80s icons Spandau Ballet find Gold in Doncaster

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Eighties musical icons Spandau Ballet brought a touch of pure Gold to Doncaster Racecourse as they rounded off the venue’s series of summer shows.

The sharp-suited New Romantic hitmakers delivered a feast of much-loved classics to more than 17,000 sun-soaked partygoers at Town Moor on Saturday night.

Lead singer Tony Hadley crooned his way through favourites such as Gold and True with band mates Steve Norman, John Keeble and brothers Martin and Gary Kemp helping to add to the colourful party atmosphere after racing.

However, the five piece may have been surprised with some of the good-natured crowd singing along with some alternative lyrics - Gold has become an anthem for Doncaster Rovers fans with supporters of Paul Dickov’s team changing the words to form a humourous and affectionate tribute to towering “indestructible” defender Rob Jones.

There were also favourites such as To Cut A Long Story Short, Musclebound, Chant No. 1 and many more from the band who were one of the biggest acts of the decade and became renowned across the globe for their sophisticated brand of pop and soul.

They were the latest and last in a line of Eighties stars to appear at Town Moor this summer, following in the footsteps of Sheffield icons The Human League, Nutty Boys and ska legends Madness and reggae stars UB40 who have all performed to huge crowds at the racecourse over the course of this summer.

DJs and television favourites Jo Whiley and Vernon Kay also appeared earlier this year before thousands of racegoers, playing a string of hits after racing had drawn to a close.

Kieran Gallagher, executive director of Doncaster Racecourse, said: “We were absolutely thrilled with the turn out for Spandau Ballet on Saturday where we welcomed crowds of over 17,500 to enjoy a great afternoon of racing followed by a superb live music performance from the new romantic favourites. The band put on a fantastic show which included crowd-pleasers like Gold and True, and judging by the reaction from fans, the five piece clearly have as much appeal today as they did at the height of their career in the 1980s.

“The crowd was the largest the racecourse has ever welcomed to an August raceday which is a great way to bring to a close a fantastic summer of live music events here at Doncaster Racecourse. Over 75,000 people in total turned out for our four Music Live events and DJ Live, highlighting how the racecourse continues to build a reputation as a music as well as sporting venue. We look forward to building on this success next year.”