Stars coming to town on festival’s final day

The Shires will be returning to Pocklington to perform at this years Platform Festival.
The Shires will be returning to Pocklington to perform at this years Platform Festival.

A star-studded line-up for the final day of this year’s Platform Festival in Pocklington includes country music stars The Shires and Gretchen Peters.

The Shires wowed crowds at last year’s festival, following their performances at Pocklington Arts Centre in 2014 and 2015. Since then the act, made up of Ben Earle and Crissie Rhodes, have had an amazing 12 months, completing a fourth sell out UK tour and going gold with their debut album ‘Brave’.

Gretchen Peters.

Gretchen Peters.

In 2015, The Telegraph named Gretchen Peters as one of the best 60 female singer-songwriters of all time and her album, ‘Blackbirds’, debuted at number one on the UK country chart and in the top 40 UK pop chart. It was awarded International Album of the Year and her song ‘Blackbirds’ won Song of the Year at the UK Americana awards in February 2016.

Also performing on the final day of the music and comedy festival, on 16 July, are singer-songwriter Badly Drawn Boy, Bridlington band Seafret, country soul band Danny and The Champions of the World and pop rockers The Dunwells. In addition, alt-country rock group Orphan Colours, soul/pop/funk band Barcode Zebra and indie folk-rockers Wildflowers will take to the stage at the old station in Pocklington on the last day of the second annual Platform Festival. Janet Farmer, manager of Pocklington Arts Centre, which is staging the event from 12-16 July, said: “I am are delighted to announce the final day’s line-up for this year’s festival. I believe the range of artists performing this year, reflects everything that Pocklington Arts Centre has become known for over the last 15 years. We aim to build on the success of last year and establish the event on the national festival circuit.

“We will once again be working with Charlie Daykin and Access to Music promoting young, emerging talent from across the region, who will be performing on the festival’s outdoor stage - ‘Platform 3’ - this collaboration was highly successful last year and was a huge hit with audience members.”