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‘Oh, What A Night’ in prospect as music icon Frankie Valli heads to the Yorkshire coast

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Music legends Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons are bringing their hit-packed World Tour to Scarborough Open Air Theatre next summer.

The icons behind such timeless classics Walk Like A Man, Sherry, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Rag Doll, Oh, What A Night and Big Girls Don’t Cry headline the Yorkshire coast venue on Saturday June 25.

Tickets go on sale at 9am Friday September 24 from scarboroughopenairtheatre.com

Frankie Valli, who came to fame in 1962 as the lead singer of The Four Seasons, is hotter than ever in the 21st century. The volcanic success of the Tony Award-winning musical ‘Jersey Boys’, which chronicles the life and times of Frankie and his legendary group, has brought their music to a whole new generation of fans.

To date Frankie and The Four Seasons have sold more than 175 million records worldwide and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. They play to huge audiences around the world and, together with their Scarborough OAT date, will play two nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall in 2022.

Scarborough OAT venue programmer Peter Taylor said: “The name ‘legend’ is often over-used but in Frankie Valli we have a true music icon.
“Frankie and The Four Seasons are behind some of the best-known songs of all time and we are absolutely honoured to be welcoming them here to Scarborough Open Air Theatre.

“Their stage shows are loved the world over and with Jersey Boys continuing to be a global smash hit, bringing the real thing here to the Yorkshire coast in 2022 is just fantastic.”

Frankie Valli has influenced many other great recording artists which was acknowledged in the dozens of tributes collected for Jersey Beat, the recently released Four Seasons boxed set.

Bee Gees legend Barry Gibb said: “Frankie Valli to me has become one of the hallmark voices of our generation. From the deepest emotions of his real voice to the power of his falsetto, he created a style that we all still strive to emulate.”

Billy Joel added: “I wrote ‘Uptown Girl’ as the flip side to the story of ‘Rag Doll.’ I always loved that record.”

And The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson: “In the early ’60s the Four Seasons were my favourite group. I thought they were fantastic. The voice blend was fantastic. The competition helped me to get cracking. It inspired me, because they made good music.”

Tickets for Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons at Scarborough Open Air Theatre go on sale at 9am Friday September 24 from scarboroughopenairtheatre.com

WEEK TO REMEMBER AS SCARBOROUGH OAT CELEBRATES 100th HEADLINE SHOW

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Scarborough Open Air Theatre celebrates a century of major live music shows this week as the UK’s largest purpose-built outdoor concert arena plays host to three massive gigs.

Manchester greats Courteeners take to the stage on Wednesday night for what will be the 100th headline show at the Yorkshire coast venue since it re-opened to the public in 2010.

24 hours later, on Thursday, it will be the turn of fellow Mancunian legends James to headline before chart-toppers Snow Patrol complete a week to remember on Friday.

Final tickets for all three shows are available from www.scarboroughopenairtheatre.com

More than 450,000 people have attended a concert at Scarborough OAT since Her Majesty The Queen re-opened the refurbished Scarborough Borough Council-owned arena 11 years ago.

Headliners to grace the historic stage in the last few years include world-wide superstars and music legends such as Britney Spears, Lionel Richie, Elton John, Tom Jones, Kylie Minogue, Noel Gallagher, Dionne Warwick, The Beach Boys, Nile Rodgers and CHIC plus many more (see full line up below).

This year’s star-studded season – which comes to a close next week with a sell-out show from pop legends Duran Duran – has been a welcome return for a venue cherished by both locals and music fans from across the UK.

Cllr Jim Grieve, Scarborough Borough Council’s cabinet member for quality of life, said: “Since reopening in 2010, Scarborough Open Air Theatre has established itself as the borough’s premier outdoor live music venue.
“Working with our partners we’ve brought some of the biggest names in the music industry to the Yorkshire coast. This has boosted the area’s reputation for high quality events and contributed millions of pounds to the local economy.

“As we reach the milestone of 100 shows at the theatre this week, we look forward to many more years of fantastic events to come.”

Live music is programmed at Scarborough OAT by promoters Cuffe and Taylor, who are part of Live Nation and have a 10-year contract to deliver headline shows at the venue, which now boasts a capacity of 8,000.

