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Embrace are to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their debut album The Good Will Out with a massive homecoming show.

The Piece Hall, Halifax, will play host to what promises to be a magical night for fans of the Yorkshire indie legends on Saturday July 1.

Special guests Starsailor and Ellur will open the show at the historic Halifax venue’s iconic open-air courtyard – in front of an anticipated 5,000 capacity crowd.

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday November 25 via

Released in 1998, The Good Will Out became one of the fastest selling debut albums by a British artist, certified Gold on day of release and entering the UK album chart at No.1.

The album spawned three Top 10 singles, All You Good Good People, Come Back To What You Know and My Weakness Is None Of Your Business together with two other Top 40 hits, One Big Family and Fireworks.

And Embrace are delighted to announce they will be playing the album in full at The Piece Hall on July 1 together with many hits from their brilliant back catalogue.

Halifax-born Embrace frontman Danny McNamara said: “”It’s great to be playing our home town. Last time we played at The Piece Hall was one of the most amazing nights of my life. To be asked to come back and play there again and to have the amazing Starsailor and Ellur as support is going to be epic”.

Formed in 1990 in the village of Bailiff Bridge – situated less than five miles from The Piece Hall – Embrace have scored three No.1 albums and six Top 10 singles in their career to date, selling more than two million albums in the process.

The band’s eighth album How to Be a Person Like Other People was released in August. Featuring the singles The Terms of My Surrender, We Are It and Death Is Not the End, it became their eighth consecutive studio album to chart in the UK Top 10.

Starsailor burst onto the scene in 2001 when their single Fever earned them the title of “Britain’s best new band”.

The Lancashire band then delivered their incredible debut album Love Is Here g star Ellur, this show is going to be stellar”which included the smash hit singles Good Souls and Alcoholic.

They followed it with such acclaimed long players Silence is Easy, On the Outside, All the Plans and 2017’s All This Life – selling more than three million copies in the process.

Starsailor have enjoyed more than their fair share of prestigious gigs, supporting the likes of The Rolling Stones, The Police, The Killers, and U2.

Halifax’s very own purveyor of indie pop Ellur will open the show. The acclaimed 21-year-old recently released her new single Now I’m Alone.

A follow-up to the brilliant Close To You and Best Face On, Now I’m Alone arrived after Ellur delivered impressive sets at Live at Leeds and SWN Festival. And Ellur is certainly no stranger to Embrace fans as she has supported the band before on several UK dates.

Nicky Chance-Thompson DL, CEO of The Piece Hall Trust, said: “The Piece Hall has a very special connection with this hometown band. They first played here in 2019 and it was really something.

“I’m honoured that we’ll be welcoming back our homecoming kings to help them celebrate 25 years since the release of their iconic debut album The Good Will Out.

“With so much love in the area for these local legends, the requests to have them back were many and I know there’ll be some truly beautiful moments once again at this show.

“And with not one but two special guests joining them, Starsailor and rising star Ellur, this show is going to be stellar.”

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Olly Murs Returns To Scarborough OAT With 2023 Summer UK Tour

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Olly Murs will be making a triumphant return to the Yorkshire coast as part of his 2023 Marry Me tour.

One of Britain’s biggest and best loved stars, the chart-topping singer will play Scarborough Open Air Theatre on Wednesday August 23.

Tickets go on sale at 10am Friday November 25 from

The announcement comes ahead of the release of Olly’s hotly anticipated new album Marry Me on December 02. His first album in four years, Marry Me includes comeback single ‘Die of a Broken Heart’, which was released last month.

Olly’s Scarborough date will be his fourth visit to the UK’s biggest outdoor concert arena and makes him the only artist to have ever played at the venue so many times. His shows in 2013, 2017, and most recently in 2021 were all sell-outs.

And in 2023 he will be joined by pop-rock outfit Scouting for Girls as special guests.

Scarborough OAT venue programmer Peter Taylor said: “We cannot wait to welcome Olly Murs back to our glorious Yorkshire coast venue.

