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July 2018


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Yorkshire’s very own soul groove masters Ten Millennia will open the show for chart-topping rock band Texas at Scarborough Open Air Theatre.

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

Tickets are on sale now at

Ten Millennia – who have supported the likes of The Corrs and Jools Holland’s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra – have won a loyal following of fans who adore their penchant for buoyant, carefree rhythms.

The six-piece band’s self-titled 2017 debut album evoked the moods of the late 1970s and early 80s, from Stevie Wonder to Shalamar. This summer’s follow-up, ‘Love Won’t Wait’, broadens the palate by embracing Motown and blues while tipping its hat to the disco stylings of Chic and Kool & The Gang.

With all their material self-penned, they are a welcome throwback to an era when music was all about dancing to sun-kissed tunes and having a good time. They will undoubtedly get the crowd into the groove ahead of Texas taking to the Scarborough OAT stage.

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’.

Tickets are on sale now at or from Scarborough Open Air Theatre Box Office (01723 818111) and the Discover Yorkshire Coast Tourism Bureau (01723 383636).

For more information about Ten Millennia and their forthcoming album ‘Love Won’t Wait’ visit

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun At Carlisle’s Ladies Night!

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Ladies, get ready for Carlisle’s most devilishly stylish, chic and fun night out of the year!

Monday August 6 is Carlisle Racecourse’s annual Ladies Night meeting which is a wonderful sporting and social occasion.

It is the UK’s only all-female jockey race meeting as Cumbria’s premier racecourse once again celebrates and promotes women in racing.

On top of a day of top quality flat racing on the track, the event is an ever-popular fixture in Cumbria’s social calendar oozing style, glamour and fun.

And this year, after racing, the one and only Melanie C will bring plenty of ‘Girl Power’ as the Spice Girl gets behind the DJ decks to lead a not-to-be-missed ‘Party In The Paddock’.

Ladies Night is at the forefront of promoting women in racing when the nation’s leading stars and up-and-coming young riders battle it out on Carlisle’s flat course.

Many big names in the sport have had winners on this day down the years – and this is a real chance to not only celebrate those at the top of their game, but see the stars of the future.

Abbie and Ella McCain, the teenage granddaughters of Ginger McCain – Red Rum’s legendary trainer – both had winners at last year’s meeting and they are widely expected to be back again on August 6 to have another crack at landing a Ladies Night victory.

Cheering them, and all the other jockeys, on will be thousands of racegoers who dress to impress and have a great night.

The paddock will be awash with swish summer frocks as friends attend a race meeting which has become a firm favourite with racing fans and those who want to kick back and enjoy a great social event.

Molly Dingwall, Carlisle Racecourse’s general manager, said: “Ladies Night is one of the highlights of our annual race calendar both in terms of the action on the track and the atmosphere in the stands and around the course.

“We are rightly very proud we present the UK’s only all-female jockey race card when we really celebrate women in our wonderful sport.

“The racing is always very exciting which is loved by both the girls on the course and those in the stands and paddock.

“After racing there will be a massive party when the paddock is transformed into a huge dancefloor. In Melanie C we believe we have the ultimate symbol of ‘Girl Power’ to play the tunes which will really get the racecourse dancing.

“The weather in recent weeks has, of course, been wonderful and we hope the sun will continue to shine on a day that we really cannot wait for.

“It should be a great day both on and off the track and an event that is really not to be missed.”

Gates open on Monday August 6 at 2.40pm. First race is 5.45pm, last race 8.45pm. The ‘Party In The Paddock’ with Melanie C will begin after the last race. To buy tickets call 0344 579 3002 or go online at

Following Ladies Night there will be afternoon of flat racing on Wednesday August 22 and again on Thursday August 30.


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James Arthur will return to Scarborough Open Air Theatre on Sunday August 12.

James’s headline show was cancelled on Thursday evening due to adverse weather but venue promoters Cuffe and Taylor are today delighted to announce the show will now take place.

All tickets sold for the original show are valid for the new date.

Cuffe and Taylor had no alternative but to cancel Thursday night’s show after a series of lightning strikes along the Yorkshire coast.

Director Peter Taylor said: “We have worked really hard to be able to reschedule the date and we are delighted to be able to announce James will return to Scarborough OAT on Sunday August 12.

“It was really disappointing to have to cancel on Thursday night, but we had no choice given the lightning strikes and potential danger to all at the arena. We do not take these decisions lightly, but the safety of audience members, staff and artists always comes first.

