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April 2018

Into The Ark To Support Tom Jones On Summer House Sounds Tour

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Stars of TV’s The Voice and one of the UK’s hottest young acts Into The Ark will support their hero and mentor Tom Jones as he tours the UK for new concert series Summer House Sounds.

Music legend Sir Tom is touring some of the UK’s most historic and beautiful stately homes and castles this summer.

And it is announced today that Into The Ark will be the support act for Tom’s six Summer House Sounds dates:

Friday July 6 – Euston Hall, Suffolk

Sunday July 8 – Englefield Estate, Berkshire

Thursday July 12 – Ragley Hall, Warwickshire

Friday July 13 – Alnwick Castle, Northumberland

Wednesday July 18 – Stansted Park, Hampshire

Sunday July 22 – Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire

Tickets to all shows are on sale now from

Into The Ark are the sensational buskers-turned-singing stars Tom Jones coached all the way to the final of The Voice last year.

Immediately following the show it was announced that Taylor Jones and Dane Lloyd, who hail from Blackwood in South Wales, would join Tom on his 2017 summer dates.

And now Tom has further cemented his support for Into the Ark by inviting Taylor and Dane to join him on his 2018 summer tour.

Speaking about Summer House Sounds, Taylor and Dane said: “It is absolutely fantastic to be given this amazing opportunity once again. Last year was an absolute whirlwind going straight from The Voice to preparing to tour with the legend that is Sir Tom Jones.

“Since then we have been out on the road virtually non-stop as we build up support for our music and to now get the chance to support Tom on the Summer House Sounds tour is brilliant. We are very flattered.”

Tom Jones’ Summer House Sounds concerts will be a celebration of a career that spans six decades and will see Tom play live against some of the UK’s most beautiful backdrops.

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 top 40 UK hits.

Fans attending the concerts are assured of a fantastic night as Tom and his band present a stunning set-list that traverses all eras and genres of popular music.

Summer House Sounds is organised by promoters Cuffe and Taylor who have worked with Tom Jones extensively.

Director Peter Taylor said: “Tom never fails to wow audiences with his amazing voice and talent. We have presented concerts with him on many occasions over the past four years and we are delighted to be working with him once again.

“His support for new music is fantastic too. We presented a show with Into The Ark supporting Tom last summer. They went down an absolute storm so it is great they are joining Tom for all of his Summer House Sounds concerts.”

“This is going to be an amazing series of concerts in some of the most magnificent and beautiful locations.”

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As well as music legend Tom Jones, Summer House Sounds will see performances from super cool disco king Nile Rodgers and his band CHIC, the world’s most successful classical crossover group Il Divo, dance DJ Pete Tong and the Heritage Orchestra present Ibiza Classics, and British pop icons Madness all go one step beyond as they visit stately homes across the country for 19 dates throughout July.


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One of Britain’s best live bands Stereophonics are to play a not-to-be-missed headline date at Scarborough Open Air Theatre this summer.

Fresh from the success of their gold-certified album ‘Scream Above The Sounds’ – which includes the stunning singles ‘All In One Night’, ‘Caught By The Wind’ and ‘Taken A Tumble’ – Stereophonics play Europe’s largest open-air arena on Thursday July 19.

Tickets go on sale at 9am Friday April 27 via

Stereophonics join a sensational line-up at Scarborough OAT this summer. And anyone who has bought a ticket for any show at the venue this year will get access to an exclusive special Stereophonics pre-sale – 24 hours before anyone else!

Peter Taylor, director of OAT promoters Cuffe and Taylor, said: “We are delighted to be bringing Stereophonics to this wonderful venue. They are one of the biggest British bands of the last 20 years and they will bring their full-on, sensational live show to the Yorkshire coast this summer.

“They have penned some of the best British rock hits in the last two decades and fans have been demanding they play here for some time now. This is going to be a gig that sells out very quickly, so I’d advise anyone who wants to see Stereophonics in this stunning open-air venue to book early!”

Stereophonics consists of founding members Kelly Jones (vocals/guitar) and Richard Jones (bass) along with Adam Zindani (guitar) & Jamie Morrison (drums). Long-term keyboardist Tony Kirkham joins the band for live shows.

