THE FRONTMAN of a popular rock band has said he ‘can’t wait’ to come to Cumbria this summer.

Ricky Wilson of the Kaiser Chiefs and The Voice is coming to Cumbria for an outdoor DJ set this summer.

The singer will perform at Cartmel Racecourse in July.

Wilson will top the bill of entertainment after a full day of horse racing for Jumping July Saturday on July 16 at the famous racecourse on the edge of the Lake District.

He said: “I can’t wait to come to Cumbria to entertain the racegoers at Cartmel this summer.

“I won’t predict a riot but I can promise the place will be jumping. So get yourselves along!”

A familiar presence on television and radio, he has been a coach on The Voice UK since 2014, winning it twice, host of Sky’s Bring The Noise, and a presenter of BBC’s The One Show.

He had a show on Radio X from 2015 to 2017, launched a podcast with veteran DJ Tony Blackburn in 2020, and in April this year returned to Radio 2 for a second series of Rock and Roll Classics celebrating early rock and roll from the 1950 and early 1960s. He won an APA Music Host of the Year award for the first series.

And his band Kaiser Chiefs have not been idle.

They have released seven albums since 2004, most recently Duck in 2019, and embark on a nationwide tour in November.

Geraldine McKay, director of racing at Cartmel Racecourse, said: “We are so delighted to welcome Ricky Wilson to our lovely racecourse this summer, another huge act following on from David Gray who will be here in June.

“He will be the perfect way to finish off a day of high-quality racing here in south Cumbria.”