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Of all the stars in folk music’s wondrous firmament few shine as brightly as Yorkshire’s Kate Rusby. A remarkable interpretive singer, Kate’s soulful vocals resonate with the wistful beauty of an earthbound angel. Inhabiting a lyric with unforced conviction – no matter how old or how modern – she has that rare ability to transport her audience, of touching them emotionally and making each tune live vividly within their experience and imagination. Audiences are sure to be thoroughly entertained by Kate’s choice of much-loved classics from her back catalogue stretching over her two decades of music making together with a selection of fresh new songs from her latest album Life in a Paper Boat. As ever, she will be joined on stage by the cream of British folk musicians who form her band (Damien O’Kane, Duncan Lyall, Nicke Cooke, Steve Byrnes). These virtuoso artists are sure to delight you with their exceptional talents. Please note this is an unallocated seated event, taking place at The Old Station, Pocklington.
Everybody’s favourite randomist is back. As always Ross has lots of stuff backing up in his head and it’s time to let it all out. Famed for his super quick freewheeling style and highly imaginative flights of fancy, a Ross Noble show is always an unmissable event.
Noble started in comedy 25 years ago, at the age of 15, and has established a loyal audience as one of the world’s best live stand-ups. Come and be part of this truly unique live experience. Join Ross as audience and performer come together for a massive Brain Dump.
The Levellers have long been and still are, widely acknowledged as one of the best live bands in the UK. But, often overlooked is their impressive back catalogue of recorded music, with the band selling more platinum, gold, and silver albums in the 1990s than any other act. 5 of their 6 Top 40 albums (which spawned 14 Top 40 singles including What A Beautiful Day and One Way), including the number 1 Zeitgeist, were recently re-released.
Emerging victorious through the ups and downs of label deals, the spats with the music press and the wear and tear of touring, The Levellers are still going strong after nearly 30 years in the game. Renowned for their energetic live show, longevity has not diminished the Levellers’ ability to put in a performance and get everyone dancing. Please note this is a standing event with a disabled viewing area (advance booking required).
Scottish born and Los Angeles based singer-songwriter KT first came to prominance following her acclaimed performance of Black Horse and the Cherry Tree on Later… with Jools Holland. Her debut album Eye to the Telescope, featuring the world-wide hit single ‘Suddenly I See’ was released in 2004 and soon after she won a BRIT Award, an Ivor Novello Award and earned Grammy and Mercury Prize nominations. In autumn 2016 KT released her new album ‘Kin’ which she sees in spirit as the follow-up to her classic debut.
Record breakers and chart toppers Ward Thomas return to Pocklington having sold-out PAC in a joint headline show with The Shires in 2014. 22 year old twins Catherine and Lizzy made history with their stunning major label debut album ‘Cartwheels’, when it reached the top spot in the U.K. Album charts, by becoming the first ever UK country act to achieve the feat. On top of that extraordinary achievement, the album stayed in the top five for three weeks: a rare accomplishment.
Revered singer-songwriter & guitarist Newton Faulkner first entered our world in 2007, when his debut album Hand Built By Robots topped the albums chart and was certified double platinum in the United Kingdom. It was promoted by three singles, “Dream Catch Me“, “I Need Something” and “Teardrop”. Faulkner’s second studio album, Rebuilt by Humans, was released in 2009 & charted at number 3 on the UK Albums Chart. He has released three further albums, toured extensively and gained an army of fans.
BENJAMIN FRANCIS LEFTWICH
Benjamin is a singer-songwriter whose melancholic brand of acoustic folk-pop has drawn comparisons with the likes of Jose Gonzalez and Iron & Wine. After recording his first EP, A Million Miles Out, he supported I Am Kloot and Fionn Regan on tour and attracted attention for his cover version of Arcade Fire’s “Rebellion” on Dermot O’Leary’s BBC Radio 2 show. In 2011, his first single, “Pictures“, taken from his second EP of the same name, was declared “The Hottest Record in the World Today” by influential R1 DJ Zane Lowe. In 2016, Leftwich delivered his acclaimed sophomore studio album, After the Rain, featuring the single “Tilikum”.
