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Andrew Golding

Richard, Carl and Victoria and team have been paramount in our operations since we met almost a year ago, immediately we recognised that their expertise extended beyond just music and entertainments. The Ghostwriter team have been intrinsic in the development of our business operations including strategizing for the unthinkable. If you need any advice or guidance on planning, finance, operations, marketing, light and sound or if you have a question about any aspect of the music and entertainment industry I could not recommend anyone better than the Ghostwriter team. 

Ghostwriter announces new ARC partnership

“Everyone at Ghostwriter is delighted to have secured an exclusive long-term partnership with Arena Racing Company to program and deliver their ‘Live After Racing’ events” said Carl Bathgate, Director of Ghostwriter Consultancy & Events.

Bathgate explained further, “We are very much looking forward to working closely with Mark and his team to develop the Live After Racing brand and further diversify the events program across their estate. From Summer 2020 onwards ARC’s 10-20,000 + capacity sites will be made available to promoters as production inclusive venues offering a viable low risk option for hosting large scale outdoor events in these challenging times”.

Managing Director of ARC’s Racing Division, Mark Spincer, said, “We are delighted to have signed this agreement with Ghostwriter, which will see us working together throughout the coming years. Carl, Richard and the team have done a fantastic job with us in the planning and delivery of a wide number of events and live music concerts across our venues and have been a huge help to us during what has been a difficult period for racecourses and the wider live events industries.

“We look forward to continuing this relationship with Ghostwriter into the future as we work on plans to allow customers and spectators back to events at our venues in a safe and secure manner.”

ABOUT ARENA RACING COMPANY

Arena Racing Company (“ARC”) is the largest racecourse operator in the UK. In 2019 ARC Group racecourses hosted 570 fixtures with 1.2 million people attending racing at one of ARC’s racecourses each year.

ARC is made up of the following sixteen racecourses: Bath, Brighton, Chepstow, Doncaster, Ffos Las, Fontwell Park, Great Yarmouth, Hereford, Lingfield Park, Newcastle, Royal Windsor, Sedgefield, Southwell, Uttoxeter, Wolverhampton and Worcester. ARC operate hotels at Wolverhampton, Lingfield Park and Doncaster Racecourses, the latter of which opened in summer 2018.

Website: www.arenaracingcompany.co.uk
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/arena-leisure-plc/
Twitter: www.twitter.com/arenaracingco

ABOUT LIVE AFTER RACING

Live After Racing fuses touring artists with a full race program to produce an odds-on favourite for a great day out.

2021 will see the following, amongst others, to be confirmed as next year’s runaway winners:

• Shed Seven – Doncaster Racecourse – 15/05/2021
• Rick Astley – Uttoxeter Racecourse – 15/05/2021
• Kaiser Chiefs – Ffos Las Racecourse – 29/05/2021
• Kaiser Chiefs – Bath Racecourse – 04/06/2021
• Tom Walker – Lingfield Park Resort – 05/06/2021
• UB40 – Worcester Racecourse – 12/06/2021
• Pete Tong – Newcastle Racecourse – 26/06/2021
• Kaiser Chiefs – Doncaster Racecourse – 26/06/2021
• UB40 – Lingfield Park Resort – 26/06/2021
• Jess Glynne – Newcastle Racecourse – 24/07/2021
• Jess Glynne – Lingfield Park Resort – 07/08/2021
• Jess Glynne – Doncaster Racecourse – 14/08/2021
• Jess Glynne – Royal Windsor Racecourse – 28/08/2021
• Rick Astley – Lingfield Park Resort –  11/09/2021

For more information on Live After Racing, click here.

Mark Spincer

“Carl, Richard and the team have done a fantastic job with us in the planning and delivery of a wide number of events and live music concerts across our venues and have been a huge help to us during what has been a difficult period for racecourses and the wider live events industries. We look forward to continuing this relationship with Ghostwriter into the future as we work on plans to allow customers and spectators back to events at our venues in a safe and secure manner.”

Tom Walker reschedules to Lingfield Park Resort in 2021

Due to the global pandemic of Covid-19 the Tom Walker Live After Racing performance at Lingfield Park Resort scheduled to be held on Saturday 6th June 2020 has been rescheduled to take place on Saturday 5th June 2021.

Tickets for the original date remain valid.

Our top priority remains the health and safety of our artists, partners, employees and you, our audiences.

Rick Astley reschedules to 2021 in Lingfield Park Resort

Due to the global pandemic of Covid-19 the Rick Astley Live After Racing performance at Lingfield Park scheduled to be held on Saturday 12thh of September 2020 has been rescheduled to Saturday 11th of September 2021

Original tickets remain valid for the rescheduled date and we would like to apologies for any inconvenience caused..

