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May 2018


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Two of Britain’s most unique and influential singer-songwriters will join indie greats James at their headline gig at Scarborough Open Air Theatre.

Badly Drawn Boy and Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly will open the show on what is set to be a not-to-be-missed night at Europe’s largest open-air theatre on Saturday August 18.

Multi-instrumentalist Badly Drawn Boy has been a creative force for two decades. It was June 2000 when the Mercury Prize-winning album ‘The Hour of the Bewilderbeast’ announced the arrival of the formidable musical talent of artist Damon Gough.

Since then it’s been a curious, wonderful, inimitable, unpredictable career which has delivered such wonders as ‘Once Around the Block’, ‘You Were Right’, ‘Silent Sigh’, ‘Something to Talk About’ and ‘Nothing’s Gonna Change Your Mind’ into the nation’s consciousness and to audiences around the world.

His critically acclaimed soundtrack to the movie ‘About A Boy’ remains a masterpiece.

Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly – the musical moniker of singer/guitarist Sam Duckworth – is well and truly back in 2018.

Raised equally on electronic, political folksingers, and post-hardcore, Duckworth began Get Cape in his hometown of Southend, Essex, in 2004, and Top 40 singles The Chronicles of a Bohemian Teenager (Part One), War of the Worlds, I Spy, Find the Time quickly followed.

After releasing material under his own name in recent years, Duckworth reactivated Get Cape earlier this year and released the album ‘Young Adult’ which included the tracks ‘Adults/Always’, ‘Just A Phase’, ‘DNA’ and ‘VHS Forever’.

James – who have sold more than 25 million records worldwide – have released 14 studio albums over the past 30 years which have gained both critical and commercial acclaim.

And the band behind such indie anthems as ‘Sit Down’, ‘Born of Frustration’,She’s A Star’ and ‘Come Home’ make a welcome return to Scarborough OAT after their sensational headline show in 2015.

James have just announced they will be releasing their new album ‘Living In Extraordinary Times’ on August 3. The album is produced by Mercury and Brit Award winner Charlie Andrew (whose previous work includes alt-J and Wolf Alice) and rising star Beni Giles.

‘Living In Extraordinary Times’ follows the release of their recent ‘Better Than That’ EP, the  band’s first new music since their hugely successful 2016 album ‘Girl at the End of the World͛’, which debuted at number two in the UK  album charts, second only to Adele – their highest debut entry in almost 20 years.

James 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, James Arthur, Texas, Nile Rodgers and CHIC, Bastille, Il Divo, Gary Barlow, The Script, Steps and Alfie Boe’s special Armed Force Day concert.

Tickets for James’s gig are on sale from or from Scarborough Open Air Theatre Box Office (01723 818111) and the Discover Yorkshire Coast Tourism Bureau (01723 383636).

ONWARD TOGETHER – Fleetwood Town Launches New Onward Card

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Fleetwood Town is proud to launch the new Onward Card, giving fans much more than just access to all the club’s Sky Bet League One home matches.

The Onward Card, which celebrates the town’s motto, goes on sale from Friday June 1, gives supporters the chance to make a unique long-term commitment to the club, gaining access to all 23 home games each season as well as exclusive invite-only events throughout the year.

The new card is a direct replacement for traditional season tickets and existing season ticket holders have until 5pm on Monday June 18 to secure their seats and purchase their new Onward Card. After this date, their seat will be available to purchase on general sale.

And to make watching the Cod Army affordable for all, Fleetwood Town supporters will purchase it via direct debit from as little as £6 per month for Under 16s, £12 per month for Seniors and Under 25s and just £17 per month for an Adult – as cheap as just £170 a year!

The first year will be paid over a 10-month period, transitioning to ongoing monthly payments from July 2019.

Fleetwood Town Chairman Andy Pilley said: “The Onward Card is something which we consider to be quite revolutionary. We take pride in being a forward thinking club and we have listened to our customers on this and the vision is one being Highbury being full and to make football more affordable for the local community.

