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April 2016

Busted Are Back And Live At Scarborough OAT

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Pop punk chart toppers and Brit Award winners Busted are ready to rock the Yorkshire coast this summer.

The band – which has reformed to the delight of its army of devoted fans – will play Scarborough Open Air Theatre on Friday September 2.

Tickets will go on general sale at 9am Friday April 29 and are available from or

Busted enjoyed unrivalled success a decade ago. The Essex boys’ whirlwind career spawned eight top three singles including the massive Year 3000, Crashed the Wedding and Thunderbirds, four number ones, two platinum-selling albums and two Brit Awards.

They split in 2005 when Charlie Simpson left to focus on his alternative rock band Fightstar.

Now all three members – Simpson, James Bourne and Matt Willis – are back, and back with a bang.

Busted’s Scarborough gig is being organised by promoters Cuffe and Taylor.

Director Peter Taylor said: “This is a major news for Busted fans everywhere – the boys are back and they are playing the Yorkshire coast this summer!

“They are one of the most successful pop groups Britain has produced in the last 20 years. There was an amazing reaction to the news they were reforming and we expect this to be a cracking night in Scarborough.

“Having promoted McBusted gigs in the last few years we know what high energy shows they were so we cannot wait to see the original Bustedline-up on stage and doing what they do best – rocking the crowd!”

Formed in 2000, Busted released two studio albums, Busted (2002) and A Present for Everyone (2003), one compilation album and one live album.

After the split, Willis and Bourne toured together with McFly as the supergroup McBusted in 2014 and 2015, which included a stunning gig at Scarborough OAT.

In November, it was revealed Busted were back after a number of successful writing sessions involving Matt, Charlie and James. A third studio album will be released later in 2016.

Matt Willis explained: “For me, there’s a huge sense of unfinished business. I think I always thought in my heart we’d do Busted again, but that it was just a matter of when and how.”

Charlie Simpson said: “Being in Busted was brilliant, and before I got bogged down with the stuff that in the end drove me crazy, it was amazing. The three of us never fell out. So I feel like I can come back and do this and have fun with it.”

And James Bourne added: “We’ve done this crazy, exciting, adventurous, scenic route back to being Busted. And now we’re here, we’re all super-re-energised.”

Tickets for Busted at Scarborough OAT are priced from £35 and go on sale at 9am Friday April 29 from or in person from the Scarborough Open Air Theatre Box Office. Tickets are also available from

James Bay To Play Scarborough Open Air Theatre

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2016 Brit Award winner James Bay is to headline what promises to be a night to remember on Yorkshire’s beautiful coast this summer.

The singer-songwriter will play at Scarborough Open Air Theatre on Tuesday July 12 2016.

Tickets go on general sale at 9am Friday April 22, and are available from or

James burst onto the music scene in late 2014 with the smash hit Hold Back The River.

His debut album, Chaos and The Calm, entered the UK charts at No.1 in March 2015 and was in the top 20 for a staggering 40 weeks, selling more than two million copies around the world.

Known as one of the most captivating and in demand live acts around, James was crowned Best British Male at the 2016 BRIT Awards and was nominated for three Grammy Awards, including Best New Act.

His Scarborough OAT gig is being organised by promoters Cuffe and Taylor.

Director Peter Taylor said: “We are delighted to announce James Bay is coming to Scarborough Open Air Theatre.

“James is without a doubt one of the most in demand artists around. He is one of the biggest breakthrough artists of the last few years, proven by his stunning number one album, international critical acclaim and his many many award accolades.

“He performed a wonderful set at last year’s Glastonbury festival and he has sold out shows across Europe, as well as two tours in the US, so this is going to a be a gig no-one will want to miss.”

James – whose hits include Let It Go, Hold Back The River, Scarsand Best Fake Smile – has collaborated live with such luminaries as Ronnie Wood, Ed Sheeran, Jack Garratt and performed alongside Justin Bieber at this year’s Brits.

Tickets for James Bay’s Scarborough OAT gig are priced from £35.

Tickets go on sale at 9am Friday April 22 from or in person from the Scarborough Open Air Theatre Box Office. Tickets are also available from

’Legendary Lancashire Welcome’ for Gusto Lytham

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rhodesmedia-com_-_67379297Directors of Gusto have been bowled over by the fantastic support for the premium brand’s newest restaurant – even before the doors have swung open!

