Stereophonics head to SOAT, Photo Geoff Ford

Stereophonics And Anne-Marie Added To Summer Line-Up At Scarborough

by Geoff Ford

Rock legends Stereophonics and global pop star Anne-Marie have been added to a fantastic summer line-up at Scarborough Open Air Theatre and are heading to the Yorkshire coast this summer for headline shows at the UK’s biggest open-air arena. The Stereophonics gig is scheduled for Wednesday 28 July while Anne-Marie is set to appear on Sunday 29 August.

Stereophonics played a brilliant sold-out show at Scarborough OAT in 2018 and fans have been demanding their return ever since. “Stereophonics’ show here at Scarborough OAT in 2018 has to go down as one of the best-ever at the venue,” said Peter Taylor, of venue programmers Cuffe and Taylor. “We are absolutely delighted to be welcoming them back this summer for what is going to be another legendary night!”

With almost 30 years under their belt, not to mention seven Number 1 albums and ten Top 10 singles, Stereophonics are rated as one of the biggest bands to come out of the UK over the last 25 years.

And with ever-growing legions of fans around the world, the band – founding members Kelly Jones (vocals/guitar) and Richard Jones (bass) together with Adam Zindani (guitar), Jamie Morrison (drums) and long-term touring keyboardist Tony Kirkham – continue to create stunning music.

Stereophonics, just one UK appearance in 2021, Photo Geoff Ford

Their 11th studio album Kind was released in 2019 and became the band’s seventh album to hit the top spot in the UK Album Charts. Featuring the singles Fly Like an Eagle, Bust This Town, Don’t Let The Devil Take Another Day and Hungover For You, Kind sublimely added to a brilliant catalogue of work that includes such classics as The Bartender and the Thief, Just Looking, Have A Nice Day, Maybe Tomorrow and Dakota.

Anne-Marie’s rise to stardom has been nothing short of meteoric. A former West End child star, she has gone onto become one of the world’s most-loved and successful, pop artists of recent years, with four UK Top 10 singles and 4.5 billion global streams to her name.

Since 2016 she has notched up a string of hits including her breakthrough Alarm, the Number 1 Clean Bandit and Sean Paul smash Rockabye, and her Ed Sheeran collaboration 2002. Last year’s comeback single Birthday returned her to the Top 40 before Don’t Play, a collaboration with KSI and Digital Farm Animals, hit Number 2 in the UK. Millions recently tuned in to see Anne-Marie’s win as a mentor on ITV’s The Voice.

Anne-Marie (centre) with HRVY (left) and GRACEY

The nine-time BRIT Award nominee will be joined in Scarborough by HRVY and GRACEY for what promises to be a sensational August Bank Holiday show.

With more than a billion combined streams to his name and a social media following of 10 million, HRVY has gone from singing in his bedroom to global star since signing his first record deal at just 15-years-old. Hits like Holiday, Phobia, Personal, Me Because of You and Good Vibes have led to two sell-out UK and European tours and a new global record deal with BMG.

GRACEY is one of the most-talked about young artists around. A Platinum-selling songwriter since the age of just 16, writing for the likes of Rita Ora, Olly Murs and Kylie, GRACEY’s 2020 breakthrough collaboration with 220 Kid Don’t Need Love was a UK Top 10 smash. Her follow-up Empty Love, with Australian singer Ruel, assured her growing popularity before the release of her second EP The Art of Closure.

Tickets for both shows go on general sale at 9am on Friday April 2, please visit What’s On – Scarborough Open Air Theatre for more information.

The on-going pandemic has completely disrupted live performance events for over a year but the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown has given rise to a degree of optimism for the future. Cuffe and Taylor have issued the following statement:

We now have a roadmap for live shows to return and we cannot wait to welcome audiences back to Scarborough OAT this summer.

However, due to new government guidelines, a number of shows scheduled to take place before June 21 will need to be rescheduled.

Rest assured we are working with artists to find alternative dates for these shows so please bear with us and we will announce further details very soon.

Take care and stay safe x

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