Half Price Offers for Sounds in The Grounds - Magic of Motown



The Magic of Motown headlines a live outdoor concert at York Racecourse, plus the fabulous Hyde Family Jam and The Reciprocals!

Choose from 3 voucher options – book your own designated picnic patch at the front for 4 or 2 people, or the unreserved picnic area.

Full Event Details:

A triple-bill of sensational live music comes to the Clocktower Enclosure at York Racecourse on Saturday 1st July with the return of Sounds in the Grounds. 

Acclaimed international show The Magic of Motown is joined by favourite York band Hyde Family Jam plus support act The Reciprocals for an evening of pure summer fun.

The Magic of Motown is a breath-taking live concert spectacular, seen by over a million people and now in its 18th year touring the UK.  This brand-new show for 2023 features seven vocalists and a seven-piece band performing all the hits, with glittering costumes, dazzling dance routines and outstanding musicianship.  You’ll be Going Loco Down in Acapulco as these outstanding performers take you back down memory lane with all the Motown classics from artists such as Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Supremes, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, The Jackson 5, Smokey Robinson and many, many more.

Hyde Family Jam may look like a traditional folk band but they couldn't be less traditional!  Playing the songs they love of any decade, any genre and in any way they fancy, their infectious enthusiasm has earned them legions of fans across the UK and abroad.  This award-winning band play fast, loud and as entertainingly as possible, and look set to get the party started.

Warming up the night and getting toes tapping are The Reciprocals, a York-based musical duo with a charming stage presence.  With their boy-girl harmonies, acoustic guitars and tonnes of chemistry, The Reciprocals effortlessly mix happy and heartache. 

Picnic Patches

For those who like to know where they will be sitting, and who prefer to arrive at any time to suit them, the picnic patches are a convenient option.  There will be 11 rows immediately in front of the stage with alternating patches for 2 or 4 people within each row. 

The picnic patches will be defined by painted lines in our grass arena within the Clocktower Enclosure. A 2-person patch measures W1.5 x D1.5m, while a 4-person patch measures W2.0 x D1.5m, alternating in each row. The patches will be 60cm apart within each row, with patrons booking adjacent patches obviously able to use the area in-between.

Unreserved Picnic Area

This open area, immediately behind the rows of picnic patches, allows patrons to sit where they choose in an unrestricted space.  It is first-come-first-served, and we politely ask you to respect your neighbour’s space.

Your voucher admits one person into the unreserved picnic area (so you will require a separate voucher for each member of your party).


4.30pm                 Gates open
5.00pm                 The Reciprocals
6.10pm                 Hyde Family Jam
7.30pm                 The Magic of Motown
10.00pm               Concert ends


On sale now for just £79

How to Redeem

If you have bought a picnic patch voucher:

This voucher will be your ticket to the event. The voucher must be printed or shown on a mobile and presented on arrival to gain entrance to Sounds in the Grounds. Photocopies are not accepted. Your patch number is where you will be seated and will be allocated to you upon arrival.  You can also be emailed prior to the event to inform you of your patch number.  These numbers are allocated at random and cannot be changed. 

If you have bought an unreserved picnic area voucher:

This voucher will be your ticket to the event. Voucher must be printed or shown on a mobile and presented on arrival to gain entrance to Sounds in the Grounds. Photocopies are not accepted.  You will be able to sit anywhere within the unreserved picnic area. Your voucher admits one person into the unreserved picnic area (so you will require a separate voucher for each member of your party).

Terms & Conditions

  • This voucher entitles the purchaser to either a Picnic Patch for 4 people or 2 people, or the unreserved picnic area at the Sounds in the Grounds concert at the Clocktower Enclosure of York Racecourse on Saturday 1st July 2023.   (Patrons must be over the age of 3). 
  • This voucher will be your ticket to the event. Voucher must be presented on arrival either printed or on a mobile device to gain entrance to Sounds in the Grounds.
  • This ticket cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers.
  • No change will be given.
  • Tickets are sold subject to license.
  • Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable.
  • Photocopies are not accepted.
  • If for any reason the concert is cancelled ticket refunds will be made at the discretion of the promoter. Only face value of the tickets purchased will be refunded.
  • Right of admission is reserved by the promoter and their representatives.
  • The promoter and their representatives reserve the right to exclude any member of the public who behaves in an inappropriate manner.
  • The promoter and their representatives reserve the right to change the programme without notification.
  • Performances will take place in all weather.
  • No seating or shelter is provided. Please bring your own chairs.  Umbrellas are not permitted.
  • The promoter of this event accepts no liability whatsoever for loss, damage or injury to person or vehicles (including contents) howsoever such loss or damage is caused.
  • Items which are strictly prohibited and may be confiscated are: barbeques, fires or camping stoves, gazebos, tented structures, windbreakers, drones, professional cameras or cameras with removable lenses, flares, fireworks or smoke-emitting devices, lawn candles or any naked flames.  Drugs (including legal/herbal highs) are not permitted.
  • No animals are allowed in the arena apart from assistance dogs.
  • YorkMix will not issue a refund should purchaser be unable to attend.
  • YorkMix will supply Sounds in the Grounds with your booking details so they can contact you with relevant information for the event.


The Magic of Motown is a tribute show and is in no way affiliated with any original artists/estates/management companies or similar shows.

Promoter reserves the right to alter the programme.

Additional Information

Please bring your own chairs or rugs to sit on.  You may bring tables but in the Picnic Patch area these should be compact and remain within the lines of your designated patch, and in the unreserved area they should not obstruct the view of other patrons.  You are welcome to bring your own food and drink to Sounds in the Grounds. You are permitted to bring your own alcohol (including glass bottles) although we do ask that you drink responsibly.

There will also be a bar and pizzas available to purchase at the Clocktower Enclosure.  

Children aged three and over are welcome.  All under 16s must be accompanied by an adult 18+. 

The concerts will go ahead in all weathers unless it is deemed too dangerous.  Umbrellas will not be permitted as they impede the view of other patrons, so visitors are advised to dress according to the weather conditions.

There is ample free car parking on the Knavesmire.

Dogs are not allowed, with the exception of assistance dogs.

You are advised to wear suitable footwear and clothing; this concert will take place on a grassed area, even in wet weather conditions.

Please bring a torch as the concert will finish in darkness.

This ticket is uniquely identifiable and will be checked at the gate. This ticket can only be used once. The promoter reserves the right to refuse this ticket. If multiple copies exist this ticket will only be accepted on its first presentation. The promoter’s decision is final.

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