OMID DJALILI

POSTPONED TO Thursday 22nd July 2021 at 8.00pm (7.00pm doors)

Tickets £25.00

 

SAVING GRACE
FT. ROBERT PLANT & SUZI DIAN

POSTPONED

Tickets £39.00

 

RICK WITTER & PAUL BANKS
– SHED SEVEN ACOUSTIC

POSTPONED TO Saturday 24th July 2021, Doors 12.00pm, Event start 1.00pm

£45.00 (Adult), £30 (Under 18) and £130 (Family Ticket)

 

RED HOT CHILLI PIPERS

POSTPONED TO Saturday 24th July 2021, Doors 12.00pm, Event start 1.00pm

£45.00 (Adult), £30 (Under 18) and £130 (Family Ticket)

 

WARD THOMAS

POSTPONED TO Saturday 24th July 2021, Doors 12.00pm, Event start 1.00pm

£45.00 (Adult), £30 (Under 18) and £130 (Family Ticket)

 

THE BBC BIG BAND

POSTPONED

Tickets £24.50

 

RICHARD THOMPSON

POSTPONED

Tickets £26.00

 

LINEUP

POSTPONED TO JULY 2021

PLATFORM FESTIVAL – PUBLIC STATEMENT

Following the continuing developments in the COVID-19 pandemic, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Platform Festival.

The safety of our audience members, artists, staff, volunteers and wider community has to come first and we did not want to put additional pressure on the health and emergency services at this time.

Platform is a labour of love, for PAC staff, and being unable to share it with you all in the venue’s 20th anniversary year is heartbreaking. It is of course the choice we had hoped we wouldn’t have to make; we looked at the possibility of staging the event at a later date in 2020 but the most important thing for us other than your obvious safety, is to give our customers certainty and so we have therefore made the decision to move this year’s festival to July 2021. Platform is nothing without our audience, you make it the great festival that it is. We want to thank you for your patience, support and understanding with us, whilst we have been working to reschedule the festival for you. We will weather this storm and return in 2021 stronger and more vibrant than ever.

If you have already booked your tickets, rest assured these are secured. You will be offered the choice of a refund or the chance to hold onto your tickets for the 2021 edition. We plan to carry as much as the programme, as possible, forward and so far, almost all artists have agreed to work with us on this, which is amazing. We will of course keep you updated and we hope to have this all finalised in the coming weeks. Please be patient and wait to hear from us – our box office (and external ticket agencies) is extremely busy and we will contact you in due course.

Platform 2021 will take place on July 22nd – 27th and we would love to see you all there for our BIGGEST party yet.

Stay home, stay safe and look after each other.

For urgent enquiries please email info@pocklingtonartscentre.co.uk

If you are in a position to support PAC and Platform Festival, we have set up a crowdfunding page via https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/pac

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Thursday 22nd July 2021 at 8.00pm (7.00pm doors)

OMID DJALILI

Tickets £25.00

POSTPONED

SAVING GRACE FT. ROBERT PLANT & SUZI DIAN

Tickets £39.00

Saturday 24th July 2021, Doors 12.00pm, Event start 1.00pm

RICK WITTER & PAUL BANKS – SHED SEVEN ACOUSTIC
RED HOT CHILLI PIPERS    WARD THOMAS

LUCY SPRAGGAN    TWINNIE
NEW YORK BRASS BAND    THE GRAND OLD UKE OF YORK

TRUCKSTOP HONEYMOON    BUFFALO SKINNERS    PLUMHALL
JESS GARDHAM    ACCESS CREATIVE COLLEGE STAGE
PLUS LOTS MORE…

£45.00 (Adult), £30 (Under 18) and £130 (Family Ticket 2+2 or 1+3)

*Lineup subject to late change

POSTPONED

THE BBC BIG BAND

Tickets £24.50

POSTPONED

RICHARD THOMPSON

Tickets £26.00

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LINEUP INFORMATION

ABOUT THE ACTS

Omid Djalili

Omid Djalili

One of Britain’s freshest and most original comics, known for his legendary stand-up performances. Omid is intelligent, sometimes provocative and always entertaining. His stand-up is a hugely energetic and captivating comedy masterclass. Renowned for his razor sharp wit, boundless energy and expertly crafted cultural observations, his original material continues to explore the diversity of modern Britain and he remains one of the most exciting entertainers on the circuit.

“Belly laughs with a subtle blend of mainstream gags and subversive twinkle” The Sunday Times


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Saving Grace Ft. Robert Plant & Suzi Dian

Saving Grace Ft. Robert Plant & Suzi Dian

Legendary Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant is back with a new project… a co-operative featuring Suzi Dian (Vocals), Oli Jefferson (Percussion), Tony Kelsey (Mandolin, Baritone and Acoustic Guitars) and Matt Worley (Banjo, Acoustic and Baritone Guitars and Cuatro). The five musicians work in glorious harmony from start to finish reworking an incredible and intoxicating mix of mountain songs, new works, classics and uncovered gems from the 60’s, creating a musical journey in its truest form.

