First details of Coastival 2015

Smoove and Turrell
Smoove and Turrell

First details of the next Scarborough Coastival have been unveiled – including its theme Bck in Time celebrating the town’s musical heritage.

The arts festival will see 54 events – 50 of them free - will staged across February 13 and February 14.

Its centrepiece will be Reverberation with both live and DJ music, as well as an exhibition of memorabilia at the Spa on the Friday.

Timeless, a return for some of Coastival’s favourite musicians, will be held on the Saturday.

During the rest of the festival there will be a mix of music, dance, visual arts, exhibitions and activities for children and young people n Rollercoastival.

Last month Coastival announced that it had secured Arts Council funding to stage Coastival in 2016. In keeping with tradition, Coastival 2015 will be a ‘mini’ Coastival and the full three-day event will return in 2016.

Coastival’s organiser is Scarborough-based arts development agency Create. Its director Wendy Holroyd said: “Scarborough has a very rich musical heritage, with venues like the Penthouse, the Stage Door, the Talbot and LT’s, as well as the Futurist, holding a special place in the hearts of local music lovers.

“We wanted the next Coastival to celebrate that history, while at the same time introducing new features which will keep the festival fresh and moving forward.”

Among the acts appearing are Smoove and Turrell, Nubiyan Twist and The Wonderful Sound of the Cinema Organ.

Plans for Coastival have received a boost thanks to a new, closer tie-up with Scarborough Spa and its management company Sheffield International Venues.

Spa manager Jo Ager said: “Coastival has become a very popular fixture in the Scarborough arts scene and we look forward to building on the existing relationship we have with Create for the future success of this wonderful event.”