Local acts signed up for Beached

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ORGANISERS have announced the local acts selected to play this year’s Beached festival reunion.

A total of 17 new acts have been confirmed by organisers of the event, which takes place at the Open Air Theatre on Saturday August 13.

Chart-topping headliners The Hoosiers, Amsterdam and X Factor stars Belle Amie, featuring Scarborough’s Sophia Wardman, will be joined on the bill by Andy Doonan, Affairs, The Deadlight, Forever and a Day, Everyone an Army, Property Of Dave, Harley Likes Music, Infinitum, La Petite Mort, 3 Foot Ninja, Big Me & Pizzle UK, Stray Scene, My Forever, What Would Chuck Do, Olivine, The Ides and The Remedy.

Mike Lynskey, who has been organising the festival since its formation in 2001, said he is delighted with the quality of this year’s line-up.

“Over the years we have had some really big bands start their careers at Beached including The Kaiser Chiefs and The Libertines,” he said. “And some of the bands this year could definitely break out like they have.”

He added a major part of the festival’s ethos was to give local bands the chance to perform in front of a large crowd.

Mr Lynskey said: “We have some really heavy bands who would struggle to find a pub to play at in Scarborough, even though they are absolutely superb. We also have a guy who plays really good hardcore dance just using a pair of Nintendo DS’s. I mean, who is going to book him?!

“That’s why we are proud to give these acts a chance to show what they can do.”

The bands were selected after acts were invited to email demos to the organisers for a slot on the bill. After being inundated with more than 200 requests, organisers whittled down the long list until the final selections were made.

The festival is making its return after an absence of three years and makes up part of Scarborough Fair, which will also feature a Musicport folk and world music festival on Sunday August 14.

Beached will feature 11 hours of live bands over three stages which will include previous headliners, as well as brand new talent courtesy of BBC Introducing.

Tickets for Beached are on sale now.