The renowned Bella Union (Home of Fleet Foxes, Beach House & more) label have recently signed Holly Macve, with her highly anticipated debut album ‘Golden Eagle‘ released in March. In only a short period of time she has supported Villagers & John Grant on their UK tours, performed at SXSW in Austin, recorded a BBC Radio 2 session & been compared to the likes of Lucinda Williams and Lana Del Rey.
Their music stems from a shared passion for songwriting and singing in harmony. Kieran Thorpe plays Fender Rhodes Keyboard, James Nicholls the Violin, Peter Seccombe the Guitar, Miles Stapleton the Drums and Robbie Thompson, Bass. The band draw influence from 60’s Rock n Roll, Folk, Blues and whatever else they’ve been listening to recently. Over the past six years the boys have shared highs and lows, personal space, and an ex-postal van across England, America and France. Most importantly they have shared their songs, with anyone willing to listen. Bob Harris, Steve Lamacq, Cerys Matthews, Janice Long and Dermot O’Leary have all been among them, and have in turn all played tracks from the first two albums on BBC Radio.
Progressive acoustic music at its finest, Stillhouse are a mandolin, guitar, double bass and vocal trio ensemble, presenting beautifully crafted original songs and meticulously arranged instrumental material with roots in bluegrass, jazz and folk. Jonny Neaves (guitar, vocals) and Polly Bolton (mandolin, vocals) have been playing together on and off for almost 10 years, but they only recently came together again for this collaboration after 3 years apart spent working on other projects. Matt Mefford (double bass) has roots in his hometown of Austin, Texas and spent the years before his move to the UK touring the States with bluegrass/jazz/folk quartet Milk Drive. After a jam together on a rainy Monday at the beginning of February, the three of them began collaborating to form what is now Stillhouse.
THE GRAND OLD UKE OF YORK
The Grand Old Uke of York are a collection of ukulele players with over 120 ukes between them! They keep themselves out of trouble by performing at a variety of events such festivals, weddings, community charity nights and have had the odd stint with professional TV productions launching the Tour de France in Yorkshire, TV adverts and even burlesque nights! GOUY stand out with their diverse range of members (aged 17 to 83), their trademark Yorkshire tweed outfits, and the way they build in over seven types of ukuleles into their stage show. They don’t like to make what they play too obvious a choice for a ukulele group!
After spending 2016 touring America and performing the feature song for 100 Streets, featuring Idris Elba, Beth is back at Platform Festival following her blistering set in 2015. With the release of her latest single “Pretty Lies” earlier this year, receiving stellar reviews from the likes of Bob Harris, 2017 looks like being Beth’s breakthrough year.
The Bramble Napskins are a carnivalesque cacophony of life and sound. They’ve thrown it all into the cauldron and what’s come out is a party they want everyone to attend. With saxophone, flute, clarinet, accordion, electric guitar, bass and drums, they’re an orchestra brimming with young, fierce energy, all underpinning the piercing soprano tones of the lead vocalist. You’ll hear contemporary klezmer anthems, roaring tales of Dickensian plight, melancholy musings and grooving folk jigs; epic pop ballads and Schubertesque love songs, scream inducing waltzes and virtuosic improvisations doffing the cap to influences from John Coltrane to Jimmy Page. A night with the Brambles is sure to get you laughing, crying, screaming and jiving and going to bed with a head full of new songs and an array of tired limbs to your name.
Complex and clear vocals play over rhythmic finger-picked guitar. Rachel’s songs are partly inspired by ethereal Celtic melodies and the thoughtful lyrics of storytelling songs, which narrate her experiences living and busking in York. She is influenced greatly by Eva Cassidy, Etta James, Joni Mitchell and Matt Corby.
