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SPECTACULAR WEST END PROMS IS HEADING TO GREENWICH AND SCARBOROUGH

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Some of the world’s most talented musical theatre stars, from Broadway and the West End, will unite this summer as part of West End Proms – an evening of beautiful live music, complete with a stunning 32-piece orchestra.

Shows are confirmed for London’s Greenwich Music Time on Thurs 4 July and Scarborough Open Air Theatre on Fri 5 July. Tickets go on sale at 9am this Fri 29 March from www.cuffeandtaylor.com

West End Proms will present a breath-taking evening of live music from the past seven decades of popular musical theatre. This immaculately performed and vividly compelling show will include songs from Les Misérables, Phantom Of The Opera, The Greatest Showman, Rock Of Ages, Wicked, Sunset Boulevard, Dear Evan Hansen and many more.

West End Proms boasts a top cast, including the award-winning John Owen-Jones (Les Mis), Ben Forster, winner of ITV’s Superstar (2012), plus Rachel John and Jon Robyns, stars of West End show of the moment Hamilton. Jodie Steele and Jamie Muscato, two of the leading actors from the show Heathers, plus Lauren Samuels, who rose to prominence as a finalist on the BBC’s Over the Rainbow, and Marisha Wallace, leading lady of Dreamgirls and Waitress are also confirmed.

The show will make its debut at London’s Greenwich Music Time on Thurs 4 July, before travelling to Scarborough Open Air Theatre on Fri 5 July.

West End Proms is curated and presented by live music promoters Cuffe and Taylor.

Director Peter Taylor said: “This is the first time we’re bringing West End Proms to London and Scarborough and it’s going to be an incredible evening. This is more than a concert; it’s a show worthy of the West End and Broadway. We’ve brought together some of the world’s most beautiful voices complete with a stunning live orchestra. It will be an extraordinary night.”

 London’s Greenwich Music Time series of concerts, which will take place 1-7 July 2019, are set against the city’s most impressive backdrop. Framed by the pillars of the stunning Old Royal Naval College, the Thames and the London skyline are viewable against the stage to complete the ultimate concert experience in the capital. Cliff Richard, Paul Weller and Groove Armada are among the names already confirmed for this year’s bill.

Scarborough Open Air Theatre, situated on Yorkshire’s beautiful east coast, is the UK’s largest, purpose-built, open-air concert arena. West End Proms is part of a stellar 2019 line-up at the venue which includes headline shows from Kylie, Cliff Richard, Madness, Years & Years, Hacienda Classical, Jess Glynne and Lewis Capaldi.

WEST END PROMS – FULL LINE UP:

Ben Forster (ITV Superstar / Phantom Of The Opera)

Jamie Muscato (Heathers / Les Miserables)

Jodie Steele (Heathers / Wicked)

John Owen-Jones (Les Misrables / Phantom Of The Opera)

Jon Robyns (Hamilton / Miss Saigon)

Lauren Samuels (We Will Rock You / Bend It Like Beckham)

Marisha Wallace (Waitress / Dreamgirls)

Rachel John (Hamilton / The Bodyguard)

Tickets for West End Proms go on sale at 9am on Fri 29 March from www.cuffeandtaylor.com

‘Come Together’ as The Mersey Beatles celebrate 50 years of Abbey Road

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The Mersey Beatles 2019 World Tour – a sensational 50th anniversary celebration of the Fab Four’s legendary Abbey Road album – is coming to UK.

In a show that is already wowing sell-out audiences across the globe, the world-renowned Liverpool-born Beatles tribute band will play the classic 1969 album in full – followed by a spectacular set of John, Paul, George and Ringo’s greatest hits.

This not to be missed UK Tour hits Middlesbrough (Theatre), Rhyl (Pavilion), Blackburn (King George’s Hall), Barry (Memo Arts Centre), Yeovil (Westlands), Aberdeen (Beach Ballroom), Stoke (Victoria Hall), Salisbury (City Halls), Norwich (Epic Studios), Coventry (Albany) and climaxes with a huge homecoming gig at Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena.

Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday March 29th via www.cuffeandtaylor.com

Abbey Road – which features such stunning tracks as Come Together, Something, Here Comes the Sun, and the ground-breaking 16-minute album closing medley – is regarded by many fans and critics alike as The Beatles’ greatest LP.

And it is brilliantly brought to life by The Mersey Beatles who exude the inner and outer spirit of the real thing, from the costumes, instruments, Scouse charm and, of course, that unmistakable era-defining, Liverpool-born sound.

Formed in 1999, The Mersey Beatles – Mark Bloor (John), Steven Howard (Paul), Craig McGown (George) and Brian Ambrose (Ringo) – were the resident Beatles’ band at Liverpool’s legendary Cavern Club for more than a decade where they racked up more than 600 gigs.

Since leaving The Cavern, they have toured the world many times over – winning legions of fans and plaudits including John Lennon’s own family.

Their 2019 World Tour sees them play theatres and festivals across America, Australia, the Far East, Asia and Europe.

Steven said: “This year is both our 20th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of Abbey Road so we wanted to give Beatles’ fans something really special.

“Abbey Road is regarded by many as one of the Beatles best albums, if not the best. However, as The Beatles stopped touring in 1966, they never played these amazing songs to a concert audience. Fans today rarely, if ever, get chance to hear this amazing album played live in full.

“It went down a storm on our recent sell-out US tour and we can’t wait to bring this all-new show – which mixes both Abbey Road and songs from The Beatles entire catalogue –home to the UK.”

Every Mersey Beatles concert is a hit-packed celebration of the greatest band of all-time, from the ‘Mop Top’ hits of Beatlemania, through the psychedelic creativity of Sgt Pepper to the melodic wonder of the Fab Four’s later work.

Mark added: “It’s a real privilege for us, as a band from Liverpool, to tour the world and play these amazing songs to Beatles’ fans of all ages.

“Every show is a joyous celebration of the best band of all time and, in my mind, the greatest songs ever written. We can’t wait for the UK leg of the tour to begin – these will be amazing shows.”

Tickets for The Mersey Beatles UK Tour go on sale at 10am on Friday March 29th via www.cuffeandtaylor.com

Pop Superstar Is Back For Headline Show on Yorkshire Coast

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Global superstar and chart record holder Jess Glynne is returning to headline Scarborough Open Air Theatre this summer.

Jess – the only ever British female solo artist to score seven UK Number One singles – performed an unforgettable gig at the Yorkshire coast venue in 2017.

And in an announcement that will delight her legions of fans, Jess is bringing her stunning live show to Britain’s largest open-air arena again on Sunday July 21.

Tickets go on sale on Friday at 9am via www.scarboroughopenairtheatre

It has been an incredible five years for the North London singer-songwriter whose powerhouse vocals and fearless delivery has captured so many under its spell.

Smashing her way into the nation’s consciousness as the vocalist on Clean Bandit’s 2014 Grammy Award-winning ‘Rather Be’ and Route 94’s ‘My Love’, Jess has since become one of the UK’s biggest acts.

Her 2015 debut album ‘I Cry When I Laugh’ was one of the defining British pop records of the era. Hit singles ‘Hold My Hand’ and ‘Don’t Be So Hard on Yourself’ spawned 12 million worldwide singles sales, 39 weeks on the UK Top 10, 2.5 billion Spotify streams as well as BRIT, MTV, Ivor Novello, MOBO and Q award nominations.

2018’s much awaited follow-up ‘Always In Between’ – which includes the anthems ‘I’ll Be There’ and ‘All I Am’ – again took the charts by storm and was catapulted straight to Number One.

 

Throughout her ever-developing journey as an artist, Jess has built a huge fanbase and her live shows are magical and mesmerising events that simply can’t be missed.

