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May 2017

NATIONAL HOLIDAYS RETURN AS MAIN SPONSOR FOR SCARBOROUGH OAT 2017

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Concert promoters Cuffe and Taylor are today delighted to announce National Holidays as the main sponsor of live music events at Scarborough Open Air Theatre.

This is the fifth year running National Holidays – the UK’s leading specialist in short breaks and holidays by coach – will be lead sponsor at Europe’s largest open air theatre.

A record-breaking 60,000 music fans have already bought tickets for shows at Scarborough OAT in 2017 featuring such legendary and chart-topping acts as The Beach Boys, Cliff Richard, Tom Jones, Little Mix, Olly Murs and Kaiser Chiefs.

And National Holidays, who offer music fans travel packages to concerts and festivals across the UK and Europe, are delighted to return as main sponsor for what promises to be a sensational year of live music on the beautiful Yorkshire coast.

Martin Lock, Commercial Director at National Holidays, said: “We’re really excited to be celebrating five years working with the Scarborough Open Air Theatre. Where else can you see acts from Madness, The Beach Boys to Olly Murs under the beautiful Yorkshire sky?

“Our customers snap up short breaks to see shows at the theatre combined with seamless luxury coach travel, transfers and accommodation, and we’re looking forward to another jam-packed summer of events this year.”

Scarborough Open Air Theatre is on course for a sensational year as more music fans than ever before will head to the Yorkshire coast this summer.

Cuffe and Taylor director Peter Taylor said: “We are delighted to welcome National Holidays as main sponsor of Scarborough Open Air Theatre.

“Their continued support is vital in enabling us to be able to bring some of the biggest and best music acts to this wonderful venue.

“They also offer fantastic travel packages which enable fans from all over the country to not only visit shows here at the OAT, but also holiday here in this stunning part of the UK.

“More than 60,000 people have already secured their tickets for what promises to be another sensational year of live music here in Scarborough. We cannot wait for the first show on May 24 when the legendary Beach Boys kick-off the 2017 season.”

Following The Beach Boys will be Yorkshire’s very own Kaiser Chiefs on May 27 before indie legends The Charlatans on June 16 and pop legends The Jacksons on June 17.

Tickets for concerts at Scarborough OAT are available via www.ticketmaster.co.uk (0844 844 0444) and www.scarboroughopenairtheatre.com or in person from Scarborough Open Air Theatre Box Office (01723 818111) and the Discover Yorkshire Coast Tourism Bureau (01723 383636).

For more information about National Holidays visit www.nationalholidays.com or call 0844 477 8000.

The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper celebrated with 50th anniversary show at Lytham Festival 2017

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Lytham Festival will celebrate the music of The Beatles this summer with a special tribute to the Fab Four.

Fifty years after The Beatles released their ground-breaking 1967 album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Mersey Beatles will perform a special anniversary show at Lytham Festival 2017.

The nation’s favourite all-Liverpool born Beatles tribute band are bringing a two-hour live show to the Festival’s Pavilion Stage at Lowther Pavilion on Wednesday, August 2nd.

Tickets go on sale Friday May 19th at 9am from lythamfestival.com and lowtherpavilion.co.uk

This stunning two-part show will see the band – who are currently on a major tour of America – perform the Sgt Pepper album in its entirety. A sensational second half will take the audience on a journey through the Fab Four’s legendary hit-packed back catalogue – from the songs of Beatlemania to Abbey Road.

The Mersey Beatles were the resident Beatles tribute band at Liverpool’s legendary Cavern Club for 10 years, between 2002-2012. They have played more than 600 shows at the world-famous venue – twice as many as The Beatles themselves!

And when it comes to stage performance, The Mersey Beatles brilliantly exude the inner and outer spirit of the original Fab Four, from the costumes, the haircuts, the instruments and, of course, the unmistakable live sound.

Julia Baird, John Lennon’s sister and close friend of the band, said: “The Mersey Beatles are the most authentic I’ve heard … and I’ve heard them all.”

When asked about The Mersey Beatles performances Joe Flannery, Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein’s assistant, said: “When I saw them play in The Cavern, they perfectly recreated the atmosphere that the original Beatles produced. It was like listening to The Beatles again.”

