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Paul Heaton is heading back to the Yorkshire coast this summer for what promises to be another incredible headline show at Scarborough Open Air Theatre. 

The Beautiful South and Housemartins great – whose latest album N.K Pop stormed to the top of the UK Album Charts – plays the UK’s largest outdoor theatre on Saturday July 1.

Paul will be joined on the night by special guests The Lightning Seeds. 

Tickets – all priced at £35 – go on general sale at 9.30am on Friday April 28 via

The Scarborough OAT show will see Paul performing songs from throughout his career including classic tracks from The Beautiful South and The Housemartins. 

The show will feature special guest singers following the news that, following further medical advice, Jacqui Abbott will sadly not be able to perform at this summer’s live dates. We hope you’ll join us in wishing Jacqui a continued and speedy recovery.

Paul is one of the UK’s most consistently successful songwriters. His total sales across his catalogue (The Housemartins, The Beautiful South, solo, and Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott) is 8.8 million in the UK, and 13 million globally. 

His songwriting genius was recognised at the prestigious Ivor Awards 2022 where he was presented with a long overdue gong for ‘Outstanding Song Collection’. 

Paul’s Scarborough OAT show on July 1 is a much-requested return to the Yorkshire coast for the singer who played an unforgettable sell-out date at the venue back in 2016 with his long-time collaborator Jacqui Abbott.

And he is certainly no stranger to Scarborough, having filmed the video for 2015 hit single I Don’t See Them in the resort.

Scarborough OAT venue programmer Peter Taylor said: “We get lots of requests from people telling us who they would like to see here at Scarborough OAT and Paul Heaton remains top of many wish lists.

“He was part of one of the most successful ever British groups and he is adored by fans across the UK and beyond. His wonderful live shows are packed with songs everyone knows and loves.

“Paul’s show here in 2016 was truly magical and I’m sure his eagerly-awaited return, together with support from The Lightning Seeds, will be one of the most popular nights at Scarborough OAT this summer!” 

In 34 years as a recording artist, Ian Broudie – the man behind The Lightning Seeds – has sold a lot of records. Those include a million copies of Jollification, the 1994 album whose platinum-tipped success was spearheaded by era-capturing hit single Change.

In 1996 Broudie composed era-defining anthem Three Lions – a song with a remarkable afterlife. Number One twice, it returned – everywhere – during last summer’s Women’s Euros, as the Lionesses bought Football home!

Paul Heaton and The Lightning Seeds join Sting, Blondie, Pulp, Dermot Kennedy, The Cult, Hollywood Vampires, N-Dubz, Olly Murs, Rag’n’Bone Man, Tom Grennan and the International Tour of MAMMA MIA! among the headliners at Scarborough Open Air Theatre this summer.

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