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August 2018

‘We can’t wait to reveal who we’ve got lined up for next year’ as record-breaking season comes to a close

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A record-breaking summer of live music at Scarborough Open Air Theatre was watched by more than 90,000 people, venue promoters Cuffe and Taylor are delighted to reveal.

Sell out shows from the likes of Britney Spears, Lionel Richie, Bastille and Gary Barlow saw music fans from around the world head to Europe’s largest open air arena in 2018.

This year’s sensational summer season was brought to a close at the weekend as a capacity crowd watched Britney Spears take to the stage on Friday before indie legends James rocked the venue on Saturday night.

And Cuffe and Taylor are already working on next year’s line-up when they pledge to bring more of music’s top names to the Yorkshire Coast.

Cuffe and Taylor director Peter Taylor said: “This year has been sensational, and we are so proud Scarborough Open Air Theatre is now well and truly on the world music map.

“We knew when we announced that such worldwide megastars as Lionel Richie and Britney Spears would be heading to Scarborough OAT that this year was going to be something special and so it proved.

“We are delighted to reveal more than 90,000 music fans bought tickets to watch a gig at this beautiful venue which means for the third year running the attendance record has been broken.

“We want to thank every single music fan who has bought a ticket and we hope to see you back here in 2019. We are well on with planning for 2019 and we can’t wait to reveal who we have got lined up to play Scarborough OAT!

“World-renowned stars now want to play this special venue and we are so thrilled to be able to bring them here.”

Cuffe and Taylor, which is part of Live Nation UK, took over promoting live music at the Scarborough Borough Council-owned Open Air Theatre in 2016 and has smashed the venue’s attendance record every year since.

This year’s line-up saw unforgettable performances from Lionel Richie, The Script, Gary Barlow, Nile Rodgers and CHIC, Steps, Alfie Boe, Emeli Sandé, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Stereophonics, Pete Tong’s Ibiza Classics, Il Divo, Bastille, Texas, James Arthur, Britney Spears and James.

Cllr Derek Bastiman, Leader of Scarborough Borough Council said: “Everything about this year at Scarborough OAT has been incredible.

“I am very proud of the achievements of everyone involved in making the venue a great success, from Stuart Clark, the Council’s Operations, Venues and Events Manager along with all the council’s staff that work tirelessly to ensure both stars and music fans have a memorable visit to the venue for all the right reasons, to our brilliant promoters Cuffe and Taylor who pulled out all the stops to secure a top class line up, and many others that played their part. What more can I say other than bring on next year!”

Janet Deacon, Area Director for Welcome to Yorkshire said: “The season this year has been truly outstanding and has given a tremendous boost to the local economy.  Many of the attendees have come from not only the UK but from all over the world, travelling in from America, Italy and China to name but a few.

“Accommodation providers are reporting a spike in bookings as soon as shows are announced, with one reporting that their rooms were sold out within fifteen minutes of one announcement. The venue is attracting first time visitors to the borough who not only fall in love with the Open Air Theatre but the area as well.

“This is resulting in repeat visits, which is fantastic news. Cuffe and Taylor and Live Nation have truly put the venue and destination on the world wide map for live music.”


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Rap-pop rocking five-piece Y.O.U.N.G will join James Arthur for his rescheduled headline show at Scarborough Open Air Theatre on Sunday August 12.

The man behind such worldwide hits as ‘Impossible’ and ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’ is returning to Europe’s largest open-air theatre following the cancellation of his show last month due to adverse weather conditions.

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Y.O.U.N.G, who have already performed at the venue twice this summer supporting both Emeli Sandé and The Script, will open the show for James on what will be a not-to-be-missed gig.

The return show also comes after a series of summer festival dates which has seen the Manchester-based outfit earn an army of new fans as well as massive hype around their rework of live set fan-favourite ‘What I Gotta Do’ in celebration of the World Cup.

The five-piece are Chez Davis (vocals/guitar), Benjamin James (rap), Jamie Skehan (guitar), Tom Whitehead (bass) and Graeme Smith (drums).

Speaking about their return visit Chez said: “Scarborough is beginning to feel like home this summer.

“We’ve already had two great shows there and are delighted we’re now on the bill to support James Arthur. This feels like the perfect fit for our fanbase and hopefully we’ll pick up a new legion of fans on the night.

“As northern lads we love nothing more than a day at the seaside so to enjoy the delights of sunny Scarborough followed by supporting James Arthur at such a great venue is the perfect way to enjoy the summer.”

Y.O.U.N.G replace original support Nina Nesbitt who is unavailable for the rescheduled date.

James Arthur is riding high following the huge success of his 2016 album ‘Back From The Edge’ which catapulted him back to the top of the charts and led to a string of sold-out live shows.

It is just five years since the Middlesbrough-born singer/songwriter became an overnight star when he won ITV’s X Factor. His debut single ‘Impossible’ became a worldwide hit – selling more than three million copies and hitting No.1 in 50 countries.

