Six major Scarborough Open Air Theatre 2024 changes - including improved bars

Scarborough Open Air Theatre is set to return for the venue’s summer series with some major changes planned.

Status Quo is set to kick off the summer season on Sunday, June 2. The series will include headline shows from Sir Tom Jones, Jess Glynne, Paul Weller and Fatboy Slim among other big acts.

If you’d like to go to any of the events you can buy tickets by visiting Ticketmaster. As we’ve previously reported, organisers of the series, which includes 18 headline shows, believe the festivities will bring a £6m boost to the Scarborough economy.

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Ahead of the opening show from Status Quo, organisers have discussed new changes and improvements for the 2024 series which are hoping to further visitor enjoyment at Scarborough Open Air Theatre.

These include:

  • Filling in part of a lake and removing wooden decking at the north end of the venue

  • Three new 40ft long bars

  • Widening of the footpath to the venue’s north entrance

  • Replacement of seat bases

  • Improvements to backstage area

  • Improved signage throughout the venue

Peter Taylor, of venue promoters Cuffe and Taylor who have programmed live music at the venue since 2016, said: “We are well on track for this to be the biggest and best ever summer of live music here at this incredibly special venue.

“Our good friends Status Quo will deliver a great opening to our 2024 season and we really cannot wait to open the gates on Sunday and welcome people back. Alongside a great line up for 2024, audience members will notice a number of improvements to the venue and we would like to thank our partners at North Yorkshire Council for their continued investment and support.

“Not only do the shows see some of music’s biggest stars head to Scarborough, but they attract thousands of music fans to the Yorkshire coast, delivering a really important boost to the local visitor economy.”

More than 650,000 people have attended live shows at Scarborough OAT since it was refurbished and reopened to the public in 2010 as an event venue. Research shows, 60 per cent of people who attend shows at Scarborough OAT travel from outside the area, with many staying overnight locally, bringing a multi-million benefit to the local economy.

Who is playing at Scarborough Open Air Theatre this summer?

As we mentioned earlier, the TK MAXX Presents Scarborough Open Air Theatre summer 2024 programme will feature a host of music superstars.

Take a scroll below and see who is playing:

  • June 2 - Status Quo with support from The Alarm

  • June 15 - Jess Glynne with support from Issey Cross and The Mercians

  • June 18 - Simple Minds and Del Amitri

  • June 20 - Anne-Marie with support from Georgia

  • June 21 - Deacon Blue with support from The Lottery Winners

  • June 26 - Sir Tom Jones with support from Germein and Storry

  • June 29 - Johnny Marr and The Charlatans with support from Gaz Coombes

  • July 1 - Gregory Porter with support from JP Cooper

  • July 5 - Rick Astley with Support from The Lightning Seeds

  • July 6 - Fatboy Slim

  • July 7 - Paul Weller and Stone Foundation

  • July 11 - JLS with support from Lemar

  • July 12 - Madness and The Hoosiers

  • July 26 - James, Reverend and The Makers and Girlband

  • August 2 - Bill Bailey

  • August 8 - Korn, Wargasm and Loathe

  • August 29 - Becky Hill with support from Issey Cross

  • August 31 - Busted with support from Skinny Living and Soap

You can find all the key info you need about this summer's series here.

If you'd love to go to any of the shows above you can buy tickets through Ticketmaster.

You can find the latest event news in Yorkshire and nearby by visiting our What's On homepage. There you can also find days out guides for things to do across the region.

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