Previous Acts Who Have Performed at Scarborough OAT
Dionne Warwick, who
began singing professionally in 1961 after being discovered by the
young song writing team, Burt Bacharach and Hal David, has enjoyed
a glittering music career and has a clutch of Grammy awards to her
name, not to mention more than 100 million record sales. She is
second only to Aretha Franklin among female vocalists with the most
Billboard Hot 100 chart hits during the rock era (1955–1999) with
56. In all, Warwick, who has also enjoyed film and television
success, has released 35 studio albums, five live albums, 22
compilation albums and 85 singles. In the UK, her highest charting
studio album came with Heartbreaker which reached number three –
the title track of the same name also reached number two in the UK
singles charts. Throughout the 80s and 90s, she collaborated with
many of her musical peers, including Johnny Mathis, Smokey
Robinson, Luther Vandross, Jeffrey Osborne, Kashif and Stevie
Dionne performed to the Open Air Theatre crowd on the 6th June
2012. Fortunately, although the UK was experiencing record
rainfalls for this particular time of the year, the rain
decided to hold-off until Dionne, sporting her 'slacks', had sang a
medley of songs that ensured her adoring fans went home with
smiles from ear to ear.
John Barrowman is
an Entertainer with a capital E. Voted number 3 in Broadcast
Magazine’s Hot 100 Talent, he sings, he dances, he acts, he
presents, he judges - he is a unique talent in the British
In November 2007 John’s solo album 'Another Side' was released
by Sony Music and went Gold. In November 2008 Sony’s Epic label
released Music Music Music. John's third album with Sony John
Barrowman was released in March 2010 and entered the UK Album
charts at number 11. His latest album The Best of John Barrowman
was released in 2011.
John undertook a sell out solo UK concert tour in April 2008. In
May 2009 he undertook a second UK concert tour, culminating in one
night at the Royal Albert Hall. A Live DVD of this concert tour was
released and went straight into the music DVD charts at number 2.
John completed another tour of the UK in 2010 and his DVD John
Barrowman Live At The Royal Albert Hall is on sale now. He
completed his forth UK tour in 2011.
For 2012, Barrowman performed a series of Summer Concerts
against the backdrop of some of the UK's most iconic
landmarks and attractions, including gigs in Glasgow
and London. On Thursday 21st June 2012, he kicked-off his
summer programme with a concert at our very own Open Air
Theatre in sunny Scarborough. The gig was packed with families and
friends all having a great time, singing and dancing along
to his variety show, yes it was tongue in cheek
glitz at it's finest but few modern stars can engage with
their audience so easily and effectively as John Barrowman did that
Essex boy Olly Murs shot to fame after coming runner-up in the
sixth series of The X Factor, with his first solo single, Please
Don’t Let Me Go, debuting at number one in the charts in August
2010. He’d previously scored a number one hit with You Are Not
Alone with other finalists from the TV talent show. Murs cemented
his place among pop music’s elite with more number one hits and
albums including In Case You Didn’t Know which also entered the
charts at number one. He returned to The X Factor fold last year to
co-present The Xtra Factor.
Supported by the 20-year-old X Factor star Diana Vickers,
the pair performed to a sold out crowd at Scarborough Open Air
Theatre on Sunday 15th July. Thankfully, the sun was shining down
on the Yorkshire Coast and as the star took to the stage, the town
went wild for Olly with cheers heard as far away as the town
The Essex star was obviously a fan of the region and
even tweeted during his rehearsals: "Loving the 'Welcome
to SCARBADOS' tweets ... Its a pleasure to be here!!" The singer
went one step further as well by making a local 11-year-old's dream
come true. Alethea, who was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at 3
months old, was overwhelmed when the team at Yorkshire Coast Radio,
along with sponsors Marshall Honda Scarborough, introduced her to
the singer himself backstage and you can watch the
moment Alethea met Olly right here.
The whole day was a major success for the town and cemented
Scarborough's Open Air Theatre as one of the UK's most iconic
Russell 'The Voice' Watson - The self styled “People’s
Tenor” took to the stage of Scarborough’s Open Air Theatre on
Saturday 4 August to a crowd of over 3,000 people.
Although, the weather tried to dampen the occasion earlier in
the afternoon, fortunately the sun burnt through the dark clouds to
ensure an unforgettable evening for all involved.
Big Night Out
A ‘Big Night Out’ featuring stars from The X Factor,
Britain’s Got Talent and The Voice took centre stage at
Scarborough's Open Air Theatre on Saturday 18th August 2012.
The line-up of stars
included Marcus Collins and The Risk from The X Factor
2011; Loveable Rogues, The Mend and Scarborough-born Dalek
impersonator Martyn Crofts from Britain’s Got Talent 2012; and Jaz
Ellington and Max Milner from the BBC's The Voice UK 2012.