Jess’s Scarborough Open Air Theatre gig is presented by Cuffe and Taylor. Director Peter Taylor said: “We are delighted Jess Glynne is returning to Scarborough OAT this summer. As proven here in 2017, her live shows are epic and wonderful events.

“In scoring score seven Number One hits, Jess has done something which no UK female solo artist has done before. It’s an incredible achievement and shows just how much her brilliant songs have become part of our lives over the last four years.

“We cannot wait to welcome Jess back to Scarborough for what promises to be another incredible night on the Yorkshire coast.”

Jess Glynne joins a stellar line-up at Scarborough OAT this summer. Kylie, Hacienda Classical, Years & Years, Madness, Cliff Richard and two shows by Lewis Capaldi have already been confirmed with more acts still to be announced.

Tickets for Jess Glynne at Scarborough Open Air Theatre go on sale at 9am on Friday March 22 via www.scarboroughopenairtheatre.com or in person from Scarborough Open Air Theatre Box Office (01723 818111) and the Discover Yorkshire Coast Tourism Bureau (01723 383636).

Years & Years join headliners at Scarborough OAT 2019

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UK pop superstars Years & Years are set to light up Scarborough Open Air Theatre this summer with their stunning live show.

UK pop superstars Years & Years are set to light up Scarborough Open Air Theatre this summer with their stunning live show.

The chart-topping electro-pop group – fronted by Yorkshire-born singer Olly Alexander – will play the UK’s biggest open-air arena on Thursday July 18.

Tickets go on sale on Friday at 9am via www.scarboroughopenairtheatre

It has been a whirlwind four years since Years & Years’ 2015 debut smash hit album ‘Communion’ landed with the massive hit singles ‘King’, ‘Desire’ and ‘Shine’.

The band followed it up with last year’s breath-taking ‘Palo Santo’ which spawned the singles ‘Sanctify’, Top 10 hit ‘If You’re Over Me’ and ‘All for You’.

The album was a Top 3 hit in the UK and topped the Billboard Dance/Electronic Album Chart in the US.

Years & Years – Olly Alexander, Mikey Goldsworthy and Emre Türkmen – are famed for their electrifying live shows. They are the reigning ‘GQ Live Act of The Year’ and have built a massive fanbase around the globe.

And it’s been a brilliant start to 2019 for the band. Recent single ‘Play’ with Jax Jones went Top 10 in the UK alongside a nomination for Best British Band at this year’s BRIT Awards

Their Scarborough Open Air Theatre gig is presented by Cuffe and Taylor. Director Peter Taylor said: “Years & Years are quite simply one of the most exciting live acts around and we are beyond delighted to be bringing them to Scarborough OAT this summer.

“The band – who are fronted by Olly Alexander who, of course, hails from just down the road in Harrogate – have released hit after hit over the last few years.

“They’ve become the soundtrack to many music fans’ lives and for me, and I’m sure many other people, this is going to be one of the highlights of the summer here on the Yorkshire coast.”

Years & Years join a stellar line-up at Scarborough OAT this summer with shows by Kylie, Hacienda Classical, Madness, Cliff Richard and two dates by Lewis Capaldi already announced.

Tickets for Years & Years at Scarborough Open Air Theatre go on sale at 9am on Friday March 22 via www.scarboroughopenairtheatre.com or in person from Scarborough Open Air Theatre Box Office (01723 818111) and the Discover Yorkshire Coast Tourism Bureau (01723 383636).

Lewis Capaldi To Play Second Show At Scarborough OAT Due To Phenomenal Demand

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Lewis Capaldi will play a second date at Scarborough Open Air Theatre this summer.

The extra date is announced today due to the phenomenal demand for his previously announced show at the Yorkshire coast venue which went on sale this morning.

Lewis will now perform at Scarborough OAT on Saturday July 20 and the additional date of Friday August 30.

