Scarborough Open Air Theatre has added more shows to its summer 2021 schedule. Lewis Capaldi, global superstar Lionel Richie and Irish pop music icons Westlife are heading to the Yorkshire coast venue as are two of the most successful bands of the last 20 years, Keane and Snow Patrol. Fans of 80s pop can look forward to Duran Duran and the ever-popular UB40 featuring Ali Campbell and Astro.
UB40 are one of the UK’s best loved music institutions, achieving three UK Number Ones with Red, Red Wine, I Got You Babe (ft. Chrissie Hynde) and I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You, not to mention another 17 Top 10 singles.
Since reuniting six years ago, founding members Ali and Astro, backed on stage by a fantastic seven-piece reggae band, have become a formidable touring outfit. They played a sensational show at Scarborough OAT in 2017 and their 2019 tour The Real Labour of Love visited Australia, New Zealand, Europe and America. They are due to headline SOAT on Saturday 19 June 2021.
Ali and Astro have been active during this year’s enforced hiatus. As well as writing songs for their forthcoming album, they reassembled their touring band remotely to record a lockdown single, a poignant cover of the late Bill Withers’ Lean On Me, in aid of NHS Charities Together.
They are now looking forward to getting back on the road in 2021 with a band comprising bassist Colin McNeish, guitarist Winston Delandro, keyboardist Michael Martin, drummer Paul Slowly, backing singer Matt Hoy and a brass section of trumpeter Colin Graham and saxophonist Winston Rose.
Currently celebrating 40 years together, Duran Duran – singer Simon Le Bon with Nick Rhodes (keyboards), John Taylor (bass) and Roger Taylor (drums) – continue to play to huge concert audiences around the world. They will headline at Scarborough Open Air Theatre on Wednesday 7 July.
Consistently fusing art, technology, fashion and a signature sense of style with their unique and infectious brand of music, Duran Duran has proven themselves timeless, always innovating and reinventing, to remain ahead of the curve.
Their most recent album, 2015’s Paper Gods, was Duran Duran’s highest-charting release in 22 years and was hailed by critics and fans alike as their best body of work in more than two decades. A global, three-year, sold-out arena tour followed where the band brilliantly combined such classics as Girls on Film, The Wild Boys, Ordinary World, The Reflex, Come Undone, (Reach Up For The) Sunrise and Rio with stunning new songs from Paper Gods.
The two-time Grammy, BRIT Award and Ivor Novello winners are currently working on their 15th studio album. It is due for release in 2021 when the band will continue their 40th anniversary celebrations with a number of major live shows and events including headlining both the Isle of White Festival and Lytham Festival.
The East Sussex chart-toppers Keane delighted their fans by returning from a six-year break in 2019 with a new album Cause and Effect. They will play their headline gig at Scarborough Open Air Theatre, the UK’s largest purpose-built open air concert arena, on Friday 9 July.
Keane have sold 13 million records worldwide, released four Number One studio albums, won two BRIT awards and an Ivor Novello award. Their 2004 debut album Hopes and Fears included the timeless classics as 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.
Their return Cause and Effect includes the singles The Way I Feel, Love Too Much and Stupid Things. The album was produced by David Kosten and Keane, themselves, and is the sound of a band rejuvenated. They had been scheduled to play SOAT this summer only for the show to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Indie-rock giants Snow Patrol head to Scarborough on Saturday 3 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.
Westlife, the top-selling album band of the 21st century, had also been due to headline the Yorkshire coast venue this summer. Now Shane, Mark, Kian and Nicky are delighted to announce they will play an exclusive North of England show at Scarborough Open Air Theatre on Tuesday 17 August.
This show comes four days before the band’s massive headline show at Wembley Stadium and will be Westlife’s only outdoor performance in the North of England next summer. Westlife will perform their hits including Swear It Again, Flying Without Wings, Unbreakable, You Raise Me Up and World Of Our Own as well as tracks from their chart-topping 2019 album Spectrum including the smash-hit Hello My Love. To date, Westlife have released 10 studio albums, all within the top five of the Official UK Albums Chart and six which have peaked at No.1, together with 14 No.1 singles.
