June is here already … where is the year going? 
 
We love June here at the Riviera for a number of reasons. The days are long and light. Father’s Day takes place this month and … the Open Air Theatre in Scarborough ‘opens its doors’ for another season! 
 
The 2019 line up is pretty amazing with something for every musical taste. 
 
The best way to extol the virtues of the venue is to list the acts and then tell you a little bit about the site that is in the town’s North Bay, next to Peasholm Park. 
 
For those of us of a ‘certain age’, the word ‘Hacienda’ sparks great memories. Some amazing artistes and tunes are connected with this iconic nightclub in Manchester, many of which have become classics in the dance music world. 
 
Hacienda Classical comes to the Open Air Theatre on Saturday 8th June and promises to present classic ‘toons’ with an orchestral sound. This concert is the first live musical performance of 2019. 
 
Next to perform is Sir Cliff Richard on Saturday 26th June and this is closely followed by West End Proms on Friday 5th July. 
 
If you love electronic music with great vocals, then Year & Years are coming the theatre on Thursday 18th July and the following day, 80s band Madness will hit the stage. 
Popular vocalist Lewis Capaldi will perform on Saturday 20th July (and again on Friday 30th August), while the world-famous singer Jess Glynne will be entertaining the crowds on Sunday 21st July. 
 
Kylie Minogue, the global star, will come to the Yorkshire Coast and the Open Air Theatre on Thursday 1st August, while Queen Machine Symphonic featuring Kerry Ellis will offer ‘a kind of magic’ on Saturday 31st August. 
 
So as you can see it’s a great line up and there really is something for everyone in the summer of 2019. 
 
Yet how did this venue evolve? 
This large venue was originally constructed in the 1930s and was host to many popular outdoor events during the golden era of English seaside resorts. 
 
There were performances at the site until 1986 when James Last and His Orchestra performed the final concert before the theatre went ‘dark’. 
 
However, stage was set again in 2010 when the HRH The Queen opened the newly refurbished venue. A number of top-flight acts have since ‘treaded the boards’ including Sir Elton John, Status Quo, Olly Murs and Boyzone. 
 
The Open Air Theatre has its critics, mainly because it is an outdoor venue, so is open to the elements. 
 
However, none of us can control the weather, the site is in a spectacular location and attracts some fantastic names from the music industry. It’s just 21 miles ‘down’ the road from the Riviera, which is just a short drive to see some global stars! 
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