“Olly has previously performed three sell-out shows at Scarborough OAT and fans are always asking when he’s coming back so we are delighted we will see him here again in 2023.

“Next summer is shaping up to be a brilliant season of live music and theatre in Scarborough and to have an artist who will be returning for a fourth occasion is a real testament to both the strength of the audience and venue.”

Although a regular on TV screens with ITV’s The Voice and Starstruck, Olly has been off the music radar for four years. For a musician who had four Number One singles and four Number One albums in a near-back-to-back run after bursting onto the scene with his double-platinum self-titled debut in 2010, that’s a big gap.

But now he is back with his most consistent, most ambitious, punchiest, poppiest – and, in places, proudly soppiest – album yet, coinciding with the fact his girlfriend recently said yes to his Marry Me question!

And now audiences in Scarborough can look forward to another hit-filled night.
Olly joins, N-Dubz, Sting, Pulp, Hollywood Vampires and the week-long run of the international touring production of Mamma Mia! at Scarborough OAT next summer – with many more headline artists still to be announced.


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Due to phenomenal demand British pop giants Madness will now play TWO headline shows Live At The Piece Hall 2023.

Such has been the rush for tickets in the pre-sale for the Nutty Boys’ Halifax date on Friday June 16, they will now play an additional show on Saturday June 17.

Tickets for June 17 go on sale from 9am Friday November 18 via

So, get ready Yorkshire – Madness will be doing what they do best by uniting people for a right raucous live bash with a set teeming with hits from their unrivalled back catalogue.

Madness – Chris Foreman (guitar), Mike Barson (keyboards), Lee Thompson (saxophone), Graham “Suggs” McPherson (vocals), Daniel Woodgate (drums) and Mark Bedford (bass) – have played to millions of fans over the last four decades and now Halifax is set to welcome them for two glorious nights for the magnificent Live At The Piece Hall.

Nicky Chance-Thompson DL, CEO of The Piece Hall Trust, said: “Due to phenomenal demand, we are pleased to be able to confirm a second show with the brilliant Madness here on Saturday June 17. Thank you Madness!

“We are in for two incredible nights here at our wonderful and historic venue and we cannot wait to host the nutty boys in this Hall of Fun !’
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N-Dubz make a massive announcement today with five huge open-air headline shows taking place next summer across the UK – including a date on the Yorkshire coast.

Tulisa, Dappy and Fazer delighted their devoted fans by reforming N-Dubz earlier this year.

Right now the chart-topping and multi-award winning hip-hop trio are playing to sell-out crowds on their first UK Arena Tour in 11 years.

And they are delighted to confirm a new headline show at Scarborough Open Air Theatre on Thursday July 20.

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday November 25 via

The Scarborough OAT show is one of five big outdoor N-Dubz gigs next summer.

The full dates are:

N-Dubz are quite simply a cultural phenomenon. For six years from 2006 to 2012 they dominated the UK charts and the media alike.

They have sold 1.3 million albums, with their first two albums Uncle B and Against All Odds certified Platinum in the UK. In 2009 they hit No.1 on the UK Singles Chart with the Number One – their smash-hit collaboration with Tinchy Stryder.

N-Dubz have won four MOBO awards – Best Newcomer in 2007, Best Album and Best Act in 2009 and Best Song in 2010 for their single Playing with Fire. They won a O2 Silver Clef Award in 2009 and were nominated for Best British Single at the BRITs in 2010.

They returned earlier this year with the release of new single Charmer – an instant classic N-Dubz song featuring their trademark storytelling via the slick raps of Dappy and Fazer, alongside the sassy vocals of Tulisa.

Their current ‘The Back To The Future Tour’ takes in many of the UK’s biggest cities and is giving fans the chance to hear all their favourite N-Dubz songs live for the first time in more than a decade.

N-Dubz join Sting, Pulp, Hollywood Vampires and the week-long run of the international touring production of Mamma Mia! at Scarborough OAT next summer – with many more headline artists still to be announced.


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The sensational feel-good musical MAMMA MIA! is heading to the Yorkshire coast next summer for its biggest ever outdoor season of shows.