Since leaving The Cavern to tour the world, The Mersey Beatles – who are Steven Howard, David Howard, Mark Bloor and Brian Ambrose – have wowed audiences around the globe and are this year headlining shows in America, Germany and Norway.

Lytham Festival Director Peter Taylor said: “This is going to be a really special night at Lytham Festival. The Mersey Beatles are a sensational band who perfectly capture the spirit and sound of The Beatles brilliantly.

“We cannot think of a better way to celebrate arguably the most important album ever recorded than by having Liverpool’s favourite, most authentic tribute to The Beatles perform Sgt Pepper live in its entirety.

“The second half will be a total Beatles party packed with the hits we all know and love. We’d advise Beatles fans to get their tickets now because this is going to be a night to remember!”

The Mersey Beatles join a mega line-up for Lytham Festival 2017 which includes headline performances by Olly Murs, Haçienda Classical, 80s and 90s stars The Human League, Midge Ure, and Dodgy, Ska legends Madness and a host of West End stars over five nights in the Lytham Green Main Arena.

CLEAN CUT KID TO SUPPORT KAISER CHIEFS AT SCARBOROUGH OAT

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Clean Cut Kid will be joining Kaiser Chiefs when the Brit Award winning indie greats play at Scarborough Open Air Theatre next week.

Kaiser Chiefs are heading to Europe’s largest open air theatre on Saturday May 27th for what promises to be a sensational Yorkshire homecoming.

And main support on the night will be Clean Cut Kid who are rightly regarded as one of the fastest-rising bands in the UK right now.

The Liverpool four-piece released their debut album Felt – featuring such stunning tracks as Vitamin C, Leaving You Behind, Stay, Pick Me Up and Make Believe – to widespread acclaim earlier this month.

In the last year, Clean Cut Kid have played more than 100 live shows, 30-plus festivals across the world, and recently starred on the Topman/NME Tour and Live at Leeds.

North West indie rockers New York Tourists will open the Scarborough OAT show.

Peter Taylor, director of Scarborough OAT promoters Cuffe and Taylor, said: “Saturday May 27 is going to be an amazing night for indie rock fans and we are delighted to be adding Clean Cut Kid to the bill.

“They are one of the most exciting and talked about bands around, who’ve just released their brilliant debut album, so to be bringing them to Scarborough with Kaiser Chiefs is a real bonus.”

Since bursting into the nation’s psyche in 2004, Kaiser Chiefs have scored two Number One albums and a string of hits including the sing-along anthems
I Predict a Riot, Oh My God and UK Number One single Ruby.

2016 saw Kaiser Chiefs return with a headline slot at V Festival before the release of their sixth album Stay Together which included the euphoric, pop-infused singles Parachute and Hole In My Soul.

Kaiser Chiefs join Little Mix, The Jackson, Jess Glynne, Olly Murs, Madness, Cliff Richard, The Beach Boys, UB40 featuring Ali, Astro and Mickey Virtue, George Benson, Michael Ball and Alfie Boe, 80s v 90s night and indie stars The Charlatans among the star-studded headliners at Scarborough OAT for 2017.

Tickets for Kaiser Chiefs at Scarborough OAT, priced from £29.50, are available from www.ticketmaster.co.uk (0844 844 0444) and www.scarboroughopenairtheatre.com or in person from Scarborough Open Air Theatre Box Office (01723 818111) and the Discover Yorkshire Coast Tourism Bureau (01723 383636).

North West Festival Secures Five Charity Partners

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The North West’s biggest live music festival is welcoming five charity partners for 2017.

Lytham Festival hopes to attract around 100,000 people to Lancashire’s Fylde coast for the seven-day event taking place from Monday July 31 to Sunday August 6.

And rather than work with just one charity partner, festival organisers have decided to work with five this year in a bid to help each charity raise as much money as possible.

Teenage Cancer Trust and Meningitis Now are both onboard as national charities and Lytham Festival will also be partnering with three charities local to the event – Brian House Children’s Hospice, Blackpool Carers and youth work charity Streetlife.