Twenty years after their debut ‘Word Gets Around,’ Stereophonics’ tenth studio album ‘Scream Above The Sounds’ was another critical and commercial hit for the band.

It followed ‘Keep The Village Alive’ which went straight to No.1 when it was released in 2015 and became their sixth chart-topper after ‘Performance And Cocktails’ (1999), ‘Just Enough Education To Perform’ (2001) ‘You Gotta Go There To Come Back’ (2003), ‘Language. Sex. Violence. Other?’ (2005) and ‘Pull The Pin’ (2007).

Stereophonics followed the success of ‘Scream Above The Sounds’ by playing a massive arena tour of the UK which has seen them play to more than 150,000 people this spring.

Tickets for Stereophonics at Scarborough OAT go on general sale at 9am on Friday April 27 from or from the  Scarborough Open Air Theatre Box Office (01723 818111) and the Discover Yorkshire Coast Tourism Bureau (01723 383636).

Free Tickets Up For Grabs… As The Final Music Act For 2018 Is Set To Be Revealed

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Get ready Scarborough – there is another massive live music announcement coming your way!

The final chart-topping act to perform at this summer’s sensational season of live music at Scarborough Open Air Theatre will be revealed on Monday at 8.10am.

And to celebrate what will be the biggest and best ever year at Europe’s largest open-air arena – with 16 massive headline concerts – venue promoters Cuffe and Taylor today announced two special treats for music fans.

This Sunday – on what promises to be the hottest weekend of the year so far – venue staff will hide a pair of tickets for each of this summer’s gigs at secret locations around Peasholm Park, the beautiful coastal home of Scarborough OAT.

Yes, that’s tickets for Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Britney Spears, Lionel Richie, Bastille, Steps and Nile Rodgers and CHIC among many more to be found in silver envelopes. So, go get hunting and bag yourself a treat!

And on Monday, anyone who has bought a ticket for any show at the venue this year will get access to an exclusive pre-sale. This will enable customers to secure their tickets for the final music act to be announced – 24 hours before anyone else!

Cuffe and Taylor Director Peter Taylor said: “This is going to be a sensational and record-breaking year at Scarborough OAT with massive stars and true music legends performing at this wonderful venue. We cannot wait to reveal who the latest big-name act is Monday morning.

“As a special thank you for all those people who have bought a ticket for one of the shows so far we will give them access to a special pre-sale where they can secure tickets for our final act 24 hours before anyone else.

“And on what is set to be a stunning weekend at Peasholm Park, we are delighted to be holding a special Treasure Hunt. A pair of tickets for each of our shows will be hidden at various locations for music fans to find. Happy hunting and we can’t wait for this year’s first gig when the legend that is Lionel Richie takes to the stage on June 19.”

The Treasure Hunt will begin at midday on Sunday.

15 silver envelopes will be left at various locations around Peasholm Park. Inside each envelope will be a special code relating to a specific OAT show.

The lucky finders must then take the envelope and code to the OAT box office to redeem their pair of tickets.

This is limited to one pair of tickets per finder and tickets must be redeemed before the box office closes at 4pm on Sunday.

Participants of the Treasure Hunt are reminded to be respectful of the park, other visitors, and please do not to walk on any flower beds as no tickets will be hidden here.

Throughout the afternoon check in at the Open Air Theatre Box Office to see what ‘Music Treasure’ is still to find. Good luck and happy hunting!

19 June – Lionel Richie
21 June – The Script
22 June – Gary Barlow
24 Jun – Nile Rodgers and Chic
29 June – Steps
30 June – Alfie Boe
5 July – Emeli Sandé
6 July – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
20 July – Pete Tong’s Ibiza Classics
21 July – Il Divo
26 July – James Arthur
28 July – Bastille
11 Aug – Texas
17 Aug – Britney Spears
18 Aug – James
Tickets for all shows are available via or from Scarborough Open Air Theatre Box Office (01723 818111) and the Discover Yorkshire Coast Tourism Bureau (01723 383636).

