Sir Tom heads for Haydock

POP legend Sir Tom Jones and top US band The Scissor Sisters are to star in two massive concerts at Haydock Park this summer.

The group, currently receiving rave reviews on Lady Gaga’s worldwide Monster Ball Tour, will perform at the racecourse on the evening of Saturday, July 16.

And Sir Tom, who has sold more than 100 million records during a 46-year career, will be singing some of the songs from his new Praise and Blame album on Saturday, June 18.

They will be following in the footsteps of Rick Astley on Saturday, April 16.

Formed in 2001, the Scissor Sisters biggest British hit was I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’ which topped the singles chart for four weeks in 2006. Their album of the same year, Ta-Dah, was number one for more than six months.

The band - made up of vocalists Jake Shears and Ana Matronic, multi-instrumentalist Babydaddy, lead guitar/bassist Del Marquis and drummer Randy Real – have earned a reputation for their humourous and controversial live concerts that have filled venues from the Bowery Ballroom in their hometown New York to London’s O2 Arena.

They have collaborated with a number of other music stars including Elton John and Kylie Minogue, while Bono described them as “the best pop group in the world.”

Critics across the world have been vocal in their approval and admiration for both the recorded work and the performance of Sir Tom’s Praise and Blame it in concert.

And it is a racing certainty that his legions of female fans will descend on the racecourse to listen to the performer known as “The Voice.”

Early purchase of tickets is recommended as a capacity attendance is expected. Last summer’s concerts at Haydock Park starring JLS and Simply Red both sold out well in advance.

Tickets can be purchased online at, via the ticket hotline 0844 579 3006 or at the racecourse in person.

Dickon White, Haydock Park’s managing director, said: “Haydock Park’s summer series of music nights after horse racing has got better year after year – and the crowds return in big numbers.

“Last year’s appearances by JLS and Simply Red were sensational. We’re thrilled that Sir Tom Jones and the Scissor Sisters will be with us in 2011.

“They are going to be hugely popular.”

Tickets can be purchased online at, via the ticket hotline 0844 579 3006 or at the racecourse in person. Further details about race times and prices are also on the website.