And they’re off! The St Leger Festival is up and running as the Doncaster Live music festival gets under way.
But there is a change to the normal diet of indie-pop bands at the top of the billing at Doncaster Market Place tonight.
The headliner for tonight’s opening day of the free festival is big-name DJ Graeme Park.
The DJ was one of the legends of the 1980s and ’90s rave culture and was well known for working at the famous Hacienda Club in Manchester.
Also on stage tonight will be ’90s star Kelly Llorenna, who made her name as part of the dance act N-Trance, providing vocals to ‘Set You Free’ which reached number two in the UK singles chart in January 1995.
She went on to have top 10 hits in 2002 with Tell it to My Heart and Heart of Gold.
Organiser Heather Brown said: “We wanted to keep things fresh and thought we’d try a different kind of line-up and introduce some different music.”
Tonight’s bill also includes the up-and-coming Doncaster band Bang Bang Romeo, a former Radio One band of the week.
The festival continues tomorrow, with local bands taking to the big stage next to the Corn Exchange.
Both days are being opened by bands who won a competition on Sine FM, with Mistakay opening tonight and Sick Note Tez.
Doncaster band Kaziah and the Kings are delighted to be involved tonight. The group said: “We’re thrilled to be playing the main stage.”
There will also be live acts performing during the week of the festival, which culminates with the St Leger on Saturday, September 13, the last of four days of racing at Town Moor.
There will be music at other venues around the borough including The Dome, Cask Corner, The Woolpack, The Mason’s Arms, and The Diamond Live Lounge.
Other activities tied in with the festival include a beer festival at The Little Plough pub next to the Frenchgate Centre.
Tomorrow and Sunday there will be re-enactors at Doncaster Minster and the town centre for The Romans are Coming - a replica Roman camp in the town, with marches and drill displays being carried out.
Check the times to plan an of evening entertainment
The full timetable for the main stage at Doncaster Live, tonight and tomorrow night, is as follows (all times approximate):
Bang Bang Romeo 7.55pm
Kelly Llorenna 8.40pm
Graeme Park 9.15pm
Sick Note Tez 6pm
Ginger Toms 6.35pm
Perfect Crimes 7.50pm
Sam Scherdel 8.25pm
Kiziah and the Kings 9.40pm
Skarlett Riot 10.20pm
* The main stage is set up at Doncaster Market Place.