Almost 60,000 attend York races showcase weekend

Wet Wet Wet

Crowds enjoying the sunshine at York racecourse

Wet Wet Wet lead singer Marti Pellow

Marti Pellow, lead singer, of Wet Wet Wet

Crowds at York Racecourse

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BUMPER crowds totalling about 58,000 people attended York Racecourse’s Music Showcase Weekend - far more than organisers expected.

A concert by music legends The Beach Boys helped attract a crowd of about 18,000 to Friday evening’s race meeting, with an attendance of about 40,000 for Saturday’s meeting, which was followed by a concert by Wet Wet Wet.

“It was fun, fun, fun,” said racecourse spokesman James Brennan. “There was a very pleasant atmosphere and spectacular sunsets over the Knavesmire both evenings, and the rain arrived on Saturday night long after the concert was over.”

He said The Beach Boys played all their classic hits, such as Good Vibrations, California Girls and God Only Knows, and then, in an added bonus for people who remembered the 60s, Roy Wood, from the Move and Wizzard, unexpectedly appeared on stage to sing the old Move hit Blackberry Way with the band.

Wet Wet Wet also played their classic hit Love is All Around, albeit not until their finale. He said a new sound system was used for the concerts, of a much higher quality than at similar Music Showcase concerts held in previous years.

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10:55am Mon 28 Jul 14

chunks says...

Don't most companies have to pay for their adverts? We seem to get the same advertorial after each race meeting.
Don't most companies have to pay for their adverts? We seem to get the same advertorial after each race meeting. chunks
  • Score: 9

11:21am Mon 28 Jul 14

MrsHoney says...

I didn't attend but I certainly heard it!! I was just about to go to bed on Friday when this racket started up. I thought it was some kids practicing in a garage in my street it was that loud (and I live several miles away from the racecourse). I wasn't impressed with that volume at that time of night, it wasn't till the next day somebody told me the Beach Boys had been playing. God Knows how loud it must have been if you were there, there's no need for it. BAH!!
I didn't attend but I certainly heard it!! I was just about to go to bed on Friday when this racket started up. I thought it was some kids practicing in a garage in my street it was that loud (and I live several miles away from the racecourse). I wasn't impressed with that volume at that time of night, it wasn't till the next day somebody told me the Beach Boys had been playing. God Knows how loud it must have been if you were there, there's no need for it. BAH!! MrsHoney
  • Score: -19

11:25am Mon 28 Jul 14

boroboy66 says...

Thank you for coming to the races,and straight home now await for the police escort to take all your mini buses and coaches back to motorway,bye see you nxt meeting.
Thank you for coming to the races,and straight home now await for the police escort to take all your mini buses and coaches back to motorway,bye see you nxt meeting. boroboy66
  • Score: 4

11:43am Mon 28 Jul 14

Bad magic says...

Compare and contrast this piece of fluff with the comments and the article on the number of idiots who got drunk and fighty at this "showcase" race meeting.
The races, along with the hen and stag parties, are a blight on this city.
Compare and contrast this piece of fluff with the comments and the article on the number of idiots who got drunk and fighty at this "showcase" race meeting. The races, along with the hen and stag parties, are a blight on this city. Bad magic
  • Score: 15

5:54pm Mon 28 Jul 14

BigJon says...

A successful race meeting and music event........followe
d by crowds of drunks causing chaos in the town centre as usual......funny how there's no mention of that in this article
A successful race meeting and music event........followe d by crowds of drunks causing chaos in the town centre as usual......funny how there's no mention of that in this article BigJon
  • Score: 4

7:38pm Mon 28 Jul 14

cd749 says...

The beach Boys was an excellent concert, however the Song Roy Wood played was not 'Blackberry Way' But 'Fire Brigade' !
The beach Boys was an excellent concert, however the Song Roy Wood played was not 'Blackberry Way' But 'Fire Brigade' ! cd749
  • Score: 1

7:55pm Mon 28 Jul 14

piaggio1 says...

Correct.....it wer fire brigade.....press is gettin worse everyday......
Correct.....it wer fire brigade.....press is gettin worse everyday...... piaggio1
  • Score: 0

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