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April 2017


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Indie rockers New York Tourists will be the opening act when Kaiser Chiefs’ make their eagerly-awaited Yorkshire homecoming.

Ricky Wilson and the Kaiser boys are heading to the beautiful Yorkshire seaside for what promises to be an unforgettable night at Scarborough Open Air Theatre on Saturday May 27.

And supporting them on the night will be a band that is building a big following after exploding onto the North West’s legendary indie scene.

Regularly playing to sell-out shows in their own right, New York Tourists have also supported the likes of We Are Scientists, The Futureheads and The View as well as making festival appearances on bills alongside the likes of Noel Gallagher and Rudimental.

With the propulsive freneticism of the likes of Foals, with the grace and pop sensibilities of bands such as Friendly Fires, the Lancashire-based four-piece have managed to create an unique brand of indie pop that’s impossible to ignore.

Made up of Gary Taylor (Vocals/Guitar); Carl Rutherford (Guitar); Adrian Mckenzie (Bass) and Joe Mooney (Drums), New York Tourists’ storming new single Feels So Good was released last week.

Carl said: “We’ve played to some big crowds in the last few years at major festivals and we’ve worked hard at building a loyal following.

“We can’t wait to get on stage at Scarborough to support the Kaiser Chiefs.

“It’s going to be an amazing night in Yorkshire. It’s a homecoming gig for the Kaisers so we’ll certainly play our part in getting the crowd really going for what is going to be a great gig.”

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 already announced at Scarborough OAT for 2017.

Tickets for Kaiser Chiefs at Scarborough OAT, priced from £29.50, are available from (0844 844 0444) and 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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Scarborough Open Air Theatre has joined forces with Yorkshire Tea to give fans of The Charlatans and Kaiser Chiefs a ‘Proper Brew’ to celebrate this Friday’s National Tea Day 2017.

The chart-topping indie bands are both performing at Europe’s largest open air theatre on the beautiful Yorkshire coast this summer.

And anyone who purchases tickets for either show from the Scarborough OAT box office on National Tea Day (Friday, April 21) will receive a special free-gift pack of the world famous Yorkshire Tea.

Both bands are firm fans of Yorkshire Tea – whose well known motto is ‘Let’s Have a Proper Brew’.

Kaiser Chiefs are currently fronting the Harrogate-based tea brand’s TV ads while The Charlatans lead singer Tim Burgess serves up Yorkshire Tea at his special Tim Peaks pop-up coffee/tea tents at festivals across the UK.

Kaiser Chiefs play Scarborough OAT on Saturday May 27 and will be followed by The Charlatans on Friday June 16.

Both gigs are promoted by Cuffe and Taylor, whose director Peter Taylor said: “Yorkshire is famed for producing a cracking cup of tea. Scarborough OAT is famed for putting on amazing nights of live music. It seemed perfect to blend the two for National Tea Day.

“We cannot wait to bring Yorkshire’s favourite sons Kaiser Chiefs here to the OAT on May 27 and then indie legends The Charlatans on June 16. These are going to be two amazing nights.

“So, we are delighted to be joining forces with Yorkshire Tea to give fans of these two great British brands a ‘proper brew’ this National Tea Day.”

Kaiser Chiefs – Nick ‘Peanut’ Baines, Simon Rix, Vijay Mistry, Andrew White and front man Ricky Wilson – head to Scarborough OAT fresh from a triumphant UK arena tour.

2016 saw Kaiser Chiefs headline 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.

The Charlatans – Tim Burgess, Mark Collins, Martin Blunt and Tony Rogers – remain one of the most explosive live acts around with a non-stop jukebox of indie rock’s greatest hits including The Only One I Know, Weirdo, One to Another, North Country Boy and 2015’s stunning Come Home Baby.

The band’s 13th studio album Different Days will be released on May 26 featuring guest appearances from such luminaries as Paul Weller, Johnny Marr, New Order’s Stephen Morris and crime writer Ian Rankin.

National Tea Day was launched to celebrate the nation’s favourite drink. Events are happening all over the country on Friday and tea drinkers the world over can share their stories by using #NationalTeaDay across all social media channels.

Last year #NationalTeaDay was the top trending hash tag in the UK – for 2017 organisers are aiming to make it the world’s leading hash tag.

Tickets for Kaiser Chiefs and The Charlatans at Scarborough OAT are available in person from Scarborough Open Air Theatre Box Office (01723 818111). The first 450 customers on Friday April 21 will receive a free gift box of Yorkshire Tea.

Tickets are also available from (0844 844 0444) and or and the Discover Yorkshire Coast Tourism Bureau (01723 383636).

Easter Fun For All The Family As Grand National Winner Goes For Glory At Carlisle

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Exactly a week on from One For Arthur’s spectacular triumph at Aintree, Randox Grand National winning trainer Lucinda Russell is going for more glory at Carlisle’s bumper Easter Saturday meeting.