Venue programmer Peter Taylor said: “What a week we have in store here at Scarborough Open Air Theatre. Courteeners, James and Snow Patrol are three of the biggest names in British indie rock and to bring all three here in the same week is just fantastic. This really is going to be a week to remember.

“Cuffe and Taylor is so proud to have programmed live music at this wonderful venue since 2016, in which time we have brought many world-famous music icons to the Yorkshire coast. We absolutely love it and we cannot wait to add to the century of big-name headliners in the years to come. Watch this space!”

Shows at Scarborough OAT attract thousands of visitors to the Yorkshire coast each summer and have created an estimated benefit to the borough of more than £25m in the last decade.

Cuffe and Taylor work hand-in-hand with the dedicated council-led team at Scarborough OAT.

Stuart Clark, Scarborough OAT venue manager, has worked on more than 90 of the 100 headline shows since 2010. He said: “It’s a brilliant venue – a real jewel in the Yorkshire coast’s crown. You only have to look at the calibre of artists who come here regularly to realise how well thought of Scarborough OAT is.

“It’s such a team effort to put these shows on and I cannot thank the incredible team here at the venue and Cuffe and Taylor enough. But above all we’d all like to thank the people of the borough and the Yorkshire coast for their incredible support of the venue down the years – and here’s to many more brilliant nights at the OAT!”

For tickets and information about events at Scarborough Open Air Theatre visit www.scarboroughopenairtheatre.com or call the venue box office on (01723 818111).

The Wombats announce new album & 2022 UK Arena Tour

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The Wombats kick off the most exciting phase of their constantly evolving success story today with the announcement of their fifth studio album Fix Yourself, Not The World, due for release on January 7.

Alongside this, the indie heroes have revealed plans for a five-date headline UK arena tour in 2022 – including a massive headline show at Scarborough Open Air Theatre on Thursday May 26.

Tickets for this 8,000-capacity Yorkshire coast show go on general sale at 9am on Friday August 20 via scarboroughopenairtheatre.com

UK ARENA TOUR DATES:

14 April 2022 – First Direct Arena, Leeds
15 April 2022 – The O2, London
16 April 2022 – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
18 April 2022 – Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow
22 April 2022 – Mountford Hall, Liverpool
26 May 2022 – Open Air Theatre, Scarborough

The announcement comes accompanied by a brand new single ‘If You Ever Leave, I’m Coming With You’, which is BBC Radio 1’s Future Sounds Hottest Record In The World. Recording remotely over the past year from their respective homes, the band have been working hard to produce some of the most captivating, inventive and forward-thinking music of their career to date.

With frontman Matthew “Murph” Murphy in Los Angeles, bassist Tord Øverland Knudsen in Oslo and drummer Dan Haggis in London, they discussed each day’s plan via Zoom, then recorded separately, sending individual files to producers Jacknife Lee (U2, The Killers), Gabe Simon (Dua Lipa, Lana Del Rey), Paul Meaney (Twenty One Pilots, Nothing But Thieves), Mark Crew (Bastille, Rag‘n’Bone Man) and Mike Crossey (The 1975, The War on Drugs, Yungblud) to mix into the finished tracks. “It was pure madness, to be honest,” explains Murph. See the eboy designed  album artwork below.

“We’re so excited for people to hear this new album! We’ve explored new genres and pushed ourselves further than ever musically. It will always stand out for us in our memories from our other albums as we recorded it across three cities during lockdown, and we weren’t all in the same room at the same time!” says Dan Haggis.

Following the cathartic ‘Method To The Madness’, The Wombats’ new single ‘If You Ever Leave, I’m Coming With You’is an infectious electro-pop ode to obsessive devotion. Speaking about the track, Murph says “I noticed that 2020 and 2021 put some serious strain on interpersonal relationships, it felt like people around me were really struggling. For me, ‘If You Ever Leave, I’m Coming With You’ taps into all of that and asks the question… is it the circumstances putting undue stress on people? Or have the circumstances shed light on people’s incompatibility with one another?”

15 years and three top 5 UK albums into their career, The Wombats are pulling in a bigger audience than ever before.

The viral success of Oliver Nelson’s remix of their 2015 hit ‘Greek Tragedy’ on TikTok has enraptured a whole new generation of fans, a feat they’ve managed to continually repeat since their 2007 debut A Guide To Love, Loss & Desperation. Used in over 600,000 videos (some of which have over 100 million views), the remix has rocketed to over 30 million streams, propelling the original to 120 million streams and sending it Gold in the US. It’s also helped them amass an extra 2.4 million monthly listeners on Spotify since just January; further illustration, if any were needed, of The Wombats’ ability to reach new generations of fans through the timeless power of their songwriting and lyrics alone.