“We want to thank everyone who came on Thursday night and braved the most atrocious weather for their understanding. We hope to see you here on August 12.”

Anyone with tickets for the original show who is unable to attend the new date is advised to contact their point of purchase.



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Fresh from a sensational set on Lytham Festival’s main arena stage, and a summer tour supporting music legends Madness, The Tailormade are back in town to headline the first ever Lowther Sessions.

The not-to-be-missed night on Friday August 3 at Lytham’s Lowther Pavilion brings together festival favourites and emerging music talent.

Tickets are just £10 and are on sale now from

Indie pop band The Tailormade – who have supported the likes of Madness, Olly Murs, George Ezra, CeeLo Green and McBusted – will headline the night supported by Karima Francis, Jessica Ray and Emily Rhodes.

The Tailormade frontman Jack Frimston is from St Annes and met bandmates Matt Pickersgill and Aaron Murphy while studying at university.

They became Radio One stars when they busked in competition with a disguised James Arthur and The Vamps at London’s Waterloo Station with Breakfast Show host Nick Grimshaw labelling them the station’s house-band.

Speaking about Lowther Sessions, Jack said: “We had another amazing night at Lytham Festival supporting George Ezra last week, so we cannot wait to get back to headline the first ever Lowther Sessions.

“We are on with some really talented musicians and it is great that Lowther is putting this night on to showcase what live music talent is out there.

“We gig all over the country, and are based in London, but Lytham is our adopted home – we love playing here. We always have such a party on stage when we play Lytham and we expect this to be no different. Bring your dancing shoes folks!”

The Tailormade, who are managed by Cuffe and Taylor, head out on their first headline UK tour in October.

Karima Francis will be returning to the Fylde coast to perform a raw and powerful acoustic set at the Lowther Sessions. She has appeared on Later with Jools Holland and also supported artists such as Paul Simon, Amy Winehouse and The Stereophonics. She is now working on new music and this could be your chance to hear it first.

Also featuring will be talented singer-songwriter Jessica Ray, who brings together soulful blues tones with energetic pop rock. This is your chance to hear her debut single and more.

Opening the night will be Fylde coast teenage singer-songwriter Emily Rhodes who herself is no stranger to Lytham having twice performed at Lytham Festival, most recently supporting The Mersey Beatles at their sold-out Lowther Stage show. Emily is currently a finalist in the Mayor of London’s Busk In London competition.

Tickets for Lowther Sessions on Friday August 3 are just £10 and are on sale now from

Mersey Beatles Promise To Evoke Spirit And Sound From ‘The Year Of Revolution’

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The Mersey Beatles are ready to take music fans back in time to “The Year Of Revolution” when they appear at Lytham Festival.

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 will perform a special anniversary show at Lowther Pavilion on Tuesday July 17.

This two-part show will see the band perform seminal tracks and hits from the White Album including such legendary songs as Revolution, Helter Skelter, Back In The U.S.S.R and While My Guitar Gently Weeps.

They will follow this with a sensational second 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.

The Mersey Beatles were the resident Beatles tribute band at Liverpool’s world famous Cavern Club for 10 years. Since leaving The Cavern, The Mersey Beatles – who are Steven Howard, Mark Bloor, Brian Ambrose and Craig McGown – have wowed audiences around the world and played a sell-out show at Lytham Festival last year.

Steven, who plays Paul McCartney, said: “We loved our show at Lytham Festival last year and we can’t wait to return.

The White Album is one of the most ground-breaking and unique albums of all-time. Fans love its quirkiness, its eclectic mix of songs, but these amazing tracks are very rarely played live so this really is a very special show.

“Our set ranges from beautifully poignant songs like Julia and Blackbird to rockers such as Helter Skelter and Revolution. It’s great not only for us as musicians to get the chance to play these legendary songs, but for Beatles fans who want something a little different.

“We then we follow it up with a second half which captures classic Beatles’ hits from the Twist and Shout days of Beatlemania, to the Fab Four’s ‘American Invasion’ and beyond.

“It’s a real Beatles’ party and it’s going to be another great night on the Fylde coast!”

The Mersey Beatles are part of a mega line-up for Lytham Festival 2018 which includes headline performances 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 The Mersey Beatles at Lowther Pavilion are on sale from or or by calling 01253 794221.

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