Foreign Lives are an alternative rock band from York, their mix of melancholy guitar playing and poetic lyrics have won them many plaudits in their hometown. This includes BBC North Yorkshire DJ Jericho Keys who invited the band in for a live session and also selected their track ‘Ida at the Shore’ as his track of the week. Foreign Lives’ latest release ‘Conversations’ is available online and to stream from all platforms.”
FORGOTTEN VOICES CHOIR
Founded in 2010 Pocklington Arts Centre’s choir Forgotten Voices goes from strength to strength – recently appearing at the National Street Choirs Festival. Directed by the charismatic Sam Dunkley the choir sings a range of music from pop, folk, choral and musical theatre.They are a fun group who always welcome new members!
ACCESS TO MUSIC STAGE
The festival is organised by the award-winning Pocklington Arts Centre (PAC), a not-for-profit organisation. The venue, which has a 200 seat theatre and 70 seat studio, is located in a rural East Yorkshire market town. Since opening in 2000 PAC has gained a nationwide reputation for its live event and cinema programming and is regularly praised for ‘punching above its weight’. The venue has a diverse range of events throughout the year featuring live music, theatre, comedy, talks, live broadcasts, exhibitions, workshops and community events and has attracted over 400,000 visitors since opening.
PAC has gained vast experience of staging public events having promoted in excess of 700, in addition to this the venue has programmed music and comedy stages at various regional festivals and organised three sold-out Platform Festivals featuring Lucinda Williams, Bellowhead, Mary Chapin Carpenter, KT Tunstall, Newton Faulkner, The Shires, The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain plus three highly successful Pocktoberfests featuring headline acts Billy Bragg, Echo & The Bunnymen and Richard Hawley.
Past performers at PAC include: Joan Armatrading, Rosanne Cash, Bob Harris, Rhod Gilbert, The Unthanks, The Staves, Sarah Millican, Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, Barbara Dickson, Amy MacDonald, Adrian Edmondson & The Bad Shepherds, Jenny Eclair, Fascinating Aida, Hayseed Dixie, Glenn Tilbrook, Russell Kane, Josh Ritter, The Blockheads, Edwyn Collins, Omid Djalili, Adam Cohen, Chris Addison.
For Platform Festival, PAC takes over The Old Station located in the town centre. The Grade II listed building was the town’s railway station from 1847 until 1965 and is now owned by Pocklington School.
The Old Station, which opened October 4th 1847, was designed by George Townsend Andrews and is a Grade II listed building. It closed on November 27th 1965 when the York to Beverley line was discontinued.
Pocklington is a small market town and civil parish situated at the foot of the Yorkshire Wolds in the East Riding of Yorkshire, approximately 13 miles (21 km) east of York. The town’s skyline is dominated by a 15th-century tower of All Saints church. The town’s architecture is a mixture of quaint old houses and modern buildings and the town has several unusual street names reflecting its history from the Iron Age onwards.
Cash machines are located throughout the town centre – HSBC, Barclays, Natwest and Nationwide.
Platform Festival aims to provide access to all entertainment on site and we will always endeavour to provide assistance where necessary.
The site includes disability friendly toilets.
First Aid & Security
First Aid and Security will be on hand throughout the weekend and attending staff will be visible.
Food & Drink
We kindly ask that you do not bring picnics, a range of food and drink outlets are available – please support our excellent suppliers. Please note that there is no glass to be used on the festival site.
In the schedule of events, all items and timings may be subject to last-minute changes at the discretion of the Festival committee. All doors are due to open 60 minutes before the performance is scheduled to commence.
The Festival site will officially open to the public on Wednesday 12th July to Friday 15th July at 6.30pm each night and from 12.00pm on Saturday 15th July.
Free parking is available throughout the town Click here for information on parking
Photographs taken in any area of the festival site by our photographers may be used in future marketing material.
There are many places to stay locally, including hotels, holiday cottages, pods and bed & breakfasts
South Lea Caravan & Camping
The Balk, Pocklington
Allerthorpe Lakeland Park
Melbourne Rd, Allerthorpe
56 Market Place,
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