“It is a scheme which is similar to a season ticket but different in many ways. It makes watching the Cod Army more affordable and allows our supporters to spread the cost of the price over a ten month period. We believe this makes it much more affordable for those in the community to come and watch Fleetwood Town.

“It brings the average cost down to £4 per week and we’d like to think that’s a price which will allow everyone to come and join us at Highbury Stadium, to get behind the team and the town as a whole.

“We feel the payment plan will make it much easier and more affordable for everyone in the town and surrounding areas to come together to watch what we aim to be an exciting, winning team.”

As well as access to all 23 Sky Bet League One home matches at the Highbury Stadium, additional benefits for Onward Card holders includes:

Exclusive access to ‘Meet the Head Coach’ evenings at Highbury Stadium

Invitation to supporter events with players at Poolfoot and Highbury

Discounts at various Fleetwood Town FC outlets such as Crossbar and Grill, Poolfoot Farm

Regular, exciting offers from selected club partners throughout the year including:

Discounted admission to Blackpool’s Merlin attractions including The Blackpool Tower Circus, The Blackpool Tower Eye, The Blackpool Tower Dungeon, Madame Tussauds and SEALIFE Blackpool

Discounted admission to Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Discounts and offers at a range of live music events by Cuffe and Taylor – promoters of Lytham Festival and major UK tours and events

For more details about the Onward Card go to The Onward Card goes on sale at 9am Friday June 1 and is available by calling 01253 775080, by visiting the Club Shop at Highbury Stadium, or online at

North West Festival Announces 2018 Charity Partners

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Charities across the North West will benefit from Lancashire’s biggest music festival this summer.

Lytham Festival will attract around 100,000 people for it’s annual musical extravaganza from Wednesday July 18 to Sunday July 22.

And five charities from across the region have been selected to be represented at each of the festival’s headline concerts in the Main Proms Arena on Lytham Green when volunteers will be collecting donations.

The chosen charities are North West Air Ambulance, Brian House Children’s Hospice, Fylde Coast Women’s Aid, Blackpool Carers and Blue Skies Hospitals fund.

Lytham Festival senior event manager Joe Robinson said: “We are delighted to be welcoming five fantastic charities to be part of Lytham Festival 2018.

“We openly welcome applications from charities to partner with the event and it is always very difficult to decide who those partners will be as they are all deserving.

“Brian House and Blackpool Carers have previously been charity partners, so we are very pleased to welcome them back along with charities we haven’t worked with previously.

“All these charities do a fantastic job and are there for everyone at all times when needed so we would encourage our festival-goers to donate to them where possible.”

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.

Fylde Coast Women’s Aid will be the charity partner for Steps on Wednesday July 18, Blackpool Carers for Pete Tong’s Ibiza Classics on Thursday 19, North West Air Ambulance for George Ezra and Emeli Sandé on Friday 20, Blue Skies for Nile Rodgers & CHIC on Saturday 21 and Brian House for Last Night of the Proms with Il Divo on Sunday 22.

Tina Hibbard, Service Manager for Fylde Coast Women’s Aid, said: “This year Fylde Coast Women’s Aid is celebrating 25 years of supporting victims of domestic abuse across the Fylde Coast.

“Being chosen as the charity partner for the opening night of Lytham Festival is a fabulous way to start our celebrations.  Thank you to Cuffe and Taylor for giving local charities this opportunity. We can’t wait to be a part of the festival!”

Head of Business Development and Funding at Blackpool Carers, Terry Hodkinson, said: “Blackpool Carers is proud to have been chosen again as a partner for Lytham Festival. We look forward to the opportunity to put carers centre stage and highlight their inspirational and affirming stories.”

Lynne Whittaker, Regional Fundraiser for the North West Air Ambulance Charity, said: “We are incredibly delighted to be have been chosen as the charity partner for the Friday night at the amazing Lytham Festival.

“As a charity which is reliant on donations, opportunities like this are vital for us to continue our lifesaving work in the North West.”