Tickets are on sale now for both dates from www.scarboroughopenairtheatre.com

Lewis is considered one of the most critically acclaimed artists of his generation. The 22-year-old singer songwriter is currently topping the UK Singles Charts with his sensational hit ‘Someone You Loved’. His eagerly awaited debut album ‘Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish’ Extent will be released on May 17.

His Scarborough OAT gigs are presented by Cuffe and Taylor. Director Peter Taylor said: “The demand for tickets for Lewis’s first show far out-stripped demand so we are delighted to announce this very special talent will be playing a second show at Scarborough OAT this summer.

 “Both these shows are going to be among the highlights of the year and we cannot wait to welcome Lewis to this wonderful venue. We would advise fans to get their tickets now because they will not be around for long!”

 Since bursting onto the scene in 2017, with his debut release ‘Bruises’, Lewis has sold out no fewer than three back-to-back headline tours.

The young Scotsman has achieved successive Radio 1 A-List tracks, amassed more than 330 million plays across streaming services and was shortlisted for the 2019 Brits Critics’ Choice award.

As well as selling more than 90,000 tickets for his own headline shows, Lewis has also joined such musical peers as Sam Smith, Rag’n’ Bone Man, Bastille and Niall Horan on tour, playing to audiences in excess of 500,000.

 

Lewis Capaldi To Play Unmissable Headline Show At Scarborough OAT

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Chart topper Lewis Capaldi – one of the most critically acclaimed artists of his generation – is bringing his unmissable live show to Scarborough Open Air Theatre this summer.

The 22-year-old singer songwriter has just scored his first UK Number One single with the sensational ‘Someone You Loved’ and will now play the UK’s largest open air arena on Saturday July 20.

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

Lewis’ eagerly awaited debut album ‘Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish’ Extent will be released on May 17.

Since bursting onto the scene in 2017, with his debut release ‘Bruises’, Lewis has sold out no fewer than three back-to-back headline tours.

The young Scotsman has achieved successive Radio 1 A-List tracks, amassed more than 330 million plays across streaming services and was shortlisted for the 2019 Brits Critics’ Choice award.

As well as selling more than 90,000 tickets for his own headline shows, Lewis has also joined such musical peers as Sam Smith, Rag’n’ Bone Man, Bastille and Niall Horan on tour, playing to audiences in excess of 500,000.

His Scarborough Open Air Theatre gig is presented by Cuffe and Taylor. Director Peter Taylor said: “Lewis Capaldi is fast becoming one of the most critically acclaimed singer-songwriters of his generation and we are delighted he is coming to Scarborough OAT this summer.

 “He has just scored his first UK Number 1 single, with the sensational ‘Someone You Loved’, and is one of the UK’s most sought after live performers with a string of sell out concerts throughout 2018 and again in 2019.

 “Lewis’ debut album is going to be one of the records of the year and so we cannot wait to welcome him here. I am sure music fans will be beating a path to the Yorkshire coast in their droves for what promises to be an unmissable show.”

Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent’ was recorded over an 18-month period in London, New York and Los Angeles. It features collaborations with the likes of Jamie Hartman (Calvin Harris & Rag N Bone Man), Malay (Frank Ocean & Lorde) & TMS.

Including hit UK singles ‘Grace’, Bruises’ and ‘Someone You Loved’, Lewis’ stunningly identifiable voice, coupled with its turbulent themes of love, loss and heartache, make it a debut record that is unequivocally relatable.

Tickets for Lewis Capaldi at Scarborough Open Air Theatre go on sale at 9am on Friday March 15 via www.scarboroughopenairtheatre.com or in person from Scarborough Open Air Theatre Box Office (01723 818111) and the Discover Yorkshire Coast Tourism Bureau (01723 383636).

