Beached is back – at the theatre

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SCARBOROUGH’S popular Beached festival is making a comeback as part of a two-day event at the Open Air Theatre.

The festival ran for eight years until 2008, and brought more than 400 to Scarborough including The Libertines, The Fratellis, The Kaiser Chiefs, The Hoosiers, Amy Macdonald, and The Enemy.

Attracting more than 35,000 to the South Bay each year the festival became well known for launching new talent.

Now Beached is set to be reborn this summer to form part of the Scarborough Fair festival after teaming up with music promoter Musicport.

The event is due to take place August 13 and 14, and although the line-up is yet to be revealed organisers say it is set to offer performances of indie, pop and rock as well as folk and world music.

Mike Lynskey, who organised the Beached Festival since is started in 2001, said: “I am so happy we have been able to bring Beached back.

“It has been a huge part of my life and was a very hard decision in 2009 to call it a day.

“We were approached by Apollo who run the Open Air Theatre at the end of 2010 to put Beached into the venue, and we have been working since then to put the show together.

“I am very happy to be part of the brand new Scarborough Fair and look forward to many more years of Beached.”

The 2011 Beached Reunion will bring to Saturday’s Scarborough Fair Festival an array of new music with a line-up including previous headliners and a focus on local and breaking talent.

Following Saturday’s Beached, the Sunday of the Scarborough Fair festival will be programmed by the Musicport festival offering talent from the folk scene.

Over the last eight years the Musicport festival has grown year on year attracting major names such as Rachid Taha, The Buena Vista Social Club presents Cachaito Lopez etc, Toumani Diabate, Levellers, Misty In Roots and more.

Jim McLaughlin, festival director of Musicport said: “We are delighted to be involved in the weekend in such a great venue and to be working alongside Mike and the Beached team.

“All the acts we’ll be putting on are artists that have astounded audiences at our festival so we know that Scarborough is in for a real treat and a day to remember.”

The full Scarborough Fair line up, including the Beached and Musicport programme, is due to released on Wednesday.

The programme at this year’s Open Air Theatre has included Elton John, while the venue is set to host a Night at the Proms, and 80’s Rewind night and N Dubz.