Acclaimed folk band Bellowhead, who are headlining the Saturday bill of the Pocklington Arts Centre’s new Platform Music Festival, are to split next spring after “11 amazing years,”
The 11-piece announced through Twitter that they will mark their departure with a two-part farewell tour. Before then, however, they will be performing at the Platform Music Festival at The Old Station in Pocklington on 18 July. The line-up also features The Magic Numbers, The Shires, Stornoway, David Ford, Buffalo Skinners, Barcode Zebra, The Grand Ole Uke of York, Dan Webster, Beth McCarthy and lots more.
Janet Farmer, Manager of Pocklington Arts Centre and festival organiser, said: “I was as surprised as everyone else regarding the band’s announcement to split up after such a successful time together. While they will tour again, their summer show in Pocklington will be one of their final ever festival appearances.”
“They’ve promised these last few shows will be a celebration and party, which I think will only add to the atmosphere of the festival. When we started booking the event, we had Bellowhead at the top of our list to headline because of their reputation for their stunning live shows. They’re widely acknowledged as one of the best live acts the UK has produced in recent years, wowing audiences in venues across the UK and Europe and becoming a key fixture on the festival scene. You don’t win the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Live Act five times for nothing!”
The band’s announcement came via Twitter: “This is a sad message to send but after 11 amazing years we’ve decided to call it a day,” it read. “It’s been an incredible journey for us all and we’ve loved every minute of being Bellowhead but Jon [singer and fiddle player Jon Boden] has decided the time has come for him to stand down as lead singer and the rest of us don’t feel that we wish to continue without him.”
Over the years, Bellowhead have received two silver discs, won eight BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, released a songbook with Faber, spent eight years as artists in residence at London’s Southbank Centre, recorded theme tunes for The Archers and The Simpsons, at the request of the producers, and brewed their own beer, not once but twice. The band members will go their separate ways next spring to “work on new, many and varied musical projects.”