Everybody in love with JLS as group wow fans

Jls play the Open Air Theatre.Picture Richard Ponter .123430a
Jls play the Open Air Theatre.Picture Richard Ponter .123430a
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Even the bank holiday rain couldn’t dampen the mood at the Open Air Theatre tonight, as platinum-selling boy band JLS brought their tour to Scarborough.

It was standing room only when the Brit Award winners took to the stage at around 8.30pm on Saturday, opening the show with chart-topping single ‘The Club is Alive’, before playing for around 80 minutes to the near-sell out crowd.

Jls play the Open Air Theatre.Jls fans show their dedication.Picture Richard Ponter .123430g

Jls play the Open Air Theatre.Jls fans show their dedication.Picture Richard Ponter .123430g

And everybody was in love with the four-piece, as they tore through a hit-filled setlist that had the crowd in raptures.

The heavy showers that had threatened to appear all day finally did so just before the band arrived on stage, but the group still seemed to enjoy the show.

They even quipped that the band name could stand for “Just love Scarborough”, a statement which drew huge screams from the largely female audience.

It was the last major gig at the multi-million pound venue this summer, a season which has seen the likes of Olly Murs, Russell Watson and John Barrowman perform in the town.

Jls play the Open Air Theatre.Picture Richard Ponter .123430c

Jls play the Open Air Theatre.Picture Richard Ponter .123430c

But fans made sure the season ended with a bang, and the group had everybody on their feet for the full set.

Before the band came on stage, organisers requested that fans didn’t put up umbrellas during the show for health and safety reasons. However, the stand was illuminated by a sea of glowsticks and bright banners.

However, despite fans leaving with a smile on their faces, many bemoaned the absence of a roof at the amphitheatre.

39-year-old Nicole Clegg was taking her eight-year-old son Samuel to his first concert.

Jls play the Open Air Theatre.Fun in the rain.Picture Richard Ponter .123430n

Jls play the Open Air Theatre.Fun in the rain.Picture Richard Ponter .123430n

She said it was impressive that Scarborough Council had managed to attract arena-sized acts like JLS.

However, she added: “Something needs to be in place for when the weather is like this.

“They really should have put a roof up when it was built”, adding that the inclusion of a roof could possibly see it being turned into an all-year round venue.

Hannah Virden had travelled from Harrogate with her friend Becky for the show.

Jls play the Open Air Theatre.Picture Richard Ponter .123430e

Jls play the Open Air Theatre.Picture Richard Ponter .123430e

The 20-year-old echoed the comments about having a roof at the venue, and felt that the theatre should be promoted more across the region.

She said: “This is the first time that I’ve been here, and I’m really impressed with it - it’s great.

“But to be honest, I hadn’t heard of it before JLS, and they should promote it more around Yorkshire.”

Jill Summers was in a party of four that had travelled from Leeds for the show.

She also said that she didn’t know the venue existed before JLS, but vowed to return again.

And she also had praise for the staff at the venue, saying: “One of the people I’m with is in a wheelchair, and for some reason we were given tickets right at the back.

“But the staff have been incredible. They have went out of their way to sort it out for us, and really I couldn’t ask anymore of them. They have been out of this world, and I’ll be writing a letter of thanks first thing Monday.”

The fireworks at the end of the show brought the curtain down on what the council can surely consider a successful summer.

After an ongoing legal wrangle with promoters Apollo Leisure jeopardised the whole season, the acts the council eventually booked have, on the whole managed to pull in the punters.

Now the focus will shift to next summer, and trying to top this years lineup.

The Scarborough News understands that as many as 12 major acts could be booked at the venue, and concert goers were not short of suggestions as to who should be play.

Everybody from Jessie J and Rihanna to AC/DC and the Sex Pistols were mentioned by fans at JLS as dream bookings for 2013.

However, music lovers Jane and Peter Halder, from Cloughton, feel the public need to adapt a ‘use it or lose it’ mentality if the theatre is going to be a success.

This was the couples fifth show at the venue, and Jane said: “I just think it’s something to be proud of.

“When there’s something like this in Scarborough, something different, people should be trying to make the most of it, and I will be coming back next year, definitely.”

The 48-year-olds were taking their children Harriet and Edward to the concert, and Peter added: “There’s no reason why the council can’t get big names in next year, even bigger than this year.

“They can get who they like, it’s just a matter of making the right deal with the right people, and setting affordable ticket prices to get people to come along.”

Were you at the show? What did you make of it? Leave your thoughts and opinions below, and make sure to check the Scarborough News on Thursday for further coverage of the gig.