Coastival 2009

Yorkshire Goes to the Seaside.

The region's brightest and most creative talent converged on Scarborough for Valentine's Day weekend in February 2009.

Top international rock group Feeder were the headline act at Coastival 2009, a mouth-watering new Yorkshire coast event featuring music, comedy, theatre, film, dance and spoken word. Coastival 2009 – Yorkshire goes to the Seaside! had 96 events, many of them free, across 30 varied venues during three days (13th to 15th February). It included Roller Coastival, a series of events, activities and workshops to kick off the half-term holiday for children.

Musical highlights of Coastival included a Valentine’s Day jazz line-up on 14th February at Scarborough Spa including the Julia Wray Quartet, Snake Davis, Helen Watson, Bourbon Y Tequila and Clare Teal.

Sunday the 15th saw a mini world music festival, also at the Spa, featuring Baka Beyond, Samay and the Hassan Erraji Trio.

The Spa was also the venue for the Acoustic lounge during the weekend, where musicians including Chris Helme, Carl Woodford, Jon Gomm and Edwina Hayes performed.

Scarborough’s Royal Hotel hosted a weekend of Coastival music.

Coastival also featured dance, including a performance by HALO, comedy, featuring John Shuttleworth, films with a music and Yorkshire theme in the Spa Theatre and a host of exhibitions and art installations featuring paintings, sculpture, photography and other varied works around town.

Lovers of the spoken word enjoyed an evening of poetry and intrigue with Sophie Hannah.

Theatre was catered for via Third Angel’s performance, Class of ’76, alongside a series of performance workshops.

Coastival kicked off with a lantern parade setting off from the Rotunda in Scarborough at 5pm on Friday 13th February and wound its way down to the Spa. Then a free concert, ‘Scarborough’s Finest’, was held at the Spa Theatre at 6.30pm featuring local opera singer Victoria Wright, Scarborough Symphony Orchestra and Julie Hatton School of Dance.

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