Gusto Lytham – the company’s first ever Lancashire restaurant – will officially open on Thursday April 14 at 5pm.

Directors and staff have already received a tremendous Fylde coast welcome for what looks set to be one of Lancashire’s culinary events of the year.

Managing Director of Gusto, Sue Crimes, said: “We are really excited to be opening the doors on Thursday and, from what everyone has told us, so is Lytham!

“We’ve received so many fantastic messages of support from the local community, through social media, from fellow business owners and from people coming up to us on the street as they’ve watched the restaurant take shape. Everyone has given us a legendary Lancashire welcome.

“We feel we are bringing something really new and really special to this beautiful town and we cannot wait to show off the restaurant, our first class customer service and, of course, wonderful food and drink.”

Gusto has invested more than £1 million in the 4,000sq ft restaurant and bar, situated on Dicconson Terrace, alongside Lytham’s famous Green.

The Grade II listed building has been lavishly transformed into a stunning 130-cover restaurant, with dining for 40 on its outside terrace.

More than 60 jobs have been created with all staff trained to Gusto’s gold standard of customer service.

Sue added: “We are delighted with the team we have put together and so pleased to have created so many jobs for local people right here in Lytham.

“Customer service is absolutely key and Gusto prides itself on offering nothing but the best to our customers.

“The restaurant is stunning, the team is in place – now all we need to do is open the doors and give Lytham the full Gusto experience!”

Gusto, which opened its first site in Cheshire’s Alderley Edge in 2005, promises its Lytham restaurant will boast a real ‘sparkly and aspirational vibe’ with its fashionable décor and a choice of more than 50 stylish cocktails.

The classic and contemporary menu uses fresh, carefully selected, simple ingredients to offer a wide choice of premium British and European dishes.

A lunch and brunch option, comprehensive worldwide wine list and a selection of unique specials with a family focused Children’s Menu served until 6pm.

Anna Jets In From California To Lead Gusto Lytham

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Premium restaurant brand Gusto is delighted to announce Anna Whalan will be the General Manager of its eagerly-awaited new restaurant in Lytham.

Anna, 40, who has worked in leading restaurants around the world over the past 17 years, joins Gusto from luxury US hotel chain Loews Hotels with whom she was Restaurant Director in San Diego.

Lytham may be 5,300-mile from her previous life California, but the beautiful area of Lytham and St Annes have a special place in Anna’s heart as it was here that her parents moved into their first house together.

Newcastle-born Anna was also sold the area by boyfriend Steve Collinge who splits his time between his role in advertising in America and his home in St Annes.

Anna said: “It is almost as if the stars were aligned when I heard about the job at Gusto Lytham.

“On the personal side, my parents lived here when they were first married, while Steve, who I met in San Diego, has always told me how beautiful the area is. Professionally, Gusto is a quality brand which I feel is perfect for Lytham.

“I feel really fortunate to have found a job with a really exciting, innovative restaurant company and have the opportunity to move home.

“We are currently putting our team together and we cannot wait to open the doors and bring the full Gusto experience to Lytham.”

Gusto Lytham – the brand’s first restaurant in Lancashire – will officially open its doors on THURSDAY APRIL 14 at 5PM.

Gusto – which has 12 restaurants across the UK – has invested more than £1 million in its new 4,000sq ft restaurant and bar in Lytham.

Refurbishment work is now well underway at the Grade II listed building to create the new 130-cover restaurant, which is located on Dicconson Terrace, occupying the site of a former doctor’s surgery.

The company is currently recruiting for 60 newly created jobs at the restaurant.

Anna added: “Everything is coming together very well. We are putting together a really strong team and I’m really looking forward to Gusto Lytham being the new hot spot in town.

“There is a real buzz around Lytham and we know the whole community is looking forward to coming inside to check us out.

“I’ve been in Lytham for a few weeks now and I have fallen in love with the town. There is very much a cafe culture here in Lytham. There are some very successful local restaurants, a big scene of dining out, a really good vibe and we are delighted to be part of that.

“I think Gusto will be a perfect fit. It will be great for families who want to relax in wonderful surroundings and enjoy quality food in a great atmosphere as much as it will be for those who want to come out with friends, enjoy and cocktail and have a great time.”

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