 His debut album ‘Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent’ is available on 12” LP, CD and CD Box Set (with exclusive sunglasses & Lewis Capaldi calendar (available via Lewis’ store only) https://lewiscapaldi.lnk.to/OfficialStorePR

Style Guru Gok Wan To Lead The Party At Carlisle’s Most Chic Night Of The Year

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International fashion guru Gok Wan has thrown down the gauntlet to Carlisle racegoers and asked: “Do you have what it takes to win the Style Stakes?”

The star of TV’s How To Look Good Naked and Gok’s Clothes Roadshow will be the special guest at Carlisle Racecourse’s annual Ladies Night meeting on Monday August 5.

Tickets – priced for a limited time at just £10 – are on sale now via carlisle.thejockeyclub.co.uk

As well as taking to the DJ decks, to lead the not-to-be-missed post-racing ‘Party In The Paddock’, Gok will also crown Cumbria’s most stylish racegoers.

For the second year running the racecourse is holding its Ladies Night ‘Style Awards’ which will see the best dressed racegoer walk away with a cheque for a cool £2,000.

Ladies Night – the UK’s only all-female jockey race meeting – is a hugely popular fixture in Cumbria’s social calendar, one which oozes chic, style, glamour and fun.

And Gok says he cannot wait to see how Carlisle’s racegoers dress to impress before dancing the night away to his hit-packed DJ set.

He said: “Racing is famed for being a fabulously glamorous and stylish affair and it really doesn’t get much better than Ladies Night. I can’t wait to see how the glamorous guys and girls of Cumbria pull out all the stops on the night.

“And after an exciting day of racing, I’m looking forward to continuing the party vibe and fun from the stage.”

Carlisle’s Ladies Night is at the forefront of promoting women in racing with an all-female jockey racecard giving many young stars a real chance to shine.

And while there is serious work on the track for the dedicated jockeys, there is plenty of fun to be had in the paddock and stands.

Molly Dingwall, General Manager at Carlisle Racecourse, said: “We are incredibly proud of our Ladies Night.

“As the only all-female jockey race meeting in the UK, it really provides women jockeys with a unique platform to show just how good they are. Racing stars of the future really can be made at this meeting.

“It is also a total feel-good event. We love nothing more than to see racegoers get dressed up in their finery and let their hair down with friends and family.

“Last year we introduced the Style Awards, which is free for everyone to enter. It was so well received we are delighted to be bringing it back.

“In Gok Wan we have the perfect star guest to not only crown our Style Award winners but lead what will be a fabulous Party In The Paddock. This is going to be a night no-one will want to miss.”

Tickets for Ladies Night are on sale now via carlisle.thejockeyclub.co.uk or by calling 0344 579 3002. Gates open on Monday August 5 at 2.45pm. First race is 5.45pm. Gok Wan’s DJ set will start after the last race.

Jamie’s Story Inspires Cod Army To Back England’s Young Amputee Footballers

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The inspirational story of a young footballer born with only one foot has led to Fleetwood Town chairman Andy Pilley backing England’s next generation of amputee players.

Jamie Oakey was born prematurely and weighing only 2lb 4oz after his mum Elaine was involved in a serious accident.

Fast forward 15 years and the Blackpool teenager has been named in the England Amputee FA’s Under-23 squad.

Jamie – who was born without a right foot and a short right leg – is also part of a group of junior players hoping to take part in an international training camp in Hoffenheim, Germany, in July.

To get there the young amputees and their families need raise £5,000 and so Jamie’s mum approached Fleetwood Town.

Chairman Andy Pilley was so moved by Jamie’s story he has not only offered financial support for the Germany training camp but is giving the England squad free use of the Cod Army’s state-of-the-art £9m Poolfoot Farm training base whenever they need it.

Andy said: “Jamie’s story is truly inspirational. When I heard about him and his team-mates, and then meeting his mum Elaine, I knew I just had to help.

“He is a local lad who has already achieved so much and so anything we can do to help him and his team-mates we’ll do it.

