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Yorkshire’s very own singing star Jane McDonald will light up Scarborough Open Air Theatre in 2022 when she headlines a special concert to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Jane will be joined by a host of special guests for Yorkshire’s Platinum Jubilee Concert taking place at Britain’s biggest outdoor concert arena on Saturday June 4.

Tickets go on general sale via at 9am on Friday December 17.

Jane won a place in the nation’s hearts in the BBC docusoap The Cruise back in 1998 and became a household name overnight. Since then, she has toured extensively selling out live concerts including sell-out shows at the Royal Albert Hall and the London Palladium twice, as well as The MGM in Las Vegas.

Most recently Jane released her 10th studio album Let The Light In and entertained huge audiences with her tour of the same name. Next week she is due to host her spectacular annual Christmas concert at Leeds First Direct Arena.

Jane has appeared on numerous high-profile television shows including Star For A Night and Loose Women as well as performing at three Royal Variety Shows.
She returned to our TV screens fronting Channel 5’s BAFTA award winning Cruising with Jane McDonald, along with Jane & Friends, Holidaying With Jane McDonald and the upcoming new series Jane McDonald Explores Yorkshire.

In 2015, Jane earned rave reviews when she played the role of Grizabella in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats in an eight-week run at Blackpool’s Opera House.

Yorkshire’s Platinum Jubilee Concert is the latest addition to a stellar line-up for Scarborough OAT’s 2022 season with other headliners including Lionel Richie, Lewis Capaldi, Bryan Adams, Elbow, Tom Jones, The Script, Simply Red, Crowded House and Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, plus many more still to be announced.

Speaking about Yorkshire’s Platinum Jubilee Concert, Jane said: “This really is an exciting announcement, and I’m absolutely thrilled to be headlining this very special concert celebrating The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. And where better to be holding such a brilliant event than in Yorkshire.

“Everyone knows I’m a proud Yorkshire lass so it will be so thrilling to walk on to stage in Scarborough for these celebrations.”

Scarborough OAT venue programmer Peter Taylor, of promoters Cuffe and Taylor, added: “Jane McDonald is THE Queen of Yorkshire so we are delighted she will be headlining Yorkshire’s Platinum Jubilee Concert.

“Jane sells out gigs, is a TV star and has wowed musical theatre audiences and critics. She is a huge talent and is the perfect star for this very special concert.

“2022 is going to be a massive year for Scarborough Open Air Theatre and we are very excited to be adding a concert celebrating Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.”

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Music legend Tom Jones – whose iconic hits span seven decades – is bringing his sensational live show to Yorkshire next summer.

Fresh from the success of his brilliant 2021 chart-topping album Surrounded By Time, Sir Tom is delighted to confirm he will be headlining The Piece Hall in Halifax on Sunday July 10 and Scarborough Open Air Theatre on Tuesday July 26.

Tickets for both shows go on general sale from 9am on Friday December 10 via

With a career that has seen him sell in excess of 100 million records, Tom Jones has won countless accolades including a BRIT Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music and a Silver Clef Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Knighted by Her Majesty The Queen in 2006, the global star has amassed 36 top 40 UK hits.

Surrounded By Time – Sir Tom’s 41st studio album – marked new territory with a sonic landscape of outstanding musicianship and a vocal delivery that re-imagines a diverse set of songs of personal importance for the music legend.

Singles Talking Reality Television Blues, No Hole in My Head, One More Cup of Coffee and Pop Star were radio hits around the globe and helped score another UK Number One album.

Fans attending Sir Tom’s shows in Halifax – part of Live at The Piece Hall 2022 which is held in the historic venue’s stunning open-air courtyard – and at Scarborough OAT are assured of a fantastic night as he and his band present a stunning set-list built from a career that traverses all eras and genres of popular music.

Nicky Chance-Thompson DL, CEO of The Piece Hall Trust, said: “What an absolute honour it is to reveal that the one and only Tom Jones will be joining us here at The Piece Hall in 2022!

“Sir Tom is a true music legend and someone we have wanted to bring here for some time. Live at The Piece Hall 2022 just keeps getting bigger and better and to now add Sir Tom to the line-up is just incredible.”

Scarborough OAT venue programmer Peter Taylor, of promoters Cuffe and Taylor, said: “Sir Tom is a musical force of nature and someone the audiences here simply adore. What a night we have in prospect when he takes to the stage on July 26 for what will be his third headline appearance here.”


