Sam Smith

Sam Smith headlines Lexus Melbourne Cup Day entertainment

The Victoria Racing Club (VRC) is thrilled to announce Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Sam Smith will perform at Lexus Melbourne Cup Day on Tuesday 6 November, 2018.

The British superstar will sing two of his smash hits in the Mounting Yard ahead of ‘the race that stops a nation’™ at Flemington Racecourse.

It will be the 26-year-old’s first appearance in Australia on his The Thrill Of It All World Tour which begins its Australian leg at Rod Laver Arena that night on Tuesday 6 November followed by a second Melbourne show on Wednesday 7 November.

Speaking from San Diego, California during his world tour, Smith said he’s looking forward to performing at Flemington on Australia’s premier raceday.

“I am so excited to be playing at the Lexus Melbourne Cup this year!”

VRC Chief Executive Officer Neil Wilson said the Club is delighted to welcome Smith to Flemington.

“Lexus Melbourne Cup Day is one of the biggest days on the nation’s calendar so it’s only fitting we welcome one of entertainment’s biggest stars to Flemington for the celebration,” Mr Wilson said.

“Fans flock to the Melbourne Cup Carnival not just for the world-class racing but also the fantastic Cup Day atmosphere and Sam Smith will no doubt delight racegoers.”

Taking his acclaimed sophomore album The Thrill Of It All on the road, Smith will perform eight arena shows across the nation in his first Australian tour in three years.

Upon its release last November, The Thrill Of It All debuted at the top of the charts in the United Kingdom, United States and New Zealand and at #2 on the ARIA Album Chart, and has already gathered more than 4 million album sales worldwide.

Featuring his first ARIA #1 single Too Good at Goodbyes, the album follows Smith’s big-selling 2014 debut In the Lonely Hour (13 million in sales) which included ARIA top-ten singles Stay with Me and Lay Me Down.

Lexus Melbourne Cup Day is the jewel in the crown of the Melbourne Cup Carnival – a uniquely Australian celebration of sport, fashion, food and wine and culture, attracting more than 315,000 racegoers to Flemington Racecourse over four magical racedays each year.

The VRC will lift the curtain on the Melbourne Cup Carnival on AAMI Victoria Derby Day on 3 November, followed by Lexus Melbourne Cup Day on Tuesday 6 November, Kennedy Oaks Day on Thursday 8 November and Seppelt Wines Stakes Day on Saturday 10 November.

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