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www.lancaster.gov.uk/platform Central Promenade, Morecambe Box Office 01524 582803 music | comedy | dance | theatre | cabaret | children’s shows | community events | and much more


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Morecambe Visitor Information Centre (situated at the Platform) Lancaster Visitor Information Centre (The Storey Creative Industries Centre, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster LA1 1TH)

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The box office is open half an hour prior to an event. The venue operates a no refund policy. Exchanges may be considered with a £1 administration charge.

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Over 18s only Tickets available online at www.seetickets.com

Disclaimer: Whilst every care has been taken to ensure total accuracy in this publication, Lancaster City Council can accept no responsibility for any errors or omissions. All details are believed to be correct at the time of going to press. Readers are advised, however, to check times and prices in advance with the venue. Acknowledgements: The Platform is owned and operated by Lancaster City Council who are grateful for financial support for this project from Lancashire County Council, The National Lottery through the Arts Council of England and the Morecambe Single Regeneration Budget.

Credit/debit card bookings: Credit and debit card bookings can be made in advance by telephoning the Box Office on 01524 582803. Most credit and debit cards welcome. Please note there is an administration charge of £1 per booking. Office hours are 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. Please leave a message on the answering machine outside of these hours.

By post: The Platform, Station Buildings, Central Promenade, Morecambe LA4 4DB. Cheques should be payable to Lancaster City Council.

Customers with a disability: Facilities for people who have disabilities include full level access, toilet facilities for wheelchair users and hearing loops. Guide dogs and other registered service dogs welcome. We appreciate advance notice if customers will be arriving in wheelchairs so that arrangements can be made. Customers with a disability are entitled to the concession price when available.

Party discounts: If you purchase 20 or more tickets for a Platform show, you will receive 1 free ticket. Why not tell your friends and bring them with you? (NB no other special offer will apply and discounts do not apply to workshops). School parties are entitled to the concessionary rate and one adult/teacher per ten children will be admitted free. Ask at the Box Office at the time of booking.

Public transport information and accommodation: The local accommodation booking hotline number is 01524 582393. They will be pleased to help with any enquiries. Trains: Morecambe’s railway station, situated on Central Drive, is only a few minutes walk away from the venue. Timetable and fare enquiries telephone 08457 484950. Buses: Buses run regularly along the Promenade and stop outside the venue. The bus stop is only a few moments walk away. For local bus timetable enquiries telephone 0871 200 2233 or 01524 582808 (office hours). Car parking: There are public car parks adjacent to the venue. Parking is free after 6pm. Next time you visit the Platform why not come by bike? The Platform is just at the end of the Lancaster and Morecambe Greenway – a shared use path that connects Morecambe to Lancaster (and also much of the area’s off road network via the Millennium Bridge). The venue is also easily accessible from Morecambe promenade – which you can now cycle the full length of. Cycle parking is available outside.

Have your own event hosted at the Platform: The Platform is available for hire at reasonable cost for all events including parties, weddings, receptions, conferences and meetings. Bar facilities are always available and catering can be organised if required. Telephone Mary Lucas on 01524 582815 for enquiries. Designed and printed by Graphic Design, The Old Station, Hest Bank, Lancaster LA2 6HN Tel: 01524 825600 12/10/15k


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LIMEHOUSE LIZZY – PRESENTING THE VERY BEST OF THIN LIZZY PLUS SUPPORT: TIN PAN ALLEY Renowned for an action packed pyrotechnic fuelled explosion of a show, Limehouse Lizzy continue to keep the spirit of Celtic rock icon Philip Lynott and his band Thin Lizzy alive, well and dominating stages worldwide. Their latest tour continues to explore and celebrate the artistic and musical legacy of the hard living, hard rocking, yet at times surprisingly tender and romantic artist that was Phil Lynott. Expect more of the Celtic influenced tracks like ‘Whisky in the Jar’, ‘The Boys Are Back in Town’ and many others from one of the most highly rated acts on the circuit. www.limehouselizzy.com

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PROMENADE CONCERT ORCHESTRA NEW YEAR VIENNESE CONCERT

Sunday 30 January

For its fourth annual ‘New Year Viennese Concert’ the Promenade Concert Orchestra again welcomes you into the glamour of 19th century Vienna with waltzes, marches and polkas, the ‘Merry Wives of Windsor’ overture as well as some old favourites and some surprise items to pop the champagne bottle open! Turning Point Theatre Arts from Lancaster will be returning to dance for us. This concert always sells out so early booking is advised.

