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Iceni Magazine | March 1, 2021

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Spice Girl Mel C set to wow crowds at the Great Yarmouth Racecourse Ladies Night

Spice Girl Mel C set to wow crowds at the Great Yarmouth Racecourse Ladies Night

2018’s Ladies Night at the Great Yarmouth Racecourse will play host to ‘Sporty’ Spice Girl member, Mel C, who prepares to DJ the after-racing music event at the seaside course.

The annual Ladies Night is scheduled for Wednesday 18th July and is one of the most popular meetings of the 23 events hosted at Yarmouth each season. Although Mel C will not be singing herself, she has agreed to DJ the event and select tracks that best reflect “girl power” for the ladies-only audience.

Proud Liverpudlian, Melanie Chisholm shot to stardom in the mid-1990s as part of the Spice Girls, who sold more than 85 million records worldwide and became one of the biggest brands in the music industry since The Beatles. As the girls went their separate ways in 1998, Chisholm pursued her solo career and has since sold 20 million of her own albums and is presently working on an eighth studio album. Aside from her solo music career, Chisholm has also appeared in musical productions, namely Jesus Christ Superstar and Blood Brothers. Reports of a Spice Girls reunion indicate that Chisholm will be incredibly busy in the coming months.

Last year, Great Yarmouth Racecourse’s Ladies Night was headlined by Radio 2 DJ, Sara Cox, who did her best to relive the best of the 1980s with her all-action set. Great Yarmouth’s relationship with horse racing dates all the way back to the 18th century, with its first racecourse built to enable soldiers in the town’s barracks to race. The circuit you see today was built in 1921 and is now one of the most popular flat racing courses in East Anglia. The racecourse’s owners, Northern Racing Group, have invested lots of money in improving the viewing facilities, with the recently built Lord Nelson Grandstand and the Premier Enclosure offering outstanding views of the finishing post.


March4Women – Melanie Chisholm by garryknight / Public Domain


Elsewhere in the eastern region, Newmarket’s after-racing entertainment also ranks up there with some of the best in the country. The ‘Newmarket Nights’ events offer fun-filled summer evening racing, followed by live gigs from some of the biggest names in the music business. This year sees Paloma Faith, Craig David, The Vamps and many more headline the unique Newmarket Racecourse stage.

Aside from Yarmouth and Newmarket, Aintree will also play host to a string of live acts and performances as part of Merseyside’s Grand National Festival in April. Although betting at the Grand National is the main feature of the three-day festival, Liverpudlian rock band The Lightning Seeds and pop star Sophie Ellis-Bextor will be performing on the Thursday and Friday, leading up to the headline event on 8th April. Tickets for all Grandstand areas and the Festival Zone have already sold out for Grand National day, with only steeplechase tickets still available.

The Grand National, which is run over four miles and 514 yards, sees horses jump 30 fences along two laps of the Aintree Racecourse and is the most prestigious jump race in Europe. Last year, 14-1 shot One for Arthur stormed to a four-and-a-half-length victory, with Derek Fox on the saddle. Last year’s meeting passed by without a single fatality, with only three horses falling during the Grand National, all of which were fortunately able to continue once climbing back up.


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