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British music icons Elbow have today been added to Scarborough Open Air Theatre’s stellar line-up for Summer 2022.

Fresh from releasing their seventh UK Top 10 album – the stunning Flying Dream 1 – Elbow are delighted to announce they will play Britain’s biggest outdoor concert arena on Saturday July 9.

Tickets go on general sale via at 9am on Friday December 10.

Few bands make it to their ninth studio album. And should they achieve that landmark even fewer find themselves at their strongest artistically and personally.

Elbow are a group now in their third decade together and the fact Flying Dream 1 – which includes glorious singles The Seldom Seen Kid and Six Words – finds them at their most creative is testament to the strength of the partnership between their four members.

It is a partnership long forged through mutual respect and admiration, close personal ties, and a shared history of believing in the purpose and meaning of their work.

For more than 30 years they have created one of the most remarkable stories in British contemporary music. Formed in Bury in the 1990s when all the members were together at sixth form college, Elbow’s history now encompasses nine studio albums a long list of awards – including a BRIT and Ivor Novello Award – and a place in the roll call of great British bands.

Their live shows are the stuff of legend – none more so than their unforgettable headline performance on Glastonbury’s Pyramid stage in 2011 – which was rated as ‘one of the all-time greats’ (The Guardian).

2022 is set to be the biggest and best year ever at Scarborough OAT with headliners including Lionel Richie, Lewis Capaldi, Bryan Adams, The Script, Simply Red, Crowded House and Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, plus many more.

Scarborough OAT venue programmer Peter Taylor, of promoters Cuffe and Taylor, said: “2022 just gets better and better here at Scarborough Open Air Theatre!

“We are beyond delighted to announce both Elbow will be joining our stellar list of headliners next summer.

“They are simply one of the best bands Britain has produced in the last 30 years. Their live shows are truly stunning, and this is going to be a really special night when we welcome them here on July 9.”

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British music legends Primal Scream have added a sensational Yorkshire date to their 2022 ‘Screamadelica Live Tour’.

The Summer 2022 tour adds to the band’s celebrations to commemorate the 30th anniversary of their acclaimed landmark album Screamadelica.

And this unmissable live event is heading to The Piece Hall in Halifax on Friday July 8.

Tickets for the show – part of Live At The Piece Hall 2022 which is held in the historic venue’s stunning open-air courtyard – go on general sale from 9am on Friday December 3 via

Screamadelica is widely regarded as one of the most influential albums of the last 30 years.

Released in 1991, and featuring such era-defining songs as Loaded, Come Together, Don’t Fight It Feel It and Movin’ On Up, the album is loved and revered by critics and music fans alike. It won the first ever Mercury Music Prize in 1992 and has, to date, sold more than three million copies worldwide.

And there is no better way to mark Screamadelica’s 30th anniversary than to see this classic album performed live and in full – together with many other classic songs from the Scottish band’s incredible career to date.

Primal Scream join fellow music legends, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Nile Rodgers and CHIC, Brit Award winner Paloma Faith and chart topper Tom Grennan as Live at The Piece Hall in 2022 headliners – with many more artists still to be announced.

Both Noel Gallagher and Paloma Faith’s shows sold out within hours of going on sale, and Nicky Chance-Thompson DL, CEO of The Piece Hall Trust, is thrilled have another huge name added to the Live At The Piece Hall 2022 line-up.

Nicky said: “Primal Scream are a legendary British band whose iconic album Screamadelica is loved and cherished by music fans the world over.

“The album is packed with some of indie rock’s most recognisable anthems, and it’s going to be amazing to see these acclaimed and adored songs played live here at this historic and truly special venue. Another sensational night is in prospect here at The Piece Hall!”
To commemorate Screamadelica’s 30th anniversary a picture disc of the album and a 10-disc 12” Singles Box was released. The box set includes nine replicas of the singles from the original album campaign alongside Andrew Weatherall’s recently unveiled ‘Shine Like Stars’ remix – all pressed on 180-gram heavyweight vinyl.

The previously unreleased ‘Demodelica’ collection has also just been released. It provides a new insight into the album’s creation, with a variety of early demos and work-in-progress mixes. The digital, double-vinyl, CD and C90 cassette package come complete with new liner notes by Jon Savage.


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The Piece Hall in Halifax is today delighted to announce Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds among the historic venue’s Summer 2022 headliners.

