Scarborough Open Air Theatre celebrates a century of major live music shows this week as the UK’s largest purpose-built outdoor concert arena plays host to three massive gigs.

Manchester greats Courteeners take to the stage on Wednesday night for what will be the 100th headline show at the Yorkshire coast venue since it re-opened to the public in 2010.

24 hours later, on Thursday night, it will be the turn of fellow Mancunian greats James to headline before chart-toppers Snow Patrol complete a week to remember on Friday.

Final tickets for all three shows are available from www.scarboroughopenairtheatre.com

More than 450,000 people have attended a concert at Scarborough OAT since Her Majesty The Queen re-opened the refurbished Scarborough Borough Council-owned arena 11 years ago.

Headliners to grace the historic stage in the last few years include world-wide superstars and music legends such as Britney Spears, Lionel Richie, Elton John, Tom Jones, Kylie Minogue, Noel Gallagher, Dionne Warwick, The Beach Boys, Nile Rodgers and CHIC plus many more (see full line up below).

This year’s star-studded season – which comes to a close next week with a sell-out show from pop legends Duran Duran – has been a welcome return for a venue cherished by both locals and music fans from across the UK.

Cllr Jim Grieve, Scarborough Borough Council’s cabinet member for quality of life, said: “Since reopening in 2010, Scarborough Open Air Theatre has established itself as the borough’s premier outdoor live music venue.

“Working with our partners we’ve brought some of the biggest names in the music industry to the Yorkshire coast. This has boosted the area’s reputation for high quality events and contributed millions of pounds to the local economy.

“As we reach the milestone of 100 shows at the theatre this week, we look forward to many more years of fantastic events to come.”

Live music is programmed at Scarborough OAT by promoters Cuffe and Taylor, who are part of Live Nation and have a 10-year contract to deliver headline shows at the venue, which now boasts a capacity of 8,000.

Venue programmer Peter Taylor said: “What a week we have in store here at Scarborough Open Air Theatre. Courteeners, James and Snow Patrol are three of the biggest names in British indie rock and to bring all three here in the same week is just fantastic. This really is going to be a week to remember.

“Cuffe and Taylor is so proud to have programmed live music at this wonderful venue since 2016, in which time we have brought many world-famous music icons to the Yorkshire coast. We absolutely love it and we cannot wait to add to the century of big-name headliners in the years to come. Watch this space!”

Shows at Scarborough OAT attract thousands of visitors to the Yorkshire coast each summer and have created an estimated benefit to the borough of more than £25m in the last decade. 

Cuffe and Taylor work hand-in-hand with the dedicated council-led team at Scarborough OAT. 

Stuart Clark, Scarborough OAT venue manager, has worked on more than 90 of the 100 headline shows since 2010. He said: “It’s a brilliant venue – a real jewel in the Yorkshire coast’s crown. You only have to look at the calibre of artists who come here regularly to realise how well thought of Scarborough OAT is. 

“It’s such a team effort to put these shows on and I cannot thank the incredible team here at the venue and Cuffe and Taylor enough. But above all we’d all like to thank the people of the borough and the Yorkshire coast for their incredible support of the venue down the years – and here’s to many more brilliant nights at the OAT!”  

For tickets and information about events at Scarborough Open Air Theatre visit  www.scarboroughopenairtheatre.com or call the venue box office on (01723 818111).