Saving Grace will be supported by Catfish Keith.

“I’ve been privileged to share some amazing moments with Robert through the years but none were more magical, kind and beautiful than the performance by his new band Saving Grace this evening. One of the best gigs I’ve seen in years” Bob Harris

“This odyssey has been undertaken in the spirit of appreciation, musicianship, and exultation: they truly are a band of joy!” Americana UK

Rick Witter & Paul Banks - Shed Seven Acoustic

Rick Witter & Paul Banks – Shed Seven Acoustic

An acoustic set by Shed Seven founding members Rick Witter and Paul Banks. Expect all of their classic anthems such as Going for Gold, Chasing Rainbows and Getting Better, plus songs from their acclaimed new album, Instant Pleasures.
Combining dark, hypnotic pop with lyrics that make you call your mum the next morning, Disco Down to Platform this July for an unforgettable set.


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RED HOT CHILLI PIPERS

RED HOT CHILLI PIPERS

Get ready for the most famous bagpipe band in the world, as the Red Hot Chilli Pipers bring their groundbreaking fusion of traditional Scottish music and rock/pop anthems to Platform Festival. Think men in kilts, bagpipes with attitude, drums with a Scottish accent and a show that carries its own health warning! Fat Bottomed Girls, Don’t Stop Believing, Wake Me Up, Gimme All Your Loving, Chasing Cars… there’s nothing these guys won’t cover! They’ve performed to more than one million people around the world – including the Queen and Samuel L Jackson: achieved triple platinum status for their Blast Live and have performed live with everyone from Ed Sheeran to Sam Smith! You can’t miss this one!


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WARD THOMAS

WARD THOMAS

Following the release of their acclaimed UK top 10 album, Restless Minds, and being awarded the prestigious Global Artist Award at the CMA Awards earlier this year, country-pop duo Ward Thomas return to Platform Festival following their acclaimed performance in 2017.


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LUCY SPRAGGAN

LUCY SPRAGGAN

Lucy has released 5 albums in 6 years – the last 2 reaching number 12 in the Official UK chart. She tours consistently, is signed to Cooking Vinyl Worldwide and has a unique style of acoustic folk and pop. Lucy mixes humour, talent and honesty to create her own fresh sound. Selling on average over 30,000 hard tickets a year, she is certainly existing at the highest of levels.


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TWINNIE

TWINNIE

On the strength of the songs the Yorkshire-born, Nashville-hearted singer-songwriter has created for her forthcoming debut album Hollywood Gypsy, we’ll be hearing her name repeated far and wide over the coming months and years. Now it’s time for the rest of the musical world to catch up with what country music-watchers – who clocked Twinnie’s stand-out performances at last year’s C2C festival at London’s O2 – have known for a while: this Brit is a future international star.


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THE BBC BIG BAND

THE BBC BIG BAND

The internationally acclaimed BBC Big Band and conductor Barry Forgie, are joined by the incredible vocal talents of Jeff Hooper, for a very special concert celebrating the very finest best Swing and Big Band. Through a diverse repertoire arranged and curated by the orchestra’s conductor, the concert celebrates the music of the twentieth century’s most iconic big bands and vocalists, whose legacy and influence defines a classic era of music. Featuring the likes of Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Benny Goodman – through to the music of the great swing vocalists, including Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darrin and Tony Bennet, this an evening of truly world-class music which is not to be missed. “They brilliantly continue the tradition of Big Band music. As such they are important, as well as marvellous!” Michael Parkinson


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RICHARD THOMPSON

RICHARD THOMPSON

Powered by evocative songcraft, jaw-dropping guitar playing, and indefinable spirit, this venerable icon holds a coveted spot on Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and counts a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Americana Music Association in Nashville, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the BBC Awards among his many accolades. Moreover, Time touted his anthem, “1952 Vincent BlackLightning,” on its “100 Greatest Songs Since 1923” list. Thompson was co-founder of the ground-breaking Fairport Convention, which virtually invented British folk rock in the 1960s, and his influence can’t be overstated. Everybody from Robert Plant, Don Henley, and Elvis Costello to REM, Sleater-Kinney and David Byrne have covered his music. “The finest rock songwriter after Dylan and the best electric guitarist since Hendrix” Los Angeles Times


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NEW YORK BRASS BAND

NEW YORK BRASS BAND

New York Brass Band are North Yorkshire’s only contemporary New Orleans inspired Brass Band. Hailing from the ancient streets of York the band are at the forefront of a funky brass revolution that is sweeping the UK. Inspired by Rebirth Brass Band, Soul Rebels, Hot 8, NYBB pack a powerful punch of relentless drums, rumbling tuba and wailing horns… nothing kicks a party into gear like the sound of a smokin’ New Orleans Mardi Gras Jazz Band.


