Gorgeous George and a Bumper Crowd at Sandown (and Nile Rodgers still to come!)

Sandown Park Racecourse was bathed in sunshine as it drew a huge crowd for Wednesday’s evening meeting and a certain George Ezra playing afterwards.

This was one of the highlights of The Jockey Club Live’s series of events across its courses this summer.  The racing/music combination has had some well documented troubles in the past but this was a perfect example of how well this sort of evening can work.  Sandown was literally buzzing with a younger crowd who were up for some fun and watching some horseracing in the relaxed, open-air setting.

George is already a household name and an internationally known artist but his star is still ascending following the release of his second album ‘Staying at Tamara’s’ and of course his latest smash ‘Shotgun’ which got the loudest cheer of the night as darkness fell.

Photos by Rachel Groom. Click on images to enlarge and scroll through using side arrows. 

The crowd were dressed for the occasion, hot and fun!  Lots of High Street (Topshop, Zara and River Island) interspersed with a bit of retro.  Although packed to the rafters the atmosphere and vibe of the evening was fantastic.

We chatted with a number of young racegoers before George’s set, all were enjoying their evening and all would come again.   Some of the ladies we spoke to made it an annual get-together and had enjoyed Olly Murs at Sandown last year. Others were racing enthusiasts who were taking advantage of the evening racing to enjoy some music.

Fabulous Eclipse Magazine photographer Rachel Groom got some great photos of the horses in the sunset and the crowd waiting for George (see below plus search #EMSocial on Instgram).

Photos by Rachel Groom. Click on images to enlarge and scroll through using side arrows. 

The final concert at Sandown is Thursday 9th August when Nile Rodgers will be working his magic at the Surrey course. Nile is simply a legend, having enjoyed worldwide success in the ’70s with Chic and as an acclaimed producer, arranger and guitarist in his own right before achieving a spectacular reboot after working with Sam Smith and of course Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams on Get Lucky.

Nile Rogers’s body of work is too great to detail at length in this piece but he is behind some of the greatest music of the last three decades selling over 300 million albums and 50 million singles.

There will be something for everyone, from the older generation (like us!) bopping away to ‘LeFreak’ to the younger crowd who had so much fun with George last week.

The racing itself starts at 5.30pm on Thursday with the ‘Slug And Lettuce 2-4-1 Cocktails’ Amateur Riders’ Handicap and finishes at 8.15pm with the Devine Homes Handicap over one mile.

For tickets visit sandown.thejockeyclub.co.uk.

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