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Popular Platform Festival is called off but will return in 2019

The Shires are just one of many great acts to perform at Pocklington's Platform Festival.
The Shires are just one of many great acts to perform at Pocklington's Platform Festival.

The popular Platform Festival, which has brought the likes of The Levellers and KT Tunstall to Pocklington, is to take a break this year.

However, the line-up for the 2019 festival is well underway.

Pocklington Arts Centre (PAC), which organise the festival, has confirmed that a brand new two-day live music and comedy event will take place within PAC itself later this year.

James Duffy, venue manager of PAC, said: “We fully appreciate that many people will be disappointed that after three really successful years for Platform Festival, the event is being postponed this year, but we would like to assure people that we have already booked several acts for what promises to be a fantastic return in July 2019.

“It has of course been a tough decision for us to make, but we felt the time was right to take a break for 2018. The planning is already well underway for a bigger event next year.”

The Platform festival was launched in its current form back in 2015, attracting over 3,000 people over the course of the four days. It will return on 17 to 19 July, 2019 with tickets going on sale by the end of 2018.

The postponement means that PAC’S summer programme can feature more live events than in previous years, with Nashville singer Gretchen Peters performing on Friday 15 June and the rock-grass legends Hayseed Dixie now confirmed for Monday 17 September.

A smaller scale live music event will be held at PAC on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 September.

Full details will be announced shortly. For information about ticket booking call 01759 301547 or visit www.pocklingtonartscentre.co.uk

James added: “This smaller scale event has been inspired by the 15 sold-out events of 2018, so far including the likes of American singer-songwriter Vonda Shepard, Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman, comedian and poet Phill Jupitus, soul musician Ruby Turner, and critically acclaimed German comedian Henning Wehn.

“Despite being a relatively small scale arts venue we routinely attract world class artists and we are very much looking forward to lots more exciting live events in 2018/19.”