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With the Scarborough Open Air Theatre 2021 season now in full flow, fans enjoyed two fantastic shows this weekend with sparkling performances from Nile Rodgers & CHIC and Keane.

Nile Rodgers & CHIC, Scarborough OAT, Photo Cuffe & Taylor
Nile Rodgers – Scarborough OAT, Photo Cuffe & Taylor

Friday night’s headliners Nile Rodgers and CHIC delivered an electrifying set of timeless disco and pop classics. This was his first concert since Covid, Rodgers told the crowd, as he and the band entertained the fans with crowd-pleasing favourites including Everybody Dance, Upside Down, Lost In Music, Le Freak, Good Times, We Are Family and Greatest Dancer.

Tom Chaplin, singing in the rain, Photo Cuffe & Taylor
Keane at Scarborough OAT, Photo Cuffe & Taylor

The following evening Keane lit up Scarborough Open Air Theatre despite the torrential rain, which hit the venue just before the show. The rain persisted throughout the show but did not dampen the crowd’s spirits as frontman Tom Chaplin (vocals), Tim Rice-Oxley (keyboards, backing vocals), Richard Hughes (drums, backing vocals) and Jesse Quinn (bass, backing vocals) made their first visit to the Yorkshire venue.

Their set included their classic tracks Nothing In My Way, Spiralling, Everybody’s Changing, Is It Any Wonder, This Is The Last Time, Bedshaped and Somewhere Only We Know. Keane returned for an encore of My Shadow, Crystal Ball and Sovereign Light Café.

Sherlocks frontman Kiaran Crook at Scarborough OAT, Photo Cuffe & Taylor
Sherlocks at Scarborough OAT, Photo Cuffe & Taylor

Supporting Keane were Sheffield indie band The Sherlocks.  Kiaran Crook (vocals, guitar), Brandon Crook (drums), Trent Jackson (bass) and Alex Procter (lead guitar) previewed material from their forthcoming new album World I Understand which is due for release on 19 November.

Tickets for remaining Scarborough Open Air Theatre shows are on sale via www.scarboroughopenairtheatre.com or in person from Scarborough OAT Box Office (01723 818111).

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Scarborough Open Air Theatre 2021 Line-up:

Friday 27 August, Olly Murs

Saturday 28 August, UB40 Ft Ali Campbel And Astro

Sunday 29 August, Anne-Marie

Wednesday 8 September, Courteeners

Thursday 9 September, James

Friday 10 September, Snow Patrol

Friday 17 September, Duran Duran

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