The worldwide smash hit will play SIX performances under the stars at Scarborough Open Air Theatre from 14 – 18 June 2023 as part of the MAMMA MIA! UK & International Tour.

Tickets go on general sale at 9am on Friday November 4 via

With more than 30,000 tickets on sale this will be MAMMA MIA!’s largest outdoor run of shows to date and a brilliant return of live theatre to Scarborough OAT – the UK’s largest open air concert arena.

Audiences will fall in love with the irresistibly funny tale of a mother, a daughter and three possible dads on a Greek island idyll – all unfolding to the magic of ABBA’s timeless songs.

MAMMA MIA! Creator and Producer Judy Craymer said: “We are so excited to be bringing MAMMA MIA! to Scarborough Open Air Theatre next summer. With its heart-warming story told through the wonderful music of ABBA, MAMMA MIA! lends itself perfectly to the outdoors.

“Following the success of our first ever performances under the stars at Harewood House in 2021 we’re thrilled to now be performing at the UK’s largest outdoor theatre. We can’t wait for audiences to join us and be transported to our sunny Greek idyll.”

Scarborough OAT venue programmer Peter Taylor, of Cuffe and Taylor, added: “We are absolutely thrilled to announce the International Tour of MAMMA MIA! will be taking over Scarborough Open Air Theatre for a whole week next summer.

“This wonderful venue opened 90 years ago in 1932 to stage musicals, so we are beyond proud to reveal that musicals are not only back at Scarborough OAT, but arguably the biggest stage sensation of the last 30 years is heading here to the Yorkshire coast!

“Audiences will get the chance to enjoy this sensational show in a truly unique setting – by the sea and under the stars. It is going to be a magical experience!”

The performances in Scarborough will celebrate 24 years since MAMMA MIA! premiered in London in April 1999.
To date, MAMMA MIA! has been seen by more than 65 million people in 50 productions in 16 different languages. In 2011 it became the first Western musical ever to be staged in Mandarin in the People’s Republic of China. MAMMA MIA! became the eighth longest running show in Broadway history where it played a record-breaking run for 14 years.

Since premiering in London’s West End the world’s sunniest and most exhilarating smash-hit musical has been turned into two record-breaking movies. Produced by Judy Craymer, MAMMA MIA! The Movie became the highest grossing live action musical film of all time upon its release in 2008. The second film, MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN, opened in July 2018 and is the most successful live musical movie sequel of all time.

With music & lyrics by Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus, MAMMA MIA! is written by Catherine Johnson, directed by Phyllida Lloyd and choreographed by Anthony Van Laast. The production is designed by Mark Thompson, with lighting design by Howard Harrison, sound design by Andrew Bruce & Bobby Aitken, and musical supervision, additional material & arrangements by Martin Koch.

MAMMA MIA! at Scarborough Open Air Theatre is produced by Judy Craymer, Richard East & Björn Ulvaeus for Littlestar in association with Universal and NGM.


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Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, Joe Perry and Tommy Henriksen’s ‘best bar band in the world’ head to Scarborough Open Air Theatre.

American supergroup Hollywood Vampires are heading back to the UK next summer for a series of explosive shows – starting with a must-see date at Scarborough Open Air Theatre.
The self-described “best bar band in the world” – consisting of core members and rock legends Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, Aerosmith´s Joe Perry and guitarist Tommy Henriksen – are the first headliners revealed for Scarborough OAT’s eagerly-awaited 2023 summer season.

They open their 2023 UK Tour at the Yorkshire coast venue – the UK’s largest purpose-built outdoor concert arena – on Wednesday July 5.

Tickets go on sale at 10am Friday October 28 via

Hollywood Vampires’ tradition is to play a riotous tribute to the great lost heroes of music and their own original material, released on their studio album ‘Rise’.

And you simply just can’t keep a good band down. Forced to cancel their planned 2020 tour due to the global pandemic, the special bond that ties the members of the band to the UK has brought them back at the earliest opportunity.

