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Scarborough’s Open Air Theatre has added four additional dates to it’s already star-studded 2020 programme. Alfie Boe, Keane, Louis Tomlinson and Nile Rodgers & Chic are the latest to be confirmed as headliners on the Yorkshire coast.

Alfie Boe will bring this year’s Armed Forces Day to a climax with a sensational concert at Scarborough Open Air Theatre. The nation’s gaze will be on Scarborough on Saturday 27 June when the historic Yorkshire coast resort has the prestige of hosting this year’s Armed Forces Day National Event.

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An estimated 200,000 people, including leading politicians and members of the Royal Family, are expected to head to the resort for a series of events that will honour the dedication and sacrifice of the nation’s servicemen and women. Armed Forces Day 2020 will be brought to a close in style, in the evening, with superstar tenor Alfie Boe in concert at the Open Air Theatre.

“It is an amazing honour, as well as a huge thrill, for me to be back at this wonderful venue to perform on Armed Forces Day,” said Alfie Boe.  “I’ve played this venue many times and I’ve always received such a warm welcome from the good people of Yorkshire. The fact I will be performing as part of Scarborough’s hosting of Armed Forces Day’s National Event will make it even more special, it will be an amazing evening.”

Alfie has conquered the world’s greatest stages and arenas as the star of such legendary stage productions as Les Misérables and La Bohème, together with his own sell-out concert tours. His unmistakable voice has established him as one of Britain’s biggest selling and best loved vocalists.

He is no stranger to Scarborough OAT having previously headlined Armed Forces Day concerts at the venue, in 2015 and 2018, as well as performing there alongside his good friend and musical collaborator Michael Ball in 2017.

Chart-topping mezzo-soprano Laura Wright, who has performed at major events around the world, will be among those to join Alfie on stage for what will be a moving and magical evening.

Keane, one of Britain’s most successful bands of the last 20 years, delighted their fans by returning from a six-year hiatus in 2019 with a new album Cause and Effect. They have earned rave reviews since returning to the live arena and will headline at Scarborough Open Air Theatre on Friday 17 July.

Before pausing in 2013, Keane had sold 13 million records worldwide, released four number 1 studio albums, won two BRITs and an Ivor Novello award.

Their 2004 debut album Hopes and Fears gave the world the timeless classics Somewhere Only We Know, Everybody’s Changing, This Is The Last Time and Bedshaped and is ranked among the UK’s 40 best-selling albums of all time.

Keane will be joined on the night by two of the UK’s most highly-regarded up-and-coming artists, Yorkshire’s indie rockers The Sherlocks and formidable songstress Eliza Shaddad.

It is almost five years since Sheffield alt-rockers The Sherlocks burst onto the scene with a succession of radio hits and stellar live shows. Their 2017 debut album Live for the Moment was a Top 10 hit and last year’s sophomore offering Under Your Sky won rave reviews.

The Sherlocks, Kiaran Crook (guitar/vocals), Brandon Crook (drums) and Josh Davison (guitar) and Andy Davison (bass), have played some massive gigs and festivals both as headliners and as special guests to such rock luminaries as Liam Gallagher, The Kooks and Kaiser Chiefs.

Scottish-Sudanese singer-songwriter Eliza Shaddad instantly won praise for her 2018 debut album Future from the likes of Rolling Stone, MOJO and The Sunday Times. Her new EP Sept-Dec, features a grungier and edgier sound that has had the critics purring their approval.

Eliza’s reputation for powerful live shows has seen her touring extensively with the likes of Kate Tempest, James Bay and Turin Brakes and she will join Keane throughout their 2020 UK Tour.

Louis Tomlinson
Louis Tomlinson

Louis Tomlinson is extending his first ever solo world tour to play Scarborough Open Air Theatre on Saturday 15 August.

As a member of global pop phenomenon One Direction, Yorkshire-born Louis sold more than 100 million records. He honed his song writing skills during his six years in the band which is clearly evidenced on his acclaimed debut album Walls which was released in January.

Louis began life as a solo artist with two hit collaborations, Just Hold On with Steve Aoki and the Bebe Rexha duet Back to You, before a run of acclaimed singles. Lyrically, he says he is  proud of all twelve tracks on his album on subjects ranging from relationships and family to the folly of youth and days of self-doubt. Live, he is most looking forward to performing the songs that reflect the indie-rock he grew up on and still adores today.

“I feel like this is the start of my career, with so much to look forward to and all the plans in place,” says Louis. “Honestly, I’ve been through every emotion possible in the past few years and come out the other side stronger and more confident than I’ve ever been. I know I’ve made an album that my fans will like, one that sounds like me and has its own identity. There were times I wasn’t sure if this was what I should be doing. Now I can’t imagine doing anything else.”

Nile Rodgers
Nile Rodgers

Nile Rodgers & Chic are returning to the Yorkshire coast for what could be this summer’s ultimate party night and a headline show at Scarborough Open Air Theatre on Friday 21 August. The multiple Grammy Award-winning composer, producer, arranger and guitarist has more than 200 production credits to his name. As the co-founder of Chic, Rodgers developed a unique style with chart-topping hits including Le Freak, Good Times and Everybody Dance.

Nile Rodgers & Chic are no strangers to Scarborough Open Air Theatre having played a sell-out show at the venue in 2018. “As most people know the UK is my home from home,” said Rodgers. “Myself and Chic had a brilliant time when we played Scarborough OAT in 2018 and we cannot wait to come back again this summer. It’s going to be another amazing night, so bring your dancing shoes!”

Rodgers’ work with Chic and his productions for artists such as David Bowie, Diana Ross and Madonna have sold more than 500 million albums and 75 million singles worldwide. His innovative, trendsetting collaborations with Daft Punk, Avicii, Sigala, Disclosure and Sam Smith reflect the cutting edge of contemporary music.

Scarborough OAT director Peter Taylor said: “Nile Rodgers & Chic are global superstars and we are delighted to be bringing them back to Scarborough OAT.

“The show in 2018 was brilliant, Nile and Chic never fail to get an entire arena on their feet dancing. This is going to be one of the highlights of the summer and I would strongly advise people to get their tickets now because you will not want to miss this!”

With the possibility of further announcements to come, the current line-up for Scarborough Open Air Theatre’s 2020 season is:

Tuesday 9 June Lionel Richie
Wednesday 17 June Westlife
Saturday 20 June Supergrass
Saturday 27 June Alfie Boe
Saturday 4 July Snow Patrol
Friday 10 July Mixtape: Marc Almond, Heaven 17, Living In A Box
Friday 17 July Keane
Tuesday 21 July Little Mix
Friday 14 Aug McFly
Saturday 15 Aug Louis Tomlinson
Friday 21 Aug Nile Rodgers & Chic

For more information and tickets please visit scarboroughopenairtheatre.com/events/

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