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November 2019


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Indie-rock giants Snow Patrol are heading to the Yorkshire coast next summer for what promises to be a sensational night at Scarborough Open Air Theatre.

The band behind such anthems as Chasing Cars, Run, You’re All I Have, Signal Fire, Called Out in the Dark and Take Back the City will bring their sensational live show to Britain’s largest open-air arena on Saturday July 4.

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday November 29 via

Over a 25-year career, Snow Patrol have carved out a unique place for themselves.

Since releasing their debut album, Songs for Polarbears, the band have racked up an impressive array of critical and commercial accolades, including more than 17 million global album sales, one billion-plus global track streams, five UK Platinum-selling albums, an Ivor Novello award and Grammy and Mercury Music Prize nominations.

The band — guitarist/vocalist Gary Lightbody, guitarists Johnny McDaid and Nathan Connolly, bassist Paul Wilson and drummer Jonny Quinn — broke into the mainstream in 2003 with their stunning album Final Straw, featuring Top 5 hit Run.

2006’s Eyes Open saw them truly propelled to a global audience as massive hit single Chasing Cars went on to become UK radio’s most played song of the 21st century.

After taking some time out, Snow Patrol returned in 2018 with the brilliant Wildness – their first studio album in seven years. The band followed up its huge success with a sensational live tour which included a homecoming gig in front of 35,000 fans in Bangor, Northern Ireland.

Snow Patrol’s Scarborough date is presented by Cuffe and Taylor. Director Peter Taylor said: “Snow Patrol are not only one of the biggest-selling UK bands of the last 20 years, but they are also one of the most critically acclaimed live acts. We are delighted to be bringing them to Scarborough Open Air Theatre for summer 2020.

“They are behind some of the best-loved indie rock anthems and these special songs are going to sound amazing at this unique venue. I have absolutely no doubts this is going to be an incredible night.”

Tickets for Snow Patrol at Scarborough Open Air Theatre go on general sale at 9am on Friday, November 29 via
They can also be purchased, in person, from Scarborough Open Air Theatre Box Office (01723 818111) and the Discover Yorkshire Coast Tourism Bureau (01723 383636).



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Global icon Lionel Richie, pop superstars Westlife and British music legends Madness will headline the first ever York Festival.

The three-day music festival will be held at York Sports Club between Friday June 19th and Sunday June 21st 2020.

Three-day passes – giving festival-goers access to all nights – are on sale now from

Tickets for each night go on sale at 9am Thursday November 28

Opening night headliners Madness, who have chalked up no fewer than 15 UK Top 10 singles and seven Top 10 albums, will be joined by indie chart-toppers Lightning Seeds, Craig Charles with his famous Funk and Soul Club DJ set together with Leeds indie rockers Apollo Junction and York’s very own Violet Contours.

Westlife headline on the Saturday night as part of their UK-wide Stadiums in the Summer Tour. The UK’s top selling album group of the 21st century will perform classic hits such as Swear It Again, Flying Without Wings and You Raise Me Up together with new songs from their forthcoming album Spectrum.

Joining Westlife on the night will be superstar pop group All Saints, Brit singer-songwriter Sophie Ellis Bextor, indie rock band Scouting for Girls and Take That’s Howard Donald, who will be spinning the discs for a very special DJ set.

Sunday night headliner is none other than international superstar Lionel Richie. The four-time Grammy Award-winner will perform a hit-packed concert that covers his extensive and much-loved repertoire – from his hit-making days with the Commodores right up to the present day.

York Festival is presented by promoters Cuffe and Taylor who famously brought Britney Spears’ headline show to Scarborough Open Air Theatre in 2018 and staged Rod Stewart’s massive 2019 sell-out gig at York Racecourse.

Director Peter Taylor said: “This is the very first York Festival so we wanted to make this a very special debut year.

“To have Lionel Richie, Westlife and Madness as headliners – alongside many other brilliant chart-topping artists – is a real coup. We feel this is the perfect line-up for the first year of what we hope will become a major annual event in this wonderful and historic city.

“We cannot wait for Friday June 19th and opening night. This really is going to be a weekend to remember!”

York Festival will be staged at York Sports Club, situated at Clifton Park – the home of York RUFC, York Cricket Club, York Tennis Club and York Squash Club.

Nigel Durham, Trustee of York Sports Club and Chairman of York Cricket Club, said: “We are delighted to be hosting the first York Festival – a major new event for the city of York.

