Ministry of Sound to visit Newbury Racecourse for 'Party in the Paddock' event

By Jessica Durston - 2 August 2022

Arts and Culture

Ministry of Sound Classical are joining forces with Newbury Racecourse for a special music event with DJ Judge Jules, celebrating over 30 years of the iconic dance brand.

  • DJ Judge Jules

    DJ Judge Jules

Newbury Racecourse and Ministry of Sound Classical have announced a huge show for the BetVictor Hungerford Day on Saturday, 13 August, live after racing.

Having celebrated the 30th anniversary of the world’s most iconic dance brand in 2021, the party is set to continue after the racing action, when special guest DJ Judge Jules alongside the 34-piece orchestra will take racegoers through some of the biggest dance tracks of the past three decades.

Tickets for the show are on sale now with early bird tickets starting from £33.75. There will also be the option for indviduals to buy tickets including both the live racing and concert event. They are available at

Harriet Collins, Marketing Director for Newbury Racecourse said: “We are extremely excited to announce that Ministry of Sound Classical will be taking to the stage live after racing on 13 August.

"We are really looking forward to welcoming the 34-piece orchestra to the stage for what promises to be a brilliant evening of classic dance tunes, which for a lot of us will be rolling back the years. To top it off, having Judge Jules provide a warm-up set is sure to get the crowd going after an afternoon of top-quality racing action. We can’t wait.”

Judge Jules said: “I have been a part of Ministry Classical shows before at the Royal Festival Hall and The O2 and I've done some marvellous venues that I’d never imagined. If you add the right records to an orchestration, and the magic of an orchestra to an amazing outdoor venue like Newbury Racecourse, I think it's a really magical combination”.

Ministry of Sound Classical is the evolution of the brand's newly created classical arm, which launched in 2018 with the highly acclaimed The Annual Classical live show.

It has since gone on to sell out two shows at London’s Royal Festival Hall, and its debut UK tour in 2019, along with a huge show at London’s The O2 Arena for the Ministry of Sound’s 30th birthday back in November 2021.

A spokesperson for the brand said: "Ministry of Sound Classical builds on the success of its previous incarnation and offers an even broader reflection of Ministry of Sound, recreating classical forms of the music that has defined the brand across its three decades with The London Concert Orchestra."

Ministry of Sound co-founders James Palumbo and Justin Berkmann opened its doors at its Elephant & Castle site  in 1991 and immediately made history as the first house music nightclub in the UK. 

The brand's spokesperson continues: "Ministry of Sound have always been at the forefront of dance music and in 1993 the label Ministry of Sound Recordings was launched, marking the birth of the first global electronic label. Swiftly after this in 1996, Ministry of Sound once again made history as The Annual II sold over a million copies making it the best-selling dance music compilation of all time."

Judge Jules is described as a DJ that has, for almost three decades, led the way in the world of dance music.

Since hitting the decks in 1987, he is said to have influenced an entire generation as a pioneer of the club scene.

A spokesperson for the DJ said: "He has passion and persona coupled with crowd connection and unrivalled mixing. Judge Jules has delivered unforgettable sets at the world’s most iconic clubs and festivals including Gatecrasher, Ministry of Sound, Global Gathering and Creamfields."

Earning his place amongst DJ legends, Judge Jules has received accolades such as #1 DJ (Mixmag), Best International DJ (Dancestar Awards), Best Radio DJ (Smirnoff’s Dancestars), and has consistently featured in the DJ Mag Top 100 poll, peaking at #3 in the world, alongside the industry’s greatest.                                                                                
All T&C’s are available on The racecourse team say there will be hospitality packages available to suit all budgets.

For more details and tickets, members of the public can visit or call 01635 40015.

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