Saturdays rock theatre - but crowd stay away

The Saturdays come to Scarboroughs Open Air Theatre,. .Picture Richard Ponter 133433c
The Saturdays come to Scarboroughs Open Air Theatre,. .Picture Richard Ponter 133433c
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Girl group The Saturdays have played a hit-packed headline set at Scarborough’s Open Air Theatre.

However, despite a bill that featured chart-topper Connor Maynard, the venue was largely empty, as another show at the multi-million pound venue failed to sell out.

The Saturdays come to Scarboroughs Open Air Theatre,the crowd.Picture Richard Ponter 133433h

The Saturdays come to Scarboroughs Open Air Theatre,the crowd.Picture Richard Ponter 133433h

However, for those who had ventured out for the show, they were greeted with a sparkling set from the makeshift four-piece, who were without member Frankie Sandford.

And halfway through the set, the group essentially became a trio, when member Mollie King lost her voice.

It was the seventh gig of the venues summer season, and although it may ultimately be remembered for the disappointing number of empty seats, for those in attendance, they feel the venue has to be given time to succeed.

“More people need to support it, it’s such a really good thing for Scarborough,” said 25-year-old Lucy Francis.

“It’s a case of using it, or otherwise we are going to lose it.”

Her comments were echoed by Whitby man Rob Parkin.

He said: “I’ve been here three times now, and it’s just good that we are getting big acts on the doorstep so that you don’t have to travel to Sheffield or Newcastle.”

The final show of the season will take place next Friday, when pop-rock trio McFly bring the curtain down on the venue for the year.

Scarborough Council is then expected to go back to the drawing board to look at booking the line-up for next year.

And fan Gemma Coopland said the venue could and should be a success - but organisers may need to bringing variety to the bill if the venue is to succeed

“I like it, it’s a great venue - but it doesn’t just have to have music on.”

See our website over the weekend for our video interview with Connor Maynard.