Your article: Top folk act set to headline new festival

Folk band Bellowhead.
Folk band Bellowhead.

One of Britain’s most successful folk/roots act Bellowhead will be headlining Pocklington Arts Centre’s new summer event, Platform Festival.

The band are widely praised for their stunning live shows and often acknowledged as one of the best live acts the UK has produced in recent years, wowing audiences in venues across the UK, Europe and North America and becoming a key fixture on the festival scene. In the process they’ve won BBC Radio 2 Best Live Act an amazing five times, as well as Best Group twice. An 11-piece band fusing folk, funk, rock, world, jazz, music hall and classical music, they have placed themselves at the cutting edge of the contemporary music scene. The band were recently described by BBC Radio 2 presenter Chris Evans as “one of the best live experiences available in the world today”.

James Duffy, assistant manager at Pocklington Arts Centre, said: “I have been a big admirer of Bellowhead’s music for several years now and have seen them perform on numerous occasions, including Cambridge and Truck festivals. John and Jon have both performed at the venue in various guises over the last decade, so it seems fitting to have them and their award-winning band headline the first Platform Festival.”

The festival, at the old station, in Pocklington, from 16-18 July, will feature an array of musical talent across two stages including The Shires, The Magic Numbers, Stornoway, David Ford, Buffalo Skinners, Barcode Zebra, Beth McCarthy, Sam Griffiths, The Grand Ole Uke of York, TE Morris, Dan Webster. Bellowhead will perform at the festival on the Saturday (18 July). Mr Duffy added: “We are delighted to have The Shires perform at the festival, as they have already sold out three performances at Pocklington Arts Centre within the last year. Chrissie and Ben launched their album at the prestigious Country2Country Festival at the O2 Arena in London and when they came off stage on Sunday evening they discovered they were the UK’s first ever country act to have an album in the top 10, with their debut release Brave. The venue is extremely pleased and proud to have been there from the very start with the band and look forward to celebrating with them in July at the festival.”

The event will also have an outdoor stage curated by Access to Music. The music college offers courses in music performance, vocal artist, music technology, artist development, music business and skills through music. The aim is to showcase and to provide a platform for young, emerging performers from around the region. Brass Castle Brewery, along with York Wine and Beer Shop, will be sourcing a diverse range of drinks for the festival.