Madness concert at Chelmsford City Racecourse in June

Chelmsford City Racecourse.

Chelmsford City Racecourse.

By Simon Jackson.

Chelmsford City Racecourse has announced that they will host their first concert after racing this summer when Madness take to the stage at the Essex track on June 3.

Chelmsford hosted their first fully-public race meeting on February 1 after the successful completion of three trial fixtures at the all-weather course in January.

The racecourse has been allocated a total of 58 race meetings as part of the 2015 fixture list and chairman Joe Scanlon anticipates that the concert will be the first of many at the racecourse.

“This is fantastic news for Chelmsford City,” Scanlon said. “It’s the first of many music nights we hope to stage at the UK’s newest racecourse and we can’t wait to welcome Madness and their legions of fans to Essex.

“We’ve already seen a huge interest in the event so we urge all racing and Madness fans to book their ticket as soon as possible.”

The gig will be the third leg of the Grandslam Madness Summer Tour which takes the Camden band up and down the country between May and September when they will be performing all their biggest hits.

Chelmsford City races on the site of the former Great Leighs track which was the first new racecourse in the UK for over 80 years when it opened in 2008 and went into administration in 2009 after just 44 meetings.

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