“An historic city the size and stature of ours truly deserves a high-profile music festival like this. And to be attracting such massive stars as Lionel Richie, Westlife and Madness is just brilliant.

“And with the festival being staged in the heart of the city, right here at York Sports Club, this really will capture the imagination and be a great thing for the city, residents, local businesses and visitors.”

Cuffe and Taylor are working closely with City of York Council and Make It York, which showcases and promotes the city around the world.

Welcoming the York Festival line-up, Sean Bullick, managing director of Make It York, said: “York Festival will be a brilliant addition to the city’s already busy calendar of summer events for both residents and visitors to enjoy. Welcoming such music legends and chart-topping artists, as well
as showcasing local talent, is another step forward for York’s cultural offer and we are delighted to help spread the word to audiences.”

Three-day day Passes for York Festival are on sale now priced from £129 and are available from

Individual tickets priced from £39.50 will go on sale at 9am Thursday November 28.

A range of exclusive VIP offers are also available.

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Pop superstars Little Mix are taking their unmissable live show on the road next year with their 21-date Summer 2020 tour.

The world’s biggest girl band will perform to fans across England, Scotland and Wales including a show at Southampton’s Ageas Bowl on Thursday July 2.

Tickets go on sale at 9am Thursday November 28 from and

The tour will see Little Mix perform some of their greatest hits including ‘Woman Like Me’, ‘Touch’, ‘Shout Out to My Ex’, ‘Black Magic’ and ‘Wings’.

Summer 2020 tour dates are:


Fri 26 – Falkirk, The Falkirk Stadium

Sat 27 – St Helens, R.F.C Stadium

Sun 28 – Cardiff, Cardiff City Stadium

Tues 30 – Peterborough, The Weston Homes Stadium


Thurs 02 – Southampton, The Ageas Bowl

Fri 03 – Plymouth, Home Park Stadium

Sat 04 – London, American Express presents BST Hyde Park

Sun 05 – Lancashire, Lytham Festival

Thurs 09 – Gloucester, Kingsholm Stadium

Fri 10 – Colchester, JobServe Community Stadium

Sat 11 – Colwyn Bay, Stadiwm Zip World

Sun 12 – Hull, Hull College Craven Park Stadium

Tues 14 – Ardingly, South of England Event Centre

Thurs 16 – Durham, Emirates Riverside

Fri 17 – Leicester, Fischer County Ground

Sat 18 – Norfolk, Holkham Hall

Sun 19 – Canterbury, The Spitfire Ground

Tues 21 – Scarborough, Open Air Theatre

Fri 24 – Carlisle, Bitts Park

Sat 25 – Ayr, Ayr Racecourse

Sun 26 – Aberdeen, Hazlehead Park

Speaking about the Summer 2020 Tour, the group said: “Performing live is our favourite thing to do as a band, we love it.

“Our last Summer tour in 2018 was one of our favourites ever, so we can’t wait for some more brilliant outdoor shows next year. We want everyone to come party with us in the sunshine!”

Speaking about the Summer 2020 tour coming to The Ageas Bowl, CEO David Mann said: “We are delighted to host world-class group Little Mix at the Ageas Bowl again next summer following on from their excellent show here in 2017.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming their fans to the venue again for what promises to be another fantastic show.”

Little Mix have firmly established their reputation as one of the most phenomenal groups    around. Alongside massive tours of Europe, Australia, Japan and the US, the group have just completed their mammoth LM5 Arena Tour which took in cities across Europe, the UK and Ireland including an amazing five sold out dates at London’s O2 Arena.

Since 2011, Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall have not only established themselves as one of British pop’s brightest acts, but as a global pop phenomenon.

They have fully cemented their status as the world’s biggest girl band, with the quartet asserting dominance in the charts album after album.

They have sold more than 50 million records worldwide, collected more than 17 million Spotify listeners, received more than 3 billion Youtube views, and collated 12 billion streams worldwide. Record sales have seen them notch up a total of four UK No.1 singles, four platinum-selling albums and nine platinum selling singles, surpassing a record previously held by the Spice Girls. Their 2016 album ‘Glory Days’ was the biggest selling album by a female group this millennium in the UK, alongside being named the longest-reigning Top 40 album for a girl group ever.

Tickets go on sale at 9am Thursday November 28 from and

At least 75p from every ticket sale will be donated to Nordoff Robbins* – a charity that uses the power of music therapy to enrich the lives of people affected by life limiting illness, isolation or disability.

