A four day festival of spectacular racing, music, food and so much more.

The 2017 OCTO British Grand Prix MotoGP™ will take place this August Bank Holiday weekend (from 24th-27th August 2017*) and will be a “must see” event for all MotoGP™ fans. However, it’s not just for die-hard fans as the event is perfect for families as well. There’s stacks of family focussed fun and features to keep all ages entertained, and there’s even a planned track walk and post MotoGP track invasion, meaning you can get closer to the stars than ever before!

We will have a full range of activities to complement the on-track action. In addition to the funfair and a range of biking experiences suitable for ages 8-80, and a wide variety of food to keep even hungriest of you satisfied, the main music stage returns for 2017 with the Bike Fest Live Friday evening concert which is free to all event attendees.

* Please note that Thursday 24th is the “Day of Champions” event which requires the purchase of a separate ticket (available at www.silverstone.co.uk) and all OCTO British Grand Prix MotoGP™ tickets are for Friday, Saturday or Sunday (or the full race weekend)

Friday evening concert

After the on-track action finishes, the party still continues at the 2017 OCTO British Grand Prix.  Located in the new Bike Fest Live Zone, the main stage comes to life at 6pm for a three hour concert with a variety of music acts to cater for all tastes.

Jack Savoretti

Jack Savoretti

Sometimes you don’t know what your story is until you step away from the page. With Jack Savoretti’s last album, 2015’s 100,000 selling Written In Scars, it was clear. Having been feted as the next big thing as a 20-year-old singer-songwriter, Savoretti quickly realised that the people around him didn’t share his vision for what his songs could be. Instead of keeping quiet and playing the game he wrestled away creative control for himself. He won his artistic freedom, but he lost his golden ticket to fame. Tossed back down to the bottom of the pile, the next seven years were spent on spirit-crushing tours as he struggled to make his way and support his family. Frustrated, veering off the rails and about to give up on it all, he poured his anguish into those battle-worn songs. The album’s title couldn’t have been clearer: these songs were forged in his struggles. A top ten album and a sold-out worldwide tour later, Written In Scars had made him a star. So what was his story now?

Thanks to the directness of Savoretti’s writing and the universality of the truths he sings about, the themes on Sleep No More could apply as much to those in his grandfather’s generation in the Italian mountains as they do to a father of two trying to make ends meet in West London in 2016.

Savoretti may have not known it when they came pouring out of him, but each song is its own story that serves as a chapter in Sleep Now More’s arc. Just as he knew the album had to open with When We Were Lovers, it was clear it had to finish on Lullaby Loving. Combining the dry lyrical wit of Leonard Cohen and the romantic poeticism of Mediterranean gypsy folk music, it begins by painting an image of himself as a wandering, roguish musician who is transformed by love, marriage and fatherhood; pleading as the song comes to a close “Don’t give up on our love, don’t give up on us…”

“This album is very much the acknowledgement that I’m still a mess, I’m still lost, I’m still against the wall, but you guys are here, and I really need it,” thinks Savoretti. “It’s a declaration: I need you guys, don’t go anywhere just yet.”

It turns out he did have a story to tell after all.

ABC are a synth-pop band that formed in Sheffield in 1980. Their classic line-up consisted of lead singer Martin Fry, keyboardist and guitarist Mark White, saxophonist Stephen Singleton and drummer David Palmer.

ABC developed from an earlier band, Vice Versa, and established themselves as part of the New Romantic movement. Their 1982 debut album, “The Lexicon of Love”, was a UK number-one and they achieved ten UK and five US Top 40 hit singles between 1981 and 1990 including the 1982 hits “Poison Arrow” and “The Look of Love”, arguably their most famous song.

The 1990s saw a transformation for ABC with the band becoming essentially a solo act for Martin Fry which saw the release of the 1997 album “Skyscraping”, an homage to several of his musical heroes, including David Bowie, Roxy Music and the Sex Pistols.

Into the 2000s and ABC starting performing much more in response to the growing explosion of interest in 80s music. This continued into the 2010s and led Fry to announce a new album which was said to be a new take on the concepts of the ABC debut album “Lexicon of Love” but from the perspective of a now-in-his-50s Fry.

This album was eventually released in 2015 as “Lexicon of Love II” and Fry has been busy touring as ABC ever since.

ABC

ABC

Eddie Jordan & The Robbers

Eddie Jordan & The Robbers

In the world of motorsport, Eddie Jordan is a man who needs little introduction.  Born near Dublin in 1948, Eddie wasn’t bitten by the racing bug until relatively late on in his life.  In fact, it wasn’t until 1970 that he discovered karting but that discovery was the beginning of great things for the man many call EJ.

Just one year after his first karting experience, Eddie won the 1971 Irish Kart Championship.  This marked the beginning of an eight year period where Eddie developed his talents and achievements as a racer.  He worked his way up through Formula Ford and Formula Three before moving to Formula Atlantic and winning the Irish Formula Atlantic Championship in 1978. Eddie then made the jump to the British Formula Three championship in which he drove for “Team Ireland” with teammate Stefan Johansson.  However, at the end of 1979, EJ decided to move into the world of being a team boss and Eddie Jordan Racing was born.

Between 1980 and 1991, Eddie Jordan Racing competed in British and European F3 as well as Formula 3000 and EJ recruited some of the best known names in four-wheeled motorsport including Martin Brundle, Johnny Herbert and Jean Alesi.  This ability to spot raw talent continued with Jordan Grand Prix (founded in 1991) as the team fielded an enviable team of drivers of its 13 year life.  These included giving a first drive in Formula 1 to an unknown young German driver called Michael Schumacher.

The list of drivers who drove for Jordan at some point in their careers is truly impressive and includes Damon Hill, Nigel Mansell, Michael Schumacher, Ayrton Senna, Jean Alesi, Rubens Barichello, Thierry Boutsen, Giancarlo Fisichella, Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Johnny Herbert, Eddie Irvine, Roberto Moreno, Ralf Schumacher, Jarno Trulli and John Watson.

Jordan Grand Prix always existed on limited budgets and many considered them to be punching well above their weight.  In addition, EJ himself was an incredibly colourful character that brought humour and a rock’n’roll attitude to Formula 1.  Many were sad to see the loss of the Jordan Formula 1 team in 2004.

However, that wasn’t the end for EJ.  He has since become a regular feature on television broadcasts of Formula 1 coverage and, since the end of Jordan Grand Prix, EJ has had more time to dedicate to his other passion; music.  While EJ might not be as well known to fans of two-wheeled motorsport, his energy and sense of fun carries over into his musical aspiration and it is Eddie the drummer that we are pleased to have join us for this years British Grand Prix of MotoGP  along with his band “The Robbers”!

Track Invasion

Whoever you’re supporting, whatever the colour of your shirt, and wherever you choose to watch from at this year’s British Grand Prix of MotoGP – you need to get yourself to the foot of the podium at the end of the race for the massive track invasion.

For the first time, the marshals will fling open the barriers, and allow race fans to flood onto the track and celebrate the biggest race on British soil this year. Pick up some rubber marbles, place your hands on the circuit, and get closer than ever before to the GP gods as they climb the podium.

It really is an experience not to be missed!

But that’s not all…

For the first time, the OCTO British Grand Prix of MotoGP is working with Liv LIVE to create a unique Saturday evening concert featuring up-and-coming bands that have been voted for by fans.  There will be a total of six bands, each performing a 20 minute set, and once all the bands have played, users of the Official 2017 OCTO British Grand Prix app will be able to vote for their favourite with the winner getting to perform on the main stage at the closing concert on Sunday evening.

To find out more about the Liv LIVE Concert click here.

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