The show also featured
one of the most recognisable voiceover artists in the UK – Peter
Dickson who is the voice of The X Factor and Britain’s Got
JLS – aka Aston Merrygold, Oritsé Williams, Jonathan Benjamin
“JB” Gill and Marvin Humes performed to a sell-out crowd at
Scarborough's Open Air Theatre on Saturday 25 August 2012.
As runners-up of the fifth series of The X Factor in 2008,
coming second to Alexandra Burke, JLS were described as “the
biggest boy band for a generation” leading up to the event, and
boy, they did not disappoint!
On what was one of the busiest Bank Holiday weekends ever in
terms of events for the town, JLS' Sound City Summer Tour took
centre-stage. Joined by the likes of I am Tich, Clement Marfo &
The Frontline and NVS, the boys performed a faultless set to around
6,500 screaming fans, despite the weather's best efforts to put a
dampener on the occasion.
Free Midweek Entertainment
As well as staging some of the world's greatest singers, the
Open Air Theatre also layed on some free midweek entertainment
for residents and tourists alike with the shows 'Sunshine
Showtime with James Aconley & Friends' and 'Family Funtime with
In what was billed as
family-orientated music and variety, singers James Aconley and
Friends performed twice weekly on Mondays and Thursdays from Monday
23 July until 30 August 2012, with the 'Family Funtime with Gary T'
show taking the limelight on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
James, who has sung in theatres across the
region and has his own cabaret show which he performs in hotels and
restaurants, along with his cast, sang songs from Glee,
High School Musical, Hannah Montana, Dreamboats and Petticoats,
Michael Buble, Take That, One Direction and Olly Murs, as well
as singing iconic British pop and children’s anthems. The
shows also featured a selection of community and youth
groups, as well as being backed up by dancers from the
Scarborough Dance Centre.
Gary, whose routine included comedy, song and impressions,
inspired by the likes of The Mask, Bob The Builder, Shrek, The
Blues Brothers and Jedward, has perfected his acts in holiday
centres and other venues around the UK, as well as appearing on
several TV shows including ITV’s Classy Acts and Sky’s The All New
Throughout the summer run, the 'Family Funtime' show also
featured local girl duo, Disctracted, who
had previously performed in the theatre for the Olympic
Torch celebration in June; and the Hatton School of Performing
Not only did the shows present a great opportunity to
showcase young, local talent, they were also a worthy
addition to what has been a fabulous 2012 summer line-up for
Scarborough's Open Air Theatre.
In 2011, Scarborough Open Air Theatre was
proud to present a full summer of entertainment, kicking off
first with none other than Sir Elton John.
Playing to a sell out, record crowd in June 2011, Elton
John belted out hit after hit to the 8500 strong crowd.
The 64-year-old defied the leaden skies to brighten up the
venue with a string of massive hits during the two-and-a-half show.
And he declared Scarborough a “wonderful” place to perform. He
said: “This is my first show of the summer in England and I
couldn’t have asked for a better one...Thank you so much
Scarborough, it was wonderful to be here...I have played all over
the world but never at Scarborough and it has been a
Having flown straight in from an art exhibition in Venice, the
pop sensation was dressed in a sparkly black suit, complete with a
complimentary purple shirt to complete his look. Without taking a
break, the legend sang hits including Candle in The Wind,
Your Song, Sacrifice and Crocodile Rock, resulting in the whole
crowd taking to their feet and dancing the night away.
When the crowd thought it was all over, Sir Elton returned to
the stage to perform an encore of Circle of Life and I’m
Still Standing, with fans taking over vocals, before signing
autographs at the front of the stage.
One local fan who saw the whole concert live summed the
occasion up nicely saying “It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
To get someone like him in Scarborough is amazing...The show was
Fresh from their second sell-out UK tour, global
pop sensations N-Dubz took
to the stage at Scarborough's Open Air Theatre on Saturday
30th July 2011.
In-between being the new judge on X
Factor, Tulisa along with bandmates Dappy and Fazer
performed a special one-off show that had people of all ages
dancing long into the night.
This was the first concert at the newly refurbished theatre that
was aimed towards the younger generation and without a doubt the
event has not only helped the venue attract similar artists
but it has also been a source of inspiration for many
children up and down the Yorkshire Coast.
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa
Last Night of the Proms featuring Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Britain's
Got Talent winner Jai McDowall and The Orchestra of Opera
North staged an unmissable night for classical music lovers on 28th
Introduced by Aled Jones, a beloved TV and Radio
personality, the night was deemed a huge success for all involved
with the crowd watching in awe, whilst waving Union Jack
The night was topped off with a stunning firework display that
illuminated the Yorkshire Coast and ensured the season's musical
programme was one for people of all ages to remember.