Lytham Festival director Peter Taylor said: “It is very exciting to welcome five charity partners to be part of Lytham Festival 2017.

“Historically our audiences at Lytham Festival have been very generous making donations to our chosen charity partner and this year we decided we would like to reach out to more charities to ensure as many people as possible can benefit from these donations.

“We have selected different nights for each charity to be involved with and by doing so we have partnered the charities with the headline acts where we believe the audiences will relate to their fundraising best.

“I hope all five charities have a really successful Lytham Festival and we look forward to working with them.”

An army of charity volunteers will be evident throughout the Main Proms Arena on Lytham Green for each headline event in the hope of encouraging festival-goers to donate.

Teenage Cancer Trust will be the charity partner for Olly Murs on Wednesday August 2, Streetlife for Haçienda Classical on Thursday 3, Blackpool Carers for 80s V 90s on Friday 4, Brian House for Madness on Saturday 5 and Meningitis Now for West End Proms on Sunday 6.

Vanessa Simmons, North West Regional Fundraising Manager at Teenage Cancer Trust, said: “We are hugely grateful to be one of the Lytham Festival’s chosen charity partners. The money raised will help us with our ambitious goal to reach every young person with cancer in the UK.”

Streetlife CEO Jane Hugo said: “Streetlife is absolutely thrilled to be a charity partner for the Lytham Festival.  This is an amazing opportunity to raise awareness about Youth Homelessness and the support that Streetlife can offer to vulnerable young people across the Fylde coast.”

Faye Atherton, Head of Services at Blackpool Carers, said: “Blackpool Carers Centre is thrilled to be a charity partner of the prestigious Lytham Festival.  This event is a great opportunity to highlight and celebrate the selfless work of unpaid family carers.”

Michelle Lonican, Community Fundraiser for Brian House Children’s Hospice, said: “Lytham Festival is a vibrant community event that brings so much to the Fylde Coast, so it’s a real pleasure to be involved and a wonderful opportunity to raise our profile – and some funds – during the Brian House 21st birthday year.”

Roya Armstrong, North of England Community Fundraiser for Meningitis Now, said: “Meningitis Now is thrilled to be one of the partner charities for this year’s Lytham festival. This is even more poignant to us, after local boy Edward Dee sadly died in December after contracting the disease.

“We are dedicated to raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of meningitis, and we will continue to support families like Edward’s through the kind donations we receive.”

For more details and to buy tickets for Lytham Festival 2017 go to www.lythamfestival.com

HOLLYWOOD STAR TO JOIN THE BEACH BOYS IN SCARBOROUGH THIS SUMMER

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Award-winning Hollywood star John Stamos is set to join The Beach Boys on stage as they headline Scarborough Open Air Theatre this May.

The music legends – who have sold more than 100 million records worldwide – head to the Yorkshire coast on Wednesday May 24th for what promises to be a stunning night at Europe’s largest open air theatre.

Tickets for the show are on sale now from www.ticketmaster.co.uk

 This show is part of The Beach Boys’ Wild Honey World Tour across the USA, UK, and Europe. The tour – which continues into autumn 2017 – features the band’s beloved summer sound as they perform a mix of their greatest hits and fan favourites. The Wild Honey World Tour follows The Beach Boy’s highly successful 50 Years of Good Vibrations Tour.

Actor and musician John Stamos  is set to join the band on tour from May 24th – June 5th. Stamos has made numerous guest appearances with The Beach Boys since 1985 and, in 1988, he appeared in the video for their U.S. number one hit single, Kokomo. Stamos also served as an Executive Producer for the 2000 film The Beach Boys: An American Family.

 Beach Boys co-founder, lyricist and singer Mike Love said: “We have known John for many years since, right back to when he was in General Hospital in the 1980s. He is a huge Beach Boys fan and supporter.

“He was involved in producing a film on the band and he loves nothing more than playing drums with us on stage. We back him up when he sings Forever (a song Stamos performed twice on Full House and its Netflix follow-up Fuller House). He is a great guy and close friend so we are thrilled he will be joining us for our shows in the UK this summer.”