Lytham Festival 2020 line-up revealed

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Global icon Lionel Richie, international chart-topper Lewis Capaldi, pop superstars Westlife, indie giants Snow Patrol are among the headliners for Lytham Festival 2020.

This stellar line-up is today announced as Lancashire’s biggest music festival prepares for another sell-out year.

The 11th annual Lytham Festival will take place on Lytham Green from Wednesday 01 to Sunday 05 July.

And as four of the five headliners are revealed, five-day passes giving festival-goers access to all nights on Lytham Green are on sale now from

Individual tickets to each night will go on sale at 8am Thursday November 28.

Opening Lytham Festival 2020 on Wednesday July 1 will be a headlining show from Irish pop superstars Westlife as part of their UK wide Stadiums in the Summer Tour. Hailed as the UK’s top selling album group of the 21st Century, the Lytham Festival show will see the global pop kings perform all of their greatest hits including Swear It Again, Flying Without Wings and You Raise Me Up as well as sensational up-tempo new songs from their forthcoming new album Spectrum.

Thursday July 2 will see rapidly rising international star Lewis Capaldi headline the Main Proms Arena. It’s been a meteoric rise to success for the Scottish singer-songwriter who is currently enjoying huge adoration on both sides of the Atlantic and has just been nominated for a Grammy Award for his hit Someone You Loved.

Indie rockers Snow Patrol are the Friday night headliners. With a 25-year career they have racked up an impressive number of accolades including more than 17 million global album sales and an Ivor Novello award. Their 2006 monster hit single Chasing Cars went on to become UK radio’s most played song of the 21st Century.

Saturday night will see international superstar Lionel Richie headline as he will perform hits from his extensive and much-loved repertoire spanning decades, all the way from the Commodores to the present day. His music is part of the fabric of pop music and Richie has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide and is an Oscar, Golden Globe, and four-time Grammy Awards winner.

Lytham Festival will close on Sunday July 5 with the headlining artist being announced at 8am tomorrow.

Details of all support artists will be revealed soon.

Festival director Peter Taylor is delighted with the line-up.

“2020 is shaping to be yet another massive year for Lytham Festival,” said Peter.

“We had an incredible line-up for 2019 as we celebrated our 10-year anniversary so our mission was to make 2020 even bigger and better, and we believe the festival we have planned will do just that.

“To have Lionel Richie and Westlife on the same bill as Lewis Capaldi and Snow Patrol is incredibly exciting and really does make this our biggest ever line-up.

“There will be tens of thousands of people descending on Lytham for the five days of the festival and we can’t wait to welcome them for what will be five truly spectacular nights of live music.”

Five day Passes for Lytham Festival are on sale now priced from £199 and are available from

Individual tickets priced from £35 will go on sale at 8am Thursday November 28.

A range of exclusive VIP offers are also available.

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As Lytham Festival enters a new decade, it has already announced a brand-new Lytham Proms concert for 2020.

The traditional picnic proms, which was ordinarily held as part of Lytham Festival, will now take place at historic Lytham Hall on Saturday August 29 with all money raised being gifted to the continued restoration of the Grade 1 Georgian mansion.

Get Ready for Mixtape – Scarborough OAT’s 80s night is back

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Scarborough Open Air Theatre’s hugely popular 80s and 90s night is back for 2020 – headlined by some of Yorkshire’s biggest pop stars of the era.

Marc Almond, Heaven 17 and Living In A Box, featuring Kenny Thomas, will lead the Mixtape line-up on Friday July 10.

Tickets go on sale at 9am this Friday via

Peter Taylor, director of venue programmers Cuffe and Taylor, said: “We are delighted to announce Mixtape – the much-requested return of an 80s and 90s night to Scarborough Open Air Theatre.

“Previous shows have always been a big party night and, since the last 80s and 90s night here in 2017, we’ve been repeatedly asked for another one. We’ve listened, and Mixtape is here for summer 2020!

“Marc Almond, Heaven 17 and Living In A Box are not only three great artists with a string of major hits between them, but they all have such a strong local connection. We feel sure this will be another great night on the stunning Yorkshire coast.”

Internationally acclaimed artist Marc Almond has sold more than 30 million records worldwide and is an icon and influence to a generation of musicians.

Lancashire-born, but Yorkshire raised, it was as frontman of seminal 80s electronic duo Soft Cell that he first gained international acclaim with such massive hits as Tainted Love, Bedsitter, Torch, What and Say Hello Wave Goodbye before embarking on a diverse and hugely successful solo career.