Kila Redfearn, Head of Fundraising for Blue Skies Hospitals fund, said: “We are absolutely chuffed to bits to have been chosen as the charity partner for Lytham Festival 2018 on the Saturday night. This will not only raise the profile of the charity, we will be able to raise precious funds, that will enhance patient care in Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre hospitals.

“Cuffe and Taylor have worked so hard over the years to produce such an amazing festival and we are honoured to be a small part of this event, thank you.”

Michelle Lonican, Community and Corporate Team Leader for Brian House, said: “We are absolutely delighted that, once again, Brian House has been chosen as a beneficiary of the hugely popular Lytham Festival.

“The event is well recognised for bringing great music and large crowds to the heart of Lytham, and we are looking forward to joining in and raising vital funds for the Fylde coast’s children’s hospice.”

For more details and to buy tickets for Lytham Festival 2018 go to

Top trainer looks to repeat Carlisle success in new season

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Racing’s speed kings are heading back to Carlisle – and one leading trainer is already eyeing a repeat of his most famous triumph at the course.

Flat racing returns to Cumbria on Monday May 21 with the first fixture of 2018. It will be followed by a season packed with top quality racing, historic meetings and live music events.

Trainer Richard Fahey is certainly relishing a new season at Carlisle and a repeat of his 2017 success.

Fahey triumphed in the coveted Carlisle Bell for the first time in his illustrious career and finished as the course’s top trainer with a stunning final day treble.

Those victories helped his Musley Bank stables to 200 winners in the year, the second time they’ve managed the feat. Now he’s hoping that Cumbria will once again prove a happy hunting ground.

Fahey said: “We Like Carlisle. We’ve sent plenty of horses over the years and this season will be no different.

“You don’t get many hard luck stories at Carlisle. It’s a fair track. By that I mean you can win from the outside, there’s plenty of room to get around.”

That’s exactly what Fahey’s Carnageo did under Paul Hanagan when coming from behind to take the historic Bell in June and justify his 13-2 joint favourite starting price.

Fahey, based at Malton, North Yorkshire, said: “He came from a long way back that day. He got a good gallop on.”

That success at Carlisle’s showcase Flat meeting in June was followed with three winners as the season drew to a close in September.

Fahey trailed Keith Dalgleish going into the Durdar circuit’s final meeting. But wins for Powerful Society, Ocean Voyage and Billy Bond – at 20-1 in the very last race – meant Fahey finished with 10 winners and the track’s top spot for 2017.

This time, the stable’s early season has been blighted by the poor weather meaning Fahey hasn’t seen as much as he would like of some of his charges. Decisions on likely runners for the opening fixture on Monday May 21 have yet to be made.

He added: “We’re behind where we want to be but it looks like we’re in for some dry weather now, so we’ve got some catching up to do.”

Fahey wants to notch a third season of 200-plus winners and ultimately to beat the £4m in prize money secured last year.

He’s also looking for a new name to lead the charge after the retirement of his star thoroughbred, Ribchester.

Sands of Mali could be that horse. Already a winner at Chantilly in April he looks set for a tilt at the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot.

Fahey will join a host of leading trainers at Carlisle’s season debut on May 21.

Dalgleish, pipped for the course’s leading trainer crown in 2017, is a big supporter of the course and landed the 2016 Carlisle Bell with Edgar Balthazar.

And the course’s General Manager Molly Dingwall cannot wait to welcome the jockeys, trainers, horses and punters to the course.

Molly said: “The course is looking great and we have a packed season ahead.

“Carlisle Bell and Cumberland Plate day always throws up some intriguing match-ups and, of course, on the day we will crown the latest winner of a race which has been run since the days of Elizabeth I.

“Both trainers and jockeys love coming to Carlisle and the real test it gives them. We’ve seen some great horses here down the years we are looking forward to see what this season brings.

“Alongside the top racing we also have some amazing social events coming up, so it’s fair to say we cannot wait to welcome everyone here from May 21.”

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