Big Night Out proves to be a big hit

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It might not be the most credible gig Scarborough has ever played host to.

But that didn’t put off thousands of TV talent show fans from flocking to the town’s Open Air Theatre for A Big Night Out.

The Risk, Loveable Rogues and Max Milner provided the eye-candy, while Scarborough’s very own Dalek impersonator Martyn Crofts provided the comedy.

Above, the crowd enjoying the Big Night Out. And below, Max Milner performing and The Mend getting excited before their performance.

Above, the crowd enjoying the Big Night Out. And below, Max Milner performing and The Mend getting excited before their performance.

There was also a surprise appearance from Mr Zip, from Britain’s Got Talent, who is still looking for his keys and his phone.

But it was last year’s X-Factor runner-up Marcus Collins that drew the most cheers, with the headline act choosing to air a self-penned album track for the first time.

Speaking after the concert, he said: “I really enjoyed the gig. I wasn’t expecting it to be as big as it was, so it was a refreshing surprise to get out there.

“I performed one of my album tracks, which I’m considering for my third single, called Don’t Surrender. I was really nervous actually, I performed it for the first time today in front of the audience in Scarborough. It went really well and I got a really nice reception.”

He added: “I’ve never been to Scarborough before and it’s lovely. I’m going to go for a little stroll and have a look around, and possibly get some fish and chips. I’m going to treat my nan, she loves it here.”

Ticket sales are believed to have been in the region of 2,000, just short of a third of the venue’s 6,500 capacity.

But the rows of empty seats did nothing to hamper the mood and the audience clapped and cheered along with the acts, who appeared to relish performing at the unique outdoor theatre.

Janet Deacon, area director for Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “I think it’s gone really well. The crowd has really enjoyed it and the acts were really good. They have all said they want to come back because they love the venue.

“The atmosphere was brilliant, with all the young girls screaming, and I’m looking forward to JLS next Saturday.”

As the concert drew to a close, the crowd’s screams reached fever pitch when some of the acts decided to jump off the stage into the lake.

Deciding against the leap of faith, which saw singers get a dressing down from security, Marcus Collins said: “There was no way I was jumping in. Imagine! It takes long enough to do my hair. Forget that.”

Read a full report in this week’s Scarborough News.