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February 2018

TOM JONES ANNOUNCES SIX LIVE DATES AT STUNNING UK VENUES

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Music legend Tom Jones is touring some of the UK’s most magnificent stately homes and historic locations this summer.

The concerts will be a celebration of a music career that spans six decades and will see Sir Tom perform headline shows at some of the nation’s most beautiful venues.

The dates are:

Wednesday July 4 – Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London

Friday July 6 – Euston Hall, Thetford, Suffolk

Sunday July 8 – Englefield Estate, Newbury

Thursday July 12 – Ragley Hall, Alcester, Warwickshire

Wednesday July 18 – Stansted Park, Chichester, Hampshire

Sunday July 22 – Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire

Tickets for all shows go on general sale at 9am Friday March 2 via www.ticketmaster.co.uk

With a career that has seen him sell in excess of 100 million records, Tom Jones has won countless accolades including a BRIT Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music and a Silver Clef Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Knighted by Her Majesty The Queen in 2006, the global star has amassed 36 UK Top 40 hits.

Fans attending this six truly unique concerts are assured of a fantastic night as Tom and his band present a stunning set-list built from a career that traverses all eras and genres of popular music.

The concerts are presented by promoters Cuffe and Taylor. Director Peter Taylor said: “Tom is a true music legend and I’m delighted we are once again working with him in 2018.

“We have presented many shows with Tom over the last three years and it never fails to impress me just what a magnificent performer this man is. His voice is incredible and the crowds absolutely adore him.

“This will be an amazing series of concerts in some of the most magnificent and beautiful locations so I would advise fans to get in early to secure their tickets.”

Tickets go on general sale at 9am Friday March 2 via www.ticketmaster.co.uk

JAMES ARTHUR TO PLAY SCARBOROUGH OPEN AIR THEATRE

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James Arthur is well and truly back, on top of his game and ready to play a headline gig at Scarborough Open Air Theatre this summer.

The man behind such worldwide hits as ‘Impossible’ and ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’ is bringing his stunning live show to Europe’s largest open-air theatre on Thursday July 26.

Tickets go on sale 9am Wednesday February 21 via www.scarboroughopenairtheatre.com

James is riding high following the huge success of his 2016 album ‘Back From The Edge’ which catapulted him back to the top of the charts and led to a string of sold-out live shows.

It is just five years since the Middlesbrough-born singer/songwriter became an overnight star when he won ITV’s X Factor. His debut single ‘Impossible’ became a worldwide hit – selling more than three million copies and hitting No.1 in 50 countries.

He was nominated for a Brit Award and his self-titled debut album, featuring the single ‘You’re Nobody Until Somebody Loves You’ and collaborations with Naughty Boy and Emeli Sandé, was certified Gold in the UK and sold 400,000 copies worldwide.

After taking two years away from the limelight, James returned in 2016 with his sensational Platinum-selling follow-up album ‘Back From The Edge’.

First single ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’ fired him back to the top of the UK charts – staying at No.1 for three weeks – while the album also hit top spot and won glowing reviews from fans, peers and critics alike.

His new material added a rich, mature, often confessional, quality to the raw passion and unique voice he showcased so wonderfully on his debut. Together with the smash hit ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’, ‘Back From The Edge’ included such wondrous tracks ‘Sermon’, featuring rapper Shotty Horroh, ‘Safe Inside’ and ‘Trainwreck’, which James later described as “one of the best songs I’ve ever recorded.”

And last year James – who picked up two more Brit Award nominations in 2017 – capped his triumphant comeback by embarking on his first ever UK arena tour.

His Scarborough OAT show is presented by Cuffe and Taylor. Director Peter Taylor said: “James is one of the most in demand singer/songwriters in the UK today and we are delighted to be bringing him to the Yorkshire coast this summer.

“His live shows are fantastic, full of emotion, great music and, of course, feature one of British music’s most unmistakable and unique voices. This is going to be some night!”

James Arthur join a fantastic line-up at Scarborough OAT this summer which includes Britney Spears, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Emeli Sandé, Lionel Richie, Pete Tong and the Heritage Orchestra’s Ibiza Classics, Texas, Nile Rodgers and CHIC, Bastille, Il Divo, Gary Barlow, The Script, Steps and Alfie Boe.

Tickets for the at Scarborough OAT go on general sale at 9am on Wednesday February 21 from www.scarboroughopenairtheatre.com or from Scarborough Open Air Theatre Box Office (01723 818111) and the Discover Yorkshire Coast Tourism Bureau (01723 383636). To access exclusive pre-sale tickets – 24 hours before general sale – go to www.scarboroughopenairtheatre.com and sign up.

