TV star Vernon Kay joins Simply Red, Level 42 and Will Young in Doncaster Racecourse summer live music line-up

Vernon Kay
Vernon Kay

Television host and DJ Vernon Kay has become the latest star name to announce a summer date at Doncaster Racecourse.

The well-known presenter will return to Doncaste to get crowds in a spin when he gets behind the decks in July.

Back for the second year running, he will perform a live DJ set for crowds at Town Moor following the Unison Raceday on Saturday, July 30 as part of the venue’s Music Live summer series of events.

Simply Red, Level 42 and Will Young have already announced dates at the track this summer.

Vernon will perform a 90-minute set to wow crowds on the Hallam FM Champagne Lawn after racing.

Vernon was first a model before becoming the regular host on Channel 4’s T4. He also presented Top of the Pops Plus and joined Radio 1 in 2006 where he presented his own show until 2012. He has hosted a variety of shows for both BBC1 and ITV1 including ‘Just the Two of Us’ working alongside his wife, Tess Daly, and ‘Gameshow Marathon’. He signed an exclusive contract with ITV in 2007 to host a number of shows including ‘Beat the Star’, ‘The Whole 19 Yards’, ‘Let’s Get Gold’ and ‘All Star Family Fortunes’.

More recently, he hosted Channel 4’s coverage of the NFL games and the 10th series of ‘Family Fortunes’. He is the host of a brand new game show called ‘1000 Heartbearts’ for ITV1 Daytime and has joined the new team of broadcasters for Radio X which launched in September 2015, alongside Chris Moyles and Johnny Vaughan.

Vernon regularly DJ’s around the world and continues to play for his American Football team ‘The London Warriors’. DJ’ing and American Football are his two passions.

He said: “I DJ’d at Doncaster Racecourse in 2015 and had such a great time. The course is brilliant and the crowd were so up for it! I never realised a day at the races could be so much fun. I am so looking forward to playing at the racecourse in the summer of 2016. Perhaps in 2017 I will take it one step further and be the tallest jockey in history!”

Kieran Gallagher, executive director at Doncaster Racecourse, said: “We’re really looking forward to welcoming Vernon Kay back to our second DJ Live event as he’s such a popular personality from the world of music and TV. We’re really proud to have developed a reputation for bringing top-class music bands to South Yorkshire, as well as a wide range of racing entertainment.

“The DJ Live event is set to offer something completely different to entertain crowds on a summer’s evening long after racing has finished.”

Tickets are now on sale and range from £21-£41 per person (£21 for the Grandstand, £31 County Enclosure and £41 Premier Enclosure).