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CULTURE
Star starry
You know summer has well and truly arrived when you see the stunning line-up at Newmarket Nights, the hugely popular racing and music festival run by The Jockey Club Live team of innovative promoters.
June saw the return of double platinum and BRIT award-winning artist, Paloma Faith, to Newmarket Racecourses as part of her huge UK summer tour. Crowds were not disappointed by her incredible vocals, fantastic outfits and spectacular production.
This month, The Script will be performing hits including The Man Who Can’t Be Moved, Hall of Fame, For The First Time and Superheroes, on 15 July. They will be followed by Queen Symphonic Live on 22 July, a show that brings together international stars from the musical We Will Rock You with a rock band and symphony orchestra.
Global superstar Anne-Marie, who has celebrated a platinum debut album and five Top 10 singles, headlines on 29 July, then the fun continues into August with The Wombats on 5 August. Finally, Pete Tong’s Ibiza Classics will take to the stage on 12 August, featuring favourite club tracks and the freshest hits reimagined, coupled with incredible visual effects.
Here, two of these huge artistes take time out to talk to Bury & West Suffolk Magazine...
Paloma Faith, tell us about your Age of Optimism tour
I love playing shows outside and after the last 18 months, anything outdoors seems appealing! I’m making the shows different from what I usually do, as I think it’s time to shake things up a bit.
You normally play vast indoor arenas. How do outdoor concerts vary?
They aren’t in the pitch black, like some venues; you can get a real feeling of connection with the crowd, like you can see each other’s eyes and really look at everyone who is there. I feel that we need that kind of thing more than ever now, which is also why I called it the
Age of Optimism tour. We’ve all been through some very harsh stuff, so I’m hoping that people will leave the show feeling full of life and in a positive frame of mind.
Tell us more about the appeal of Newmarket Nights
I’ve done them before and just had a really good time. The way that they are set up is really appealing, as they’re built for a certain kind of euphoria. You can see the sky and there are so many people out there, too. They’re a jolly-up for the whole family. I really like doing shows that are multi-generational, which isn’t always possible. I definitely feel that the best sort of art is the kind that can be enjoyed by a child alongside a cynical old wife. That’s what I’m aiming for, so the racecourses like Newmarket are the perfect venue for that. It’s a big family day out.
Did you bring your own family along to Newmarket Racecourses?
My kids come to my shows if they can. One is in school, so they can’t come as much, but the younger one is there more often. It’s a lot of fun, we travel around the country together
and make the most of our time together. Hopefully, lots of other families can be doing the same when they come to the racecourse shows, as well as the other outdoor events we are doing later this summer.
You come over as an artist who lives to perform. How hard was it not being able
to do so?
Performing live is the reason I’m in this job. So during lockdown, the feeling that we might never get out there again just wouldn’t go away. I’m touring now though and feel like I can breathe. The only time I ever feel the absence of anxiety is when I’m onstage, so it wasn’t easy getting used to not having that. It’s actually been a really profound kind of ”coming home” feeling. I’ve been really moved by it. There are probably a few factors involved, like having another baby, but it definitely feels like I’ve had a chance to reconnect with who I really am and you don’t get to do that very much when you are a new mum. I was maybe a bit over-emotional at times, if I’m honest, with me standing on stage thinking, “This is what I LOVE!”
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Paloma Faith and The Script’s
Danny O’Donoghue tell Stephanie Mackentyre about life, lockdown and playing to racecourse revellers at Newmarket Nights











































































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