With a summer ahead that includes second from top billings at Reading & Leeds Festival main stage and Neighbourhood Weekender, plus their biggest ever UK headline tourset for 2022, this is only the start of what’s to come as fans new and old gear up for the next exciting chapter from one of Britain’s most adored bands.

CAMELOT IN CONCERT- EXCLUSIVE PERFORMANCE ANNOUNCED FOR LONDON PALLADIUM

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West End and Broadway royalty will lead the cast in an exclusive one night only production of Lerner and Loewe’s Camelot in Concert at the London Palladium.

The legendary love triangle of King Arthur, Guenevere and Sir Lancelot will come to life in the award-winning concert production starring Ramin Karimloo, Bradley Jaden and Lucy St. Louis on Sunday February 6.

Tickets go on sale 10am Friday July 30 and are available from www.cuffeandtaylor.com

Lerner and Loewe’s majestic musical Camelot brings the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table to life with an extraordinary score that dramatizes this classic tale.

Speaking about taking on the role of King Arthur, Olivier and Tony Award nominee Ramin Karimloo said: “This is going to be a very exciting production and the fact it is for one exclusive night only makes it even more special.

“To perform as the majestic King Arthur and be joined by Lucy St. Louis as Guenevere and Bradley Jaden as Lancelot will make this an absolutely stunning show and I can’t wait.”

Camelot tells the story of Arthur, the idealistic King, who hopes to create a kingdom built on honour and dignity. His ideals, however, are tested when his lovely queen, Guenevere, falls in love with the young Knight, Lancelot creating one of the most famous love triangles in literary history.

From the writers of My Fair Lady, enjoy some of the most well-loved musical theatre songs including ‘If Ever I Would Leave You’, ‘I Loved You Once in Silence,’ and of course, ‘Camelot’ sung by the West End and Broadway star Ramin Karimloo (Love Never Dies, Les Misérables) as King Arthur, Bradley Jaden (Les Misérables) as Lancelot and Lucy St. Louis (Phantom of the Opera) as Guenevere – all accompanied by a full orchestra. 

Camelot first opened on Broadway in 1960 starring Julie Andrews and the late Richard Burton. The production won four Tony Awards and resulted in several revivals and the 1967 movie of the same name. In August 1964, the show first opened at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane where it ran for more than 500 performances.

Camelot in Concert at the London Palladium is presented by live music and event promoters Cuffe and Taylor in association with theatre producers Lambert Jackson Productions.

Lambert Jackson Creative Director Eliza Jackson said: “Camelot in Concert is an incredibly exciting production for us and one that we know will be very special.

“With Ramin, Bradley and Lucy leading the cast as the legendary love triangle, we have the most incredible display of talent for this show, and we plan to announce more cast members soon.

“Lerner and Loewe created the most soaring music with wonderfully descriptive lyrics and to be given the opportunity to bring this story to life at the magnificent London Palladium is something we very much look forward to doing.”

Ben Hatton, Director of Theatre Touring for Cuffe and Taylor, added: “We are delighted to be working with Lambert Jackson and such a strong cast.

This is an exclusive one-night only production and that means one thing – hurry to get your tickets as this is a not to be missed show.”

For more information and to secure your tickets head to www.cuffeandtaylor.com

PLANS TO EXPAND LYTHAM FESTIVAL INTO A 10 DAY EVENT FOR 2022

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Exciting plans have been unveiled to expand Lancashire’s Lytham Festival into a 10-day live music extravaganza in 2022 – creating a multi-million pound tourism boost.

Festival organisers Cuffe and Taylor have submitted a licence application to Fylde Borough Council which, if approved, would see Lytham Festival 2022 take place across two weekends, for one year only, between June 29 and July 10.

And both tourism and business leaders have thrown their full support behind the application.

Joint founder of Lytham Festival, Peter Taylor said expanding the event into 10 days will have a huge economic impact on Lytham and the Fylde coast.