3pm £12/£10 £5 children

FAIRPORT CONVENTION

Friday 11 February

Hailed as the originators of British folk-rock music, Fairport Convention remains one of the most entertaining bands on today’s concert circuit. Their sell-out gigs always attract critical acclaim and delight audiences. Fairport has a vast repertoire to draw on and this concert will mix old and new. As well as showcasing brand new songs from their recentlyreleased studio album, the show will also feature a suite of songs celebrating the fortieth anniversary of their groundbreaking ‘folk opera’ Babbacombe Lee. Whether you are a long-time fan or a newcomer to their music, book now to enjoy an evening with Fairport Convention. www.fairportconvention.com

ULMS BIG SWING The University of Lancaster Music Society (ULMS) presents two of its ensembles in a night of swing music. The concert will feature the ULMS Big Band and Swing Group playing a variety of numbers, including some old favourites. The Swing Group are one of the music society’s younger ensembles, last year performing at the first Campus Festival at the University. The award winning ULMS Big Band has performed at many venues across the Lancaster area, and is also a regular performer at the Great Northern Jazz Festival. Their repertoire ranges from the jazz standards of Glenn Miller to the more recent works of Gordon Goodwin, composer of the music for Loony Tunes.

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7.30pm £16.50/£15 C T U

Saturday 12 February 7.30pm £8/£6 C T U


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THE BOOTLEG SIXTIES The Bootleg Sixties is, quite simply, the best 60s show around. Featuring The Overtures, a band described by Sir Elton John as “the best band of their kind in the world” and by Lionel Richie as “absolutely fantastic”, this unique sight and sound show will take you right back to the greatest decade in musical history. After a hugely successful debut UK tour in 2010, The Bootleg Sixties is very much back by popular demand. If you love 60s music and everything else about the era, then this is an absolute must-see show!

DAVE SPIKEY’S ‘WORDS DON’T COME EASY TOUR’ Multi award-winning Dave Spikey is one of the most sought-after comedy talents in the UK today. With a career spanning two decades, he has numerous TV appearances to his name as a stand-up comedian, presenter and actor – and behind the screens, as an acclaimed comedy writer. This hilarious new show examines many more situations in life where words really don’t come easy including tongue-tied parents explaining the facts of life, ridiculous newspaper stories, pathetic adolescent chat-up lines and an extended selection of song lyrics. Throw in a ‘Champion the Wonder Horse’ sing-a-long, a look at ancient Abyssinian contraception, rubbish school trips and epidural anaesthesia and you have all the ingredients for a rich and spicy comedy casserole. www.davespikey.co.uk

THE BLUES BAND The Blues Band was formed in 1979, by ex Manfred Mann group members, Paul Jones and Tom McGuinness, originally to play a few pub gigs on Paul Jones’ nights off from his full time career as an actor in London’s West End. Paul and Tom called on Tom’s old McGuinness Flint friend Hughie Flint to play drums. Their next port of call was for another singer and guitarist. They approached the renowned slide guitarist Dave Kelly, who brought in Gary Fletcher on bass. Hughie retired from The Blues Band late in 1981, and Medicine Head and Family stalwart Rob Townsend joined on drums. Eighteen or is it nineteen albums/CDs later they are still going strong and favourites on the European Festival scene, always known for giving stunning, soulful performances. www.thebluesband.com

SWING COMMANDERS The Platform welcomes back this hugely talented, high-energy British band that has wowed listeners and dancers alike through its unique presentation of some of the finest music from the 30s, 40s and 50s. The Swing Commanders bring an array of six specialist musicians, five solo voices and as for instruments – well we will leave you to count for yourself! So, let them take you back in time for a special evening of swing classics with a champagne sparkle. They really are the cats with the cream of 30s, 40s and 50s classics, so just sit back and sample the sweet swing sensation that is – The Swing Commanders!

