The Platform – Spring/Summer 2019
NEW SEASON AT THE PLATFORM
Fans of live music will be treated to an eclectic mix of folk, rock and blues in the new season at The Platform in Morecambe, alongside the usual legendary bands and tributes.
A strong folk offering begins in March with the likes of Jamie Smith’s Mabon and Cornwall’s Fisherman’s Friends who are set for the big screen this spring with the release of a feature film based on their story. Scottish band Mànran, Merry Hell, The Kilkennys, Mairi Campbell, Magna Carta and one of folk’s most iconic acts, The Unthanks, all play live at the venue too.
The original Cockney Rebel himself Steve Harley brings his acoustic trio to town and The Slambovian Circus Of Dreams feature all the way from Sleepy Hollow in New York. The pioneers of the Americana genre have been defined as everything from ‘hillbilly-Pink Floyd’ to ‘folk-pop’.
Away from the music programme there are other big names such as Jason Donovan, who will be delighting audiences with tales from his incredible career as well as one or two musical numbers. One of British comedy’s most iconic double acts, Cannon and Ball, will be entertaining audiences too.
If you’re looking for something a little different, The Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers present an incredible display of their unique art form with “The Way Of The Drum” and The Stars From The Commitments, featuring original cast members and musicians from the award-winning film, promises to be a fantastic night for soul fans.
Anyone with an interest in antiques will enjoy Eric Knowles’ “What’s It Worth?” The Antiques Roadshow expert provides a witty look at the world of antiques and audience members can bring their wares for a free valuation before the event.
Detroit soulful blues-rock star Marcus Malone has teamed up with explosive British blues rock guitarist Innes Sibun to form the Malone Sibun Band and there’s more blues from Sonja Kristina with the Norman Beaker Band, and Stephen Dale Petit.
Angelo Starr will perform with his late brother Edwin Starr’s band The Team, playing all the old hits including “War (What Is It Good For?)”, with special guest Northern Soul icon Lorraine Silver.
80s music lovers can enjoy sibling pop duo Hue and Cry, Scottish alternative rock band Big Country with a full electric show and The Real Thing, who went down a storm in 2018.
60s star PJ Proby brings his farewell tour to Morecambe, with special guests Wayne Fontana and The Revolvers and you can get three 60s bands for the price of one when Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, Cupid’s Inspiration and The Foundations come to town.
There are two family shows during the summer holidays including The Walrus and The Carpenter, which includes an afternoon puppet workshop ahead of the performance, and Pirate Pearl and The Big Blue Monster for ages 3+.
On top of that there will be high quality tributes to the likes of: Little Mix, Led Zeppelin, John Lennon, Genesis, Kate Bush, AC/DC, Elvis Presley, Blondie, Santana, Michael Jackson and more.
With numerous community events and the annual, free lunchtime concerts in late spring, the Platform season offers something for everyone.
For the full line-up and details, visit www.lancaster.gov.uk/platform. The Platform spring/summer 2019 brochure is out now and can be picked up from Lancaster and Morecambe Visitor Information Centres or downloaded from the website.
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