Rockers announced for Open Air Theatre

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Rock legends Status Quo have been announced as the first act in next summer’s line up at the Scarborough Open Air Theatre.

The iconic five-piece will play the multi-million pound venue on Saturday July 27, and have promised a hit filled set spanning their 50-year career.

The announcement could be one of two made before Christmas by organiser Scarborough Council, after Cllr David Chance told The Scarborough News that he was hoping to have two major acts announced by then.

And speaking of the booking, Cllr Chance, Scarborough Borough Council Cabinet Member for tourism and culture said: “It’s fantastic that Scarborough has been able to attract such an iconic name like Status Quo.

“The band has a very strong fan base with widespread appeal, and with the added bonus of the very special atmosphere offered by the Open Air Theatre, the audience will have an unforgettable night.

Cllr Chance had said that he had hoped to get the first acts announced this week, to capitalise on Christmas ticket sales.

He added: “We are really pleased that we have been able to announce the first act for next summer’s line up before Christmas.

“By continuing with the same management set up we established earlier this year, we’ve been able to negotiate with artists’ agents much earlier.

“We are currently in discussions with a number of other artists and we hope to be able to announce more acts in the very near future.”

Tickets for the event, which are priced at £35, will go on sale in person at The Sands offices, from 9am on Saturday, giving local residents the chance to buy tickets before general sale release.

The seats reserved for local sale in the initial pre release allocation are all in the white centre block and red block of the theatre.

Music fans in Scarborough have said that they feel the show will be a hit – regardless of their taste.

Student James Fraser, 22, said: “ I wouldn’t go to see them, but I think it may sell out with some of the older people.”

John Fowden from Prospect Mount added: “I think that it’s an excellent booking, as they have a big fan base, and it will be really good for Scarborough, even though personally I don’t like them.”

Tickets will also be available from Tourist Information Centres in Filey, Scarborough and Whitby.

A £2 booking fee per ticket sold will apply.