Lightning strikes once as festival organisers line up Britpop stars

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Organisers of Scarborough’s Acoustic Gathering have revealed their delight at securing Britpop stars The Lightning Seeds for the annual event.

The band, who have had a string of top 20 hits to their name such as the classic England Euro ‘96 theme song Three Lions, are the headline attraction at the Peasholm Park bandstand in an evening performance on Saturday September 8.

They will be joined on the bill by special guests including former Seahorses frontman Chris Helme and local favourites Mark Stanley and The Field Notes.

A spokesman said: “We intend to close the 100th anniversary celebrations of Peasholm Park with a show that people will never forget.

“We’re really pleased that The Lightning Seeds have chosen us for a rare acoustic performance. This is going to work superbly with our Sunday headliner, 3 Daft Monkeys and all the other artists we’ve got booked.”

Budget cuts threatened to put a halt to the festival, which has relied on council funding, and for the first time an entrance fee will be charged - £15 for Saturday and £5 for Sunday, although under 12s will be allowed in free on the Sunday.

The organisers decided to put on the Saturday Spectacular event in order to subsidise the ticket price of the Sunday event, which will be similar in style to previous Acoustic Gatherings.

The team have been working flat out behind the scenes to make sure this year’s event goes ahead, following the perfect storm of funding crises, licensing issues and the extra conditions demanded by the Police for this year’s event.

“The groundwork is being laid for all the future events we’re involved in, this has been a stressful but exciting time for us,” the spokesman added.

Steve Dickinson, from the management team, said: “It’s a real privilege to be able to put on events in such a stunning location but it’s also a massive responsibility to get it right.

“We see it as the whole town getting advertised and that just raises the bar for us to ensure that everything is done properly.”

Tickets can be purchased online at www.acousticgathering.co.uk or in person from Mojo’s Music Café in Victoria Road from 10am on Tuesday.

The Acoustic Gathering festival has been a free event in Peasholm Park, typically hosted on the second Sunday in September to mark the end of the summer season.

Since 2006 when the first event took place, the main focus of the event has been to showcase local musicians alongside nationally and internationally renowned artists.

In previous years it has also hosted a community market, a platform for bringing together local businesses and organisations as well as providing free entertainment for children such as soft-play and face painting.

It is run with full co-operation from Scarborough Council