value summer day out.”

The early announcement of the combined racing and music event means that those booking now can take advantage of the price freeze on general admission tickets*. To book visit yorkracecourse.co.uk; admission to the main Grandstand and Paddock enclosure, starts at just £25 per person for a group of six** and racegoers aged 5-17 enjoy a special rate of just £10 (subject to limited availability). As well as free car parking, there are no booking fees.

On the racecourse itself, the Group Two Sky Bet York Stakes will be the centerpiece of a seven race card that will precede the concert.

It promises to be a fun filled summer for racing and music fans as both Saturday 27th June and Friday evening 24th July will also see the combination of great racing and live music, details of the music acts for these dates will be announced once they are confirmed, so keep checking the course’s website yorkracecourse.co.uk .

The tickets for Rick Astley and racing officially go on sale at 8.30am on Friday 22nd November with music and racing fans alike being able to take advantage of some attractive deals by visiting www.yorkracecourse.co.uk or calling 01904 620911.

ENDS


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James Brennan
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james.brennan@yorkracecourse.co.uk

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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.

*Price Freeze applies only to County Stand and Grandstand and Paddock General Admission, booked before December 31st 2019. The Melrose Club Lounge and Premier Racing Lounge are already on sale at their 2020 rates.

** With the group of six discount applied, advance booked admission to Grandstand and Paddock is £25 per person, the same size group in County Stand is £38.50 per person. An individual can advance book at £39 for County Stand and £29 for Grandstand and Paddock. The Clocktower Enclosure is only available for sale on the day at £15 however does not offer the opportunity of getting close to the stage itself, though it is in sight.

*Racegoers aged 5-17 are admitted to Stands Side at a special rate of £10, subject to availability. To help them enjoy their day and to be fair to everyone, an adult will need to accompany racegoers aged under 16, with a limit of two under sixteens for each adult.

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 2020 is as recent years, 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.