Big Names in for Pocklington’s Platform Festival 2020
Some huge names have been announced for this summer’s Platform Festival at Pocklington Arts Centre.
Held in the town’s historic Old Station, Platform Festival will be graced by legendary singer-songwriter Robert Plant and his latest musical collaboration. Saving Grace, featuring the former Led Zeppelin lead singer also features Suzi Dian. And they’ll be taking to the Platform stage on Friday 10th July. In a major coup for the award winning festival, Plant is regarded as one of the greatest vocalists of all time.
Supporting Saving Grace will be Catfish Keith, a cutting-edge blues singer, songwriter and bottleneck slide guitarist. Catfish has established himself as one of the most exciting country blues performers of our time, his innovative style of foot-stomping, deep delta blues and American roots music has spellbound audiences the world over.
Platform Festival’s delighted director, Janet Farmer, said: “It is PAC’s 20th anniversary. And this year’s Platform Festival programme reflects this very special year. Robert Plant is a legendary name in the music scene and it is so exciting that he and the other highly accomplished musicians in Saving Grace will be joining us for such a significant event.”
“A show that carries a health warning!”
The festival will feature four stand alone events starting on Thursday 8th July with award-winning comedian Omid Djalili. Saving Grace ft Robert Plant and Suzi Dian play Friday 10th July. And following them are the eighteen piece BBC Big Band on Tuesday 14th July. Legendary guitarist and founding member of Fairport Convention, Richard Thompson closes the festival on Wednesday 15th July.
Saturday 10th July will be good day. A day long festival across three stages featuring Rick Witter & Paul Banks – Shed Seven Acoustic. They’ll be performing all of their classic anthems such as ‘Going for Gold’, ‘Chasing Rainbows’ and ‘Getting Better’; plus songs from their acclaimed latest album, Instant Pleasures.
The Red Hot Chilli Pipers, the most famous bagpipe band in the world, bring their groundbreaking fusion of traditional Scottish music and rock/pop anthems to the main stage. Think men in kilts, bagpipes with attitude, drums with a Scottish accent and a show that carries its own health warning! Country sensations Ward Thomas return to Platform, and Lucy Spraggan makes her long awaited Platform debut.
“Palpable dose of soul”
Festival favorites The Grand Old Uke of York make a welcome return. They’ll be playing upbeat rock, pop, ska and anything in-between with big bass riffs. And nothing kicks a party into gear like the sound of a smokin’ New Orleans Mardi Gras Jazz Band!
Truckstop Honeymoon holler with all their hearts over a five string banjo and a doghouse bass. Expect bluegrass, punk-rock and a palpable dose of soul from this husband and wife duo. And there’s lots more on the bill too.
The 5th Platform Festival will be held from 9th-15th July in The Old Station, Pocklington. It’s organised by Pocklington Arts Centre.
Tickets are on sale via www.platformfestival.com or call the box office on (01759) 301547