Fresh from the success of No.1 album Back The Way We Came: Vol 1 (2011-2021) – British music icon Noel and his band will play the Yorkshire venue’s stunning open-air courtyard on Tuesday June 21.

Tickets go on general sale at 9am on Friday November 26 via

Nicky Chance-Thompson DL, CEO of The Piece Hall Trust, said: “We are so excited to announce music legend and cultural icon Noel Gallagher as one of our big headliners at Live at The Piece Hall next summer.

“Noel has been at the forefront of the British music scene for almost 30 years, written some of the most important songs of all time and we cannot wait for him and his band High Flying Birds to join us here at this special venue on June 21. It is going to be a truly amazing night.”

As a founding member and the principal songwriter of British music legends Oasis, Noel Gallagher has sold more than 70 million records, including the band’s generation-defining albums Definitely Maybe and What’s The Story Morning Glory?

At The Piece Hall, Noel with his 11-piece band will perform tracks from his new series of EPs and from the impressive Gallagher back catalogue.

Back The Way We Came: Vol 1 (2011-2021) is a definitive 18-track ‘Best Of’ package, and a timely reminder of the breadth and depth of songs from the first decade of Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.

Curated and compiled entirely by Noel, the tracklisting encompasses songs from High Flying Birds’ three albums – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Chasing Yesterday and Who Built The Moon? –  and the three acclaimed EPs (Black Star Dancing, This Is The Place and Blue Moon Rising).

Back The Way We Came: Vol 1 (2011-2021) continues a consecutive run of four UK No.1 albums for Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, cumulatively selling more than 2.4 million albums internationally in the process. The album also marks a staggering 12 UK No.1 albums across Noel’s career.

Supporting Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds at The Piece Hall will be Tribes. The London indie-rock quartet recently delighted fans by announcing they will return to the stage after an eight year hiatus – and almost a decade on from the release of critically acclaimed debut album Baby and singles We Were Children and Corner of an English Field.

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds join music legends Nile Rodgers and CHIC, Brit Award winner Paloma Faith and chart topper Tom Grennan among the headliners to appear Live at The Piece Hall in 2022 – with many more artists to be announced.

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British music icons Simply Red are heading back to Scarborough Open Air Theatre next summer.

Fresh from the success of their latest stellar Top 10 album Blue Eyed Soul, Mick Hucknall’s sleek multi-million selling groove machine today confirm a headline show at Britain’s biggest open air concert arena on Friday July 22.

Tickets go on general sale via at 9am on Friday November 26.

This will be a long-awaited return to Scarborough OAT for the pop-soul legends who last headlined the stunning Yorkshire coast venue in August 2016.

Speaking about returning to the stage in 2022, Mick Hucknall said: “I’ve spent most of my life going out and singing for people, so it feels strange not to have that.

“I miss being able to express myself. It’s going to be wonderfully inspiring when people can go and see bands again. I can’t wait.”

Simply Red’s accolades and achievements are quite simply incredible. They have more than a billion hits on You Tube, have sold more than 60 million albums worldwide – with no fewer than five going to number one in the UK.

Their 1991 classic Stars was the best-selling album for two years running in Britain and Europe. They have had two US Billboard chart toppers with classic singles Holding Back The Years and If You Don’t Know Me By Now.

Every Simply Red studio album has been a UK Top 10 hit – most recent LP Blue Eyed Soul reaching Number 6 in 2019.

Hucknall has been the songwriter and bandleader since the beginning in 1985 and the current line-up of Simply Red has remained consistent since 2003.

Simply Red join a stellar line-up of headliners at Scarborough OAT in 2022 which includes Lionel Richie, Lewis Capaldi, Bryan Adams, Crowded House and Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.

Scarborough OAT venue programmer Peter Taylor said: “We are delighted to be welcoming Simply Red back to Scarborough Open Air Theatre.

“Mick Hucknall is a music legend and he and his band sound as relevant and as fresh today as they did when Simply Red first burst into the public consciousness almost 40 years ago.

“We have had so many requests for them to return so we are delighted to oblige and reveal they will be back at this special venue next summer.”




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Legendary duo Tears For Fears today announce UK tour dates in support of the forthcoming release of THE TIPPING POINT – their first new studio album in almost two decades.

As part of ‘The Tipping Point World Tour’ the band will be touring the UK in July 2022 with special guest Alison Moyet – including dates at Leeds Millennium Square on Thursday July 14 and Scarborough Open Air Theatre on Saturday July 16.