He said: “Lytham Festival already attracts around 100,000 people each year as one of the UK’s leading live music events. We’ve had two years without a festival so by extending this to 10 days for one year in 2022, not only will we be able to bring even more global icons to our wonderful town, but we will be bringing tens of thousands more customers to the hotels, bars, restaurants and shops of the Fylde coast. Those customers often then spend days out visiting the fantastic tourism attractions we have on our doorstep so the benefits for everyone are huge.

“Following the devastating effect of Covid-19 on the live events and hospitality industry we have worked very closely with our partners at Fylde Borough Council and will continue to do so to ensure Lytham Festival is of benefit to as many people and businesses as possible.

“This 10-night event is about reopening our industry and transforming Lytham Festival into a huge economic boost for the area. It’s a bold statement that we’re open and back in business.”

Initially a one-day Proms concert back in 2010, the former Lytham Proms grew to a three-day event before rebranding into the four-day Lytham Festival in 2015 and then five days from 2018.

The five-day event draws crowds of around 100,000 people to the Lancashire coastal town each year and an expansion to 10 nights of live music would see that number double.

The hospitality and retail industry across the Fylde coast benefits from the festival with thousands of concert-goers visiting from out of town and therefore staying overnight and supporting local businesses.

Research* following Lytham Festival 2019 found that a quarter of people surveyed stayed in a local hotel at least one night, while 78% visited the shops, bars and restaurants of Lytham with 25% spending more than £100 while visiting and 46% spending more than £200. By increasing the festival to a 10-day event attracting 200,000 people, the potential economic boost could generate around £20million of income for the Fylde coast.

This data is supported by business owners.

Stuart Robertson, who owns and operates St Annes Beach Huts and Apartments, said: “The business we and many, many others enjoy because of Lytham Festival is incredible. Our accommodation is booked up months in advance by people eager to enjoy the festival and that also has a really positive knock-on effect as we see people returning at other times of the year who might not have visited the Fylde coast previously.

“I really hope Lytham Festival is 10 days in 2022 as the benefits will be huge for all.”

Lytham restaurateur Helen Vavaso added: “Lytham Festival is a massive boost to us business owners and we absolutely welcome the news they are planning to expand to 10 days for 2022.

“We have really missed the festival over the past two years and cannot wait for its return so we can all enjoy a bumper summer next year.”

WhileRoss Robinson, proprietor of The Queens pub and Lytham House restaurant, said: “Lytham Festival is a huge asset to all the hospitality businesses in the town. We opened Lytham House last year and we were looking forward to welcoming Festival guests in the summer, as we have in our other establishment The Queens for many years.

“Bringing back the festival in 2022 for 10 nights will be a huge boost that all the businesses need right now and we can’t wait to welcome residents and visitors through our doors and I know everyone else will feel the same.”

Council and tourism chiefs are also backing the proposed extension.

Fylde Borough Council leader Cllr Karen Buckley said: “The growth of Lytham Festival has helped put Lytham on the map ever since Fylde Council gave financial backing to the first Proms event in 2010. The event is a massive asset for the town and borough and that means a great time is had by all who come and enjoy the stars who perform but also, and most importantly, secures jobs and businesses right across Fylde. 

We have greatly missed the Festival these past two years and so the double-billing will be just the boost that is needed and, I hope, a celebration beyond the pandemic that we can all look forward to.” 

While Lytham ward councillor and chairman of Fylde’s Leisure & Tourism Committee Cllr Michael Sayward said: “Lytham Festival is a huge event in the music calendar and as a council, we are very fortunate to host it each year.

“It goes without saying that the last two years have been a very arduous and stressful period for all businesses and especially for those in the hospitality industry, so it is fantastic to see Cuffe and Taylor coming back to Lytham with what can only be described as the festival of all festivals.

This ten-day event will be a huge boost to the local economy and will put Lytham back in the limelight and firmly back on the map, where it belongs.”

And Marketing Lancashire Chief Executive Rachel McQueen added: “Lytham Festival has grown to be one of the must-see highlights of the Lancashire summer calendar. Such a high-quality event attracts thousands of visitors to the county and introduces many more to their first experience of Lancashire hospitality and the delights of Lytham – one of our true coastal gems.

“Extending the festival will only increase the opportunities for our hospitality colleagues and partners, who have endured one of the industry’s most challenging periods. To have such a positive event to plan for is very welcome, and we look forward to working towards a celebratory and successful return for this much-loved festival.”