TEXAS TO PLAY SCARBOROUGH OPEN AIR THEATRE – SUMMER 2018

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Chart topping rock band Texas will play a headline show at Scarborough Open Air Theatre this summer.

The Scottish band – who have sold more than 40 million albums in a brilliant career that has spanned four decades – will play Europe’s largest open-air theatre on Saturday August 11.

Tickets go on sale 9am Wednesday February 21 via www.scarboroughopenairtheatre.com

Led by vocalist Sharleen Spiteri and co-founder Johnny McElhone, Texas are riding high following the success of their ninth studio album ‘Jump on Board’.

Released in May 2017, and bursting with great songs influenced by Northern Soul, Disco, seminal British groups like the Bee-Gees and Orange Juice, it became the band’s sixth UK Top 10 album.

Singles ‘Let’s Work It Out’ and ‘Tell that Girl’ were major radio hits and Texas played a string of scintillating live shows.

The new songs sit brilliantly alongside the band’s massive hits that include ‘I Don’t Want A Lover’, ‘Say What You Want’, ‘Halo’, ‘Summer Sun’. ‘Getaway’ and ‘Black Eyed Boy’.

Known for their compelling live sound, this will be a not-to-be-missed show at Scarborough OAT, presented by Cuffe and Taylor. Director Peter Taylor said: “Texas have produced hit after hit over the last four decades and remain a must-see live band.

“Their latest album is up there with their best work and we are delighted to be bringing them here to this wonderful venue.”

Texas join a fantastic line-up at Scarborough OAT this summer which includes Britney Spears, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Emeli Sandé, Lionel Richie, Pete Tong and the Heritage Orchestra’s Ibiza Classics, Nile Rodgers and CHIC, Bastille, Il Divo, Gary Barlow, The Script, Steps and Alfie Boe.

Tickets for Texas at Scarborough OAT go on general sale at 9am on Wednesday February 21 from www.scarboroughopenairtheatre.com or from Scarborough Open Air Theatre Box Office (01723 818111) and the Discover Yorkshire Coast Tourism Bureau (01723 383636). To access exclusive pre-sale tickets – 24 hours before general sale – go to  www.scarboroughopenairtheatre.com and sign up.

EMELI SANDÉ TO PLAY SCARBOROUGH OPEN AIR THEATRE – SUMMER 2018

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Brit Award winner and No.1 recording artist Emeli Sandé will play a not-to-be-missed show at Europe’s largest open-air theatre this summer.

Emeli – whose global hits include ‘Read All About It’, ‘Next To Me’, ‘My Kind of Love’ and ‘Clown’ – will play Scarborough Open Air Theatre on Thursday July 5.

Tickets go on sale 9am Wednesday February 21 via www.scarboroughopenairtheatre.com

Emeli burst onto the scene in 2009 with Top 10 hit ‘Diamond Rings’, her stunning collaboration with Chipmunk. She scored further chart success with DJ and rapper Naughty Boy before claiming her first number one – the smash-hit ‘Read All About It’ with Professor Green.

Her multi-platinum-selling debut album ‘Our Version of Events’ catapulted Emeli to worldwide acclaim, before her ‘Live At The Albert Hall’ album also topped the charts.

In 2012, Emeli performed at both the Opening and Closing ceremonies of the London Olympics. She won two Brit Awards in 2013 for Best British Female Solo Artist and British Album of the Year.

Emeli‘s second studio album ‘Long Live the Angels’ – featuring the global smash-hit single ‘Hurts’ – was released in 2016. In 2017 Emeli received the Brit Awards’ Best British Female Solo Artist award, becoming her fourth win in total, while she was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2017 Birthday Honours for services to music.

Emeli‘s show at Scarborough Open Air Theatre is presented by Cuffe and Taylor. Director Peter Taylor said: “What can be said about Emeli Sandé which has not been said already? She is a global star whose songs have touched millions of people around the world.

“This is a major coup for Scarborough and Emeli joins what is quite simply the best summer line-up Scarborough OAT has ever seen.”

Emeli Sandé join a stellar line-up at Scarborough OAT this summer which includes not-to-be-missed shows from Britney Spears, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Lionel Richie, Pete Tong and the Heritage Orchestra’s Ibiza Classics, Nile Rodgers and CHIC, Bastille, Il Divo, Gary Barlow, The Script, Steps and Alfie Boe.