Friday 25 February 7.30pm £15 C T U

Saturday 26 February 7.30pm £16.50 18+

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Friday 4 March 8pm £16 C T U

Friday, 11 March 8pm £12/£11 T U


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TOM WRIGGLESWORTH’S NIGHTMARE DREAM WEDDING

Saturday 12 March

Back with a brand new show following last year’s sell-out hit and performances at the New Zealand and Montreal Comedy Festivals. Having run out of excuses to delay his marriage, here, Tom recounts the debacle of his recent wedding in Vegas. Getting to the church on time should be very straightforward. How can a megalomaniac talk-show host and a very special birthday girl possibly turn a nightmare into a dream? Join Tom as he embarks on a rollercoaster of farcical chases, mistaken identities and last-minute plans. This could be the biggest day of his life, for all the wrong reasons. www.tomwrigglesworth.co.uk

8pm £10/£9

BACK TO THE GOOD OLDE DAYS OF MUSIC HALL

Friday 18 March

Embark upon a journey back in time to the Music Hall, with a show packed full of music you can enjoy, songs you will remember, with singers who can really sing, comedians who will make you laugh, and sketches you can enjoy without embarrassment. These guest artistes are, as you can appreciate, brought to you at ENORMOUS expense… Book now for some good old fashioned fun!

HOWDEN JONES Relentlessly touring singer songwriters, Kate Howden and Paul Jones return to the Platform with an evening of gritty, poignant, original songs. Kate and Paul have that special down to earth magic in their performance and an energy that carries the audience along. Playing between them a variety of instruments and mixing harmony vocals, their songs are beautifully arranged and powerfully presented in a unique and intimate atmosphere. For this concert they will be joined by the usual suspects and special guests. www.howdenjones.co.uk

THE SEARCHERS With such classic hits as ‘Sweets for my Sweet’, ‘Needles and Pins’, ‘Don’t Throw Your Love Away’ and ‘When You Walk in the Room’ The Searchers have contributed enormously in establishing the UK as the world’s leading nation in the music industry. With total record sales well in excess of 40 million, their recent compilation album ‘The Very Best of the Searchers’ has seen a recent welcome and deserved return to the UK charts. The Searchers continue touring the globe as much today as they have done throughout a fantastic career spanning five decades. This special solo concert, touring the UK will appeal to all ages. It is a highly entertaining concert which has been enthusiastically and warmly received throughout the world.

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2pm £8 T U

Friday 18 March 8pm £10/£9 C U

Saturday 19 March 7.30pm £16.50 T U


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DR FEELGOOD Formed on Canvey Island in Essex in the early 1970s Dr Feelgood remains one of the most popular and exciting live rhythm and blues acts in the world. Dr Feelgood have enjoyed global success with a string of hit singles including ‘Roxette’, ‘Back in the Night’, ‘Milk and Alcohol’, ‘Down at the Doctors’, ‘She Does it Right’, ‘Going Back Home’ and ‘See You Later Alligator’ – which gave the group their first gold record. The current line up features the rhythm section Kevin Morris on drums, Phil Mitchell on bass, Steve Walwyn on guitar. Vocalist Robert Kane (formerly of the Animals) is the most recent addition – joining in 1999. The band continues to tour extensively throughout the world. www.drfeelgood.org

Saturday 26 March 8pm £15/£14 C T U

PROMENADE CONCERT ORCHESTRA: ‘FROM THE PALM COURT’

Sunday 27 March

Charming spa and seaside music from the last 100 years and more, with delights for all ages and solo items from the orchestral members. There will also be a world premier piece of Palm Court-style music at this concert, written by an outstanding young composer.

