Scarborough OAT, A-Ha, photo Cuffe And Taylor

Summer Stars Shine At Scarborough Open Air Theatre

by geoffford

The stars are out for a sensational summer of musical evenings on the Yorkshire coast.

Music fans have been enjoying a fantastic season of top names at Scarborough Open Air Theatre, Britain’s largest permanent outdoor arena, and the season continues until 23 September.

Brit Award winner Sam Fender delivered a sensational show to launch Scarborough Open Air Theatre’s 2022 summer season, to a sell-out crowd of 8,000 adoring fans, on Saturday 28 May.

Sam played the Yorkshire-coast venue en-route to an appearance at Galstonbury and the packed crowd were treated to a hit-packed set which included Will We Talk, The Borders, Get You Down, Spit Of You, Play God and The Dying Light before a sensational encore of Seventeen Going Under and Hypersonic  Missiles.

Sam was supported at SOAT by fellow North East singer-songwriter Heidi Curtis.

Sam Fender at Scarborough OAT, photo Cuffe And Taylor

Following the stunning Platinum Jubilee concert with Jane MacDonald, the season continued on Saturday 11 June with an incredible headline show from Crowded House. The rock legends, fronted by Neil Finn and brilliantly supported by son Liam, were on top form with a set packed with hits and fan favourites.

The band took to the stage to Distant Sun before delivering classics including It’s Only Natural, Show Me The Way, Playing With Fire, Four Seasons In One Day, Something So Strange, Weather With You  and the spellbinding Don’t Dream It’s Over.

Crowded House at Scarborough OAT, photo Cuffe And Taylor

Neil Finn of Crowded House, photo Cuffe And Taylor

On 25 June fans enjoyed a night of sing-a-long classics from the legendary Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons.

Opening with Workin’ My Way Back To You, the original Jersey Boy packed in a set of crowd-pleasing favourites including Beggin’, Grease, Who Loves You and December ’63 (Oh, What A Night).

Frankie Valli at Scarborough OAT, photo Cuffe And Taylor

Scarborough Open Air Theatre’s 2022 summer season of live music continued on 30 June with a fantastic headline show featuring Michael Ball and Alfie Boe. The musical theatre favourites delighted their fans with a show full of show tunes and medleys following support from Britain’s Got Talent stars Welsh Of The West End.

Ball and Boe set the tone for a showbiz spectacular by taking to the stage with Viva Las Vegas before delivering classics from stage and screen including This Is The Greatest Show (The Greatest Showman), You’ll Be Back (Hamilton), Love Changes Everything (Aspects Of Love), He Lives In You (Lion King) and a selection from Les Misérables, alongside hits from the likes of Tom Jones, Wham and more.

Michael Ball at Scarborough OAT, photo Cuffe And Taylor

Michael Ball and Alfie Boe at Scarborough OAT, photo Cuffe And Taylor

Rock legend Bryan Adams played a fantastic headline show on Canada Day, 1 July. In a hit-packed two-hour set, fans were treated to rock classics and acoustic romance opening with Kick Ass, Can’t Stop This Thing We Started and Somebody.

Sing-along highlights included 2022 release These Are The Moments That Make Up My Life, an acoustic When Your Gone, the epic (Everything I Do) I Do It For You, a rocking Summer Of ’69, and closing track All For Love.

Bryan Adams at Scarborough OAT, photo Cuffe And Taylor

Two nights later (3 July) Norwegian synth pop legends A-Ha – Paul Waaktaar-Savoy (guitars), Magne Furuholmen (keyboards, guitars and vocals) and frontman Morten Harket (vocals) – were on excellent form, blending their hits with new material and chat. and brilliantly supported by Deco.

A-Ha took to the stage to Sycamore Leaves before delivering such classics as Crying In The Rain, The Blood That Moves The Body, Cry Wolf, closing the set with Bond track The Living Daylights before a hits-laden encore of The Sun Always Shines On TV, I’ve Been Losing You and the eternally-popular Take On Me.

A-Ha at Scarborough OAT, photo Cuffe And Taylor

A-Ha’s Morten Harket, photo Cuffe And Taylor

The Scarborough Open Air Theatre 2022 season continues with Elbow (9 July), The Script with special guest James Morrison (14 July), Tears For Fears with special guest Alison Moyet (16 July), Simply Red (22 July), Westlife (23 July), Tom Jones (26 July), Christina Aguilera (2 August), Lewis Capaldi (11 August) and George Ezra (2 September).