Get Ready To Twist and Shout… It’s #FeelgoodFriday at Carlisle Races

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The spirit and sound of Beatlemania is coming to Carlisle Racecourse on Friday June 8th – the course’s annual #FeelgoodFriday!

Following what promises to be another thrilling afternoon of racing world renowned Beatles tribute band – The Mersey Beatles – will play a special post-race gig in the Paddock.

The band – who have played sold out tours of the USA and Europe and were the resident Beatles’ band at Liverpool’s world-famous Cavern Club for a decade – will play a hit-packed set of Fab Four classics.

Molly Dingwall, Carlisle Racecourse’s General Manager, said: “We love our Feelgood Friday events here at Carlisle and we are really excited to be bringing such a great band as The Mersey Beatles to the racecourse.

“They have played sell-out shows around the world and, later this year, are embarking on a big UK tour, so this is a great chance for racing and music fans to see them here first!

“Hopefully the day will be graced with lovely sunshine, some great action on the track and a brilliant post-racing gig in our paddock.

“So get the afternoon off work, put on your dancing shoes and head down here – it will be great to see you!”

This year marks the 55th anniversary of The Beatles playing Carlisle’s former ABC Cinema. Their February 1963 gig is now the stuff of local legend as it was after this show when John, Paul, George and Ringo were famously asked to leave a golf club dance, held at the Crown and Mitre Hotel, for being inappropriately dressed in leather jackets.

Not that fans of the world’s most famous band will encounter any such problems at Carlisle Racecourse on Friday June 8th.

Molly added: “You have no such worries as leather jackets, winklepickers, mini-skirts, or any Rock ’n’ Roll fashions, are more than welcome here on the day!

“The great thing about Feelgood Fridays are they are really relaxed, fun affairs. We want people to come here, let their hair down, enjoy the racing, great live music and have a fantastic time with friends.”

Described by the British Beatles Fan Cub as ‘the best Beatles tribute band’, The Mersey Beatles were all born and grew up in Liverpool. When it comes to stage performance, they brilliantly exude the inner and outer spirit of the original Fab Four from the costumes, the haircuts, the instruments and, of course, that unmistakable and legendary Mersey sound.

#FeelgoodFriday with The Mersey Beatles is on Friday June 8th. Gates open 12pm. First race is 2pm, last race 5pm. Adult tickets are £15 (in advance) or £18 (on the day).  All under 18s get in free when accompanied by an adult.

Brian Hughes Returns To Carlisle To Take Crown As Top Jumps Jockey

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Brian Hughes is back for Carlisle’s final National Hunt meeting of the season on Tuesday when he will be crowned the course’s top jumps jockey.

Ulsterman Hughes has enjoyed a fantastic 2017/18 season. He has chalked up more than 130 winners – 11 of those at Carlisle – including leading Waiting Patiently to an impressive win in Cumbria’s blue ribband jumps race, the Colin Parker Memorial Chase.

Now, fresh from riding Seeyouatmidnight to an eleventh-placed finish in Saturday’s Randox Health Grand National, Hughes goes into Tuesday’s season-closing meeting at Carlisle six winners clear of his nearest course rival Craig Nichol.

And he has no fewer than five rides in the seven-race card.

Molly Dingwall, Carlisle Racecourse’s General Manager, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming Brian back to the course again on Tuesday for our final jumps meeting of the season.

“He has been a regular here throughout the year and he has chalked up some really impressive wins, none more so than winning the Colin Parker back in November.

“With more than 130 winners to his name this season, Brian is second only to Richard Johnson in the Champion Jockey standings. He is a really popular guy and we are delighted he will finish the season here as our top jumps jockey.”

Among Hughes’ rides on Tuesday is the Donald McCain-saddled Mahler Lad in the 3m 2f Handicap Chase. The eight-year-old won last time out over three miles at Musselburgh in February.

Two other Hughes’ rides with form at Carlisle are Brian Ellison’s Pistol Park, who was second last time here in March, and Lily’s Gem. The Stuart Crawford-saddled five-year-old goes in the National Hunt flat race after posting second when last at the course.

Crawford, who leads the way as Carlisle’s top trainer with five winners this year, also has Crawfords Mill in the 2m 4f Handicap Chase where the five-year-old filly will take on the impressive Onlyfoolsownhorses.

