Review: McBusted bring a burst of pop to Newmarket Nights

McBusted on stage at Newmarket Nights. Photo: Jockey Club Live

McBusted on stage at Newmarket Nights. Photo: Jockey Club Live - Credit: The Jockey Club

They may all be approaching or already into their 30s, but the McBusted lads remain a big draw to pop fans of all ages, as proved by the huge sell-out crowd at Newmarket Nights on Saturday.

McBusted on stage at Newmarket Nights. Tom Fletcher in action. Photo: Jockey Club Live

McBusted on stage at Newmarket Nights. Tom Fletcher in action. Photo: Jockey Club Live - Credit: The Jockey Club

Around 20,000 people enjoyed a string of exciting races at the July Course before the combined talents of McFly and (two-thirds of) Busted took to the stage to bash out a set of three-minute chart hits that had everyone on their feet.

With a collective back catalogue of McFly’s 19 top 10 hits along with eight more from Busted, there was plenty from which to choose.

Taking to the stage via a quick game of leapfrog, Harry Judd was sat back on drums – although never left out of the banter – and the remaining band members eventually lined up to share the front of the stage, each contributing a fair share of vocal duties and larking about.

Five mic stands, five excitable lads all gurning, hopping and generally messing about, and just having fun together.

McBusted on stage at Newmarket Nights. Photo: Jockey Club Live

McBusted on stage at Newmarket Nights. Photo: Jockey Club Live - Credit: The Jockey Club

Opening with McBusted original Air Guitar, they quickly moved through McFly’s One for the Radio and Busted’s Thunderbirds Are Go, both of which had the young crowd bouncing along.

The “one for you, one for you” nature of the set was enough to keep people guessing which hit would be on the way next.

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You Said No, Air Hostess and Crashed the Wedding all got an airing from the Busted archive while McFly number one hits All About You, Obviously and Star Girl all featured in the 70-minute show.

With former Old Buckenham Hall schoolboy (and Strictly Come Dancing winner) Harry making something of a return to home turf, he was encouraged by his bandmates to wave to his fellow “posh people” enjoying the proceedings from across the track.

The warmth between the band and the crowd was clear, there’s more than a decade of goodwill built up between both bands and their respective fans – and most seemed more than happy to enjoy their new incarnation.

Opening the encore with McFly’s 5 Colours in Her Hair and then ending the night with Busted’s Year 3000, it was enough to keep even the most ambivalent race-goer thoroughly entertained, no mater how much they’d won – or lost – during the late summer day.

Elliot Furniss

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