The Wanted shake up Scarborough’s Open Air Theatre

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Thousands of fans braved the rain and flocked to Scarborough’s Open Air Theatre to see world-famous boy band The Wanted.

If there were a roof on the venue it would have been lifted off by the screams as Max George, Nathan Sykes, Tom Parker, Jay McGuiness and Siva Kaneswaran took to the stage.

The Wanted play Scarboroughs Open Air Theatre.Having fun before the gig.Picture Richard Ponter 132431h

The Wanted play Scarboroughs Open Air Theatre.Having fun before the gig.Picture Richard Ponter 132431h

The rain did little to dampen people’s spirits as the crowd sang along and danced under the clouds.

Speaking to The Scarborough News backstage, the band said they were excited about performing in Scarborough.

Jay said: “I came to Scarborough once for a geography field trip and I got an F. But I worked hard that year and it went up to a C - so thank you Scarborough!”

The band were impressed with the venue, with Max saying “we like it - it’s really cool.”

Nathan, who said they’d never played anywhere with a lake between them and the audience, added: “There’ll be no crowd surfing tonight - just surfing!”

Siva said he’d heard there were protected newts at the Open Air Theatre site, with Jay adding: “Make sure you don’t tread on any endangered newts!”

The Wanted were supported by chart favourites Amelia Lily and AME, plus newcomer and local lad Alan Lewis, 16, of Gristhorpe.

Singer songwriter Alan, who has been gaining a strong reputation from local performances, said when he was asked to support The Wanted, he was so shocked he couldn’t speak for about five minutes.

As he came offstage, he said: “When I got on stage my nerves just went. The crowd were brilliant. It was just overwhelming really.”

The teenager was congratulated on his set as he came offstage by Siva from The Wanted, who had been watching in the wings.

Alan said: “To have somebody of that calibre come up and say that was great. It meant a lot.”

For full coverage, a review and more pictures, see Thursday’s Scarborough News.