Mad day at the races with Suggs and his nutty boys!

Llanelli Star - - LETTERS - Robert Lloyd @rl­loy­dpr [email protected]­line.co.uk 07765 287910

FFOS Las race­course is set to en­joy one of its big­gest live events to date, when love­able ska le­gends Mad­ness bring their house of fun to the venue on Satur­day, May 25.

The nutty boys are ex­pected to draw a crowd of up to 8,500 – a fig­ure that was only topped dur­ing the race venue’s open­ing day, ten years ago.

Fans of the ul­ti­mate feel-good band will head to Ffos Las – many, no doubt, dressed in fezes – to hear Suggs and his beloved crew do their thing. He is known for be­ing ‘Mr Soho’ – a stu­dent and an am­bas­sador for that part of Lon­don’s rich cul­tural his­tory and its char­ac­ters – but Suggs has spo­ken of­ten of his love for Wales too, since he spent some of his child­hood grow­ing up in Haver­for­west, where he lived with an aunt.

In his re­cent au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, That Close, Suggs talks of the ru­ral idyll he found here as a child: “I re­mem­ber walk­ing for the first time into an open field, South West Wales in 1968, I’d never seen any­thing so huge. I sat down by the track, I never felt so sure, I lay down on my back, felt like na­ture pure. I’d al­ways been a Lon­don boy, so it was lit­er­ally the first taste of coun­try­side I’d ever had.”

He and his merry men will spread their ir­re­sistible op­ti­mism, their beaty bon­homie – and their du­bi­ous dance-moves - as part of their A Day At The Races and Other Places tour.

Ffos Las man­age­ment have ar­ranged a shut­tle bus from Llanelli train sta­tion to the race­course at 2.30pm, 2.45pm, 3pm, 3.30pm, 3.45pm and 4pm, with re­turn coaches leav­ing the site be­tween 10.45pm and midnight. Places will be given on a first come, first served ba­sis.

Tick­ets for the day, with jump rac­ing be­gin­ning at 3pm, cost £40 if bought in ad­vance, and £20 for those aged 17 and un­der. There are hos­pi­tal­ity pack­ages avail­able too.

Phil Bell, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor at Ffos Las Race­course, said: “We are re­ally look­ing for­ward to wel­com­ing Mad­ness to Ffos Las – and they will play our sis­ter venue, Chep­stow Race­course in June too. We are get­ting pre­pared for a big day in Trim­saran and we are ex­pect­ing the sec­ond big­gest crowd we have en­joyed at Ffos Las in the ten years since the course opened.

“Mad­ness are by far the most pop­u­lar band to have played at Ffos Las and we are look­ing for­ward to other ma­jor mu­sic acts per­form­ing at the venue in the com­ing years. Suggs and the band are a part of our cul­tural DNA in Bri­tain.

“Their songs are vi­brant, un­con­tain­able, three­minute par­ties, and as a band they ex­ude warmth, ca­ma­raderie, and fun – who wouldn’t want to be in their gang? It is great to see tick­ets sell­ing fast for the show.

“Let’s give the nutty boys the big Welsh wel­come they de­serve.”

Tick­ets for Mad­ness at Ffos Las, on May 25, are avail­able at: https://tick­ets. ffos­las­race­course. com/shop/cart. pl? my­ac­tion= choose_ event

Mad­ness will per­form at Ffos Las race­course.

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