Lionel Richie cancels concert at Racecourse Newbury

Lionel Ritchie
Image caption Lionel Ritchie's hits include Hello and Dancing On The Ceiling

Singer Lionel Richie has cancelled his headline gig in front of 20,000 people at the racecourse in Newbury, Berkshire, due to illness.

It would have been the singer's first performance in the UK for three years.

His management's statement said Richie was "extremely disappointed" and that he was "looking forward to his visit and performing at this unique venue".

Ticket holders will be entitled to £15 compensation and racing will still go ahead as usual.

The 63-year-old singer's management company did not say what the illness was, but that he had visited doctors on Friday and needed to "respond to treatment".

Richie was "expected to make an excellent recovery in the next few days".

Stephen Higgins, managing director at the recently rebranded The Racecourse Newbury said: "We are disappointed for our racegoers and for all of the Lionel Richie fans.

"However, we can still look forward to a day of racing."

He added it was in terms and conditions of the ticket sale that racegoers would be entitled to £15 compensation, which is the extra amount paid on top of a race ticket for Saturday's event.

Those with Golden Circle tickets will be entitled to £25 compensation.

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