Sounds of the Summer Festival Announced for Newton Abbot Racecourse

Newton Abbot Racecourse is fast becoming one of the South West’s leading music venues with the announcement of its next annual music festival, Sounds of the Summer, which will take place July 2017.

On Sunday 16th July, the racecourse will host UK reggae royalty, UB40, as they treat the crowd to some of the best known and loved hits of the 1980s including Red Red Wine, Rat in Mi Kitchen, One in Ten, Cherry Oh Baby, King and Food for Thought.

The band, which hails originally from Birmingham, has achieved major chart success with over 50 of their singles appearing in the UK charts alone.

They also have a loyal following overseas, conquering the USA in 1988 when Red Red Wine topped the US charts, followed by a further three singles achieving top ten status in the US Billboard.

They have been nominated at the Grammy Awards for Best Reggae Album four times, and in 1984 were nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Group. One of the world’s best-selling music artists, UB40 has sold over 70 million records.

Patrick Masterson, Managing Director at Newton Abbot Racecourse, said: “As one of the South West’s major leisure attractions we pride ourselves on bringing the best to the region, both for racing and music.

“We’ve already played host to Boyzone and some of the leading pop stars of the 80’s, so to put together a festival for summer 2017 was the obvious choice. With UB40 and some fantastic special guests soon to be announced, there will be something for everyone, whatever your taste. Sounds of the Summer will be a great opportunity to take time out with family and friends and chill to some great music in the summer sun.”

Duncan Campbell, lead singer of UB40, says: “The band has some great memories of both playing and holidaying in Devon and Cornwall so we’re really looking forward to coming back this summer and sharing our music with our fans, new and old. It’s going to be great fun!”

For more information and to buy tickets for this fantastic treat for music lovers, visit or call 01626 353235.

Standard tickets:

  • Early Bird: Until 31 March*: Adult £27.75 inclusive of booking fee and Child under 16 £12.75 inclusive of booking fee (ID) **
  • Full Ticket Price: From 1st April – 16 July: Adult £30.25 inclusive of booking fee and Child under 16 £12.75 inclusive of booking fee(ID)**
  • Gold Circle tickets: Offering some of the best views of the Sounds of the Summer Festival from the Gold Circle area in front of the stage. Just 200 Gold Circle tickets are now on sale, available only from the racecourse, priced at £52.75 inclusive of booking fee.

To buy your tickets, visit: or

Alternatively tickets can be purchased from the racecourse office or by calling 01626 353235.

*Early Bird tickets will be sold until the dates above unless they sell out before. ** All children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult and may be asked for ID. All tickets are inclusive of a £2.75 booking fee.

Please note, Gold Circle, disabled and wheelchair viewing ramp tickets are only available directly from the racecourse.

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