1 Gala Opening 23/07/2010
2 80’s Rewind 2010 31/07/2010
3 The Doves 07/08/2010
4 N Dubz 05/06/2011
5 Elton John 21/06/2011
6 Musicport 14/08/2011
7 Last Night of the Proms 28/08/2011
8 80’s Rewind 2011 02/09/2011
9 Dionne Warwick 06/06/2012
10 John Barrowman 21/06/2012
11 Olly Murs 15/07/2012
12 Russell Watson 04/08/2012
13 Big Night Out 18/08/2012
14 JLS 25/08/2012
15 Olly Murs 06/06/2013
16 The Wanted 14/06/2013
17 Happy Mondays 22/06/2013
18 Leona Lewis 12/07/2013
19 Status Quo 27/07/2013
20 Katherine Jenkins 03/08/2013
21 The Saturdays 23/08/2013
22 McFly 30/08/2013
23 Jessie J 25/06/2014
24 McBusted 27/06/2014
25 Last Night Of The Proms 28/06/2014
26 Status Quo 12/07/2014
27 Boyzone 26/07/2014
28 Little Mix 27/07/2014
29 Legends Of Pop 2014 02/08/2014
30 Union J 23/08/2014
31 James 22/05/2015
32 Boyzone 13/06/2015
33 Last Night Of The Proms with Alfie Boe 27/06/2015
34 The Vamps 27/06/2015
35 Jessie J 10/07/2015
36 Elaine Paige and The Royal Phil Orchestra 11/07/2015
37 McBusted 18/07/2015
38 Tom Jones 29/07/2015
39 Legends of Pop 2015 01/08/2015
40 UB40 14/08/2015
41 Scouting for Girls 30/08/2015
42 Will Young 30/06/2016
43 Status Quo 09/07/2016
44 James Bay 12/07/2016
45 Wet Wet Wet 30/07/2016
46 Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 03/08/2016
47 Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott 05/08/2016
48 Legends of Pop 2016 06/08/2016
49 Bryan Adams 08/08/2016
50 Simply Red 12/08/2016
51 Busted 02/09/2016
52 The Beach Boys 24/05/2017
53 Kaiser Chiefs 27/05/2017
54 Charlatans 16/06/2017
55 The Jacksons 17/06/2017
56 Michael Ball and Alfie Boe 28/06/2017
57 Cliff Richard 29/06/2017
58 UB40 ft. Ali Campbell and Astro 30/06/2017
59 George Benson 01/07/2017
60 Tom Jones 02/07/2017
61 Little Mix 06/07/2017
62 Olly Murs 09/07/2017
63 Madness 03/08/2017
64 80s v 90s 05/08/2017
65 Jess Glynne 11/08/2017
66 Lionel Richie 19/06/2018
67 The Script 21/06/2018
68 Gary Barlow 22/06/2018
69 Nile Rodgers and CHIC 24/06/2018
70 Steps 29/06/2018
71 Alfie Boe 30/06/2018
72 Emeli Sande 05/07/2018
73 Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 06/07/2018
74 Stereophonics 19/07/2018
75 Pete Tong Ibiza Classics 20/07/2018
76 Il Divo 21/07/2018
77 James Arthur 26/07/2018
78 Bastille 28/07/2018
79 Texas 11/08/2018
80 Britney Spears 17/08/2018
81 James 18/08/2018
82 Hacienda Classical 08/06/2019
83 Biffy Clyro 14/06/2019
84 Cliff Richard 26/06/2019
85 Years and Years 18/07/2019
86 Madness 19/07/2019
87 Lewis Capaldi 20/07/2019
88 Jess Glynne 21/07/2019
89 Kylie Minogue 01/08/2019
90 Lewis Capaldi 30/08/2019
91 Queen Machine 31/08/2019
92 Stereophonics 28/07/2021
93 Kaiser Chiefs 08/08/2021
94 Culture Club 14/08/2021
95 Nile Rodgers & CHIC 20/08/2021
96 Keane 21/08/2021
97 Olly Murs 27/08/2021
98 UB40 ft. Ali Campbell and Astro 28/08/2021
99 Anne-Marie 29/08/2021
100 Courteeners 08/09/2021
101 James 09/09/2021
102 Snow Patrol 10/09/2021
103 Duran Duran 17/09/2021

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For ticketing issues please contact Ticketmaster Customer Services on help.ticketmaster.co.uk

For any other enquiries, visit our Information page

If you still can’t find the answer to your enquiry then you can contact us via hello@scarboroughopenairtheatre.com or on any social media platform

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Bags larger than an A4 piece of paper are not permitted. All bags are subject to a search so please avoid bringing one where you can as this would speed up your entry to the venue.  

To see our prohibited items, list please click HERE

We advise against bringing valuables to the event, however, if you choose to do so please keep them hidden from view where possible.

1 x sealed water bottle is permitted per person max 500ml

If you have a medical condition, then a doctor’s note will permit diet-specific food and drink only.

There are medical and welfare facilities available within the Open Air Theatre. Please ask a member of security to direct you to the facilities if required.

Please call 01723 818111.  After the 30 September each season any items not claimed will be disposed of or given to a local charity outlet.

You are permitted to bring required medication into Scarborough Open Air Theatre. Please bring a copy of your prescription or a doctor’s note. Please make sure you only bring enough for the duration of the concert and ensure you keep it safe with you at all times.

Umbrellas are not permitted as they obscure the view for others.

Any cameras that are deemed as “Professional” will not be permitted into the arena.

Non-Professional Recording Equipment (Point & Shoot Cameras, Flip Video Cameras, etc.)

Not Permitted:
Professional Recording (Photo, Video, Audio) Equipment (NO Detachable Zoom Lense, Tripods or Other Commercial Equipment) Selfie Sticks

The venue and surrounding areas are covered by CCTV.


Scarborough Open Air Theatrehas been working hard to ensure we offer an accessible and enjoyable experience for all of our customers. Please read the below information before purchasing your ticket(s).

We want Scarborough Open Air Theatre to be an event accessible for all. To ensure we have the correct level of facilities we ask customers to purchase the correct type of accessible ticket on Ticketmaster. The following options will be available:

  • Wheelchair Platform
  • Ambulant – An ambulant ticket is for customers who have a medical requirement for an essential companion to attend the Scarborough Open Air Theatre. 