The licence application was formally submitted to Fylde Borough Council on Wednesday July 14.

COURTEENERS ANNOUNCE EXCLUSIVE YORKSHIRE COAST WARM-UP SHOW

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Courteeners will warm up for two massive summer gigs with an exclusive headline show on the Yorkshire coast.

The band are today delighted to confirm they will play Scarborough Open Air Theatre on Wednesday September 8. Special guests on the day are The Coral.

Tickets will go on general sale at 9am on Friday June 25 via scarboroughopenairtheatre.com

This unmissable Scarborough date comes ahead of Courteeners’ headline gig at Glasgow’s TRNSMT Festival and a huge hometown show at Manchester’s Emirates Old Trafford cricket stadium – which sold out in just 90 minutes.

The 8,000-capacity Scarborough Open Air Theatre show is presented by Cuffe and Taylor. Promoter Peter Taylor said: “This is amazing news for Courteeners fans and Scarborough OAT.

“I’ve always wanted to bring this brilliant band here, so to be able to present this exclusive warm-up show ahead of their headline spot at TRNSMT and their massive hometown show in Manchester is just fantastic.

“Courteeners sold 50,000 tickets for their Manchester show in just 90 minutes so fans will have to be quick here because the Scarborough show will sell-out fast!”

Courteeners released their critically acclaimed seventh Top 10 studio album ‘More. Again. Forever’ early last year.

The band, who have been friends since childhood, have grown into one of the UK’s premier guitar bands delivering such era-defining anthems as ‘Not Nineteen Forever’, ‘Are You In Love With A Notion’, ‘How Good It Was’, ‘The 17thand last year’s ‘Hanging Off Your Cloud’.

In 2019, they sold out their own 50,000 capacity show at Heaton Park in Manchester and headlined a number of major festivals across the country.

BOOGIE WOOGIE GENIUS TOM SEALS ANNOUNCES DEBUT UK TOUR

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Boogie woogie piano genius and vocalist Tom Seals is hitting the road with his debut UK theatre tour.

The 45s Tour will see Tom travel to venues across England and Scotland as he entertains audiences with a variety of genres from blues and jazz to swing and soul with his much-celebrated boogie-woogie style. Expect to experience a string of classics along with Tom’s own music and current hit single Kissing In-Between The 45’s.

Hailed by musical legend Jools Holland as “an extraordinary young talent” and global icon Tom Jones comparing him to Little Richard, Tom is already a huge hit at both home and internationally enjoying regular sell-out shows at London’s legendary Ronnie Scott’s as well as the world-famous Birdland Jazz Club in New York City and the prestigious Dubai Opera House.

And now this piano man extraordinaire is bringing his unique style to venues across the UK this autumn with tickets going on sale this Friday June 11 at 10am from www.cuffeandtaylor.com

The tour in full:

Sept 19      Salford, The Quays Theatre at The Lowry

Oct 10        Glasgow, Saint Luke’s

Oct 12        Southend, Palace Theatre

Oct 14        Crewe, Lyceum

Oct 15        Malvern, Forum Theatre

Oct 17        London, Arts Theatre

Speaking about the tour, Tom said: “We are going to have fun! I’m absolutely thrilled to have my first UK theatre tour and I can’t wait to get started.

 “This show is all about feeling good. We’ll have great music interspersed with some good old gossip but most of all I want to see smiles on people’s faces as they enjoy a brilliant night of live entertainment.”

Tom will be joined on tour by his band who have worked with musicians including Ruby Turner, Bruno Mars, The Who, Mica Paris and Chaka Khan to name a few.

The tour announcement comes hot on the heels of the release of Tom’s latest single Kissing In-Between The 45’s which followed his success duetting with Atomic Kitten’s Natasha Hamilton last year with Christmas hit I Can’t Wait To Spend Christmas With You.

 Tom is currently entertaining audiences weekly with his debut TV show Tom Seals Presents on Sky. The brand-new music and chat show, born from an online concept Tom presented during lockdown last summer, is a perfect mix of music and celebrity interviews with Tom performing while chatting to guests about their favourite songs.

Guests on Tom’s online show included Matt Lucas, KT Tunstall, Joe Pasquale, Sarah Jane Morris and Rachel Tucker, while his TV show has an eclectic mix ranging from Sir Kenny Dalglish, Diane Abbott, Russell Watson and David Coulthard to Anton Du Beke, Tom Grennan and Carole Baskin!

