Hits and hops lined up for Scarborough Seafest

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

A fantastic line up of live music and craft ales awaits visitors to this year’s annual maritime festival in Scarborough South Bay from Friday 20 to Sunday 22 July.

Taking centre stage at the 20th edition of Seafest will be a huge music and beer marquee on West Pier, hosted by The Great Yorkshire Brewery, offering more than 35 locally sourced real ales, including old favourites and brand new beers from micro-brewers from around the region.

The brewery has been producing award winning ales for more than 25 years and this year has created an exclusive beer to celebrate Seafest’s special anniversary. The beer, called ‘Endeavour’ in a nod to the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s first expedition to the South Seas, is already a world record breaker, being made from 2018 different hops!

Highlights of the festival’s varied live music programme include Skandals, a good-time, high energy ska covers and originals band from Robin Hood's Bay, Scarborough and Whitby; Iricana Moonshine, a four piece Irish/Americana band described as a high speed high energy foot stomping band and Friday Street, a high-octane, four piece rock cover band from Scarborough, fresh off the main stage of this year’s Staxtonbury Festival and promising a powerful set of sing-along classics.

At 9.45pm on the evening of Saturday 21 July, there will be short break in the music programme for the spectacular Seafest fireworks display, before the headliners, South Yorkshire Indie rockers, The Reytons, take to the stage at 9.55pm. The success of the four piece band from Doncaster, comprising of Jonny Yerrell (Vocals), Joe O’Brien (Lead Guitar), Lee Holland (Bass Guitar) and Jamie Simpson (Drums), is down to their ability to write their own witty material, their stage presence and their ability to harness the powers of social media. In 2017, their first year of being together, their music videos, one of which features actor Bruce Jones (best known for playing Les Battersby, Coronation Street), gained more than 300,000 views. The band, which has been likened by some reviewers to the early sound of Arctic Monkeys, is set to take the Seafest audience by storm.

The weekend’s music programme in full is:

Friday 20 July

7.00pm         Lewis Marrow
7.50pm         Low Focus
8.50pm         Northern Riots
10.00pm       Skandals

Saturday 21 July

11.00am       Clarity
11.40am       Edd Edmonds
12.20pm       James Brown
1.00pm         Max Kynman
1.50pm         The Railroad Hobos
3.00pm         Billy Nielsen
4.00pm         The JukeTones
5.10pm         Dori Pils
6.10pm         Rockin' Hillbilly Blues Band
7.20pm         Iricana Moonshine
8.30pm         Friday Street
9.55pm         The Reytons

Sunday 22 July

12.00pm       Hyperbright
12.55pm       Arizona Tides
1.50pm         Charlie Swainston
2.45pm         Lottie Holmes & The Sad Boys Club
3.50pm         Dirty Beach

Janet Jefferson, Chairman of the Seafest Committee said:

"West Pier will be the place to be during Seafest to soak up the festival atmosphere, sample the very best craft ales and locally produced food and be entertained by fantastic musical talent from across Yorkshire. We can’t wait to celebrate our 20th anniversary and we look forward to welcoming all Seafest fans for what is set to be a wonderful weekend of maritime fun for all the family."

Picture of The Reytons - headline act at Seafest on Saturday 21 July