The line-up for the 2020 Scarborough Open Air Theatre season is taking shape with something for everyone in a fantastic programme of events through the summer.

Lionel Richie returns for a second visit, on Tuesday 9 June, following his sold out show at Britain’s largest open air venue in 2018. “It was a truly wonderful night on the Yorkshire coast in 2018,” said Richie, “and I cannot wait to return to this beautiful part of the UK again. It’s going to be another night to remember, so bring you’re dancing shoes!”

The global superstar will be performing hits from his extensive and much-loved repertoire, from his time with the Commodores to the present day: Three Times A Lady, Truly, Dancing On The Ceiling, Say You Say Me, Hello and All Night Long. Richie’s shows are world renowned for their party atmosphere.

“His 2018 sold-out Scarborough OAT show was the stuff of legend,” said event director Peter Taylor. “It was a brilliant night in the presence of one of the most successful and celebrated music artists of all time. This is going to be another amazing night and I would advise fans not to hang around in getting their tickets.”

Westlife take to the Scarborough stage on Wednesday 17 June, as part of their UK wide Stadiums In The Summer Tour. Hailed as the UK’s top selling album group of the 21st century, the Irish superstars will perform all of their greatest hits including Swear It Again, Flying Without Wings and You Raise Me Up as well as sensational up-tempo new songs from their forthcoming new album Spectrum.

Supergrass are back and heading for Scarborough on Saturday 20 June. Following a 10-year break the Britpop band announced a career spanning Best Of package Supergrass: The Strange Ones 1994-2008, to be released this month, together with a massive 2020 UK tour.


Supergrass released their Mercury-nominated No.1 debut album I Should Coco in 1995. Their fourth single, Alright, was a pop masterpiece and became a massive hit, catapulting the band to global success. They subsequently released another five acclaimed studio albums and Top 20 singles including Lenny, Going Out, Richard III, Sun Hits The Sky, Pumping On Your Stereo,Moving and Grace before splitting in 2010.

Drummer Danny Goffey says: “Everything aligned for us to make this happen for 2020. It was the first time that we collectively felt the buzz to get back in a room together and play the songs. We’re extremely excited to get out there and bring a bit of ‘Supergrass joy’ to all our fans!

Snow Patrol to play Scarborough Open Air Theatre
Snow Patrol play Scarborough on Saturday 4th July

Indie-rock giants Snow Patrol head to Scarborough on Saturday 4 July. Snow Patrol have racked up an impressive array of critical and commercial accolades, including more than 17 million global album sales, one billion-plus global track streams, five UK platinum-selling albums, an Ivor Novello award and Grammy and Mercury Music Prize nominations. Their 2006 Eyes Open album truly propelled to a global audience and the massive hit single Chasing Cars was recently named as UK radio’s most played song of the 21st century.

After taking some time out, Snow Patrol returned in 2018 with Wildness, their first studio album in seven years. The band followed up its huge success with a sensational live tour which included a homecoming gig in front of 35,000 fans in Bangor, Northern Ireland.

Fans of 80s pop should get ready for Mixtape, Scarborough Open Air Theatre’s 80s night with a strong Yorkshire connection! Marc Almond, Heaven 17 and Living In A Box, featuring Kenny Thomas, lead the Mixtape line-up on Friday 10 July.

Marc Almond to play Scarborough Open Air Theatre
Marc Almond to play Scarborough 10th July with the Mixtape show

Lancashire-born, but Yorkshire raised, Marc Almond has sold more than 30 million records worldwide influencing generations of musicians. It was as frontman of seminal 80s electronic duo Soft Cell that he first gained international acclaim with such massive hits as Tainted Love, Bedsitter, Torch, What and Say Hello Wave Goodbye before embarking on a diverse and hugely successful solo career

He was awarded an OBE for services to music and the arts, an Ivor Novello Inspiration Award, an Icon Award by Attitude Magazine and a Mojo Magazine Inspiration Award. He was also awarded an Honorary Fellowship of Leeds College of Music. His brand new album Chaos And A Dancing Star is released on 31 January.

Marc will be joined in Scarborough by Heaven 17 who will be celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2020. Born out of the split of the original Human League, the Sheffield new wave band, led by Glenn Gregory and Martyn Ware, shot to fame with synth-driven hits Temptation, Come Live With Me and Crushed by the Wheels of Industry together with such hugely acclaimed albums Penthouse and Pavement and The Luxury Gap.

Fellow Sheffield band Living In A Box exploded onto MTV in 1987 with a song named after themselves. Further Top 40 hits followed including Scales of Justice, So The Story Goes, Blow The House Down and Room In Your Heart.

They have now joined forces with double platinum-selling and double Brit Award nominee Kenny Thomas who burst into the UK charts in the early 1990s with Top 20 hits Outstanding, Thinking About Your Love and Best Of You. He has now taken over the lead vocals as a permanent member of Living In A Box.

Little Mix need no introduction. The world’s biggest girl band are touring throughout the summer and take to the stage in Scarborough on Tuesday 21 July. Since 2011, Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall have not only established themselves as one of British pop’s brightest acts, but as a global pop phenomenon.

They have sold more than 50 million records worldwide, collected more than 17 million Spotify listeners, received more than 3 billion Youtube views, and collated 12 billion streams worldwide. Record sales have seen them notch up a total of four UK No.1 singles, four platinum-selling albums and nine platinum-selling singles, surpassing a record previously held by the Spice Girls. Their 2016 album Glory Days was the biggest selling album by a female group in the UK, in this millennium, and became the longest ever album for a girl group to stay in the Top 40.

McFly to play Scarborough Open Air Theatre on 14th August 2020
McFly to play Scarborough on 14th August 2020

Chart-topping rockers McFly are bringing their explosive live show to Scarborough Open Air Theatre  on Friday 14 August. With such massive hits as All About You, Obviously, Star Girl, One For The Radio and Shine A Light , five Top 10 albums, six sell-out tours and 10 million records sold worldwide, McFly are without question one of the most significant British pop acts of the 21st century.

Since hitting the big time as the youngest band to ever have a debut album go straight to number one, beating The Beatles’ long-standing record, Tom Fletcher, Danny Jones, Dougie Poynter and Harry Judd have become one of the UK’s best-loved bands.

After spending some time apart working on their own projects, and joining forces with Busted to form the pop phenomenon that was McBusted, the McFly boys recently announced they would return to the live arena with a show at London’s O2. That show sold out in minutes leading to the announcement of a full UK arena tour in Spring 2020 and now an unmissable date on the Yorkshire coast.

“We’re very excited to announce McFly as headliners for 2020,” said Peter Taylor. “The boys played a sensational show here in 2013, and again as McBusted in 2014 and 2015. We are constantly being asked to bring them back and so we are delighted they’ll be back here this summer.”

2020 Scarborough Open Air Theatre season summary

Lionel Richie



Snow Patrol

Mix Tape

Little Mix




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