Scouting for Girls


  Evening Racing with Scouting For Girls

Thirsk will play host to Scouting for Girls on Friday Evening 16th August, for a first ever music event, following an evenings racing on what is set to be a brilliant night not to be missed.

Last year marked ten years since Scouting For Girls burst onto the scene with their eponymous self titled debut album and what a decade it’s been for the band. A debut that went triple platinum, a single that went straight to Number One and became a half-a-million-copies-selling generational anthem (This Ain’t A Love Song), two million album sales, two million single sales, four Brit Award nominations, an Ivor Novello, four Top Ten singles, a sold-out Wembley Arena, a sold-out Royal Albert Hall, and a Greatest Hits that takes the tally of Top Ten albums to four. 

The British pop band went on from the self titled debut released in 2007 to release ‘Everybody Wants To Be On TV’ in 2009, ‘The Light Between Us’ in 2012, their Greatest Hits in 2013 and ‘Still Thinking About You’ in 2015 that included hit single This Ain’t A Love Song.  2015 also saw Scouting For Girls complete their 19 date UK headline tour, perform the V Festival main stage and complete a full schedule of summer shows.

It has been a packed last couple of years with festivals and summer shows, including multiple outdoor shows supporting McBusted. They also supported Madness on their UK Arena Tour in December 2014.

Hailing from West London, Roy, Pete and Greg have been friends since the age of five, and have developed in to one of the best live acts around. Principle songwriter Roy has also had recent cuts for acts such as One Direction, 5 Seconds of Summer, Union J and Seafret, and is quickly becoming a key songwriter outside of Scouting For Girls.

l kinda think that my day job, or my real job, is writing and producing music for other people,” says Stride. This is a man who can, it’s clear, write powerful, punchy, chart-busting pop songs like nobody’s business. “That’s what I do Monday to Friday,” he expands. “Then Scouting For Girls is the most amazing fun that I have every weekend, playing.”

 Applying the same singular vision that made songs such as She’s So Lovely (another 500,000-seller), Heartbeat, Elvis Ain’t Dead and This Ain’t A Love Song a particular kind of melodic and lyrical tonic, Scouting For Girls made their own luck, took their inspiration from their own hard work, and did what they’ve done since the trio of primary school friends first started making music in their teens: took inspiration from everything that was going on around them.

Scouting For Girls can even add playing a gig in a rainforest to their achievements of the past decade,  “We got a call to play a festival in Dubai,’ Churchhouse recalls, “And we thought, ‘OK, that sounds great.’ Then the day we were flying to Dubai, we got confirmation that we were doing this TV show in Papau New Guinea called Singing In The Rainforest.

 Yes, Stride admits with a laugh, “it’s literally as dumb as it sounds – it’s like they came up with the title for the TV programme before they even thought about the idea. So we went out there for two weeks to write a song with a tribe…”

 All these experiences rolled into one big burst of enjoyment for the band. As Ellard says: “We just fell in love again with being in a band and playing music, and just doing what we did before.”

The Event

For this event only, Thirsk Racecourse will become one enclosure, where on the purchase of a ticket, all racegoers will have access to all 'non-inclusive' facilities.  This means you can enjoy all the racing action from the Parade Ring and Winners Enclosure down to the Family Enclosure, where Scouting For Girls will be on stage later in the evening.

In addition, there will be a delicious selection of street food and additional bars available across the racecourse. Why would you want to be anywhere else?! So gather your friends and family and join us for what is set to be a fantastic evening.

  • Early Bird Tickets - These have now closed.
  • Pre-Book discount - £30 per adult (subject to availability)
  • On the Day - £40 per adult on the day of racing (subject to availability)
  • Teenager Ticket - £20 Applicable to those aged 13 to 17 inclusive - ID must be carried at all times and will be checked on entry.  All teenagers must be accompanied by a paying adult (Maximum of 2 teenagers per adult ticket)
  • 12 and under - Free entry No ticket required but must be accompanied by a paying adult

Terms & conditions can be found HERE


NB: Park & View tickets will not be available to purchase for this meeting.

Racegoers Special Packages - Available in advance and subject to availability

  • Hambleton 'Just lunch' Package - £49.50 per person
  • Champagne & Seafood - £46.00 per person
  • Champagne & Crab - £48.00 per person
  • Champagne & Lobster - £56.00 per person
  • Dine & View - £99.00 per person

Private Hospitality

To book a private box or marquee, please contact sheralyn@thirskracecourse for availability and bookings.


Gates Open - 3pm

First Race - 5pm (approximately)

Last Race - 8pm (approximately)

DJ - 8.10pm to 8.30pm

Scouting For Girls - 8.30pm to 9.45pm

Event Ends - 10pm

How would you like to Meet the Band? 

We are thrilled to announce that we will be running several competitions in the lead up to the event, where 10 lucky racegoers will get the chance to win VIP passes to meet the band.  For your chance to winkeep an eye on our social media pages for details of how to enter in the weeks ahead.


Here it is - The First Big Competition –

To win a pair of backstage VIP tickets to meet Scouting for Girls on Friday Evening 16th August at Thirsk Racecourse, all you have to do is send us your best selfie, taken on a raceday at Thirsk Racecourse between now and Saturday 3rd August.

You can be as creative as you wish (we very much encourage it) and you can enter as many times as you like.  The competition is open to those aged 18 and over.

Email your selfie to along with your name, D.O.B, telephone number, email and postal address for your chance to win this fantastic giveaway.

If you have already purchased your tickets and you are the lucky winner, your badges will be refunded. Good Luck!

You can hear more from the band about their album 'TEN ADD TEN' here