Tickets go on general sale at 9am on Friday November 19 via

Fans who pre-order The Tipping Point from the band’s official online store will be eligible for an exclusive ticket pre-order from the November 17 – two days before the tickets go on general sale.

Also on sale from the band’s official store as of this Friday is an exclusive limited edition PINK vinyl version of The Tipping Point.

Speaking about going back out on the road Curt Smith said: “We couldn’t be more excited to start playing concerts again. We’ve missed seeing our friends on the road around the world and the energy of performing live.”

Roland Orzabal added: “The Tipping Point has been a long time in the making and we are looking forward to playing our favourites from the new album as well as our classics from throughout the years.”

Arriving on the February 25, The Tipping Point is the band’s first album since their reunion album Everybody Loves A Happy Ending in 2004.

Since then, the band have toured extensively, including a sold-out UK arena tour and in 2017 released Rule The World, a best-of compilation that returned the band to upper reaches of the album charts once more. In September of 2022 the band were honoured with the Outstanding Song Collection Award at the 2021 Ivor Novello Awards.

When asked why make The Tipping Point now, Roland Orzabal explained: “Before everything went so right with this album, everything first had to go wrong, it took years, but something happens when we put our heads together. We’ve got this balance, this push-me-pull-you thing – and it works really well.”

Curt Smith added: “If that balance doesn’t work on a Tears For Fears album, the whole thing just doesn’t work. To put it in simple terms, a Tears For Fears record and what people perceive to be the sound of Tears For Fears – is the stuff we can both agree on.”

Tears For Fears were one of the most iconic bands of the 1980s, selling more than 30 million albums worldwide with singles such as Shout, Everybody Wants To Rule The World, Mad World, Sowing The Seeds Of Love and Woman In Chains acknowledged as classics.

The Tipping Point is the bold, beautiful and powerful sound of Tears For Fears finding themselves together, once again.


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Legendary dance music pioneer and DJ Pete Tong with the Heritage Orchestra conducted by Jules Buckley will bring a taste of Ibiza to The Piece Hall in Halifax next summer.

The critically acclaimed Ibiza Classics show, which is a smash hit with fans of both dance and orchestral music, hits The Piece Hall’s iconic open-air courtyard on Sunday June 26.

Featuring an array of special guests – who will be announced very soon – Ibiza Classics is a stunning audio and visual spectacle, showcasing some of the world’s best loved dance music.
Tickets go on general sale at 10am on Friday November 19 from

Revered DJ, broadcaster and dance pioneer Pete Tong has been a household name for almost 30 years. He rose to prominence as a Radio 1 DJ but over the years has become a dance industry icon celebrated for his knowledge of dance music while producing classic anthems for the masses.

He first combined his love of dance music with a full orchestra at the BBC Proms in 2015 and since then Ibiza Classics has enjoyed sold-out success across UK arenas.

Three albums in with Classic House, Ibiza Classics and Chilled Classics, Tong and co are owning the dancefloor and the concert arena in a wholly fresh, forward-thinking way.

Ibiza Classics is now the world’s most iconic classical electronic music event and promises to be a party like no other. Inventively bold and brightly reimagined, this touring phenomenon is firmly part of the live music calendar.

Ibiza Classics joins disco legends Nile Rodgers and CHIC and Brit Award winner Paloma Faith among the headliners for Live At The Piece Hall in 2022 – with many more artists to be announced.

Nicky Chance Thompson DL, CEO of The Piece Hall Trust, said: “Ibiza Classics is famed for its exceptional, immersive, audio-visual experience and The Piece Hall will provide a spectacular backdrop. Our stunning courtyard setting brings something extra special to any concert, but this gig is going to be something else.

“With classic tunes in the classiest of locations, I can’t wait to welcome Pete Tong and the Heritage Orchestra to our historic venue, and see our iconic courtyard turned into a world class dancefloor.”


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Former England and British and Irish Lions rugby player, number one podcaster and Sunday Times bestselling author James Haskell is taking to the road with his very own one-man show.

The James Haskell Show promises to be a side-splitting funny and ruthlessly honest show and is visiting Northampton, Bath, Leamington Spa and Exeter this November.

Tickets are on sale now from

One of rugby’s most ferocious flankers and biggest characters, James Haskell has had an extraordinary global experience of the game and has boatloads to say about rugby life – littered with hilarious and often outrageous personal anecdotes…. from pitch to pub and everywhere in between.