Tickets for Emeli Sandé at Scarborough OAT go on general sale at 9am on Wednesday February 21 from www.scarboroughopenairtheatre.com or from Scarborough Open Air Theatre Box Office (01723 818111) and the Discover Yorkshire Coast Tourism Bureau (01723 383636). To access exclusive pre-sale tickets – 24 hours before general sale – go to

www.scarboroughopenairtheatre.com and sign up.

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds Head Back To Yorkshire Coast

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Get ready Yorkshire – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds are heading to Scarborough Open Air Theatre this summer.

Fresh from the success of the No.1 album ‘Who Built the Moon?’ – and sold out tour dates around the world – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds will play Europe’s largest open air theatre on Friday July 6.

Tickets on sale 9am Wednesday February 21 via www.scarboroughopenairtheatre.com

The gig sees a return to Scarborough OAT for Noel and his band who played a sell-out show at the venue in 2016 as part of the ‘Chasing Yesterday Tour’.

‘Who Built the Moon?’ – featuring the singles ‘It’s A Beautiful World’ and ‘Holy Mountain’ – is the third album from Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and was released in November 2017 on Sour Mash Records.

Produced by acclaimed producer, DJ and composer David Holmes, it debuted at No.1, achieving gold certification less than two weeks after its release – making it a hat-trick of No.1 solo records following 2011’s eponymous album and 2015’s ‘Chasing Yesterday’.

This is also a record-breaking tenth consecutive chart-topping studio album for Noel – no other act has a perfect streak of No.1 studio albums as long as Noel.

From this month, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds embark on a huge ‘Stranded On The Earth World Tour 2018/19’ performing shows in North America and Europe followed by UK and Ireland arena dates in the spring – including The SSE Arena Wembley, London, Manchester Arena and Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena.

The Scarborough OAT date is presented by Cuffe and Taylor. Director Peter Taylor said: “We are thrilled Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds are heading back to Scarborough Open Air Theatre this summer. Noel’s show here in 2016 was amazing and this is quite simply going to be one of the highlights of 2018.

“‘Who Built The Moon?’ is a stunning piece of work and, when played alongside the many unmistakable anthems from Noel’s career, this is simply going to be a night no-one will want to miss.”

Tickets for Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds at Scarborough Open Air Theatre show on sale at 9am on Wednesday February 21 via www.scarboroughopenairtheatre.com or in person from Scarborough Open Air Theatre Box Office (01723 818111) and the Discover Yorkshire Coast Tourism Bureau (01723 383636).
To access exclusive pre-sale tickets – 24 hours before general sale – go to www.scarboroughopenairtheatre.com and sign up.

NILE RODGERS & CHIC ANNOUNCE SEASIDE and STATELY HOME DATES FOR 2018

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Legendary musician Nile Rodgers and his band CHIC are heading out on tour with four dates announced today at the seaside and stately homes.

The iconic live dance band will headline four open-air gigs bringing their cool nights of dance, hip hop and rock to:

  • Scarborough Open Air Theatre – Sunday June 24
  • Alnwick Castle, Northumberland – Wednesday July 11
  • Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire – Thursday July 19
  • Lytham Festival, Lancashire – Saturday July 21

Tickets go on sale at 9am Friday February 16 from www.ticketmaster.co.uk

Nile Rodgers and CHIC, famous for hits including Everybody Dance and Le Freak, have enjoyed global success for more than 40 years. They remain as relevant today as they did when they first hit the scene back in 1976.

The four dates are presented by promoters Cuffe and Taylor. Director Peter Taylor said: “Nile Rodgers and CHIC are the epitome of cool dance music. These are global superstars who are both adored by their fans and hailed as innovators by their peers.

“We are delighted to be working with them this summer and look forward to bringing the very best of dance music to Scarborough, Alnwick, Belvoir and Lytham.

“All four venues provide a spectacular backdrop fitting to present what will be a series of stunning shows.”

Sonic innovator and Grammy Award winner Nile Rodgers transcends all styles of music across every generation with a body of work that’s garnered him inductions in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (2017) and the Songwriters Hall of Fame (2016). Nile’s work in the CHIC Organization and his productions for artists like David Bowie, Madonna and Diana Ross have sold over 300 million albums and 50 million singles worldwide while his innovative, trendsetting collaborations with Daft Punk, Avicci and Sigala reflect the vanguard of contemporary music.