Making no secret of their love of classic British rock’n’roll, they pepper their blistering sets with songs from The Who, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Motörhead and more.

Ahead of Hollywood Vampires’ 2023 UK Tour, frontman Alice Cooper said: “Well it’s already been three years since the Vampires have toured. I can’t wait to get back with the guys, I really love being in that band. My band is great and wonderful, but playing with the Vampires is an entirely different situation.

“I don’t necessarily do any theatrics at all, I’m just the lead singer, in a band, and the band just happens to be one of the best bands around! It’ll be great to see Johnny and Joe and Buck and Chris and all the guys. We’ll be rocking these places, especially England, I can’t wait to get to England! Lock your doors, put garlic all around, because the Vampires are coming!”

Joe Perry added: “Next Summer it will be finally time for the Hollywood Vampires to rise again! We can’t wait to play the songs from our latest album, Rise, for all our fans across the pond. The excitement builds as we countdown the days! See you all then… remember, leave the garlic at home!”

Hollywood Vampires 2023 UK Tour:
Wednesday July 5 – Scarborough, Open Air Theatre
Friday July 7 – Swansea, Swansea Arena
Saturday July 8 – Manchester, AO Arena
Sunday July 9 – London, The O2
Tuesday July 11 – Birmingham, Utilita Arena
Wednesday July 12 – Glasgow, OVO Hydro

Peter Taylor, venue programmer at Scarborough OAT, said: “This is a huge coup for Scarborough OAT. Hollywood Vampires are heading back to the UK for the first time in five years and we are delighted this long-awaited tour includes a date on the Yorkshire coast before they play some of the UK’s biggest arenas.

“I’m sure rock fans will love this – the first of many exciting announcements we have coming up here at Scarborough OAT in the next few weeks. Roll on Summer 2023 – it’s going to be amazing!”

Hollywood Vampires first came together to record in 2015, bonding over a shared love of their favourite songs and a desire to celebrate their ‘dead, drunk friends’ by playing the music of the fallen heroes. Named after Alice’s 1970s drinking club that included the likes of John Lennon, Keith Moon and Mickey Dolenz, legendary performances ensued around the world.

With stone cold classics by the likes of The Doors, Love, AC/DC and the rest, plus of course Alice and Aerosmith’s hits, Hollywood Vampires were voted “best performance” of 2018 at London’s Wembley Arena on their last UK journey.

The 16-track album ‘Rise’, produced by Tommy Henriksen and the Hollywood Vampires, is one of the purest, most unapologetic and enjoyable rock and roll albums of recent times, made by masters of the craft and true fans of the form. Unlike their 2015 debut record, the second album consists mainly of original material, written by the band. There are, however, in the spirit of the Vampires’ original mission, three covers of songs originally written and recorded by legendary rockers who died far too young.

Joining the tour as special guests are South African rockers Seether. Since forming in Pretoria, South Africa in 1999, Seether have amassed a global fan base that has grown organically, offering their fans around the world camaraderie, comfort, and a sense of personal power.

Their impressive sales and chart history includes three platinum and two gold albums, 17 #1 singles, 21 Top 5 multi-format hits, single sales topping 17 million and over 2 billion streams world-wide across all platforms. Seether is Billboard’s #8 All-Time Mainstream Rock Artist, which covers the 40-year history of the chart’s existence. Their most recent album — their eighth — the acclaimed Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum (If You Want Peace, Prepare for War), was released in 2020 via Fantasy Records.

Tickets for Hollywood Vampires and Seether at Scarborough Open Air Theatre go on sale at 10am Friday October 28 via

Hollywood Vampires VIP packages will include exclusive merchandise, autographed memorabilia and the chance of a personal photograph with Joe, Johnny and Alice.



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YouTube sensation ‘The Overlap’ is on the road to Wembley for its biggest ever live show.

Football legends Gary Neville, Jamie Carragher and Roy Keane will take to the stage at the OVO Arena Wembley on Thursday November 10 for a night no sports fans will want to miss.

