There’s just four-weeks until 80’s chart-toppers The Human League, headline Bath Racecourse’s open-air stage on Saturday 14 September in a unique music concert combining thrilling horseracing and fantastic live music.
Joining the likes of UB40, James Blunt and Tom Grennan, who’ve played at the Somerset venue in the last three years, The Human League will be performing their much-loved Pop hits, including the famous number 1, Don't You Want Me, live to a crowd of more than 6,000 people after the day's exciting seven races have taken place.
The Human League’s Susan Ann Sully said: “We’re peculiar… People think pop music is X Factor and S Club 7 and we’re still hankering after a Roxy-Bowie-Donna Summer-Chic version of pop...We shouldn’t have gone on as long as we have – we should have ‘gone rock’ by now, like Depeche Mode, Simple Minds and U2 did. But we’re still a pop group.”
Jo Hall, Bath Racecourse’s Executive Director, said, ‘We’re really looking forward to a great night of live music. Having such a successful group performing hits that people of all ages will love is really exciting. This will be a night out to remember for anyone with a fondness for 80s music.”
But what can people expect? Jo continues: “Gates open at midday and before the music there’ll be seven races for everyone to enjoy. A large portion of people that visit us on music nights are new to watching live horseracing. They might have watched the Grand National but watching live racing is a whole different experience. There’s such a great atmosphere; it’s a real buzz hearing the crowd cheering home their horses.
“After the racing has finished at 5.30pm, The Human League concert will start. We have an open-air stage so there’s a festival-vibe; everyone is up dancing and singing along. The band will play for around an hour and there’s plenty of bars and food outlets for people to stay refreshed.
“We’ve been staging live music after racing for more than 15 years. Despite being the second biggest spectator sport in the UK, horseracing has always been keen to attract new audiences. Staging live music is a great way of getting new people to experience the sport who have never been.”
Any top tips for people visiting who’ve never been? “Come early enough to enjoy the racing first and book your tickets in advance as you save a bit more money!”
Tickets cost £35 in advance for general entry to watch the racing and Human League concert. Due to demand, a new all-inclusive trackside hospitality package is now also available and includes full afternoon tea, an all-inclusive bar and evening hog roast costing £129.00.