Marc’s later work – including his 2017 album Shadows and Reflections and A Lovely Life To Live, his 2018 collaboration with Jools Holland – has been rapturously received by both fans and critics alike.

He was awarded an OBE for services to music and the arts, an Ivor Novello Inspiration Award, an Icon Award by Attitude Magazine and a Mojo Magazine Inspiration Award. He was also awarded an Honorary Fellowship of Leeds College of Music.

Marc will be joined at Scarborough by Heaven 17 who will be celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2020.

Born out of the split of the original Human League, the Sheffield new wave band – led by Glenn Gregory and Martyn Ware – shot to fame with synth-driven hits Temptation, Come Live With Me and Crushed by the Wheels of Industry together with such hugely acclaimed albums Penthouse and Pavement and The Luxury Gap.

Fellow Sheffield band Living In A Box exploded onto MTV in 1987 with a song named after themselves. Further Top 40 hits followed including Scales of Justice, So The Story Goes, Blow The House Down and Room In Your Heart.

They have now joined forces with double platinum-selling and double Brit Award nominee Kenny Thomas who burst into the UK charts in the early 1990s with Top 20 hits Outstanding, Thinking About Your Love and Best Of You.

A spectacular modern soul vocalist, Kenny has performed across the globe with the likes of Bobby Womack, Lisa Stansfield, Shalamar and Alexander O’Neal. He has now taken over the lead vocals as a permanent member of Living In A Box.

Tickets for Mixtape go on general sale at 9am on Friday, November 22 via 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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BBC’s A Question of Sport – the world’s longest running TV sports quiz – will celebrate its 50th anniversary with an all-new live tour.

Starring host Sue Barker and resident team captains Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell, along with big-name guests from across the sporting world, A Question of Sport Live is the perfect way for fans to see the hit show up close in a thrilling live environment.

This unmissable stage show will visit 10 cities across the UK in April and May 2020:

FRI APRIL 17                Glasgow            SEC Armadillo

FRI APRIL 24                Liverpool           M&S Bank Arena

MON APRIL 27            Birmingham     Symphony Hall

TUE APRIL 28               Newcastle       02 City Hall

FRI MAY 1                    Nottingham      Royal Concert Hall

SAT MAY 2                   Manchester      Bridgewater Hall

SUN MAY 3                  Sheffield            City Hall

TUE MAY 12                London              The London Palladium

SAT MAY 23                 Plymouth          Pavilions

SUN MAY 24                Southampton Mayflower Theatre

Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday November 15th via

A Question of Sport Live will follow the small-screen format featuring many of the rounds and challenges fans of the hit show know and love.

It is also truly interactive as audience members will be able to participate by directly posing questions to the teams and getting involved in some rounds before the traditional ‘Sprint Finish’ climax.

This will be A Question of Sport’s first tour in nine years and Sue, Matt and Phil are all excited about getting back on the road together with a host of special guest star panellists who will soon be revealed.

Sue Barker said: “2020 is a landmark year for A Question of Sport. It’s the show’s 50th anniversary and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate this Golden Anniversary than to take the show around the country. We had such a brilliant time on the last tour so I can’t wait to do it again!”

Phil Tufnell added: “The live shows are something really special. It’s a thrill to be able to take A Question of Sport from people’s living rooms into arenas and theatres across the UK. The interaction with the crowd is brilliant and it’s always a really exciting, hilarious and fun night out.”

And Matt Dawson said: “I was a fan of A Question of Sport long before I joined the show so it’s an honour for me to be part of these 50th anniversary celebrations. I’m really looking forward to going out on the road again – it’s been too long! The live shows are different each night and everyone involved, whether they are on stage or in audience, has an absolute ball. We all love it and can’t wait to get started!”

A Question of Sport first burst onto the nation’s TV screens in January 1970. More than 1,000 episodes have been broadcast and more than 2,000 of the biggest names in British and international sport have appeared as panellists.

This all-new live tour is brought to you by Cuffe and Taylor, Live Nation and Simon Fielder Productions in association with BBC Studios.

Mcfly unveiled as Scarborough OAT’s first Summer 2020 headliners

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Chart-topping rockers McFly are bringing their explosive live show to Scarborough Open Air Theatre next summer.

With seven UK number-one singles, five Top 10 albums, six sell-out tours and 10 million records sold worldwide, McFly are without question one of the most significant British pop acts of the 21st century.

And the band behind such massive hits as All About You, Obviously, Star Girl, One For The Radio and Shine A Light are today delighted to announce they will play a headline show at Scarborough OAT on Friday August 14, 2020.