Please note, should you require an interpreter for any concert please email your request to hello@scarboroughopenairtheatre.com

If you have any questions, please contact hello@scarboroughopenairtheatre.com

There is an option to select a companion ticket when you are purchasing an accessible ticket. Once you have selected a companion ticket, there will be an approval process. For the approval process, you will be contacted to provide supporting documentation for validation of your request.

Please check the terms and conditions for companion tickets to see what type of supporting documentation you can provide.

If your request for an essential companion ticket is not approved, the access team can advise on the procedure.

If you have selected a companion ticket, you will be contacted to provide one of the following forms of supporting documentation as evidence to grant a complimentary companion ticket.

Please visit Accepted Accessible Documentation for more information.

If you have any questions, please contact hello@scarboroughopenairtheatre.com

An ambulant ticket is for customers who have a medical requirement for an essential companion to attend the Scarborough Open Air Theatre.

For a fully seated show, an ambulant customer will be allocated an end of row seat on the floor seating.

For a standing show, an ambulant customer will be allocated a seat on the wheelchair platform.

There are two wheelchair viewing platforms at the OpenAir Theatre. The wheelchair platform is a raised platform located with prime view of the stage.

The toilets are easily accessible and are located at each end of the venue and close to the platforms.

The wheelchair viewing platforms has a limited capacity and is strictly for access customers plus 1 essential companion.  A member of staff is located on each platform to offer any help that may be needed.

If you are an accessible customer and require a car parking space, we would recommend parking in the Northstead Lower Car Park 

If the Northstead Lower Car Park is full, we recommend parking on Royal Albert Drive. The path from this car park to the theatre is flat which may be more suited to those in a wheelchair. It is approximately 10-15-minute walk to the Open Air Theatre from Royal Albert Drive and may not be suitable for ambulant customers. 

The car parking spaces are on a first come, first served basis, therefore it is recommended that you arrive early to ensure a parking space which is suitable for your needs.

Smoke machines, strobe lights, fireworks and other effects may be in use at this event. Anyone affected by these should bear this in mind.

You are permitted to bring required medication into Scarborough Open Air Theatre. Please bring a copy of your prescription or a doctor’s note. Please make sure you only bring enough for the duration of the concert and ensure you keep it safe with you at all times.

Assistant Dogs are permitted on site. If you require to bring a registered assistant dog, please email hello@scarboroughopenairtheatre.com

If you require a BSL interpreter at a concert at SOAT please email hello@scarboroughopenairtheatre.com

Please note that Scarborough Open Air Theatre accessible facilities cannot cater for people with temporary impairments such as broken bones, healing injuries and those who are pregnant.



The Open Air Theatre is situated on Burniston Road (A165) YO12 6PF

If you are driving to a concert there is ample parking in close proximity to the venue

  • Scalby Mills Car Park YO12 6RP – 180 Cars and 6 Coaches
  • Marine and Royal Albert Drive YO11 1PG – 794 cars
  • Northstead Upper YO12 6AQ – 556 cars
  • Northstead Lower YO12 6PF – 98    cars
  • Victoria Park YO12 7TS – 36 cars
  • William Street YO12 7PL – 110 cars and 33 coaches


In addition, there are a number of car parks located in the Town Centre within a 15-minute walk to the venue.


Please be considerate and do not park on grass verges, across driveways or where an obstruction may occur.

Traffic arriving from the North along the A165 from Whitby direction will be directed towards Northstead Upper Car Park.  On the A165 just after the junction with Cross Lane vehicles will be directed straight on.

Just before the former Burniston Road Car Park vehicles will be directed to take a right turn onto Weydale Avenue.

There will be a sign at the junction with Weydale Avenue directing vehicles to take a right turn onto Weydale Avenue then a left turn onto Ryndle Crescent. This then takes them to Northstead Upper Car Parks.

Any vehicles looking for parking nearer and going straight on ignoring these signs will be directed to take a right turn at the junction of Northstead Manor Drive and a right turn at the junction with Ryndle Crescent. This takes vehicles back to Northstead Upper Car Parks.

There are two Southern approaches one along Columbus Ravine and the other around the Marine and Royal Albert Drive.

Approaching from Columbus Ravine

Vehicles will be directed from the bottom part of Columbus Ravine take the first exit from the roundabout onto Burniston Road. Just after this point vehicles will be directed to take a left turn up Northstead Manor Drive and then a right turn onto Ryndle Crescent taking these vehicles to Northstead Upper Car Parks.

Approaching from Royal Albert Drive

From the Royal Albert Drive vehicle s will be directed to take the second exit from the roundabout on Burniston Road

Just after this point vehicles will be directed to take a left turn up Northstead Manor Drive and then a right turn onto Ryndle Crescent taking these vehicles to Northstead Upper Car Parks.

Official Taxi Ranks are located on Peasholm Gap when leaving the venue from the South Entrance

Buses to the South Bay and Town Centre also run after the shows from Peasholm Gap

As these are private operators there will be a charge for these services