Get set for more open air events

Folk music festival Musicport at Scarborough headline act, Bellowhead, on stage at the  Open Air Theatre, on Sunday. Picture by Andrew Higgins  113267a  14/08/11
Folk music festival Musicport at Scarborough headline act, Bellowhead, on stage at the Open Air Theatre, on Sunday. Picture by Andrew Higgins 113267a 14/08/11

ORGANISERS behind this year’s Scarborough Fair weekend event are already planning for next year’s event

Hundreds of music fans enjoyed two days of entertainment at the Open Air Theatre – with pop and indie sounds marking the return of Beached on Saturday and a selection of folk and world music at Musicport on Sunday.

Folk music festival Musicport at Scarborough headline act, Bellowhead, on stage at the  Open Air Theatre, on Sunday. Picture by Andrew Higgins  113267d  14/08/11

Folk music festival Musicport at Scarborough headline act, Bellowhead, on stage at the Open Air Theatre, on Sunday. Picture by Andrew Higgins 113267d 14/08/11

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

Beached organiser Mike Lynskey said that despite the change of venue and fans having to pay for tickets this year, it still retained the same atmosphere.

He added: “The show was brilliant but we were disappointed with the numbers – people didn’t support it. It felt just like it used to be. Why people didn’t support it I don’t know.”

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

Folk music festival Musicport at Scarborough headline act, Bellowhead, on stage at the  Open Air Theatre, on Sunday. Picture by Andrew Higgins  113267b  14/08/11

Folk music festival Musicport at Scarborough headline act, Bellowhead, on stage at the Open Air Theatre, on Sunday. Picture by Andrew Higgins 113267b 14/08/11

Tony Viney, from promoters Entourage Global, said that word was spreading throughout the industry that Scarborough had a big arena. He said: “We’ve got bands approaching us now and we are getting emails from A-list bands.”

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.

Musicport organiser Jim McLaughlin said they had learned a few lessons which would be put into practice at next year’s event. He said: “It was really successful in terms of the acts we had, the production and the weather which was quite good – by the time Bellowhead came on it was clear skies.”

He said they also could have done with more support in terms of ticket sales and there would be a review of how it could be improved for next year.

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