The trio – widely regarded as TV’s top pundits – will lift the lid on their celebrated playing careers as well as delving deep into today’s hottest sporting issues and fielding questions from the audience.

Expect insightful opinion, glorious banter, hysterical tales…and, yes, more than the odd heated exchange as these old adversaries go head-to-head!

Tickets go on sale at 10am this Friday September 30 via and fans are urged to not delay – the very first Overlap Live, held in Manchester earlier this year, sold out in a matter of minutes.

Since launching in April 2021, Gary Neville’s The Overlap has topped an astonishing 64 million views, one billion impressions and now boasts 473,000 subscribers.

The channel features exclusive interviews with some of world sport’s biggest stars who talk openly about the highs and lows of their careers, the triumphs and challenges of reaching the top of elite sport as well as sharing many hilarious anecdotes.

The Overlap’s live ‘Fan Debates’ have quickly become the stuff of legend as supporters get to put Gary, Jamie and Roy – together with a host of special guests – on the spot.

And the no-holds-barred opinions, passion and laughs all fans love is at the heart of The Overlap Live.

Gary said: “We took The Overlap live earlier this year and it was a brilliant night. We knew we had to do it again and Wembley was the only common ground we could find between the three of us!

“We’ll be opening up to questions throughout the night, which we might live to regret, but let’s give it a go. I can’t wait to take this to such a huge venue and it will be a great night – join us if you like!”

Presenters Kelly Cates and Josh Denzel will attempt to keep Gary, Jamie and Roy in check on the night. And as the show is just 10 days before the start of the 2022 World Cup, be prepared for plenty of infamous big tournament tales and predictions ahead of kick-off in Qatar.

The Overlap Live is presented by Cuffe and Taylor and Live Nation in association with Footprint Sports & Entertainment and Sky Entertainments.

Ben Hatton, Cuffe and Taylor’s director of theatre touring, said: “This is a night no football fan will want to miss. Gary, Jamie and Roy are rightly regarded as the nation’s top pundits and when you get the three of them together on stage sparks will undoubtedly fly!

“The Overlap enjoys phenomenal success so to take the show to such an iconic venue as the OVO Arena Wembley – situated just a few yards from Wembley Stadium – is going to make for a brilliant evening of football banter.”


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Family, friends, celebrities and fans gathered to witness the unveiling of a statue celebrating the life and legacy of comedy legend Bobby Ball.

More than 2,000 people packed into Lytham’s Lowther Gardens as Bobby’s widow Yvonne revealed the 7ft statue with help from their daughter Joanne O’Sullivan, Bobby’s sons Darren and Rob Harper along with the Rock-On funnyman’s comedy partner and lifelong friend Tommy Cannon.

Ahead of the unveiling Tommy and comedian Lee Mack both spoke to the crowd about Bobby while Bobby’s church minister Ray Bevan formally dedicated the statue.

Speaking to the crowd, Tommy said: “I love Bobby, God bless him.

“I love him today, I love him tomorrow I’ll always love him. Fifty-eight years we were together, it’s been one hell of a ride.”

Lee, who worked alongside Bobby on TV show Not Going Out for 12 years, added: “He was a little guy but he had a big personality, a large amount of mischief and a huge, huge heart.

“Bobby really was a one-off. I love him truly and I will miss him terribly.”

Friends and former co-stars of Bobby were also in attendance including Sherrie Hewson, Stu Francis, Les Dennis, Lady Anne Dodd, Steve Royle and Johnnie Casson.

Fans of the late comedian called for a statue in Bobby’s honour following his death in October 2020 and a huge fundraising appeal was launched to meet the £100k cost.

And Bobby’s widow Yvonne said Bobby would be overwhelmed to know there is a statue in his memory.

Yvonne said: “I am honoured to have a statue of Bobby in the town we called home, our family is, and I know above all else, Bobby would be absolutely delighted.

“This has been a wonderful event made very special with the help of Tommy and Lee, and of course all our family and friends. The number of people that have come out to see the statue is fantastic and we cannot thank them enough for their never-ending support.

