Launch of The Big Bike Beat Band

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Following on from the success of Scarborough's artwork project for the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire (The Gigantic Jersey), Scarborough Borough Council has commissioned Animated Objects Theatre Company to create another large scale piece of art for this year's race, which will be visually stunning and celebrate the community pride and passion associated with the Tour de Yorkshire.

The Big Bike Beat Band is a giant bike shaped structure accompanied by a team of lively drummers that work with audience members, encouraging them to play along in front of the race day crowds.

The Big Bike Beat Band, which will measure 10 metres wide by 3.5 metres tall, plus supporting structure, will be installed on the hillside overlooking the Tour de Yorkshire Stage Three finish line in Scarborough’s North Bay in time for Saturday 5 May.

Between 24 April and  4 May, the Big Bike Beat Band will tour schools and community locations in Scarborough, Filey and the North York Moors National Park, giving people the chance to interact with and 'play' the sculpture whilst at the same time learning about the event, the health benefits of cycling and information surrounding the Yorkshire Bank Bike Library scheme.

Janet Deacon, Tourism and Corporate Marketing Manager for Scarborough Borough Council and Area Director for Welcome to Yorkshire said:

"We are delighted to be working with Animated Objects Theatre Company once again on the development of this large scale community project. The aim of the project is to engage with as many residents and community groups as possible on the run up to the event not only to create awareness of the event itself but more importantly to bring people together and raise awareness of the health benefits of cycling. The sculpture when in situ on the day will really add to the atmosphere and provide a great spectacle at the finish line."

Lee and Dawn of Animated Objects Theatre Company said:

"It is great to be working with Scarborough Borough Council to deliver an exciting large scale visual and musical element to the race finish this year in the town. There’s already been great interest from schools and local communities in the Big Bike Beat Band, and we’ll be bringing different elements of the experience to thousands of people across the borough in the lead up to the race. We’re really excited to be involved in the event and looking forward to getting the local community involved in the celebratory atmosphere of the Tour de Yorkshire."