He was nominated for a Brit Award and his self-titled debut album, featuring the single ‘You’re Nobody Until Somebody Loves You’ and collaborations with Naughty Boy and Emeli Sandé, was certified Gold in the UK and sold 400,000 copies worldwide.

And last year James – who picked up two more Brit Award nominations in 2017 – capped his triumphant comeback by embarking on his first ever UK arena tour.

Tickets for all shows at Scarborough OAT are available from the Scarborough Open Air Theatre’s Box Office (01723 818111) via and the Discover Yorkshire Coast Tourism Bureau (01723 383636).


All those with tickets for James Arthur’s original June 28 show are being issued with new tickets. This is due to the fact those in the standing area handed over their tickets on entry to the original show, while many other tickets were damaged by the rain.

Only the new tickets issued – displaying the August 12 date – will be valid for the show.

Ticket agents will issue new tickets by post. Those customers who purchased theirs from the Scarborough OAT box office are in the process of being contacted and new tickets will be issued to them.

Jockeys Aiming For Glory At Carlisle’s Historic Ladies Night Meeting

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Leading riders and stars of the future are heading to Cumbria in search of glory at the world’s most prestigious all-female jockey race meeting.

Carlisle Racecourse’s Ladies Night has been at the forefront of promoting and celebrating women in racing for almost a decade.

This year’s eagerly-awaited meeting – on Monday August 6 – gives leading professionals,  up-and-coming apprentices and amateur jockeys the chance to shine.

And on a night of true Girl Power it is very fitting that Spice Girl Melanie C will host the annual Party In The Paddock with a special post-racing DJ set.

Josephine Gordon is this year’s Ladies Night Race Day Ambassador. The Newmarket-based jockey knows Carlisle well as she rode a Ladies Night winner at Carlisle in 2016 on her way to becoming the British flat racing Champion Apprentice.

Josephine said: “It’s a real honour to be Race Day Ambassador for the UK’s only all-female jockey race day.

“I am thoroughly looking forward to the meeting – it’s a really good experience. The atmosphere is brilliant, the crowd is normally huge so it’s a great day.

“The landscape has changed for women jockeys. There are now a lot more females coming through the ranks so this is a great event to show that talent.

“Carlisle is a testing track for both horse and jockey, you can really teach a horse something there. Added to that, top northern trainers will be there competing against each other, so it makes for a great day.”

Like many racecourses across the UK, Carlisle has held an annual Ladies Day for a number of years. But what makes Carlisle’s Ladies Night different is that it was the world’s first ever, and is still the UK’s only, all-female jockey meeting.

Rachel Richardson, who landed a double at Carlisle’s Ladies Night in 2017, added: “It’s such a great event – it’s a real chance to pick up a full card of rides and that gives you plenty of chances.

“This race meeting gives young up-and-coming jockeys a real chance. You only need something to run well or get a winner and it can make such a major difference and really help your career. You can really make a name for yourself.”

Apprentice Paula Muir approaches Ladies Night in the form of her young career. The 23-year-old recently landed a double at Redcar to go alongside July wins at Ayr and Thirsk.

Paula, based at Michael Dods’ yard in County Durham, is encouraged by the number of female jockeys now racing competitively and believes the all-female card can only help.

She said: “It’s a good meeting for the girls. I think the more girls see the success that Josephine Gordon, Rachel Richardson and others have the more it encourages them to think they can do it themselves.

“And obviously, it’s great when we get one over the boys!”

Fellow apprentice Faye McManoman, who rode a winner at Ladies Night last year and has followed up with more winners at Carlisle this season, said: “I love it at Carlisle – it’s without a doubt my favourite racecourse!

“The support is fantastic, everyone at the course is just so lovely and it’s a great track to ride on. It fills me with confidence every time I go there so I can’t wait to ride there again.”

And Gemma Tutty will be hoping to go one better after a number of second places at Carlisle’s Ladies Night in recent years. Gemma said: “Ladies night is a brilliant event – all the girls love it. I’ve had so many seconds there so hopefully I can change that this year!

“It’s the only all-female jockey race meeting in the UK so to have it in the north of England is fantastic. It is the chance to get on horses that we might not normally get the chance to ride and build up an association with a new trainer.”

All jockeys in the field will be competing for the Durdar Trophy. Previously won by the great Hayley Turner it is awarded to the most successful jockey on the evening.

Molly Dingwall, Carlisle Racecourse’s general manager, said: “Carlisle has been at the forefront of promoting female jockeys and women in racing for many years, so we are honoured to host this unique and celebrated event.

“The evening gives both amateurs and professionals the chance to get a greater number of rides than they would perhaps normally get. And that is vital for riders who are starting out and trying to make a name for themselves in the sport. Jockeys really do have the chance to raise their profile here on the night.

“It is also a great social occasion and this year we are delighted Melanie C will lead our Party In The Paddock. It should be another wonderful evening both on and off the track.”

Tickets for Ladies Night are on sale now via or by calling 0344 579 3002. Gates open on Monday August 6 at 2.40pm. First race is 5.40pm. Melanie C’s DJ set will start after the last race at 8.40pm

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