“To know that Bobby will forever have a home in Lowther Gardens is very special and we all hope many, many people over the years enjoy coming along to say ‘hello’ to our Bob.”

Also performing at the statue unveiling was the NHS Choir and sculptor Ben Twiston-Davies explained the work involved to create the lifelike memorial.

The bronze statue stands 7ft in height upon a 2ft concrete base and weighs approximately 300kgYvonne added:“With the statue Ben has captured the Bobby known to the nation. His cheeky smile, that glint in his eye and of course, his braces. We are all delighted.”


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Music legend Tom Jones brilliantly brought the curtain down on a record-breaking Live At The Piece Hall 2022 – with organisers already pledging next year’s event will be even bigger.

Close to 60,000 people attended this summer’s sensational series of headline shows as some of the biggest names in music took to the stage at the historic Halifax venue over 12 stunning nights.

And Live At The Piece Hallco-promoters The Piece Hall Trust and Cuffe and Taylor are certainly not resting on their laurels as they look to expand the event in 2023 amid a “real buzz” about the venue within the music industry.

‘An epic venue and crowd… thank you Halifax!’ Noel Gallagher

‘I feel so incredibly lucky to be playing in gorgeous places such as The Piece Hall’ Paloma Faith

‘Thank you for the love Halifax. Another unforgettable night of great vibes’ Nile Rodgers

‘Halifax is fabulous… The Piece Hall is just like Venice!’ Jessie Ware

Nicky Chance-Thompson DL, CEO of The Piece Hall Trust, said: “It’s actually quite hard to describe how I’m feeling as Live at The Piece Hall 2022 comes to a close. Epic, incredible, amazing and brilliant are among the words used in the feedback given to me. It was all of that and more.

“It was always the plan to bring world class artists to this iconic building and the partnership with Cuffe and Taylor has made that vision happen. Seeing the sheer joy on faces in the crowds as people came together to experience some absolute musical legends has been so heart-warming.

“I want to extend my deepest gratitude to all the incredibly talented artists who’ve taken to the stage here this year. The feedback from the performers and their teams has been exceptional and I know the word will spread far and wide about how great it is to play at our unique venue and what a phenomenal reception you get from our crowds.

“It will be some task to top this in 2023 but I actually believe we can. The work has already started and I’m incredibly excited at what we have planned.”

This year saw headline shows from the likes of Duran Duran, Paloma Faith, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Tom Grennan, Paul Weller and Primal Scream.

With many of the shows selling out, the gig series smashed the box office records. The shows also delivered a multi-million pound boost for the local economy with many of the thousands of concert goers visiting from outside Yorkshire.

Peter Taylor, co-founder of Cuffe and Taylor which is part of Live Nation – the world’s largest live entertainment company, said: “What an incredible summer it has been at this stunning venue. We knew it was going to be amazing, but the shows here have been something else.

“There is a real buzz right now within the music industry about The Piece Hall. A lot of agents and artists are talking about what has happened here, and we are already having some really exciting conversations about next summer.

“We’ve set the bar very high, but we feel certain next year will be even more incredible. Watch this space!”

The Piece Hall is a unique architectural and cultural wonder. Grade I listed, it originally opened in 1779 for the trading of ‘pieces’ of cloth produced by Yorkshire’s famous woollen mills and is the only remaining Georgian cloth hall in the world.

Now an award-winning contemporary cultural, heritage and live entertainment destination, The Piece Hall has welcomed more than eight million visitors through its historic gates since it re-opened in 2017.

Cuffe and Taylor has extensive experience in staging major concerts in Yorkshire. Since 2016, they have exclusively programmed all live music events at Scarborough Open Air Theatre – including massive headline shows by the likes of Britney Spears, Lionel Richie, Kylie, Stereophonics, Biffy Clyro, Sam Fender and Lewis Capaldi.

They are also responsible for staging UK tours with Britney, Rod Stewart, Mariah Carey and Little Mix, while also curating major festivals and events such as Lancashire’s Lytham Festival.

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