Dermot O’leary At Goodwood Racecourse

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‘Come on Goodwood, let’s see you pogo,’ urged Dermot O’Leary, fist punching the air and bouncing up and down in the DJ booth. As the lights flashed and lasers lit up the night sky, the packed dance floor below moved as one.

Less than half an hour earlier, this was the parade ring and winners’ enclosure at Goodwood racecourse. But after a rapid transformation into an outdoor club, it was the scene for one of Britain’s best-known TV and radio presenters to get the crowd going.

O’Leary may have his own Radio 2 show and be an X Factor host, but this was a new experience - and he was loving playing to racegoers including Apprentice winner Ricky Martin.

Mixing classics by Duran Duran and Michael Jackson with newer tracks by Kanye West and Rihanna, O’Leary struck the right mood.

After the previous week, when a power failure meant an appearance by Groove Armada’s Andy Cato was cancelled, O’Leary brought back the feelgood factor.

All too soon, at 11pm, the plug was reluctantly pulled. ‘Don’t blame me, blame the cops,’ smiled O’Leary. Next up is Mike Skinner this Friday. He’s got a tough act to follow.