Bigger shows lined up for Newbury after Rod Stewart gig
June 03, 2011
Newbury has been one of the best racecourses in the country for several years – and it could also become a top venue for music.
A crowd of 15,000 attended superstar Rod Stewart’s concert there last Sunday and the track’s joint-managing director Stephen Higgins believes the course could hold double that amount.
Higgins said: “We are delighted with the success of the event.
“We hope to build on this year on year with the aim of developing the racecourse to become a destination 365 days of the year for the Newbury and Southern region, as well as the horseracing community and beyond.
“It’s the beginning of an exciting initiative as Newbury Racecourse as a venue could host similar events of up to 30,000 in seats and standing combined.”
Father-of-eight Stewart (pictured last Sunday) delighted his fans by singing most of his world-wide hits during a dazzling two-hour set, including Maggie May, I Don’t Want To Talk About It, Do Ya Think I’m Sexy? and, finally, I Am Sailing.
Among those enjoying the amazing atmosphere were BBC Sports Personality of the Year and 16-times champion jump jockey AP McCoy, 2011 Badminton Horse Trials winner Mark Todd and sport presenter Jonny Saunders from Radio 2’s Chris Evans show.