Tom also regularly performs alongside Jools Holland and has supported a string of musical greats including Billy Joel, Jamie Cullum, Gregory Porter and Ricky Wilson from the Kaiser Chiefs.

For more information and to secure your tickets head to www.cuffeandtaylor.com

HISTORIC LANCASHIRE TOWN WINS £80,000 CULTURAL FUNDING

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Kirkham has been awarded an £80,000 grant from Historic England to create and deliver community-led cultural activities on the high street over the next three years.

The historic Fylde coast market town is one of more than 60 across England to receive a share of £6m to deliver a Cultural Programme as part of the town’s High Streets Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ) status which was awarded last year.

Historic England has announced grants of up to £120,000 to local arts organisations for cultural activity on each high street.

The £80,000 grant awarded to Kirkham will enable the town’s Cultural Consortium to deliver:

–   A programme of creative art-based commissions – each inspired by Kirkham’s richly diverse heritage

–   The creation of an interactive heritage trail focusing on listed buildings and historic local stories

–   A series of town centre murals that will animate and illuminate Kirkham’s industrial past

–   The development of an annual heritage event, with imaginative displays, which will provide visitors with the opportunity to travel back in time, while sampling delicious local food and drink

–   The set-up of a shop which will become the base for ‘Artists in Residence’ – showcasing artwork created by both artists and individuals who take part in a series of activities

–   It is hoped the programme of events and initiatives will not only inspire local creativity but improve health and wellbeing through increased community and social engagement

The four-year-long High Streets Heritage Action Zones’ (HSHAZ) Cultural Programme, led by Historic England, in partnership with Arts Council England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund, aims to make high streets more attractive, engaging, and vibrant places for people to live, work and spend time.

Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive of Historic England, said: “The high street Cultural Programme is a step change in the way we think about bringing high streets back from the brink.

“As we start to see these important historic spaces become regenerated through building work, it is the community-led cultural work that helps people to enjoy their high street again and also have a say in what the future of their high street might be.”

 Kirkham’s Cultural Consortium was formed to deliver engaging community heritage art projects as part of the town’s £3.5m four-year HSHAZ programme.

Funded by Historic England, Fylde Borough Council and Kirkham Town Council, the programme is designed to revive the high street, restore local historic character, revitalise disused buildings, improve health and well-being and develop a new cultural vision for the town.

Now, thanks to the Historic England grant, the Cultural Consortium’s recently successful ‘Kirkham Treasures’ pilot project can be widened to create far more creative opportunities over the next three years.

Helen Juste, Kirkham Cultural Consortium’s Cultural Producer, said: “This grant provides an exciting opportunity for the community to create a cultural vision for their town.

 “The three-year Cultural Programme will deliver a wealth of opportunities for individuals to work with professional artists to create artwork that will animate the town. It is an exciting time for Kirkham, for the community to work together, to bring alive Kirkham’s past while improving its future prospects, assisting in its regeneration.”

The Consortium, which is made up of residents and volunteers from the local business community, works closely with Kirkham’s town centre businesses.

Heidi Hopkinson, co-owner of Serendipity House gift shop on Poulton Street and Chair of Kirkham Business Group, said: “We are delighted the Cultural Consortium has been awarded this grant by Historic England and we cannot wait to see the cultural vision take shape over the coming months.

 “There are a number of major projects happening over the next few years as part of the HSHAZ programme that are so important for the regeneration and future of Kirkham town centre. It is exciting times for the town”

 You can keep up to date, and get involved, with Kirkham’s cultural projects as they take shape by visiting www.kirkhamtreasures.co.uk

To find out what’s happening in your area, follow @HistoricEngland @HE_NorthWest #HistoricHighStreets and visit: www.HistoricEngland.org.uk/HighStreetCulture

BOY GEORGE & CULTURE CLUB ANNOUNCE MASSIVE SUMMER SHOW

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Global icon Boy George and Culture Club can today confirm an all-new headline show at the UK’s largest open air theatre.

The multi-million selling pop legends will play Scarborough Open Air Theatre on Saturday August 14th.

Tickets go on sale via scarboroughopenairtheatre.com on Friday May 21 at 9am.

