Music festivals at Open Air Theatre

Beached 2011
Beached 2011

HUNDREDS of music fans enjoyed a weekend of performances at the Yorkshire Coast’s own festival as the Open Air Theatre played host to Scarborough Fair.

The two day event featured a day of indie pop as Beached made its return on Saturday, followed by folk and world music at Musicport yesterday

After a three-year break Beached moved from the South Bay to the 6,500 capacity theatre for a reunion show.

Dozens of local acts took to the stage before headliners The Hoosiers closed the show.

As the evening drew in so did the crowds as scores of music fans headed to the venue.

Acts included Andy Doonan, Affairs, Forever and a Day, Everyone an Army, Property of Dave, The Remedy, Hungry Ghosts, Ollie Green, Big Me and My Forever.

Also on the bill was X-Factor girl band Belle Amie, featuring Scarborough singer Sophia Wardman.

Among the crowds enjoying the event was Lindsey Hunter, 51, and her husband Colin, from Dean Road.

She said: “It is brilliant, we are really enjoying it, especially Everyone an Army.

“I think events like this are excellent for Scarborough, it is just a shame there wasn’t more people here during the day showing support for the local bands.

“To be honest I do think it was better on the beach but its nice to see the theatre up and running and being used for local acts.”

Kelsey Hughes, 21, of Edgehill and Emily Day, 23, from Filey, would also have liked to see more people during the day.

They said: “It would be better if people came to see the local acts instead of just turning up for the headliners.

“It is good to see Beached back though.”

Enjoying the afternoon was the Donoghue family, mum Georgette, dad Martin, ten-year-old Tom and Kathryn seven, from Filey Road.

Mrs Donoghue said: “I think its brilliant to have an event like this for the whole family.

“Tom is a big fan of The Hoosiers, but it’s nice to enjoy the whole day and see the local bands.”

Beached organiser Mike Lynskey said: “Everything has been brilliant.

“Before we had to spend weeks building on the beach where as here we are able to just walk in to a multi-million pound arena in our home town.

“Even with the old Beached it was always fairly quiet during the day, but it’s good to see the crowds turn up for the evening.

“The thing we wanted to do this year was come to this venue and make Scarborough people feel like it is their venue.

“We wanted Scarborough bands to play and Scarborough people to watch them, and that is what has happened.”

The second leg of Scarborough Fair saw audiences enjoy a Sunday afternoon at the Open Air Theatre with Musicport.

The event was headlined by Bellowhead, who have won the gong for best live group at Radio 2’s annual folk awards five times.

The festival also featured the Robin Hood’s Bay-based Mike Carthy, the Demon Barbers, another winner of the Radio 2 folk award for best live band, who teamed up with some of England’s most exciting young traditional dancers.

The line-up included a pair of morris dancers and a five-man rap team who pivot and somersault around the stage.