First Platform Festival proves a big hit

Bellowhead were the headlining act on Saturday.
Bellowhead were the headlining act on Saturday.

Pocklington’s old station was buzzing with excitement during the inaugural Platform Music and Comedy Festival, which featured a host of top quality acts.

One of Britain’s most recognisable comedians Al Murray, five-time Grammy Award winner and singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter and popular folk band Bellowhead were among the big names who performed at the three-day festival, from last Thursday to Saturday. More than 2,000 people flocked to the festival over the three days.

Mary Chapin Carpenter kicked-off the festival and wowed a sell-out crowd on Thursday. A large audience packed-out the old station on Friday to enjoy an evening of laughter with Al Murray and fellow comedians Chris Ramsey and Craig Campbell.

On Saturday, Bellowhead hit all the right notes. The impressive line-up on the final day of the festival also featured The Magic Numbers, The Shires, Stornoway, David Ford, Buffalo Skinners, Barcode Zebra, The Grand Ole Uke of York, Dan Webster, Beth McCarthy and more.

Janet Farmer, manager of Pocklington Arts Centre, which staged the festival, said: “The customer feedback we have received via social media and the festival website has been very positive. The first set of reviews came through on Monday morning and again they have all been highly complimentary about the event.

“The majority of the 2000-plus audience members came from Pocklington and the surrounding areas but the event also attracted people from as far away as Glasgow, Northampton, London and one customer flew in from Bahrain for the weekend.

“Local traders have informed us they had increased trade over the three days of the festival, this is in addition to the majority of hotels, B&B’s and camp-sites being booked up weeks, if not months in advance. We have not yet calculated the economic impact the event had on the town but initial reports/figures are very encouraging.

“The festival would not have taken place without a hard working team of volunteers who worked tirelessly to make the event run so smoothly. A big thank you must go to to our sponsors and to Brass Castle Brewery, Pocklington School, Pocklington Town Council, Pocklington Arts Centre’s management team, JSS Audio, the Jibson family, Peach Flooring and Arts Council England.”

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