Boy George, together with his chart-topping band, are rightly recognised as one of the first true, unapologetic innovators in the music and fashion world and irrevocably, of our time.

Since their inception in 1981, Culture Club have sold more than 150 million records worldwide and are recognised as a true Grammy Award winning UK institution.

Their stream of classic hits includes ‘Do You Really Want to Hurt Me’, ‘Karma Chameleon’, ‘Church Of The Poison Mind’, ‘Victims’, ‘It’s A Miracle’ and ‘The War Song’.

In 1984, the band picked up the Grammy Award for Best New Artists, and the awards for Best British Group and Best British Single at the BRIT Awards.

They became the first group since The Beatles to have three Top 10 hits in America from a debut album. The New Romantic pop sensations went on to achieve seven UK Top 10 singles, nine Top 10 singles in the USA, and nine Top 20 singles in Australia.

And they are as relevant and important today as they have ever been.

Their 2021 line-up – which sees Boy George perform alongside original Culture Club members Roy Hay and Mikey Craig in a stunning live band – continue to sell-out headline shows and tours around the world.

Culture Club join a stunning summer line-up at Scarborough Open Air Theatre which includes headline shows from the likes of Stereophonics, Duran Duran, Anne Marie, Snow Patrol, Olly Murs and Kaiser Chiefs along with many more at the 8,000-capacity arena.

Scarborough OAT venue programmer Peter Taylor said: “I’ve wanted to bring Boy George and Culture Club to Scarborough OAT for some time so I’m delighted we have been able to make this happen for this summer.

“George remains one of the most colourful and iconic pop stars in British history, a true music star around the world. Culture Club’s live shows are a true spectacle, and this is going to be a really special night.”

For tickets and full information about this year’s line-up at Scarborough OAT go to www.scarboroughopenairtheatre.com

CELEBRITY CHEF JAMES MARTIN HITS THE ROAD FOR 2022 LIVE TOUR

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Celebrity chef James Martin is hitting the road with a brand-new tour for 2022.

James Martin Live will visit 18 towns and cities across the UK including a entertaining audiences with live demonstrations, cooking tasks and featuring some very special guests.

And the exciting and fast-moving show includes a date at Oxford New Theatre on Friday March 25.

Tickets go on sale at 10am Friday May 7 from www.ticketmaster.co.uk

James has been entertaining and educating the nation for almost three decades with his expert culinary skills both on screen and through his best-selling cookbooks.

Following the phenomenal success of his previous tours, with James Martin Live audiences can expect to be dazzled as James rustles up mouth-watering dishes with complimentary courses of fun and laughter in this exclusive gastronomic experience.

And he can’t wait.

“I love going out on tour so I’m really excited to be announcing brand new shows for 2022,” said James.

“We’ve had some really great fun with tours in the past. Of course, I’ll be cooking and trying to teach everyone some tips and tricks but fear not, there will be plenty of humour injected into these shows so prepare to have a really good night out.”

James Martin Live:

03-Mar  PLYMOUTH PAVILIONS

17-Mar  CARDIFF ST DAVID’S HALL

04-Mar  PORTSMOUTH GUILDHALL

19-Mar  LIVERPOOL M&S BANK ARENA

05-Mar  BATH FORUM THEATRE

20-Mar  MANCHESTER BRIDGEWATER HALL

07-Mar  BRIGHTON, THE BRIGHTON CENTRE

22-Mar  NEWCASTLE O2 CITY HALL

08-Mar  BIRMINGHAM SYMPHONY HALL

23-Mar  SHEFFIELD CITY HALL

10-Mar  EDINBURGH USHER HALL

25-Mar  OXFORD NEW THEATRE

11-Mar  GLASGOW ROYAL CONCERT HALL

01-Apr  IPSWICH REGENT THEATRE

12-Mar  HARROGATE CONVENTION CENTRE

03-Apr  SOUTHEND, CLIFFS PAVILION

16-Mar  NOTTINGHAM ROYAL CONCERT HALL

04-Apr  LONDON PALLADIUM

James Martin Live is presented by Cuffe and Taylor with Limelight Celebrity Management.

Ben Hatton, Director of Theatre Touring for Cuffe and Taylor, said: “We’re really excited to take James back out on the road. His previous tours have been a massive hit with fans and this new show promises to be exciting, fun and educating as James combines his first-class cooking skills with his brilliant sense of humour.”

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