3pm £12/£10 £5 children

HOUGHTON WEAVERS

Friday 1 April

The Houghton Weavers return with their unique blend of popular folk music, humour and audience participation. The UK’s premier comedy/folk group has been at the forefront of the country’s music scene for over three decades with a hectic concert schedule. Since cutting their teeth in folk clubs in their native North West, they have enjoyed non-stop success, with a great following at their concerts, and a large fan club with members worldwide. The Houghton Weavers guarantee a wonderful evening of entertainment suitable for all the family. Their experience in the business together with their style and professionalism ensures that, as their motto says, they will always ‘Keep Folk Smiling’. www.houghtonweavers.com

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ROLLERMANIA! AN EVENING WITH LES MCKEOWN AND THE LEGENDARY BAY CITY ROLLERS

Saturday 2nd April

Take a trip back in time to a world of the 1970s biggest pop sensation! Join Les McKeown for an evening of hit songs, teenage memories, and stories full of living nostalgia. With over 300 million albums sold worldwide, Les McKeown, was the original voice on every Bay City Rollers hit song. He had five years of unprecedented success dominating the pop music charts across the globe, with number 1 hit singles in over 40 countries and the band filling the biggest stadia wherever they went. In this brand new production Les McKeown performs some of the songs that influenced him whilst growing up. The show is topped off with the big hits of the Bay City Rollers including ‘Shang A Lang’, ‘Summer Love Sensation’, ‘Remember’, ‘All Of Me Loves All Of You’ and the biggest selling song of 1975 ‘Bye Bye Baby’. ‘Rollermania’ is back – don’t miss it!

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MAGIC: A KIND OF QUEEN On 9 March 1974 ‘Seven Seas of Rhye’ reached number 10 in the UK pop charts, followed in October by ‘Killer Queen’ which went to number 2. The legend was born! Hear and see Magic proudly performing the Music of Queen. Now with more energy, a bigger line-up and a massive new sound. The best just got better! Keyboard player Dave Chapman has joined the band bringing with him a powerhouse of sounds with his hi-tech instruments and his fabulous keyboard playing skills. If you’ve already been to a Magic Concert, then you’ll know. If you haven’t, do yourself a favour, come along, join their ever growing fans and enjoy Magic’s remarkable talents, bringing to you live Queen’s greatest hits as no other group can.

ALY BAIN AND PHIL CUNNINGHAM Aly Bain, the best known and most significant fiddle player in the Celtic tradition and Phil Cunningham, a world famous accordion player and composer have been touring together since 1988 to packed concert halls. They recorded their first album ‘The Pearl’ in 1994 and since then have recorded several CDs and toured throughout the world, numerous times. In February 2005 they won the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards – Best Duo Award. The duo has also been nominated in the Scottish Trad Music Awards 2006 for the Live Act of the Year. Aly and Phil started playing music together after having great fun recording one of Aly’s early TV shows. Public response to these sessions was such that they decided to tour together and so the partnership was born. The annual tour has grown and has become something of an institution with the concerts selling out faster each year.

ALAN PRICE The name Alan Price immediately summons up some of the most memorable sounds in the last 40 years: from the Animals’ ‘House Of The Rising Sun’, to his quirky take on Randy Newman’s ‘Simon Smith And His Amazing Dancing Bear’, to his many hits with Georgie Fame, including the most famous ‘Rosetta’. His induction into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in 1994 was testimony to his achievements throughout his career in the music industry and sits well alongside his BAFTA award for the soundtrack of the highly acclaimed film ‘O Lucky Man!’ in which he also appeared as ‘himself’. Alan continues to write, record and perform regularly throughout Europe. Around the world he is readily acknowledged as one of the most talented and enduring musical artists to have emerged from the 1960s British Beat Boom.

