Review: Dizzee Rascal, Adnams Newmarket Nights, August 8

Dizzee Rascal

Dizzee Rascal - Credit: PA

You can’t fault Newmarket for their varied and eclectic summer programme.

The rain threatened to put a dampner on the event

The rain threatened to put a dampner on the event - Credit: Archant

Just a week ago, crooner Sir Tom Jones performed at The Adnams Newmarket Nights event and tonight it was the turn of grime MC Dizzee Rascal..

Tonight’s first race was at 5.40pm and we had the obligatory flutter – well it adds to the excitement, especially if you are six and it is your first trip to the races.

Both my husband and I have been to the races several times over the years, and had assumed it was not really a family day out.

But a few weeks ago we found our little one enthralled by Channel 4 racing, so we decided to take her along and let her experience the buzz and thrill in full effect.

Dizzee Rascal live on stage

Dizzee Rascal live on stage - Credit: Archant

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She was not disappointed. Sadly though, out bets were not successful and the weather seemed intent on keeping us away from the finishing line so instead we cowered for in the stands. Luckily there was a shelter overhead and cushions beneath us, making it more pleasant than it could have been.

At one point the rain was so heave we feared Dizzee Rascals performance may have been a washout but thankfully the black clouds cleared just as he came on stage and the whole atmosphere at Newmarket changed.

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Most famous for his hits Bonkers, Dirtee Cash and Holiday, Dizzee Rascal could have opened his set with any one of a number of songs.

He chose Calvin Harris’ Here 2 China, which would have been a perfect choice for a festival audience but he had a difficult time thawing the rain-drenched crowd out.

He rattled through his sizable repertoire, built up over the past 12 years, and then lead into one his earlier hits, Jus’ a Rascal, from his debut album Boy in da Corner.

This more widely known track seemed to work its magic.

The hip hop star may have been out of his comfort zone performing for race-goers but he didn’t show it, from the outset he was confident and at home, ignoring the threat of more rain.

Not disappointing the crowds, he did throw in both Dance wiv Me and Holiday, barely taking a breath between hits.

But sadly, with heavy black clouds hanging overhead, we decided now was the time to make a swift exit and retreat to the safety of the car.

It may have been a damp night, and we failed to back any winners, but there is always next time.

Newmarket Nights continues next Friday with Wet Wet Wet performing after the last race, and the following Saturday Peter Andre will be at the race course for the final summer concert.

Natalie Sadler

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