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday, November 15 via

Since hitting the big time as the youngest band to ever have a debut album go straight to number one – beating The Beatles’ long-standing record – Tom Fletcher, Danny Jones, Dougie Poynter and Harry Judd have become one of the UK’s best-loved bands.

After spending some time apart working on their own projects – and joining forces with Busted to form the pop phenomenon that was McBusted – the McFly boys recently announced they would return to the live arena with a show at London’s O2.

This O2 show sold out in minutes leading to the announcement of a full UK arena tour in Spring 2020 – and now an unmissable date at the UK’s largest open-air arena, situated on the stunning Yorkshire coast.

McFly’s Scarborough OAT show is presented by Cuffe and Taylor. Director Peter Taylor said: “We’re very excited to announce McFly as our first headliners for 2020.

 “The boys played a sensational show here in 2013, and again as McBusted in 2014 and 2015. We are constantly being asked to bring them back and so we are delighted they’ll be back here next summer.

 “McFly are a brilliant live band who always bring a spectacular show. As proved by the rush for tickets when they announced both their O2 show and their Arena Tour, we would advise fans to not hang around getting their tickets.”

 McFly’s return to touring comes hot on the heels of the long-awaited release of ‘Lost Songs’. This sensational collection of original material from the band’s vaults was accumulated after the release of their last studio album ‘Above The Noise’.

The ‘Lost Songs’ is the material all McFly devotees have been clamouring for years to hear and the band is currently releasing it, for free, one track each week via all leading streaming services.

It is classic McFly, and now, at last, it is freely available to every one of their millions of fans around the world and will be performed alongside their mega-hits throughout 2020.

Tickets for McFly’s Scarborough OAT show go on general sale at 9am on Friday November 15 via 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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The UK’s top selling group of the 21st century, Westlife, today announce an extensive outdoor UK tour in 2020 as their stellar return to music continues.

Tickets for the 14 new dates for Stadiums in the Summer Tour go on sale on Friday 8 November 2019 at 9am at

The spectacular tour, which will culminate at Westlife’s already announced first-ever Wembley Stadium show on 22 August, will see the pop music icons reach more fans than ever before as they belt out hit after hit including ‘Swear It Again’, ‘Flying Without Wings’ and ‘World of our Own’ as well as the hits from their forthcoming new album ‘Spectrum’.

It will be the band’s first UK-wide outdoor tour in over eight years and follows the record-breaking success of this summer’s ‘Twenty Tour’ which saw Shane, Nicky, Mark and Kian perform to over 600,000 fans across 27 cities and 13 countries.

“We’re looking forward to next summer when we’ll be playing so many fantastic outdoor venues across the UK. The Stadiums in the Summer Tour will see us reach more fans than ever before. The shows will be incredible and will include all of our hits and some surprises. We cannot wait to get back out on the road”, say the band.

Westlife have sold over 55 million records worldwide, and are the only band to have their first 7 singles enter the UK chart at No.1. They also have the most singles of any artist to debut at No.1 in the UK. Overall the band have had an incredible 14 No.1 singles, behind only Elvis Presley and The Beatles. They have had 33 No.1 albums worldwide.

As a live act Westlife have sold over 5 million concert tickets worldwide.


Stadiums in the Summer Tour will see Westlife play the following dates:


Fri 19 – Norwich, Carrow Road

Sun 21 – Peterborough, The Weston Homes Stadium

Fri 26 – Cardiff, Cardiff City Stadium

Sat 27 – Falkirk, The Falkirk Stadium

Jun 28 – Inverness, Inverness Caledonian Stadium


Fri 03 – Southampton, The Ageas Bowl

Sat 04 – Plymouth, Home Park Stadium

Sun 05 – Colwyn Bay, Stadiwm Zipworld

Fri 10 – Hull, Hull College Craven Park Stadium

Sat 11 Jul – Colchester, Castle Park

Sun 12 – Gloucester, Kingsholm Stadium

Thurs 16 – Leicester, Fischer County Ground

Fri 17 – Kent, The Spitfire Ground

Sat 18 – Durham, Emirates Riverside


Sat 22 – Wembley Stadium


Tickets go on sale at 9am Friday November 8 from

Pre-sale tickets will go on sale at 9am Tuesday November 5 and can be accessed by pre-ordering Spectrum, Westlife’s first album since 2010, HERE (

Westlife’s new album, ‘Spectrum’, will be released on Friday 15 November.

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