Mercury Prize winner Badly Drawn Boy, American country queen Gretchen Peters and Radio 2 favourites The Shires will lead the Saturday line-up for Pocklington’s Platform Festival at The Old Station on 16 July.
Danny And The Champions Of The World, Seafret, The Dunwells, Orphan Colours, Barcode Zebra, Plumhall, Amelia White, Dan Webster and Wildflowers are all confirmed for the closing day of the week-long festival, organised by the Pocklington Arts Centre management team of Janet Farmer and James Duffy.
"We’re delighted to announce the final day’s line-up, and I believe the range of artists performing this year reflects everything that Pocklington Arts Centre has become known for over the past 15 years," says Janet. "We aim to build on the success of last year’s Platform Festival and establish the event on the national festival circuit."
As was the case in 2015, the Saturday bill will have an Emerge Stage on "Platform 2" in the station, featuring Daisy Allen, Harmonics, Jake Morrell and more names besides, plus an open-air Access To Music Stage on "Platform 3", whose line-up will take shape in due course. "We’ll once again be working with Charlie Daykin and Access To Music, promoting young, emerging talent from across the region who’ll be performing on our outdoor stage," says Janet. "This collaboration was highly successful last year and was a huge hit with audience members." Badly Drawn Boy’s Damon Gough will perform a solo set in the wake of this year’s expanded reissue of his Mercury Prize-winning debut from June 2000, The Hour Of Bewilderbeast.
Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Gretchen Peters will be accompanied by her band, as last heard on Yorkshire turf at Harrogate Royal Hall last March when promoting her UK country chart-topping album, Blackbirds, with pianist husband Barry Walsh to the fore. Blackbirds went on to win International Album of the Year and Song of the Year – for the title track – at the inaugural UK Americana awards in February.
In 2015, The Daily Telegraph named Gretchen as one of the best 60 female singer-songwriters of all time, further testament to her gift for penning introspective songs covered by pop, country, blues and folk artists, such as Patty Loveless, Bonnie Raitt, Shania Twain and Martina McBride.
The Shires, Britain’s most successful country export, return to the Platform event after appearing last year on the back of Pocklington Arts Centre shows in 2014 and 2015. Ben Earle and Crissie Rhodes have become the first ever UK act to play the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, seen their debut album, Brave, go gold and opened The Corrs’ arena comeback shows.
Read more about the festival lineup HERE or call the box office on 01759 301547.