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Jul 05, 2017

It’s the Final Countdown to Sounds of the Summer Concert at Newton Abbot Racecourse

Fans of live music in the South West have only days to wait for the concert of the summer – a jam-packed evening filled with hit-after-hit of live music, headlined by UK reggae royalty, UB40, plus some very special guests.

On Sunday 16 July, Newton Abbot Racecourse will host Sounds of the Summer, its third annual music extravaganza. Tickets are still available for the concert which features reggae legends UB40 and their very special guests, renowned 90’s girl group All Saints, along with chart toppers Fine Young Cannibals and 80’s pop duo China Crisis.

Sounds of the Summer Performance Times

With just days to go before the show, the running order for the day has now been announced. Opening the show at 5pm will be China Crisis, followed by an hour-long set from FYC at 6pm. At 7:30pm, All Saints will take to the stage and entertain the crowd with hit after hit for a whole hour before making way for headliners UB40 who will play from 9pm until the show closes at 10:30pm.

Headlining the show, UB40 promise their fans an unforgettable evening featuring some of their best known and loved hits of the 1980s including Red Red Wine, Rat in Mi Kitchen, One in Ten, Cherry Oh Baby, King and Food for Thought, plus some of their new material.

Joining UB40 as very special guests are All Saints who shot to fame in the 1990s and notched up an impressive 12 million record sales, five number one singles, two multi-platinum albums and two Brit awards with hits like Never Ever, Pure Shores and Rocksteady.

Also performing live at the racecourse will be Fine Young Cannibals whose hits include She Drives Me Crazy and Good Thing. FYC were one of the biggest bands of the 1980s and scored a number one album both at home and in America with their 1988 release The Raw And The Cooked. In 1990 the band won two Brit Awards for Best British Group and Best British Album.

Completing the lineup and opening the show will be New Wave English pop/rock band China Crisis, whose chart success throughout the 1980s included five Top 40 singles and three Top 40 albums including Wishful Thinking and Red Sails.

With the finishing touches being made to the racecourse ahead of the show, organisers are promising an unforgettable evening of live music. Patrick Masterson, Managing Director at Newton Abbot Racecourse, said: “My team and I are really looking forward to this year’s concert: the bands are all up for delivering an amazing night of nostalgia and new songs, with plenty of hits to sing along with – the atmosphere will be electric!

Tickets for Sounds of the Summer are on sale now priced at £30.25 for adults and £12.75 for under 16s (ID required and must be accompanied by an adult). Tickets can be purchased directly from the racecourse or can be purchased on the gates on the day. Gates for the show will open at 4pm.

Tickets & FAQs

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Tickets are available online until 5pm on Sunday 9 July at our online ticket store. After this time, tickets can be booked by calling the racecourse office on 01626 353235 until 12 noon on Friday 14 July. After this time, tickets will be available on the gate on the day of the concert.