“This is a real exclusive,” said SOAT Programme Director Peter Taylor. “Westlife’s only outdoor show in the North of England and four days before their headline show at Wembley. It’s going to be a brilliant night here!”
Lionel Richie was scheduled to play Scarborough Open Air Theatre in the summer of 2020 before the Covid-19 pandemic struck. His appearance on Saturday 12 June will be the second time Lionel has headlined SOAT following his sold-out show there in 2018.
Lionel has sold more than 125 million albums worldwide and has won an Oscar, a Golden Globe and four Grammy Awards. He recently received the Ivor Novello PRS for Music Special International Award. In recent years, he headlined massive festivals including Glastonbury, drawing the festival’s biggest crowd of over 200,000.
Performing hits from his extensive and much-loved repertoire, from his days with the Commodores to the present day, Lionel’s shows are world renowned for their party atmosphere. Fans will be able to enjoy timeless mega-hits and sing along to classics such as Three Times A Lady, Truly, Dancing on the Ceiling, Say You Say Me, Hello and All Night Long.
“I was really excited to be playing at Scarborough Open Air Theatre this summer as I enjoyed a truly wonderful night there in 2018,” said Lionel. “I was very sad that, like so many things, the show had to be delayed but obviously, everyone’s health and safety comes first. I’m now looking forward to it even more and know we’ll all have such an incredible night of partying together.”
“We are incredibly proud and excited that Lionel Richie, one of the most successful and celebrated music artists of all time, is returning to Scarborough Open Air Theatre,” said Peter Taylor. “His 2018 sold-out show here was just a brilliant night and this is going to be another amazing show!”
Lewis Capaldi played two incredible show at Scarborough Open Air Theatre in 2019 and both sold out in record time. Now Lewis returns to the Yorkshire coast venue on Sunday 25 July.
It has been a whirlwind two years for two-time BRIT Award winner Lewis that has seen him top the charts around the world and sell-out massive arena tours. He was nominated for the Critics’ Choice Award at the 2019 BRITS before his breakthrough single Someone You Loved topped the UK Singles Chart for seven weeks and become a global anthe, hitting number one on the US Billboard Hot 100. It was nominated for a Grammy Awards for ‘Song of the Year’ and is today the longest-running top 10 UK single of all time by a British artist.
Lewis’ sensational debut album, Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent, which includes the hits as Before You Go, Grace, Hollywood and Bruises, was not only the top-selling album of 2019, but is now on track to be the biggest album in the UK for a second year running. It has yet to exit the UK Top 10 more than 18 months after its release.
“Buzzing to be back playing in Yorkshire again!” said Lewis. “Scarborough 2019 was absolutely class so I can’t wait to return next summer. It’s a great venue, the crowds there are always unreal and so here’s to another unforgettable night x.”
“Lewis Capaldi is quite simply a music phenomenon, a brilliant live performer, a great guy and someone we are beyond delighted to see return,” Peter Taylor added.
“When we booked his two Scarborough OAT shows in 2019 they were the biggest headline gigs Lewis had ever announced and they sold out in record time. Those shows will live long in the memory as brilliant, magical nights and so to welcome Lewis back in 2021, for what will undoubtedly be his third sell-out show here, is really special.”
The following dates have been confirmed for Scarborough Open Air Theatre for 2021:
|Saturday 12 June||Lionel Richie|
|Saturday 19 June||UB40 ft Ali Campbell and Astro|
|Sunday 20 June||Ru Paul’s Drag Race: Werq The World|
|Saturday 3 July||Snow Patrol|
|Wednesday 7 July||Duran Duran|
|Friday 9 July||Keane|
|Saturday 10 July||Olly Murs|
|Sunday 25 July||Lewis Capaldi|
|Tuesday 17 August||Westlife|
|Friday 20 August||Nile Rodgers & CHIC|
Tickets are now available by visiting https://scarboroughopenairtheatre.com/whats-on/