The Maryland Jockey Club today announced that double Grammy Award winner Lorde will headline the 2014 Preakness InfieldFest concert.
The 17-year-old rising star will play an extended set on the main stage Saturday, May 17 at Pimlico Race Course when the Maryland Jockey Club hosts the 139th renewal of the Preakness Stakes.
First contested in 1873, the Preakness Stakes is one of Thoroughbred horse racing’s most valued Grade 1 stakes races.
Lorde earned Grammy Awards last month for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for her #1 single “Royals.”
“Preakness InfieldFest enters its sixth year, now positioned as the region’s biggest, best and most unique party with first-class music and top-notch racing throughout the day,” said Maryland Jockey Club president Tom Chuckas. “Lorde’s popularity is rising at a staggering rate from radio spins to social media to online plays and views. Her appeal cuts across multiple fan demographics and reflects the cutting edge talent fans have come to expect at InfieldFest. She is an extraordinarily talented artist and we look forward to welcoming her to Preakness InfieldFest.”
In addition to the main stage, Preakness InfieldFest will feature live music from top acts on a second stage, presented by Jägermeister, and a variety of other activities.
Grammy winners Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (2013), Maroon 5 (2012), Bruno Mars (2011), Train (2011) and Zac Brown (2010) have performed on the main stage in previous years as well as Pitbull (2013), Wiz Khalifa (2012), O.A.R. (2010), Buckcherry (2009) and Hall of Famers ZZ Top (2009).
photo by Charles Howells