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Source: City of Lancaster

The Platform have announced their new season of events that will feature over 50 shows running from September until March.

The programme features an array of high quality original bands as well as the very best tributes to music icons, plus a variety of fascinating talks, comedy acts and theatre shows for young and old.

Opening with ‘Money For Nothing’, Europe’s No.1 Dire Straits tribute, on Friday September 6, the season continues with ‘Totally Tina’ on Saturday September 7, a tribute to the great Tina Turner.

The Manfreds, led by Manfred Mann frontman Paul Jones, return performing the original band’s classic 60s hits, and another Platform favourite, Showaddywaddy bring their retro inspired rock and roll on Friday October 4.

There are also performances from the likes of The Syd Lawrence Orchestra, The Three Degrees, Andy Fairweather Low and The Low Riders, folk band The Trials Of Cato, universally acclaimed guitarist Martin Simpson, prolific fiddle group Blazin’ Fiddles and folk rock legends Lindisfarne.

On Saturday November 23, audiences will be treated to the superb nine piece band, The South, featuring original members of The Beautiful South, including singer Alison Wheeler and lifelong sax player Gaz Birtles. The band play the songs made famous by The Beautiful South, including the No.1 hit single ‘A Little Time’.

For those with an interest in birds, the president of the RSPB, Miranda Krestovnikoff, well known for filming our feathered friends on BBC’s Coast and The One Show, will present ‘Avian Antics’ My Passion For Birds’ on Friday October 11.

Nature lovers will also love the fascinating Wilderland Film Festival on Tuesday November 12, the UK’s first ever touring wildlife film festival, featuring astonishing and thought provoking stories, from award-winning international filmmakers.

Army veteran Simon Weston CBE will provide another inspirational night on Monday October 21 when he discusses his experiences of the Falklands War in ‘My Life…My Story in my Words’.

There are two very different theatre shows over the Christmas period with “A Christmas Carol – As Told By Jacob Marley (Deceased)’, an original take on the classic tale suitable for older audiences, followed by ‘Santa’s Christmas Countdown’, a festive musical show for younger children.

In February, award-winning theatre company Box Tale Soup present ‘Little Grimm Tales’, a stunning new adaptation of Grimm’s magical tales for ages 3+, and there’s some classic comedy too from The Grumbleweeds, who bring their ‘Laughter Show’ to Morecambe after 50 years in showbiz.

The jam-packed season also includes a whole host of tributes to music’s biggest stars including: The Jam, Bruce Springsteen, The Seekers, Pink Floyd, ABBA, Bob Dylan, Wham!, Kiss, Eagles, Whitney Houston and Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark plus many more.

The season concludes with contemporary progressive rock band Pendragon on Saturday February 29.

For the full line-up and details, visit The Platform autumn/winter 2019 brochure is out now and can be picked up from Lancaster and Morecambe Visitor Information Centres or downloaded from the website.

Last updated: 15 August 2019