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Lionel Richie cancels tonight's Newbury gig

Published: 22 Sep 2012 07:3014 comments

LIONEL Richie has cancelled his gig at Newbury Racecourse tonight (Saturday) due to illness. About 20,000 people were expected to attend what would have been the singer's first concert in the UK for three years.

Anyone going to Newbury today is reminding there is still a bumper day of racing on the second day of the Dubai Duty Free International Weekend.

Those who have bought tickets will automatically get £15 compensation (£25 for Golden Circle holders). Additionally, they can apply to the racecourse for a free ticket for racing at Newbury on Saturday, November 29.

Racecourse managing director Stephen Higgins said: "We are disappointed for our racegoers and for all of the Lionel Richie fans. However, we can still look forward to a day of racing."

Richie had a string of hits in the 1970s and 1980s, both with the Commodores and as a solo artist, including Hello, Stuck on You, Dancing on the Ceiling and Endless Love.

In a statement his management said: "Lionel is extremely disappointed that he has had to cancel his appearance at The Racecourse Newbury tomorrow. He has been looking forward to his visit and performing at this unique venue."

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