Our top priority remains the health and safety of our artists, partners, employees and you, our audiences.

Shed Seven reschedules to 2021 in Doncaster

Due to the global pandemic of Covid-19 the Shed Seven Live After Racing performance at Doncaster Racecourse scheduled to be held on Saturday 15th August 2020 has been rescheduled to take place on Saturday 15th May 2021.

Tickets for the original date remain valid.

Our top priority remains the health and safety of our artists, partners, employees and you, our audiences.

UB40 reschedules to 2021 at Lingfield Park Resort

Due to the global pandemic of Covid-19 the UB40 Live After Racing performance at Lingfield Park Resort scheduled to be held on 27th June 2020 has been rescheduled to take place on Saturday 26th June 2021.

Tickets for the original date remain valid.

Our top priority remains the health and safety of our artists, partners, employees and you, our audiences.

808 State to play homecoming Manchester show

808 STATE will return for a LIVE hometown show at Manchester’s O2 Ritz this Winter, which is sure to be the best pre-Christmas party of the year.

Following their phenomenal appearance at Manchester Academy in December 2018 and a mesmeric live set at Bluedot Festival and at the Warehouse Project last year, the Acid House originals – turned pioneering electronic icons are planning another late night pre-Christmas affair to see out 2020 with a resonant bang.

Taking place on Friday 18th December 2020, Messrs Graham Massey and Andrew Barker, accompanied by live drummer Carl Sharrocks, will play a full headline 808 State set, with support performances from Manchester-based Ghanaian/Russian/German DJ & producer maverick Afrodeutsche plus DJ sets from Jackson Massey + Porchcrawler.

“So many plans unravelled during the past few weeks, and for good reason. But looking ahead, today we are pleased to announce this Hometown Xmas bash, which will be a family affair with our very special guest Afrodeutsche. Hoping we can gather safely in the winter and emerge with a fresh perspective into 2021” – 808 State


The show follows a surge in activity for 808 State since their last Manchester appearance; a period that most notably witnessed the release of their seventh album: ‘Transmission Suite’ in late 2019.

Recorded in the former nerve centre of the Granada broadcasting empire, ‘Transmission Suite’ became the band’s first new material since 2002’s ‘Outpost Transmission’ and arrived as a long overdue and enthusiastically welcomed addition to their catalogue. More stripped-back and conscious of space than the music that first made their name in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, the new record draws a line between their home city and the original Detroit scene that birthed techno, and reflects on the pivotal roles they played in defining electronic music as we know it. Evoking the past, present and future, the album pays homage to the musical heritage of the genre 808 State continue to push the boundaries of, while confirming their own vital place within it.

Speaking about ‘Transmission Suite’ and the role Manchester especially has played in shaping the record, Graham Massey of 808 State says:

We’re trying to make a future for other people to immerse themselves in, that’s always been a big part of 808 State: these kind of landscapes of futurism…. We’re at this moment now, when Manchester is starting to feel like Singapore or something… There are so many cranes. People come back and it’s like, ‘Wow – it’s all doubled’. Everything’s going vertical, and certain parts of history are being buried. It’s an interesting moment.”

Cementing their reputation as an essential act, both as scene forefathers and as torchbearers for boundless avant-garde electronica, the album was released to critical acclaim, with The Wire Magazine praising: “808 State’s music has lost none of its foreboding, finesse and power.”

Their upcoming gig at the Manchester O2 Ritz, promises to be an unmissable opportunity to hear the new material configured for the live stage and in the city of its creation for the very first time, alongside seminal cuts from their rich history.

808 STATE – LIVE! @ MANCHESTER O2 RITZ – 18 DECEMBER 2020
w/ AFRODEUTSCHE + JACKSON MASSEY & PORCHCRAWLER

Doors: 9pm – 2am

Kaiser Chiefs reschedules to 2021 in Bath

Due to the global pandemic of Covid-19 the Kaiser Chief’s Live After Racing performance at Bath Racecourse has been rescheduled to Friday 4th June 2021. Original tickets remain valid for the new date and we apologise for any inconvenience.

Our top priority remains the health and safety of our artists, partners, employees and you, our audiences.

Kaiser Chiefs reschedules to 2021 in Ffos Las

Due to the global pandemic of Covid-19 the Kaiser Chief’s Live After Racing performance at Ffos Las Racecourse has been rescheduled to Saturday 29th May 2021. Original tickets remain valid for the new date and we apologise for any inconvenience.

Our top priority remains the health and safety of our artists, partners, employees and you, our audiences.