Micky Hammond’s seven-year-old has triumphed in three of his last four outings, including a seven-length win at Carlisle back in May last year, although this is his first outing of the season.

One of the highlights of the day is sure to be be another intriguing match-up between the Lucinda Russell-trained Misfits and Stuart Coltherd’s Achill Road Boy in the Handicap Chase.

The pair fought out a thrilling contest over the same 3m 2f distance at Carlisle on March 31 when Achill Road Boy edged it by three quarters of a length.

Molly added: “It has been a good season here at Carlisle and we have seen some thrilling jumps racing.

“We lost a number of meetings earlier this year due to the weather, but ever since we have been delighted with the attendances which go to show National Hunt racing is a big draw here at this wonderful racecourse.

“After Tuesday, it’s then all systems go as we prepare for the return of the speed kings of racing, and the start of our flat season on Monday May 21.”

Gates open on Tuesday at 12.10pm. First race is 2.10pm and the last race is 5.40pm. Adult tickets are £15 (in advance) or £18 (on the day). All under 18s get in free when accompanied by an adult.

Returning Favourites Collabro & The Mersey Beatles Announce Lytham Festival Shows

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Two very special extra nights of live music are being added to the bill for Lytham Festival 2018.

On Monday July 16 the world’s most successful musical theatre group Collabro will perform on the Pavilion Stage at Lowther Pavilion. Their last Lytham Festival performance saw them close last year’s event with the hugely successful West End Proms show.

And on Tuesday July 17, The Mersey Beatles – who played a sell-out show at the Pavilion Stage in 2017 – will return to the venue to perform a special show celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four’s ground-breaking ‘White Album’ as well as classic Beatles hits.

Tickets go on sale TBC at 9am from and

Lytham Festival Director Peter Taylor said: “We had so many requests to bring both Collabro and The Mersey Beatles back to Lytham Festival following both of their sensational performances last year, so we just had to do it.

“Collabro show time and time again why they deserve the title of the world’s most successful musical theatre group. They continue to wow audiences wherever they perform, and we’re delighted their fans will be able to enjoy their return to Lytham Festival this year.

“To follow Collabro’s performance with the brilliant band that is The Mersey Beatles is further proof of the diversity that Lytham Festival offers audiences. They perfectly capture the spirit and sound of The Beatles and this new show – which has a special section dedicated to The White Album – will be a must see for Beatles fans.

“There will be a huge demand for tickets for both these shows so I would advise fans of musical theatre and The Beatles to act quickly to avoid being disappointed.”

The past year has been huge for Collabro. They enjoyed a sell-out autumn tour following a summer tour with Cliff Richard. Most recently, they have just returned from a two-week sell-out tour of Asia wowing audiences in Japan, the Philippines and Taiwan.

Since winning Britain’s Got Talent in 2014, Jamie Lambert, Michael Auger, Matt Pagan and Thomas Redgrave have performed across the globe to standing ovations, from the US, Asia and Canada and released their third studio album ‘HOME’ which reached the Top 10.

Collabro’s Lytham Festival show will be followed by the return of The Mersey Beatles.

Fifty years after the release of the Fab Four’s ground-breaking 1968 album ‘The Beatles’ – known the world over as ‘The White Album’ – the world’s favourite Liverpool-born Beatles tribute band are bringing a two-hour live show to the Pavilion Stage.

This stunning two-part show will see the band – who this year are touring America, Europe and the Far East – perform seminal tracks and hits from the White Album including such legendary tracks as Revolution, Helter Skelter, Back In The U.S.S.R, Yer Blues and While My Guitar Gently Weeps.

And they will also play a sensational set of Beatles classics which will take the audience on a journey through the Fab Four’s legendary hit-packed back catalogue – from the songs of Beatlemania to Sgt Pepper and Abbey Road.

Collabro and The Mersey Beatles join a mega line-up for Lytham Festival 2018 which includes headline performances over five nights in the Lytham Green Main Arena from 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.

Tickets for Lytham Festival are on sale now and are available from or by calling 0844 8154874.

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