KARINE POLWART TRIO Scots songwriter Karine Polwart combines the economy and universality of the folk storytelling tradition with a probing intellect and compassionate lyricism.Twice winner of ‘Best Original Song’ at the UK-wide BBC Folk Awards. A former children’s rights worker, and driven by a strong sense of social justice, Karine allows images, narratives, questions and wry comic asides do much of her work. All four of her solo CD releases prove she’s a writer able to combine ancient traditions with sharp contemporary observations and an independent sensibility. www.karinepolwart.com

Friday 8 April 7.30pm £16.50 T U

Saturday 9 April 8pm £14/£13 C T U

Friday 15 April 8pm £16.50 C T U

Saturday 16 April 8pm £13 C T U


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ELMER THE ELEPHANT: 3 –7 YEAR OLDS, AND THEIR GROWN-UPS

Tuesday 19 April

Based on the best-selling children’s book by author, David McKee, this fun-filled, brand new version of ‘Elmer the Elephant’ bursts to life with a host of colourful characters, catchy songs, and beautifully hand-carved puppets! Oh, and not forgetting everyone’s favourite patchwork friend! Come along and meet Elmer and friends, in this bewitching new show, written especially for the very young. Join our storytellers as they whisk you deep into the jungle in this funny, magical tale, with a very happy ending.

2pm £6 adults £5 children £20 family ticket

LUNCHTIME CONCERT SERIES: SUE PARISH

Wednesday 20 April

Cheering memories from the golden age of jazz performed by popular Lancaster vocalist Sue Parish, and brilliant pianist Tom Kincaid. The concert will include classic songs by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and other great composers of the 30s 40s and 50s. Sue’s eloquent, enthusiastic performances appeal to all ages, and she has worked with many of the North West’s finest musicians. Tom Kincaid is one of the UK’s finest piano players, in demand throughout the UK for his swinging style and vivid solos.

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MORECAMBE BRASS BAND EASTER CONCERT: ‘MUSIC FROM THE STAGE AND SCREEN’

Saturday 23 April

Come and listen to your local Championship Section Brass Band as they present their annual Easter Concert. ‘Music from The Stage and Screen’ promises to be an audio visual spectacular guaranteed to include some of your favourite musical and film tunes. Please contact the band via their website to request your favourite tune. www.morecambebrassband.co.uk

7.30pm £8 adult £5 children

LUNCHTIME CONCERT SERIES: FIVE IN A BAR

Wednesday 27 April

Popular local singers Five in a Bar return to the Platform, to sing their a cappella harmony arrangements. They cover a wide variety of musical styles; folk, jazz and contemporary classics, with something for everyone and will take you on a journey of wide ranging emotions. They have performed in the North West for over 10 years and are regular singers for Demi Paradise Productions of ‘Deck the Hall…’ at Lancaster Castle.

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12.45pm Admission free. Donations welcome. T U

FRANK CARSON (THE FINAL TOUR...) PLUS SPECIAL GUESTS MICK MILLER AND TONY JO

Wednesday 27 April

From the TV show The Comedian, the Platform welcomes Frank Carson with special guests Mick Miller and Tony Jo. The first half will be a look back at a great career spanning more than 40 years of the great man and comedy legend Frank Carson, plus nice stories and of course comedy humour! Mick Miller will add his own sense of comedy along with Tony Jo to make sure this will be side splitting and a laugh a minute show.

7.30pm £18.50

Tickets for some shows are now available from www.seetickets.com. See www.lancaster.gov.uk/platform for details.

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LUNCHTIME CONCERT SERIES: ERMYSTED’S BIG BAND We are delighted to have a return visit from Ermysted’s School Senior Big Band based in Skipton. Playing a programme of popular standards these talented young musicians always attract a large audience to the Platform. The band has made three CDs and undertook a tour of the Rhine last summer, making their way onto regional German TV in the process. Leavers last year included students going to study music at Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts and Cambridge University. This year’s concert will prove to have something of a real star on the Platform along with 32 others, of course!

KING PLEASURE AND THE BISCUIT BOYS King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys are more than just the world’s greatest swing band, they are an institution! The band have been on the road for two decades playing every European country as well as the USA and Russia and recording ten CDs. Dazzling musicianship, riveting stage performances, more than 50 TV appearances (including, somewhat bizarrely, five episodes of Teletubbies) and 75 radio broadcasts have established them as the Kings of Swing.

