Outdoor concerts at two North Yorkshire sites - acts and dates

With the easing of lockdown restrictions comes a new event and the chance to enjoy live outdoor concerts again.

By Sue Wilkinson
Wednesday, 22nd July 2020, 2:53 pm
Scampston Hall
Scampston Hall

Complying with Covid-19 guidelines, Sounds in the Grounds brings live music to the grounds of Scampston Hall near Scarborough and Ripley Castle near Harrogate – over August Bank Holiday weekend and the first weekend of September.

Audiences can come together and enjoy a line-up of bands from their own designated picnic patch - for two, four or six people - which will be socially distanced from others but close enough to share the fun.

In fully-staged productions with LED screens on either side of the stage, Sounds in the Grounds offers a choice of:

Beyond the Barricade - with special guest star Lockie Chapman, former lead singer of The Overtones - performing songs from the world’s greatest musicals- August 28 at Scampston Hall and September 4 at Ripley Castle.

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    ABBA MANIA with flares, platforms and all your favourite hits from the Swedish Supergroup are at August 29 at Scampston Hall and September 5 at Ripley Castle.

    The Bootleg Beatles, the world’s premier Beatles band and a Glastonbury favourite are Scampston Hall on August 30 and September 3 at Ripley Castle.

    A Country Night in Nashville, a celebration of country music with songs from its biggest stars both past and present on August 31 at Scampston Hall and September 6 at Ripley Castle.

    The support act to every concert will be another Glastonbury sensation - The New York Brass Band, performing a different repertoire every night, from jazz to 80s to current hits, kicking off an evening of superb live entertainment.

    Gates will open at 5pm; 4pm on Monday 31st August and Sunday 6th September giving visitors time to enjoy their picnic before The New York Brass Band starts at 6pm.

    Sounds in the Grounds concerts are designed to comply with all official guidance on Covid-19, ensuring audiences can enjoy live music outdoors in a safe and responsible way. The picnic patches will be defined by painted lines in the 1888-capacity grass arena within the grounds, with views of the stately home. They will be set out in alternating rows, of patches for two people, followed by a row of patches for four people, then for six people. The patches have been designed to be one metre apart within each row, with two-metre aisles between the rows.

    Organiser James Cundall said: “Sounds in the Grounds offers the opportunity to get together and enjoy a fun night of live music in a stunning setting in a socially distanced way. From ABBA to The Beatles and from the greatest musicals to Country and Western I hope we have something for everyone.”

    “Importantly it’s an opportunity for musicians to showcase their talent again after weeks of inactivity during lockdown.”

    “Visitors will need to bring their own chairs, and can bring a picnic, though we advise leaving tables at home for space reasons. There will be food and drink stalls at both concert venues, offering delicious options.”

    Tickets for the four different concerts are on sale now and from https://soundsinthegrounds.seetickets.com