Grimmy Coming to Perth Festival

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After a record-breaking 2017 at Perth Racecourse, plans are already afoot to make 2018 even bigger and better. It was announced earlier this year that following the sell-out Saturday for August’s Summer Carnival, Perth Racecourse would be adding a second Saturday fixture to next year’s calendar as well as continuing to invest in facilities and prize money in order to attract the best of UK and Irish racing to Scone.

And after welcoming star studded guests to the UK’s most northerly track such as fashion guru Gok Wan, Perth Racecourse has already announced the first high-profile guest of 2018 who will be in attendance at the Perth Festival in April – the curtain raiser for the new season.

Radio One’s Nick Grimshaw – or Grimmy as he is often known – will be heading north of the border on the final day of the festival to enjoy a fantastic afternoon of racing before taking to the stage for a live set to send what is sure to be a bumper crowd off for an evening of partying in the city centre.

The 33-year-old will be making his first appearance at Perth Racecourse but has heard great things about the festival and is looking forward to getting the racegoers in the mood for a Friday night party. The Perth Festival sounds like a really fun few days and I can’t wait to help get the party started on the Friday.

“I’m psyched to be coming up to Scotland to play again; it’s always an amazing atmosphere. The Perth Festival sounds like a really fun few days and I can’t wait to help get the party started on the Friday.”

It’s the first big name to be announced in what is sure to be a busy and exciting year at Scone, with Chief Executive Hazel Peplinski going into her second full year in charge at the racecourse, off the back of record numbers of racegoers flocking through Perth’s gates.

After overseeing many changes since taking up the role, including a brand new irrigation system and the opening of The Lodge, Hazel is looking to build on the success of 2017 and thinks that Nick’s appearance accompanied by three great days of racing should attract a healthy crowd to the 2018 opener.

“The special big party atmosphere created by the Perth Festival has helped establish it as one of the best days out in Scotland’s social calendar. So we’re thrilled to make 2018 even bigger and better with Nick Grimshaw from BBC Radio One on board to help us close the festival, which we are sure will be a big hit with the crowd.

Hazel Peplinski and Trainer“The Perth Festival is three days rich in quality racing, no more so than with Friday’s Highland National, as well live music, business networking opportunities and the customary celebrations after racing. We urge people to move fast if they want to seal their place at our season-opening spectacular next April!”

The pick of the three day meet is the Highland National – the longest race staged at Perth in the entire season – and as the summer jumps season kicks off you can expect to see some familiar faces arriving to compete for the Perth Festival prize money.

Some of the UK and Ireland’s finest jockeys, trainers and owners will be there to soak up the spring atmosphere and enjoy the welcoming Highland hospitality that makes the festival so unique. Coming after the busy festivals at Cheltenham and Ayr, Perth’s April curtain raiser is always attractive to jockeys and trainers alike so you can expect to see some highly competitive and heart-stopping races across all three days. It all kicks off from Wednesday 25th April to Friday 27th April 2018, with gates opening at 12 noon each day.

We love the races here in the Small City office and we can’t wait to find out more about Perth Racecourse’s plans for 2018. As always, we’ll bring you all of the news and events right here for what looks set to be another huge year out at Scone!


Perth Racecourse is currently offering an early bird offer ahead of the Perth Festival, with a £3 discount available on tickets across all three days of the festival. A three day ticket is priced at £50 and concession prices are also available.

To buy tickets or for more information, visit the Perth Racecourse website.


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