The James Haskell Show sheds fresh light on the dynamics and day-to-day experiences of the game and will cover his journey to every league in the world, France, Japan and New Zealand. Behind the iron curtain of England, what really went on, the good the terrible and the downright funny.

Whether he’s recalling the most brutal team socials, dispelling the myths surrounding New Zealand’s dominance, calling out play-acting in the modern game, unconscionable antics of the professional rugby player, to life in the jungle with “I’m a Celebrity, Get me Out of Here” …no subject is off limits.

Speaking about The James Haskell Show, James said: “This presents a really exciting opportunity for me. As everyone knows, I’m brutally honest and I enjoy a bit of a laugh.

“I’ve had some incredible experiences both on and off the pitch, so I thought it was time I shared my stories with the greater public. I can assure you this is going to be a fun night out.”

Since quitting the game, James has enjoyed an exciting and extensive career which has seen him join forces with fellow former rugby star Mike Tindall and TV sports presenter and broadcaster Alex Payne for the number one podcast The Good, The Bad and The Rugby, he has launched his own What A Flanker podcast and is the author of the bestselling book of the same name.

Presented by Nigel McIntyre and Gareth Watson, The James Haskell Show will tour:

Mon Nov 15 Northampton Royal & Derngate
Tues Nov 16 Bath Forum
Fri Nov 19 Leamington Spa, Royal Spa Centre
Sun Nov 21 Exeter Corn Exchange


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Your favourite 21st century yacht-rockers HEIR are back with fuzzy-guitar riffs, glossy vocal harmonies and a refreshed sense of identity.

It is thanks to the Leeds quintet’s keen songwriting sensibility and infectious live energy that their journey pre-pandemic took them to Abbey Road studios with producer Ken Scott (The Beatles, David Bowie, Elton John), sold out shows at Camden Assembly (London) and Yes (Manchester) and more than a million streams of their tunes.

Now with a year and a half of reflective hibernation, lots of recording, ventures into other projects and distance from social media, Heir return feeling reinvigorated and raring to go.

And new single ‘Spare Room’ is released to the world on Wednesday October 13. Check out the video HERE

“I think we’ve used the time to be a lot more honest with ourselves about the kind of music we want to write,” said keyboardist Sam Perry.

“We’ve always admired the artists who manage to throw a party just by sounding like a band in a room – Prince, Fleetwood Mac, WHAM!, Steely Dan. We love this crossover world of 70s/80s pop songwriting that’s rooted in acoustic sounds but given a glamorous and mysterious quality by the guitar and synth work”.

Spare Room is plucked from the back catalogue of the Heir songbook, written by Sam, Tom Hammond (vocals/guitar) and Ste Fisher (guitar) during a period where the trio shared a house together.

Sam explained: “We’d reached the final day of a writing retreat in Northumberland, having exhausted all the deep and emotional ideas. Ste had been keeping us in the loop all week with the messages of both promise and disappointment that he’d been receiving to his Spare Room account from potential new housemates.

“He suggested we make a musical advert. Maybe we weren’t out of deep and emotional content after all and we were actually just mourning all the ones that got away!.”

As well as subconscious therapy via advert writing the song also proved to be a creative launchpad for the band mid-lockdown, helping the group find purpose and focus amidst the absence of live music.

“We were a little stunned, wondering how we were going to stay afloat as a band without gigging.” Tom said. “The video for Spare Room was sitting in the archives and, after re-watching it, it struck us how simple and true it felt.

“It became the blueprint for how we wanted to present ourselves and inspired us to produce a batch of some newly written songs, focusing on this ethos of squeezing more out of less and tapping back into the band in the room side to our sound that perhaps we’d lost touch with a little.”

Heir have recently come off another summer writing trip and boast of finding their truest sound yet – imagine someone gave Eagles synthesisers and Whitney Houston T-shirts and said throw us an all-night party!

The comeback starts however with the song that reminded the boys that before anything else they are five friends with five instruments who love playing songs together. As for the original spare room, both that room and a second room were filled and to this day Coral and Jen remain very good friends of all members of the band.

To celebrate the release of their new single Heir will be heading out on a mini-tour, performing in secret, quirky spaces around the UK.

November 18th – Leeds
November 19th – London
November (date tbc) – Manchester

Tickets and venue information available at from Friday October 15



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