“I’m delighted to offer financial support for the Germany trip in July, but more importantly for me is to offer the England squad free use of our wonderful facilities here at Poolfoot anytime they need them.

“It was a privilege for me to meet Jamie and his mum and I wish the lads every success out in Germany. We cannot wait to welcome them here to Poolfoot in the future.”

As well as being part of the national squad Jamie is the youngest player ever selected to represent Everton FC in a Champions League match.

Proud mum Elaine said: “All these boys are totally amazing, inspirational superhumans who have overcome so much to be able to play the sport they love.

“The lads are amputees for various reasons, whether it be a birth defect, cancer or serious accident. They are truly remarkable, and nothing holds these kids back. However, due to funding limitations, players’ families need to raise money to meet travel and kit costs.

“I can’t thank Andy Pilley enough for his support. The donation for the Germany trip, which is a great opportunity for these young lads, together with the offer of the use of Fleetwood’s training ground, really means a lot – thank you Fleetwood Town!”

All national squads are supported by the England Amputee Football Association (EAFA), a registered charity, and the annual European training camp is co-ordinated by the European Amputee Football Federation (EAFF).

EAFA Chairman Steve Johnson said: “This is a fantastic social interaction opportunity for young amputees involved in our organisation to travel to Germany and meet other young amputees from various countries around Europe.

“I would like to thank Andy Pilley for his really generous donation towards this training camp to enable the young amputees to attend.”

The young amputee squad will also get to see Fleetwood Town in action as they have been invited to the Cod Army’s home game against Gillingham on March 2 – the club’s Junior Football Day which celebrates young grassroots players.

If you would like more information or to support the England Amputee Football Association visit www.theeafa.co.uk

 

Tom Grennan & Jade Bird to join Stereophonics at Lytham Festival 2019

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Two of the UK’s most popular rising artists will support Stereophonics when they headline Lancashire’s Lytham Festival this summer.

The uber talented singer-songwriters Tom Grennan and Jade Bird will both perform support slots ahead of the Stereophonics gig on Thursday July 11.

The announcement comes after Lytham Festival has experienced its highest demand for tickets ever. 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of the five-day live music event and promoters are heralding it the biggest ever with legendary rock star Rod Stewart, international pop star Kylie Minogue, 80s synth-pop band The Human League and Hollywood Proms featuring Michael Ball and Sheridan Smith all set to headline alongside Welsh rockers Stereophonics.

And the addition of Tom Grennan and Jade Bird to the Stereophonics bill is set to be a huge hit.

Festival director Peter Taylor said: “The reaction to this year’s Lytham Festival continues to be phenomenal. We’ve had amazing artists over the years, but we’ve never had a full line up as strong as we do for 2019.

“To now be adding both Tom Grennan and Jade Bird as the support artists for Stereophonics is brilliant. Both artists are enjoying massive success and are clearly destined for incredible careers.

“Tom and Jade are amazingly talented artists and I am confident they will go down a storm at Lytham.”

Tom Grennan released his debut album Lightning Matches last summer reaching number 5 in the UK charts and it became the biggest selling album of a newly signed male artist of 2018. A sold-out autumn headline tour followed while Tom was also nominated as Best Breakthrough Act in the Q Awards.

Rave reviews have followed Tom since with descriptions including “a voice that’s somewhere between Paolo Nutini and Finley Quite with the swagger of Liam Gallagher.”

For Jade Bird the last couple of years have been somewhat of a whirlwind. Her debut EP Something American was launched in 2017 and she toured the States. Last year she was a finalist for the BBC Sound Of award and her debut album (recorded at Woodstock) is due out in Spring.

Rolling Stone have described Jade’s music as “a young Londoner’s spin on modern Americana” while Jade herself says she’s “kind of country, kind of blues, kind of pop and kind of none of that”.

Tickets for Lytham Festival are on sale now from www.lythamfestival.com

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