Newmarket: Plenty of ‘Good Vibrations’ on offer at Newmarket as Beach Boys thrill the crowds

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It was hot, it was sultry ... but there was plenty of “Good Vibrations” on offer at Newmarket’s July Racecourse, last night.

For the Beach Boys brought their summertime, surfin’, feelgood sounds to the wide expanses of the track which was bursting with avid listeners and fans.

It’s not until you get to hear some of their numbers that you realise how many hits they had.

The usual favourites were there, and yes, the crowds sung along to many of them including “Good Vibrations”, “Help Me Rhonda”, “California Girls”, “Sloop John B”,

“God Only Know”, “Barbara Ann” and their final encore number “Fun, Fun, Fun”.


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But their set list featured songs from their huge catalogue of numbers stretching back to the early 1960s in a pulsating 90-minutes that left their audience humming and singing many of their tunes as they made their way home.

“Catch A Wave”, “Surfin’ Safari”, “Wendy”, “When I Grow Up (To Be A Man)”, “Why Do Fools Fall In Love”, “Darlin’”, “Don’t Worry Baby”, “I Get Around” “Cotton Fields” “Then I Kissed Her”, “Rock And Roll Music”, “Do You Wanna Dance” and “Surfin’ USA” all got an airing along with many, many others.

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There was a colourful array of beach shirts and shorts in evidence from the racegoers and there were who had gone that extra mile and donned fancy dress for the night.

Original band members Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, alongside supporting musicians John Cowsill, Tim Bonhomme, Randell Kirsch, Scott Totten and Christian Love, made the most of their close harmonies much evident with the original Beach Boys.

And there were tribute songs to former member Brian Wilson, along with George Harrison, who was a close friend of the band.

Another great night at the racecourse which was attended by thousands of people with more music nights to follow including July 25, UB40; August 1, Tom Jones; August 8, Dizzee Rascal; August 15, Wet Wet Wet Wet; and August 23, Peter Andre.

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