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Rave at the races! Judge Jules and Ministry of Sound live

Big fish, little fish, cardboard box. Throw some shapes for the ultimate house party at Newbury Racecourse with Judge Jules and the Ministry of Sound orchestra.

Ministry of Sound Classical orchestra

Picture the scene – a beautiful sunset, balmy 25 degrees, the gin and tonics are flowing, and you’re warming up with a cracking choon. Nope, not your typical night in San Antonio, it’s Newbury’s answer to Ibiza. Put your hands in the like you just don’t care for Judge Jules and the Ministry of Sound’s Classical 34-piece orchestra. They’ll be banging out the dance anthems on 13 Aug at the BetVictor Hungerford Race Day after party. Here’s fiove


DJ Judge Jules Newbury Racecourse

Judge Jules (real name Julius O’Riordan) is a DJ legend but did you know he’s a lawyer too. Is there no end to this man;s talents. Voted best DJ in the World by DJ Mag back in 1995, his CV includes Ibiza club regular, Radio 1 presenter, A&R man for Universal and for for the last 10 years he’s been a legal boffin specialising in the music industry. How cool is that? He hasn’t hung up his DJ bag just yet though.

Since hitting the decks in 1987, he has influenced an entire generation as a pioneer of the club scene; producing some of the most iconic sets at clubs and festivals including Gatecrasher, Ministry of Sound, Global Gathering and Creamfields. In recent years he has got involved in recreating those 90s and noughties house classics for a live orchestra. No mean feat as each track needs to be unpicked and rebuilt from the ground up for each instrument. Having played at the Cream Classical, Colours Classical and Gatecrasher Classical he helped curate the Ministry of Sound Classical event.


Ministry of Sound Classical Newbury Races

Ah the Ministry of Sound, brings back memories, non? It was the UK’s first house club, founded by James Palumbo and Justin Berkmann in 1991, and was based in a disused bus garage in unfashionable Elephant and Castle. It was huge. The record label followed and there was magazine (I even interviewed for a job). Although the days of it being hard to get through the door are long gone, the enigma of the brand lives on.

Ministry of Sound Classical is the evolution of their newly created classical arm, which launched in 2018, sold out London’s Royal Festival Hall and the O2 Arena for the Ministry of Sound’s 30th birthday back last year. Expect a 34-piece orchestra and the dance anthems we know and love. Raving at the races isn’t going to transport you to a 90s superclub or even Ibiza, but it will give you a flashbacks to some seriously fun times (if you can remember them).


Summer fashion woman in front of blossom tree

It’s not all hats and high society here. There’s a cooler, laidback and dare I say youth vibe at Newbury Races. If you want waft around in a cool kaftan, go fo it. Embracing race day millinery? Fabulous. The rule book as been mucked out, so you don’t need to worry too much about hemlines, fake tan or footwear. I mean, keep it decent. The Daily Mail sidebar of shame is not the goal here. But a celebration of your style (and comfort) is absolutely paramount. It’s also more sustainable too. Let’s be honest we’ve all got something knocking about in the wardrobe that makes us feel foxy from day to night. Wear that and have the best day out with your favourite people.



Splash the cash on Premier tickets and find a spot that gives you a bird’s eye view of the winning post and the after party action. When the sunshines, you absolutely cannot beat the Parade Ring Lawn. Pour a Pimms and keep them coming for a quintessentially English garden party vibe and a in the think of the action. Alternatively, if you’re with a group of you, books one of the 1905 Stalls in the Hampshire stand for a antipasti, perfectly chilled drinks, access to a bar, betting and great views of the horsey action.

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