One of the UK’s hottest chart stars is teaming up with The Jockey Club Live to headline a weekend of super racecourse performances.
Jess Glynne will take to the stage at Newmarket Racecourse on Friday 12th August and Market Rasen Racecourse on Saturday 13th August.
The Take Me Home singer first popped onto the radio waves as the vocalist on Clean Bandit’s Grammy Award winning and number one hit Rather Be, but pop sensation Jess Glynne has since become one of the biggest UK breakthrough acts of recent years.
Jess said: “It’s going to be great fun playing after the races. I love outdoor shows and can’t wait to share some summer evenings with my fans!”
The star is donating a percentage of her fee to equine charity Retraining of Racehorses which is being matched by the Jockey Club Live.
Jess said: “Firstly I love horses and have loved riding from a young age.
“When I was first approached about playing these dates at racecourses it made me think about what happens to the horses that get injured or just too old to race anymore so I did some research and found out about the charity and the work it does.
“When I agreed to the dates I said I’d do them if I could donate some of my fee to the charity, and the Jockey Club kindly agreed to match my donation, which is great.”
The set-up will be slightly different for Jess with the weekend of performances following on from full racing days.
Jess said: “I’ve never had horses as an opening act before. I’m looking forward to it.”
Her number one charting debut album I Cry When I Laugh has now turned double platinum in the UK making it the highest selling debut album of the past year.
She also became the second British female solo artist after Cheryl to have five number one singles in the UK.
With no signs of slowing down, 2016 is fast becoming a further massive year for Jess.
“It’s all been a bit of a whirlwind and I didn’t expect any of it, I just hoped and prayed for people to enjoy the music I was making,” said Jess.
“Being able to take my music around the world, through Europe, down to Australia and across to America has been insane and a real a dream come true.”
With last month’s Sandown Park show a success, Jess is looking forward to getting back to the grandstands for her next two summer racecourse performances this weekend.
“I loved horse riding when I was growing up and used to go all the time.
“I have been to Ascot a couple of times, which was a laugh with my friends, but race wise that’s about it for me.”
As a successful collaborator and chart artist, Jess has plans for album number two in mind.
“I’m always writing – I keep all these ideas on my phone and I’ve started writing a bit but it’s early days yet,” she added.
“When I’m not touring this summer and afterwards I will be back in the studio.”
Jess is joining a season of live racecourse concerts which have welcomed Busted, Bryan Adams and The Corrs.
Amy Starkey, Regional Director East of Jockey Club Racecourses, said: “It will be amazing to welcome Jess Glynne to Newmarket Racecourses for the first time and add yet another star to our list of top quality acts who have performed here.
“This will just add further to all the celebrations around 350 years of making history in Newmarket and we are looking forward to Friday 12th August very much.”
With the weekend weather looking warm, concert-goers can look forward to picturesque evenings of sun-setting music at both Newmarket and Market Rasen racecourses.
Nadia Gollings, Market Rasen Racecourse general manager, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be able to announce the booking of one of Britain’s most popular current music stars in Jess Glynne.
“I am sure that she will be hugely popular with all our visitors from Lincolnshire and well beyond who will come out on Saturday 13th August for what promises to be a sensational night’s entertainment.”