Big range of musical talent on show at Scarboro’s Big Night Out

The Brid Bash .Marcus Collins sings.Picture Richard Ponter 123160p
The Brid Bash .Marcus Collins sings.Picture Richard Ponter 123160p

Organisers are gearing up for an entertaining Big Night Out featuring new talent in Scarborough’s North Bay at an event this weekend.

Saturday’s Open Air Theatre concert will feature a range of stars from several popular national TV talent shows.

Earlier this month it was announced singer Marcus Collins would be headlining the Big Night Out event as a replacement for orginal bill topper Amelia Lily.

The line-up features stars from TV’s The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent and The Voice UK.

This latest event followed other musical events at the venue, organised by Scarborough Council, including shows by: Dionne Warwick, John Barrowman, Olly Murs, Russell Watson and JLS.

David Archer, the council’s strategic director, said: “We have been working extremely hard to put on quality acts at the Open Air Theatre this summer which will appeal to a wide audience.”

He added that he was pleased that organisers had been able to secure Marcus Collins as the replacement headliner. He said: “He’s a tremendous singer and songwriter who’s brimming with energy and talent.

“It’s great we have been able to add even more talented acts to this summer’s line-up from some of the most watched television shows in the last 12 months and who, if past experience is anything to go by, could very well follow in the footsteps of Olly Murs and JLS.”

Marcus Collins, 24, was mentored by Gary Barlow OBE during his rise to fame and his debut album, Marcus Collins, went straight into the top 10 of the UK album chart earlier this year. It included singles, Mercy and Seven Nation Army – a cover of The White Stripes’ hit which also became his first top 10 UK single.

Since the announcement of the event a total of 2,500 tickets for the best seats were available locally though the Escape to the Sands offices in Scarborough’s North Bay.

Janet Deacon, an area director with Welcome to Yorkshire which is supporting the Open Air Theatre, said: “It’s fantastic to see some of the most recognisable television talent contestants in the country brought together for this one-off show.”

She added the range of modern acts included in Big Night Out would appeal to a huge variety of people – including families who just a few months ago may have sat together to watch them on TV.

The rest of Saturday’s line-up of stars includes The Risk, Loveable Rogues, The Mend, Scarborough’s very own Dalek impersonator Martyn Crofts, Jaz Ellington and Max Milner.

It will also feature the voiceover talents of TV’s Peter Dickson.

The Open Air Theatre underwent a £3.5 million renovation and was reopened by The Queen and Prince Philip in May 2010.

It was originally opened by the Lord Mayor of London in 1932 and was the largest open air theatre in Europe since antiquity.

During its heyday it was used for spectacular theatrical shows and It’s A Knockout events.

Since reopening stars appearing at the venue have included: opera superstars Dame Kiri te Kanawa and Jose Carreras, Sir Elton John and NDubz.