The Beach Boys are back in town at Epsom Downs Racecourse

This Is Local London: The Beach Boys will be performing at Epsom Downs Racecourse on July 17 The Beach Boys will be performing at Epsom Downs Racecourse on July 17

Legendary American rock group the Beach Boys will be bringing Good Vibrations to the world’s most famous racecourse this summer.

The group, whose original members first got together in 1961, will travel from their native California to Epsom Downs for the gig which is part of the racecourse’s Epsom Live! series of music nights.

The boys will perform their greatest hits with the imagination and style that marked their successful debut more than 50 years ago. 

Two new releases this year - Sounds of Summer and The Warmth of the Sun have marked a resurgence in interest in the group. 

The band’s early music proved popular with young people across America who enjoyed the sound of the vocal harmonies which reflected the Southern Californian youth culture of romance, cars and surfing.

Still averaging 130 shows a year, ranging from sundrenched summer festivals to special events worldwide, the band is led by Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, who along with Christian Love, Randell Kirsch, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill and Scott Totten continue the legacy of the iconic American group.

"It’s pretty miraculous that we can start out as a bunch of guys who didn’t know anything about fame or money, or anything like that," says Love.

"All we knew was we liked to sing and make harmonies together.  So to have it become part of American musical culture is pretty amazing."

Rupert Trevelyan, regional director of London of Jockey Club Racecourses, adds: "We are thrilled to welcome back the Beach Boys to the racecourse, a band who has sold albums by tens of millions. 

"In 2011 The Beach Boys performed after racing and were hugely popular amongst our racegoers and we are delighted they are returning."

For this year’s show, advance purchase of tickets is strongly advised by the racecourse, with a 10 per cent discount on the first 1,000 adult tickets sold.

The band is joined in the Epsom Live! line-up by singer-songwriter James Blunt and much-loved 1990s boy-band Boyzone, who will be performing on July 3 and 31 respectively.

Epsom Live! - Beach Boys; Epsom Downs Racecourse; July 17; £35 for adults, £20 for children aged 5 to 17, under-5s free; call 0844 5793004; visit www.epsomdowns.co.uk

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