Busted set to rock Scarborough's Open Air Theatre

Pop punk chart toppers and Brit Award winners Busted are the latest act to be announced for Scarborough's Open Air Theatre this summer.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 25th April 2016, 9:49 am
Updated Monday, 25th April 2016, 10:53 am
Busted play in Scarborough in September
Busted play in Scarborough in September

The band – which has reformed to the delight of its army of devoted fans – will play the venue on Friday September 2.

Busted enjoyed huge success a decade ago. The Essex boys’ whirlwind career spawned eight top three singles including Year 3000, Crashed the Wedding and Thunderbirds, four number ones, two platinum-selling albums and two Brit Awards.

They split in 2005 when Charlie Simpson left to focus on his alternative rock band Fightstar. Now all three members – Simpson, James Bourne and Matt Willis – are back with a bang.

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Busted’s Scarborough gig is being organised by promoters Cuffe and Taylor. Director Peter Taylor said: “This is major news for Busted fans everywhere – the boys are back and they are playing the Yorkshire coast this summer!

“They are one of the most successful pop groups Britain has produced in the last 20 years. There was an amazing reaction to the news they were reforming and we expect this to be a cracking night in Scarborough.

“Having promoted McBusted gigs in the last few years we know what high energy shows they were so we cannot wait to see the original Busted line-up on stage and doing what they do best – rocking the crowd!”

Formed in 2000, Busted released two studio albums, Busted (2002) and A Present for Everyone (2003), one compilation album and one live album.

After the split, Willis and Bourne toured together with McFly as the supergroup McBusted in 2014 and 2015, which included a gig at Scarborough OAT.

In November, it was revealed Busted were back after a number of successful writing sessions involving Matt, Charlie and James. A third studio album will be released later in 2016.

Matt Willis said: “For me, there’s a huge sense of unfinished business. I think I always thought in my heart we’d do Busted again, but that it was just a matter of when and how.”

Charlie Simpson said: “Being in Busted was brilliant, and before I got bogged down with the stuff that in the end drove me crazy, it was amazing. The three of us never fell out. So I feel like I can come back and do this and have fun with it.”

And James Bourne added: “We’ve done this crazy, exciting, adventurous, scenic route back to being Busted. And now we’re here, we’re all super-re-energised.”

Tickets for Busted at Scarborough OAT are priced from £35 and go on sale at 9am Friday April 29 from www.scarboroughopenairtheatre.com or in person from the Scarborough Open Air Theatre Box Office. Tickets are also available from www.ticketmaster.co.uk