Stamos burst onto the scene as a teen idol in 1985 when he landed the role of Blackie Parrish in General Hospital. He then took on the iconic role of Jesse Katsopolis in the cult comedy Full House which ran for eight years and 192 episodes. He played Dr Tony Gates in ER for four years, and has appeared in network hits including Glee, Scream Queens, Two and a Half Men, Jake in Progress, Grandfathered (for which he won a People’s Choice Award) and starred in films such as Never Too Young to Die, Born To Ride, My Man Is a Loser and My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2.

Formed in 1961 in Hawthorne, California, The Beach Boys have scored more than 80 worldwide chart hits – 36 of them US Top 40 hits with four topping the Billboard Hot 100. Classics such as I Get Around, Sloop John B, Wouldn’t It Be Nice, God Only Knows, Surfin’ USA, Fun, Fun, Fun and the Grammy nominated Good Vibrations have multi-generational appeal and few, if any, acts can match The Beach Boys’ concert presence, spirit and performance.

The band is led by co-founder, principal lyricist and New York Times best-selling author Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, who along with Jeffrey Foskett, Brian Eichenburger, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill and Scott Totten continue the legacy of the iconic American band.

Tickets for The Beach Boys at Scarborough OAT on Wednesday May 24th are available from www.ticketmaster.co.uk (0844 844 0444) and www.scarboroughopenairtheatre.com or in person from Scarborough Open Air Theatre Box Office (01723 818111) and the Discover Yorkshire Coast Tourism Bureau (01723 383636).

Lemar Joins Soul And R&B Legend For Scarborough Open Air Theatre Show

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Brit Award winning soul and R&B star Lemar will join music legend George Benson for his show at Scarborough Open Air Theatre this summer.

10-time Grammy Award winner George – whose illustrious career spans five hit-packed decades – heads to the beautiful Yorkshire coast on Saturday July 1 for a concert at Europe’s largest open air theatre.

And Scarborough OAT promoters Cuffe and Taylor are today delighted to confirm double Brit Award winner Lemar will open the show for George on what promises to be an unforgettable night for soul and R&B fans.

Since his rise to stardom on Fame Academy in 2002, Lemar has become a multi-platinum selling artist with seven Top 10 singles – including Dance (with U), If There’s Any Justice, The Way Love Goes and Time To Grow – and two Top 10 albums.

Together with his two BRIT Awards, for British Urban Act, he has won two MOBO awards for Best UK Male and one for Best Album.

Lemar said: “George Benson is a music icon and it’s a real honour to share the same bill with such a legend and hero to soul and R&B fans the world over.

“Having had the pleasure of performing with him before, I know this is really going to be an unforgettable night. I can’t wait.”

George Benson’s appearance at Scarborough OAT is one of only two UK dates for a star whose unmistakable voice and masterful guitar playing are revered around the world.

 

His stunning back catalogue includes such classics as Give Me The Night, Lady Love Me (One More Time}, Turn Your Love Around, Love X Love and Never Give Up On A Good Thing and In Your Eyes.

Cuffe and Taylor Director Peter Taylor said: “This is going to be some night at Scarborough OAT. George Benson is a soul and R&B legend and to add the brilliant Lemar, who is a sensational singer and British soul great, to the line-up is fantastic for live music fans.

“We can’t wait for July 1 as this is going to be a true night to remember.”

Lemar and George Benson join soul and R&B legends The Jacksons, Tom Jones, Kaiser Chiefs, Little Mix, Jess Glynne, Olly Murs, Madness, Cliff Richard, UB40 featuring Ali, Astro and Mickey Virtue, Michael Ball and Alfie Boe, 80s v 90s night and The Charlatans among the star-studded headliners at Scarborough OAT in 2017.

This year’s live music events begin on Wednesday May 24 with The Beach Boys.

Tickets for all events are available from www.ticketmaster.co.uk (0844 844 0444) and www.scarboroughopenairtheatre.com or in person from Scarborough Open Air Theatre Box Office (01723 818111) and the Discover Yorkshire Coast Tourism Bureau (01723 383636).

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