University students delight crowds with flashmob performance at Three Friday Nights

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In an electrifying blend of music, dance and community spirit, the University of Portsmouth Dance captivated crowds at Three Friday Nights presented by Degen Distillery at Goodwood Racecourse on 7th June 2024.

The surprise Flashmob Dance, set to the chart-topping hits of Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and Beyoncé, added an unforgettable highlight to an already spectacular event which saw Craig David perform.

As the ‘Fill Me In’ hitmaker prepared to take the stage, suddenly, members of the University of Portsmouth Dance emerged from the crowd and burst into a meticulously choreographed Flashmob Dance, leaving onlookers awestruck.

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The spontaneous performance showcased the group's exceptional talent and brought an exhilarating wave of excitement to the atmosphere at Three Friday Nights.

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Gig-goers, initially surprised, quickly gathered around to watch the performance. Cheers and applause filled the air as the dance group executed their moves with precision and passion. Many onlookers captured the moment on their phones, sharing the experience across social media using #3FN.

“The energy was absolutely incredible," said Ishbel from the University of Portsmouth Dance. “Performing at Three Friday Nights and seeing the audience's reaction was truly a memorable experience for all of us. We wanted to contribute something special to the festival, and judging by the crowd's response, we succeeded.”

The sell-out event included an afternoon of horseracing, before Goodwood Racecourse’s iconic parade ring transformed into a laser-lit dance floor, creating a stunning open-air amphitheatre for music fans to enjoy. The Flashmob Dance by the University of Portsmouth Dance added a unique and engaging element to the event, highlighting the creativity and enthusiasm of the local youth.

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James Crespi, Racecourse Director at Goodwood Racecourse, said: “We are thrilled to have had the University of Portsmouth Dance perform at this year's festival. Their Flashmob Dance not only entertained the audience but also showcased the incredible talent within our community. It was a perfect addition to the Three Friday Nights line-up and truly enhanced the overall experience for everyone.”

Following Craig David, DJ Gok Wan – now a favourite behind the decks – will perform on Friday 14th June. Gok, known for his love of soulful, uplifting house, has been energising packed dance floors at some of the world's biggest venues with his club beats.

The series will conclude on Friday 21st June with DJ and producer Dimitri from Paris. Dimitri's musical influences are deeply rooted in the 70s Funk and Disco sounds that gave rise to today's House music. Renowned for his dynamic and unpredictable sets, Dimitri's goal is to share his love for music while moving your mind, body and soul across genres and tempos.

There are various entertaining opportunities on offer for Gok Wan on 14th and Dimitri from Paris on 21st June, including the botanical themed Sussex Roof Garden Bar; Sussex Lounge Bar, featuring a balcony with views of the East Parade Lawn and Parade Ring; and Private Boxes for a VIP experience. For a more exclusive dining experience, The Charlton Hunt serves a delicious a la carte menu and The Long View offers a Chef’s Table buffet-style menu serviced from an impressive central bar.

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Gordon Enclosure tickets start at £40.00 and Richmond Enclosure at £50.00. Please visit or call the ticket office on 01243 755055 (open Monday – Friday, 09:30hrs - 16:00hrs).


ADDRESS: Goodwood Racecourse, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0PS

ACTS: Gok Wan – 14 and Dimitri From Paris – 21 June 2024

GATES: 16:00hrs

TICKETS: From £40 per adult

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