Happy Mondays gig coup at seaside resort

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LEGENDARY indie band Happy Mondays have announced they will play a gig in Scarborough this summer in the latest move to secure the future of one of the resort’s venues.

The veterans of the Manchester music scene will play Scarborough’s Open Air Theatre on June 22 and are the latest big-name act to have been unveiled to play the venue this year.

The announcement is the latest coup for the Open Air Theatre after grave doubts emerged over its operation last year. Scarborough Borough Council was forced to step in at the 11th hour when operators Apollo Leisure failed to announce its 2012 summer programme, leaving the authority with a matter of weeks to secure big name artists.

The council’s cabinet member for tourism and culture, Coun David Chance, maintained a gig by a major act such as Happy Mondays underlined the progress that had been made in ensuring the venue remains viable.

He said: “Happy Mondays is another major coup for the open air theatre. With millions of fans around the world, amassed over the last 30 years, the band will bring yet another dimension to this year’s varied line-up.”

Happy Mondays have reformed with the original line-up featuring singer Shaun Ryder and dancer Bez. The band announced in September last year that they are writing the first album with the original line-up in more than 20 years.

The Open Air Theatre’s programme includes performances from The Wanted on June 14, Leona Lewis on July 12, Status Quo on July 27 and McFly on August 30. Tickets for the Happy Mondays gig will be available a week today for local residents to buy tickets before being released on general sale.

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