“BRITNEY: PIECE OF ME” TOUR IS HEADING TO BLACKPOOL

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International pop icon Britney Spears will be bringing her “Britney: Piece of Me” show to the UK’s most popular seaside resort this September.

A celebration of one of the most illustrious careers in music history, the show will head to Blackpool’s Tower Festival Headland on Saturday September 1.

The announcement is due to overwhelmingly rapid sales of legendary pop icon Britney Spears’ exclusive last time ever, limited tour of her award-winning and record-breaking show, “Britney: Piece of Me.” Four additional European shows have been added due to demand, including a third show at London’s O2 Arena. The show will also now visit Paris, Birmingham and Blackpool.

Britney has today also announced that Grammy-Award winning, multi-platinum selling artist Pitbull will be joining her for the European dates on the exclusive run.

Tickets go on sale at 10am on Tuesday February 13 via www.ticketmaster.co.uk

Fans can sign up to an EXCLUSIVE PRE-SALE link at www.visitblackpool.com giving them access to tickets 24 hours earlier from 10am Monday February 12.

This tour follows Britney’s record-breaking, four-year headlining residency, at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, where Britney received rave reviews from both critics and fans alike since opening in December 2013.

With more than 250 shows, the record-setting residency was sold out on a regular basis, selling almost one million tickets.

“Britney: Piece of Me” was voted the “Best Resident Performer,” “Best Production Show,” “Best Bachelorette Party” and “Best Bachelor Party” by readers of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.  Hollywood’s biggest names including Beyoncé, Jay Z, Lady Gaga, Anna Kendrick, Nick Jonas, Miley Cyrus, Kirsten Dunst, Chloë Grace Moretz, Calvin Harris, Sia, Selena Gomez, Katy Perry and Steven Tyler have all attended “Piece of Me.”

This exclusive US East Coast and European tour is the last time anybody will see the show.

Britney’s UK dates are presented by live music promoters Cuffe and Taylor.

Director Peter Taylor said: “Britney Spears is quite simply one of the biggest music stars in the world and we are delighted to be bringing her ‘Piece Of Me’ show to the UK. 

“The shows we announced last month have proved to be massively popular so today, due to overwhelming demand, we are announcing three extra dates. For one of those to be in Blackpool is fantastic and I cannot wait to see this international icon performing on arguably the most famous seaside promenade in the world. 

“This is going to be something truly special.”

Tickets go on sale at 10am on Tuesday February 13 via www.ticketmaster.co.uk

Fans can sign up to an EXCLUSIVE PRE-SALE link at www.visitblackpool.com giving them access to tickets 24 hours earlier from 10am Monday February 12.

PETE TONG WITH THE HERITAGE ORCHESTRA PERFORM ‘IBIZA CLASSICS’ on yorkshire coast

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Legendary dance DJ Pete Tong with the Heritage Orchestra conducted by Jules Buckley will bring a taste of Ibiza to the Yorkshire coast this summer.

The critically acclaimed Ibiza Classics show, which is a smash hit with fans of both dance and orchestral music, will head to Scarborough Open Air Theatre on Friday July 20th.

Tickets go on general sale at 9am Friday February 9th from www.ticketmaster.co.uk

Ibiza Classics is an audio and visual spectacle, showcasing some of the world’s best loved dance music in a way audiences have never heard or seen before.

Peter Taylor, director for Cuffe and Taylor who exclusively programme all live music events at Scarborough OAT, said: “Pete Tong’s Ibiza Classics is going to be very special. With Pete Tong you have a dance industry icon presenting this show, and that, combined with the Heritage Orchestra led by Jules Buckley, makes for what will be another exciting, not-to-be missed, night at Scarborough OAT this summer.”

Pete Tong has been a household name for almost 30 years. He rose to prominence as a Radio 1 DJ but over the years has become a dance industry icon celebrated for his knowledge of dance music while producing classic dance anthems for the masses.

He first combined his love of dance music with a full orchestra at the BBC Proms in 2015 and since then Ibiza Classics has enjoyed sold-out success across UK arenas.

His most recent album Ibiza Classics was released in December last year and followed the 2016 number one album Classic House.

Pete Tong’s Ibiza Classics is part of a stellar line-up at Scarborough OAT this summer which includes not-to-be-missed shows from Britney Spears, Lionel Richie, Bastille, Il Divo, Gary Barlow, The Script, Steps and Alfie Boe.

Tickets for Pete Tong’s Ibiza Classics Scarborough Open Air Theatre show go on sale at 9am on Friday February 9 via www.ticketmaster.co.uk 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).

