Keane to play Scarborough Open Air Theatre - here's how to get tickets

The latest act to headline Scarborough Open Air Theatre has been revealed.

Monday, 27th January 2020, 8:06 am
Updated Monday, 27th January 2020, 8:09 am

Keane – one of Britain’s most successful bands of the last 20 years – are back and heading to the venue this summer.

The East Sussex chart-toppers delighted their fans last year by returning from a six-year hiatus with new album Cause and Effect.

Keane have today confirmed they will play a massive headline gig at Scarborough Open Air Theatre – the UK’s largest open air arena – on Friday July 17.

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Keane. Picture from Cuffe and Taylor

Before pausing in 2013, Keane had sold 13 million records worldwide, released four Number One studio albums, won two BRIT awards and an Ivor Novello award.

Their 2004 debut album Hopes and Fears, featured their classic singles Somewhere Only We Know, Everybody's Changing, This Is The Last Time and Bedshaped.

It is ranked among the UK’s 40 best-selling albums of all time.

Cause and Effect – which includes the singles The Way I Feel, Love Too Much and Stupid Things – was produced by David Kosten and the Keane themselves, and is the sound of a band rejuvenated.

Made up of singer Tom Chaplin, pianist and singer Tim Rice-Oxley, bassist Jesse Quin and drummer Richard Hughes, the band was reborn after hearing the songs Tim had been working on during the hiatus.

Tim said: “We’re not some heritage act. We’ve got a lot of great music in us.”

Together with Cause and Effect, which hit Number Two in the UK Album charts, Keane also returned to the stage last summer with a string of brilliant live shows including two nights at The Royal Albert Hall.

Keane’s appearance at Scarborough OAT is presented by promoters Cuffe and Taylor.

Director Peter Taylor said: “As soon as Keane announced last year they were back and ready to take to the stage again we knew we had to bring them to Scarborough OAT.

“This special arena was created for artists like Keane. Their songs are beautiful, anthemic, the soundtrack to many people’s lives over the last 20 years, and I’m sure their army of fans cannot wait to see these songs played live here… I know I certainly can’t!

“Keane are an incredible live band and this is unquestionably going to be one of the gigs of the summer.”

How to get tickets

Tickets for Keane at Scarborough Open Air Theatre go on general sale at 9am on Friday January 31 via

They can also be purchased, in person, from Scarborough Open Air Theatre Box Office (01723 818111) and the Discover Yorkshire Coast Tourism Bureau (01723 383636).