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Eclectic mix of musicians for Scarborough Seafest

2 pirates in a sailing ship costumeAn eclectic mix of musicians will provide the audio stimulation during this year’s Scarborough Seafest on the town’s West Pier.


They include Ishka, The Demimondaines and Alexander Christopher who will open the three-day festival on Friday 20 July as well as Raven, who will be making a welcome return to Seafest. They will be performing the headline set on the Saturday night before the Grand Firework Display.


The line-up of more than 20 acts has been brought together by the team behind Scarborough’s hugely successful Acoustic Gathering, which this year will feature The Lightning Seeds as well as 3 Daft Monkeys and more. Find all the relevant info at and on Facebook.


James Taylor, from Acoustic Gathering, said: “We’d like to thank all of the musicians who will be giving up their time to make this year's Seafest happen. We have brought together musicians from a variety of genres including folk, folk rock and world music – something to suit all tastes. I believe the groups and artistes we have lined up will complement the other elements of Seafest perfectly, especially as we'll be in with such a fantastic real ale bar!”


“It’s great to be involved and I hope that together with our partners, we can add new energy to the festival.”


Scarborough Seafest is supported by Welcome to Yorkshire and Scarborough Borough Council, and alongside the music, there will be a Great Yorkshire Brewery Real Ale Tent with around 40 beers and six ciders; a Seafest food theatre featuring cookery demonstrations by top chefs including Tom Rennolds and Catherine Hill; a Scarborough Seafest food trail taking in local cafes and restaurants; an exhibition marquee with around 40 art, craft and food stalls; a grand Saturday night fireworks display; a Seafest yacht race and a special Blessing of the Boats Sunday service.

Welcome to Yorkshire Area Director, Janet Deacon, said: “We’re delighted to have the Acoustic Gathering team and their expertise on board. They have pulled together a fantastic line-up of musicians who fit perfectly with the ethos of Seafest.


“And with more than 40 real ales and ciders being brought by The Great Yorkshire Brewery at Cropton and some incredible chefs again involved, I think we’re set for an amazing weekend which will not only appeal to veterans of Seafest, but to newcomers as well.”


Tasting notes … Programme of musical entertainment (subject to change)


Friday 20 July
21.30 - Ishka                                                  
20.00 - Demimondaines                                
19.00 - Alex Soper

Saturday 21 July
12.00 - SJT Funky Choir                               
12.30 - Miriam Forrester                                                        
13.00 - Dave Hutch                                                                           
13.30 - Joe Solo                                                                                             
14.00 - Ross Dransfield                                                         
14.30 - Dave Echevarria                               
15.00 - Grod Groddler                                               
15.30 - Ben Lane                                           
16.00 - Alice Kynman                                    
16.30 - Moonshine Saloon Stompers            

17.00 - 19.00 – Mister Jim's Open Mic – Arrive at 13.00 to sign up                      
19.00 - John Watton                          
20.00 - Seafret                                   
21.30 - Raven

Sunday 22 July
(12.00 - Seafest Sunday Service)                                     
13.00 - Jared Heelbeck                                 
13.30 - Ben Vickers               
14.00 - Behla Hutchinson                  
14.30 - Jez Echevarria                                              
15.00 - Nick Tudor                                         
15.45 – Tom Townsend

16.30 - Tom Watton


Seafest supporters

Seafest sponsors include The Great Yorkshire Brewery, The Red Lea Hotel and Deliciouslyorkshire. The Seafest Food Theatre is being supported by the Yorkshire Garlic Company which is providing all the vegetables for the chefs and set dressing for the kitchen area; Whitby Seafish who are providing the fish for the demonstrations and for Ready Steady Cook Off; Mothers Garden Priorat Olive Oil which is providing oil for the cookery demos; and Womersley Fruit and Herb Vinegars who are also providing ingredients for the chefs.
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