Craig David at Newmarket

The Jockey Club Live and Newmarket Racecourses are excited to announce the first artist for the 2018 Newmarket Nights season, Grammy and BRIT award nominated and multi platinum-selling artist Craig David.

Having sold over 15 million albums, achieving 16 Top Ten hits and multi-platinum status in more than 20 countries, taking over festival stages around the world, selling out headline tours in seconds to securing a residency at the iconic Ibiza Rocks Hotel… it’s official, Craig David is back and in a big way! Initially rising to success with hit singles including ‘7 Days’, ‘Fill Me In’ and ‘Walking Away’, sixteen years later Craig was catapulted back into the charts and in to the nation’s hearts with Big Narstie on the gold certified single ‘When The Bassline Drops’, marking the beginning of his triumphant return. He has since released the number 1 album ‘Following My Intuition’, and will be followed by new album ‘The Time Is Now’, out January 2018 via Sony Records. The first track from his new album, ‘I Know You’, features alt-pop giants Bastille. Going from success to success, Craig also recently won his sixth MOBO Award of his career for Best R&B/Soul Act.

The announcement of Craig David follows The Vamps having been announced for the family-friendly Summer Saturday Live, headlining on 25th August 2018.

Amy Starkey, Regional Director East of Jockey Club Racecourses, said

‘We are delighted to confirm Craig David’s first headline show at Newmarket Nights on 20th July. His live shows are renowned, having sold out arenas across the country I have no doubt we are instore for an incredible performance full of hits.’

The Jockey Club Live are leading promoters on the UK live scene, delivering spectacular line-ups of some of the hottest chart talent and legendary household names to some of the world’s most famous racecourses. Summer Saturday Live and Newmarket Nights are a staple in the regions social calendar and last year hosted tens of thousands fans of live music, with performances from artists including Olly Murs, Jess Glynne, Culture Club and The Jacksons.

The events are renowned for combining a fun filled evening at the races with a spectacular evening concert in the informal and relaxed open-air setting of the hallowed turf.

Tickets will be on sale at 8am on Friday 15th December via, with a presale available to customers at 8am on Wednesday 13th December. Tickets are priced starting at £29. All T&C’s are available on There will be hospitality packages available to suit all budgets.

In addition to Newmarket, The Jockey Club Live will be hosting live concerts across Sandown Park, Market Rasen, Aintree, Haydock Park and Carlisle racecourses next summer.