Review: Jess Glynne at Newmarket Nights on Friday, August 12

Jess Glynne

Jess Glynne - Credit: Archant

There was no place I would rather have been tonight, writes Natalie Sadler.

As the horses retired for the day and the sun came down, Jess Glynne’s soulful pop hits flooded out across Newmarket Racecourse, entertaining racegoers, music fans and families enjoying a summer holiday treat.

Glynne shot to fame back in 2014 when she performed the vocals for Clean Bandits Rather Be, and she hasn’t looked back since.

Five solo number one singles, collaborations with Tiny Tempah and Route 94 plus a number one album and a role as a guest judge on X Factor - Glynne has secured her place in music history in a very short space of time.

Her signature raven locks were tamed in festival style braids and her outfit consisted of a white over sized blazer and side split, wide leg trousers, the glitter effect making her stand out from the crowd.


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Tonight, Glynne opened her set with a lesser known hit before No Place I’d Rather Be, an unusual way to go.

The mixed crowd reflected Glynne’s broad appeal - our eight-year-old can regularly be heard singing along to her catchy pop choruses and she was in her element seeing the star live but the audience tonight was much older than you might expect.

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Glynne has a laid back performance style, and whilst entertaining with her deep, soulful voice she didn’t overly connect with the audience. Her powerful vocal chords allow her to jump from one song to the next, without breaking for breath and a dialogue with the audience.

Following a fit of giggles, she called on her backing singers to help her on the opening lines of a cover of Amy Winehouse Tears Dry On Their Own. It may have taken her a while to get there, but it was worth the wait.

Each sumnmer a clutch of stars take to the stage for Newmarket Nights, which blends an afternoon of races with an evening of live music.

Little Mix are next up in the series of gigs.

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