Tom Jones and Wet Wet Wet are first acts announced for Adnams Newmarket Nights 2014

Tom Jones is performing at Adnams Newmarket Nights 2014.
Tom Jones is performing at Adnams Newmarket Nights 2014.
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Tom Jones and Wet Wet Wet are the first acts to be announced for the 28th season of Adnams Newmarket Nights which attract 100,000 visitors to the Home of Racing every year.

Tom Jones returns by popular demand to The July Course this summer as he performs at Newmarket Nights for the third time in four years.

Wet Wet Wet are performing at Adnams Newmarket Nights 2014.

Wet Wet Wet are performing at Adnams Newmarket Nights 2014.

Almost 22,000 fans were at The July Course for each of Tom Jones’ last two concerts, in 2011 and 2012. Tickets will be massively in demand again, so advance purchase is strongly advised for his performance on Friday 1 August.

A fortnight later, on Friday 15 August, Wet Wet Wet – who recently completed a hugely successful 12-date ‘Greatest Hits’ tour and packed out The July Course when they last performed in Newmarket in 2007 - will bring down the curtain on the seven-night concert series for which tickets have just gone on sale.

Amy Starkey, Regional Director East of Jockey Club Racecourses, said: “Adnams Newmarket Nights are an institution in East Anglia and beyond and we are thrilled to announce Tom Jones and Wet Wet Wet as the first acts to be confirmed for our 28th season of concerts.

“Newmarket Nights and Tom Jones go together wonderfully well. Tom is regularly our most popular artist and his legions of followers will be thrilled that he is returning to The July Course on Friday 1 August. We’re expecting a rush for tickets for one of the ‘must be there’ music events of the whole of 2014.

“We have seven fantastic Friday evenings of horse racing and music to look forward to between 20 June and 15 August, with Wet Wet Wet performing on the final date. This is, of course, football World Cup year and I’m delighted to say that the only matches in the whole tournament which clash with Adnams Newmarket Nights are just Honduras v Ecuador and Switzerland v France on the opening night! So we will complement all the televised action from Brazil this summer with horse racing and wonderful music nights on The July Course.”

The career of Tom Jones has gone from strength to strength, with his popularity as a live performer and recording artist sustained for half a century. He returned to Britain’s TV screens this month as a coach in BBC1’s ‘The Voice’ Saturday night talent show.

In the open-air setting of one of the most picturesque racecourses in the world, and after racing has finished for the evening on 1 August, the international superstar who has sold more than 100 million records worldwide will perform a dynamic show with classic hits and special selections.

Wet Wet Wet have been entertaining fans with their music for a quarter of a century and continue to do so. Selling in excess of 15 million singles and albums to date, they remain as one of the UK’s most loved and bestselling artists ever. One of three single chart toppers for the quartet of Marti Pellow, Tommy Cunningham, Graeme Clark and Neil Mitchell, was a cover of The Troggs 1960s hit ‘Love Is All Around’ (included on the soundtrack to the film ‘Four Weddings And A Funeral’), which was a huge international success and spent 15 weeks as number one in Britain.

The band has produced some of the most famous and timeless songs of their generation, including ‘Wishing I Was Lucky’, ‘Sweet Little Mystery’ and ‘Goodnight Girl’. Late last year they released ‘Step By Step – The Greatest Hits’, described as a “celebration of the band’s most popular songs”. The album features three new tracks as well as songs from Wet Wet Wet’s back catalogue and have recently completed a hugely successful twelve-date ‘Greatest Hits’ tour.”

The bands and artists for the remaining summer dates on The July Course, which begin on Friday 20 June, will be revealed in coming weeks.

Tickets for the Tom Jones and Wet Wet Wet concerts are on sale at Newmarket Racecourses, online www.newmarketracecourses.co.uk or by telephone on 0844 579 3010: £40 (Tom Jones) £35 (Wet Wet Wet) Premier Enclosure; £35 (Tom Jones) £30 (Wet Wet Wet) Grandstand & Paddock; and £25 (Tom Jones) £23 (Wet Wet Wet) Family Enclosure. Tickets for children aged 5-17 are priced for the three enclosures at £18, £17 and £12 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.

Adnams Newmarket Nights (all Fridays): 20 June; 27 June; 18 July; 25 July; 1 August (Tom Jones); 8 August; 15 August (Wet Wet Wet).

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