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THE GRAND OLD UKE OF YORK

THE GRAND OLD UKE OF YORK

Expect upbeat rock, pop, ska and anything in-between with big bass riffs, electric melodies and group harmonies throughout; this 12-strong collective have been in a whirlwind since they began 9 years ago.


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TRUCKSTOP HONEYMOON

TRUCKSTOP HONEYMOON

Hollering with all their hearts over a five string banjo and a doghouse bass, Truckstop Honeymoon live the life they sing about. Touring across three continents with four kids and a truck load of songs, Katie and Mike West tell stories about the strangeness of everyday life. Their music combines elements of bluegrass, music hall jazz, and straight up rock’n’roll.
“Bluegrass, punk-rock and a palpable dose of soul” The Pitch


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BUFFALO SKINNERS

BUFFALO SKINNERS

The Buffalo Skinners are painting from a broad palette of influence. The result being a rare depth of musicality and creativity drawing from 1960s Folk to modern day Americana. The music is full bodied, rich and warm, but it’s the sweetness of the two, three and four-part vocal harmonies that gives the band their unique sound. Previous adventures have included extensive touring (UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Norway, America), festival appearances (Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Festival, BBC Radio 2 live in Hyde Park, Wilderness, Deer Shed, Tramlines), and three full length studio albums, the most recent of these being produced by Mercury Prize nominated Colin Eliot (Richard Hawley, Slow Club). The Skinner’s have earned attention, air-play and esteem of Bob Harris, Steve Lamacq, Janice Long, Jericho Keys, Cerys Matthews, Dermot O’Leary and Paul Jones.


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PLUMHALL

PLUMHALL

Plumhall are Michelle Plum and Nick B Hall, a feisty Yorkshire based duo whose award winning self-penned songs are already winning them plaudits from the likes of R2 Magazine (4 stars), Miles Hunt (The Wonder Stuff), Steve Knightley (Show of Hands) and many more. The pair deliver guitar and harmony driven textures of folk, Americana and pop, and have have been wowing audiences on the live acoustic circuit in the UK. Michelle Plum is a former member of Chumbawamba, Waking the Witch and The Accidental Tourists, and in her own right has supported Aimee Mann, Capercaillie and Shane MacGowan to name but a few. Nick Hall has been a member of the Hall Brothers band nearly all his life, and has supported Hugh Cornwell, Show of Hands, Kate Rusby, Glenn Tilbrook plus many more.


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JESS GARDHAM

JESS GARDHAM

Multi award winning songwriter/musician Jess Gardham has now released her latest EP of original material called ‘Rise not Fall’. Jess’s first album ‘Beyond Belief’ got rave reviews and went on to be a songwriting finalist for BBC Radio 2 with them saying that “she is a songwriter to watch”. With her own brand of pop/soul/acoustic fusion she has supported a whole host of internationally known acts (KT tunstall, The Shires, The Magic Numbers, Paul Carrack, Wilko Johnson), her self penned songs have been played on BBC introducing and other radio stations throughout her musical career. Her music has taken her all across the UK, Europe, Canada and the US and she has played venues such as York Barbican, Manchester O2 Academy, The Limelight (Nashville US), Le Blues Autour du Zinc in Beauvais France.


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ABOUT

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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 700,000 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 four 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 VENUE

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.

USEFUL INFO

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Cash machines

Cash machines are located throughout the town centre – HSBC, Barclays, Natwest and Nationwide.


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Disability Access

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.


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First Aid & Security

First Aid and Security will be on hand throughout the weekend and attending staff will be visible.


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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.


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General Information

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 Thursday 9th July and Friday 10th July at 6.30pm, from 12.00pm on Saturday 11th July and from 6.30pm on Tuesday 14th July and Wednesday 15th July.


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Parking

Free parking is available throughout the town Click here for information on parking


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Photography

Photographs taken in any area of the festival site by our photographers may be used in future marketing material.


 

ACCOMMODATION

 

There are many places to stay locally, including hotels, holiday cottages, pods and bed & breakfasts

South Lea Caravan & Camping
The Balk, Pocklington
York
01759 303467
www.south-lea.co.uk

Allerthorpe Lakeland Park
Melbourne Rd, Allerthorpe
Pocklington
YO42 4RL
01759 301444
www.allerthorpelakelandpark.co.uk

The Feathers
56 Market Place,
Pocklington, York
YO42 2AH
www.thefeathers-hotel.co.uk

Ashfield Farm
Canal Head,
Pocklington
YO42 1NN
www.accommodationinyork.eu

Yorkway Motel
The Balk
Pocklington
YO42 2NX
www.yorkway-motel.co.uk

Other accommodation options can be found on the following websites:

www.visithullandeastyorkshire.com
www.heyha.co.uk
www.pocklington.gov.uk


CONTACT US

info@platformfestival.net

01759 301547

Box office opening times:

Tuesday 10.00am – 5.00pm

Wednesday 10.00am – 5.00pm

Thursday 10.00am, – 5.00pm

Friday 10.00am – 5.00pm

Saturday 9.30am – 1.00pm

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