First OAT acts for 2013 to be announced by Christmas

file pic - Scarborough Open Air Theatre, Peasholm park..  Picture by Andrew Higgins  123010e  24/07/12
file pic - Scarborough Open Air Theatre, Peasholm park.. Picture by Andrew Higgins 123010e 24/07/12
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A senior Scarborough councillor has said that he is confident the first four Open Air Theatre acts for 2013 will be announced by Christmas.

Scarborough Council’s portfolio holder for tourism and culture, Cllr David Chance, said tickets should be available for the first shows of the 2013 programme in time for music fans to snap them up as presents.

He added that the council is in the “very final” stages of negotiations with four acts, and although Cllr Chance wouldn’t reveal their identity, he said the public will be “very happy” with the line-up when it is announced.

“We are in the very final stages of finalising acts for next year, and the contracts are 
now being sorted,” said Cllr Chance.

“I will want tickets out on sale within at least a week of the acts being announced.

“We need to make sure that they are on sale in time for Christmas.”

The authority was forced to step in to salvage the summer season this year, after an ongoing legal wrangle with bookers Apollo Leisure threatened to leave the multi-millon pound venue starved of marquee acts.

However, attendances were mixed, and after The Scarborough News revealed that just over half of all tickets were sold for the five major council-booked concerts, Cllr Chance vowed to learn from ‘first year mistakes’, including booking acts that were ‘not at the top of their game’, such as the iconic Dionne Warwick.

The Scarborough News understands that the authority was looking at booking up to 12 acts for next summer.

And although Cllr Chance again would not reveal how many acts had been approached, he added: “I would hope that this year we will 
have more acts than last 
year.”

“I think people will be very happy with the line-up.”