Boy George at Goodwood racecourse

3/6/2011 (NEWS)''Boy George performing at Goodwood Racecourse on Friday 3rd June 2011.''Picture: Sarah Standing (112020-9349)
3/6/2011 (NEWS)''Boy George performing at Goodwood Racecourse on Friday 3rd June 2011.''Picture: Sarah Standing (112020-9349)
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As both an iconic singer who has sold millions of records and now an in-demand international DJ, Boy George has racked up three decades in the notoriously fickle music industry. But I bet the Culture Club frontman has never played to an audience quite like this one - everybody from children way past their bedtime to toetapping septuagenarians in blazers, ties and Panama hats.

Kickstarting three Friday Nights, a new venture at Goodwood where racegoers stay on into the night to be entertained, George bounced on stage and immediately made this sedate, quintessentially English spot high on the South Downs above Chichester feel more like Ibiza.

As the sun went down, the lights and lasers came on and the sound system boomed out his skilful combination of thudding beats and samples from the likes of Michael Jackson and Chic.

All too soon, it was 11pm and the plug had to be pulled. But after 90 minutes we’d seen and heard enough to know that DJs and Goodwood are a heady mix.

Next up is Chris Evans this Friday, with Mark Ronson already looking like he could be a sellout on June 17.