James Arthur to play at Newmarket Races in May

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James Arthur, the winner of The X Factor in 2012, will be the star of the show at the opening music event this year at Newmarket Racecourses.

After the last horse race on Saturday, May 31, he will perform on ‘Summer Saturday Live’, the second day of racing on The July Course in 2014.

Tickets are now on sale at www.newmarketracecourses.co.uk and by telephone on 0844 579 3010 – and music and horse racing fans alike are being urged to book their places as soon as possible.

Amy Starkey, Regional Director East of Jockey Club Racecourses, said: “It’s fantastic to be announcing the first of our two ‘Summer Saturdays Live’ in 2014. James Arthur is performing to sell-out audiences across Europe and our spectators will love him when he brings his wonderful singing talent to The July Course. It will be an occasion not to be missed.”

James Arthur, who will be 26 in March, won the ninth series of The X Factor two years ago and his debut single ‘Impossible’ went straight to number one in the UK charts – the fastest-selling single of any winner of The X Factor. It has now sold 2.5 million copies.

His debut album ‘James Arthur’ was released last autumn, reached an impressive number two in the charts and the artist is performing many of the songs from it on his current European tour.

‘Summer Saturday Live’ on May 31 is in addition to the famous Adnams Newmarket Nights at Newmarket Racecourses. As well as the ‘Nights’ with James Blunt (27 June), Tom Jones (1 August) and Wet Wet Wet (15 August), there are four other concerts at The July Course on Friday evenings over the summer – on 20 June, 18 and 25 July, and 8 August. The four remaining acts will be announced in coming weeks. The second and concluding ‘Summer Saturday Live’ is on Saturday, August 23.

Ticketing details for ‘Summer Saturday Live’ with James Arthur date are as follows: £29 (Premier Enclosure), £21 (Grandstand & Paddock) and £15 (Family Enclosure). Tickets for children aged 5-17 are priced for the three enclosures at £16, £13 and £10 respectively. Children’s tickets are limited and must be purchased in conjunction with adult tickets. Once the reduced price child ticket allocation has been reached, adult prices apply. All under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. There are no reserved seats. Parking is free. Restaurant bookings: 01638 675300. Ticket purchases: online www.newmarketracecourses.co.uk; telephone 0844 579 3010.

Further information can be found online at www.newmarketracecourses.co.uk. Call 01638 675 307 or email newmarket.cbcentre@thejockeyclub.co.uk