BASTILLE ANNOUNCE SCARBOROUGH OPEN AIR THEATRE DATE

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Bastille are heading to the Yorkshire coast this summer for what promises to be a stunning  night at Scarborough Open Air Theatre.

The chart-topping and multi-award-winning band behind such anthems as ‘Pompeii’, ‘Good Grief’, ‘Laura Palmer’ and ‘Things We Lost In The Fire’ will play Europe’s largest open-air theatre on Saturday July 28.

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday February 9 via www.ticketmaster.co.uk

It is just seven years since South Londoner Dan Smith started Bastille alone in his bedroom. With Chris Wood (drums), Will Farquarson (guitar) and Kyle Simmons (keyboards) added to the line-up, Bastille have become a global phenomenon.

The band’s chart-conquering debut album ‘Bad Blood’ sold more than four million copies alongside 11 million singles. In the UK, the twice Number One album was certified double-platinum and earned Bastille the British Breakthrough award at the 2014 Brits, along with two Grammy nominations.

The 2016 follow up ‘Wild World’ – spearheaded by single, ‘Good Grief’ – topped the UK album charts and hit Top 5 in the US. Featuring the singles ‘Send Them Off!’ ‘Blame’ and ‘Glory’ it was a hit with fans and critics alike and saw them scoop NME Album Of The Year.

Together with a series of sold out arena tours and major festival appearances, Bastille have also collaborated with acts like Haim, Kate Tempest and Angel Haze, and Dan co-founded and co-runs an indie label, Best Laid Plans, helping to develop acts like Rag ’N’ Bone Man and Rationale.

Bastille’s show at Scarborough Open Air Theatre is presented by Cuffe and Taylor. Director Peter Taylor said: “Bastille are quite simply one of the most critically acclaimed and successful British bands of the last decade. Their anthemic sound is unmistakable and has won them legions of fans around the world. It goes without saying we cannot wait to bring them here to Scarborough Open Air Theatre for what we will be an unforgettable night.”

Bastille join a stellar 2018 line-up at Scarborough OAT that includes Britney Spears, Lionel Richie, Il Divo, Gary Barlow, The Script, Steps and Alfie Boe.

Tickets for Bastille’s Scarborough Open Air Theatre show go on sale at 9am on Friday February 9 via www.ticketmaster.co.uk 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).

Lytham Festival 2018 – full amazing line up revealed

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Pop superstars Steps, DJ Pete Tong with the Heritage Orchestra conducted by Jules Buckley, award-winning musician George Ezra and singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé, legendary musician Nile Rodgers and his band Chic and the world’s most successful classical crossover group Il Divo will headline five nights of live music at Lytham Festival 2018.

Festival organisers have today completed the full list of headliners for the Main Proms Arena on Lytham Green from Wednesday 18 to Sunday 22 July.

Lytham Festival tickets are on sale now from www.lythamfestival.com

Lytham Festival’s opener on Wednesday July 18 will be a pop-fuelled party night when chart-toppers Steps take to the stage. They will be joined by special guests Whigfield, Vengaboys and DJ Pat Sharp.

Thursday July 19 sees Leafy Lytham Green transformed into a clubber’s dream as Pete Tong, along with the Heritage Orchestra conducted by Jules Buckley, presents the critically acclaimed audio and visual spectacle Ibiza Classics. The iconic night will be supported with a set from electronic dance duo Basement Jaxx.

Award-winning musician and singer-songwriter George Ezra will be joined by the stunning voice of Emeli Sandé on Friday July 20. They will be supported by singer-songwriter Rae Morris.

Saturday night sees legendary musician Nile Rodgers and his band Chic headline an uber cool night of disco, hip hop and rock. They will be supported by special guests 80s pop chart-toppers Bananarama and Grammy Award winners Soul II Soul.

And to close the five-night event on Sunday July 22, international quartet Il Divo will headline. They will be joined on stage with special guest Olivier Award-winning West End star, singer and actress Martine McCutcheon and the Heart of England Orchestra.

Lytham Festival director Peter Taylor said: “The line-up for Lytham Festival 2018 presents an incredible array of artists who will entertain many thousands of people.

“Once again we have programmed a festival which will appeal to a wide range of people. Lytham is not about catering to just one type of music taste. Our aim is always to make our festival attractive to as many people as possible – whatever their music taste.

“The line-up for 2018 does that and we look forward to a fantastic week of live music.”

For more information go to www.lythamfestival.com

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