Russell, who became only the second Scottish-based trainer to saddle a National winner, has two entries in Carlisle’s seven-strong race card – Settledoutofcourt and Catch The Moonlight.

Settledoutofcourt, with jockey Stephen Mulqueen, won last time out at Hexham in March and the 11-year-old gelding is in a rich vein of form having posted three second places since November. He goes over 3m2f at Carlisle in the Totepool Happy Easter Handicap Chase.

Catch The Moonlight, ridden by Blair Campbell, was also a winner at Hexham in November and has placed twice over the jumps since then.

Elsewhere, in-form jockey Brian Hughes – currently second in The Stobart Jump Jockey’s Championship behind Richard Johnson – has a ride booked in every race at Carlisle on Saturday. They include John Mackie’s Barton Knoll, Malcolm Jefferson’s Gully’s Edge and Tom Gretton’s Your Turn.

Trainer Donald McCain has two runners on the day – both winners last time out. They include Princess Mononoke, a winner by a storming 24 lengths at Hexham on March 16, and Askamore Darsi, a recent winner at Sedgefield over 3m3f. He goes over the shorter 3m1f distance in the @Totepool Follow Us On Twitter Handicap Hurdle in which he is heavily fancied.

And it won’t just be the action on the track that will be grabbing the attention on what promises to be a cracking family fun day at Carlisle Racecourse

On top of seven top class National Hunt races families will be able to throw themselves into Horseplay – a special Wild West-themed day out at Cumbria’s premier racecourse.

And the great news is all under-17s can get in on the day absolutely free!

Attractions include: Fancy Dress competition with a horses, jockeys and Wild West theme; A ‘Quick Draw’ Simulator; Welly Wanging Competition; Horseshoe Tossing; Bucking Bronco; Shetland Pony Grooming; Easter Egg Hunt and a Colouring Competition.

Many of the attractions – including a bucking bronco, ‘quick draw’ simulator and fancy dress competitions – have a Wild West and horse theme, but the highlight of the day will be a Welly Wanging competition with a very special prize.

The racecourse is offering FREE ENTRANCE FOR LIFE to anyone who can beat the current Guinness World Record marks for the longest throw.

The Welly Wang records of 63.98m (men) and 40.87 (women) were set in 1996 by Finnish pair Teppo Luoma and Sari Tirkkon.

Geraldine McKay, Carlisle Racecourse’s General Manager (pictured above with race day announcer Gordon Brown giving welly wanging a go) said: “Our Easter Saturday race day is always one of the highlights of the year here at Carlisle Racecourse.

“We have seven cracking races lined up with very strong fields and away from the action on the track we have a whole host of activities and events to make this a wonderful family day out.

“We love our family fun days and this Easter we wanted to try something different – and what could be more different than trying to break the world record for Welly Wanging at a racecourse?

“So come on down, enjoy the fun and remember all under-17s get in absolutely free!”

Tickets for the day on Saturday April 15th are £14 (in advance) or £17 (on the day) for adults. Under-17s get in free when accompanied by a paying adult. Gates open 11.45am; First race 1.45pm; Last race 5pm


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One of the UK’s hottest young acts Into The Ark will support their hero and mentor Tom Jones at the music legend’s Cartmel Racecourse and Scarborough Open Air Theatre shows this summer.

Sir Tom will play Cartmel on on Friday June 30  and Scarborough on Sunday July 2 for what promise to be nights to remember as he performs hits from an incredible career spanning six decades.

And joining him on stage will be Into The Ark – the sensational buskers-turned-singing stars he coached all the way to last night’s final of the The Voice.

Speaking on The Voice Sir Tom said: “These two boys are unique. There’s nothing around them like this at the moment. They don’t copy anybody, they are original. The record business needs Into The Ark.”

Hailing from Blackwood in South Wales, Into the Ark are made up of 21-year-old Taylor Jones and 25-year-old Dane Lloyd.

The soulful pair won over the public and judges of the hit ITV1 show in their first audition with a brilliant rendition of Elvis Presley’s classic Burning Love.

Over the weeks audiences have seen them nail Drake’s Hold On, We’re Going Home, smash Let It Be Me by Ray Lamontagne before hitting the final with a mesmerising version of Alicia Keys’ No On and a stunning duet of the Sam and Dave classic Hold On I’m Coming with their coach and superstar judge Tom Jones.

Tom Jones’ Cartmel and Scarborough concerts are organised by promoters Cuffe and Taylor.

Cuffe and Taylor director Peter Taylor said: “Into The Ark are quite rightly being tipped for big things and we are delighted to add them to the bill at Cartmel and Scarborough. They have formed a close bond with Sir Tom and he personally asked for them to support him.

“Sir Tom is a true music legend and we’re delighted to be bringing him to Cartmel and Scarborough. To add Into The Ark is going to make these extra special nights.”

Tickets for Tom Jones at Cartmel Racecourse and Scarborough OAT are available in from (0844 844 0444)

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