Wednesday 4 May 12.45pm Admission free. Donations welcome. T U

Friday 6 May 8pm £14/£13 C T U

LUNCHTIME CONCERT SERIES: LA SERENATA ENSEMBLE: ‘MUSIC FROM THE STAGE AND SCREEN’’

Wednesday 11 May

La Serenata presents a varied programme of popular and less well-known pieces, by composers such as Handel, Mozart, Bizet, Gershwin and Mancini. Admission free. Donations welcome.

12.45pm

THE ENID: THE WORLD’S FOREMOST SYMPHONIC ROCK BAND

Friday 13 May

The Enid emerged in 1974, as a radical alternative for all young people who couldn’t identify with punk, but were looking for a fresh, provocative, different and challenging form of music. The power of the band’s live performances (and recordings!) of their large scale, myth and fantasy inspired, wholly instrumental pieces, rapidly gained them a huge, fanatically dedicated following. The band are now set to embark on a series of tours throughout 2011 which will include dates/festivals in the UK, Europe and also the US, culminating in a televised concert at one of the UK’s premier venues – The Symphony Hall, Birmingham supported by the full City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. www.theenid.co.uk

8pm £16/£9 student

JOE LONGTHORNE

Saturday 14 May

This talented artist began his career over three decades ago with appearances on Junior Showtime, followed by a grounding on the tough Northern club circuit. His big break came in 1981 when he was a finalist on London Weekend Television’s Search for a Star – this lead to appearances at the London Palladium with Bob Hope and The Talk of the Town. A short time later, Joe received the Variety Club of Britain award as Most Promising Artiste of the Year. Joe’s repertoire of voices is endless and includes hundreds of the world’s top singers, however, he is perhaps best known for his impersonation of Shirley Bassey. During his career, Joe has received gold and platinum discs for his albums, enjoyed sell-out concerts at the Royal Albert Hall, as well as touring Australia several times. Now, Joe is looking forward to new challenges, new songs to sing and new audiences to thrill.

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LUNCHTIME CONCERT SERIES: JANET HOYLE Janet Hoyle is one of the leading contralto singers in North Lancashire and South Cumbria. She has performed widely around England and Germany and recently on two occasions as a soloist in France with a French choir and Kendal Choral Society. Her recent tutor is the acclaimed Jean Alastair. Janet will be singing something for everyone in this concert including operatic, Italian, Wolf Leider and also lighter music. She will be accompanied by Michael Critchlow.

THE POOZIES Women’s 5-piece folk ‘super-group’, The Poozies are masters of arranging and both their instrumental sets and their songs may take you on a journey through a landscape of musical fantasy. Perhaps even more spinetingling are their vocal harmonies which intensify the songs and which are drawn not only from the rich vein of traditional Scottish Gaelic culture but from any enticing genre. The range of experience collectively realised by The Poozies is massive and their success is evidenced by their continued popularity with audiences. They play to packed houses wherever they go and are constantly in demand at festivals throughout the summer months.

GENO WASHINGTON AND THE RAM JAM BAND Geno Washington is a genuine cult hero and legend within the 60s soul scene. He enjoys such status on the Soul, R&B and Northern Soul scenes, due to his unsurpassable reputation as a live performer. He is electrifying on stage and his love of performance (and of life!) makes him an inspiration, a joy to witness, and one of THE great front men. Geno is as vital as ever when it comes to rocking the house. The ultimate showman and his super-tight band will illuminate any stage from the moment he steps upon it. Still packing them in and rocking them in the aisles. Get ready for a fantastic evening of hand clapping, foot stomping soul with Geno Washington and the fabulous Ram Jam Band. www.genowashington.com

Tuesday 17 May 12.45pm Admission free. Donations welcome. T U

Friday 20 May 8pm £13/£11 C T U

Saturday 21 May 8pm £16 advance, £18 on door

PROMENADE CONCERT ORCHESTRA: ‘MUSIC FROM THE SHOWS’

Sunday 22 May

A return programme of the ever-popular music from the shows, with the old favourites, ‘South Pacific’, ‘Rose-Marie’, ‘Desert Song’, ‘White Horse Inn’ and the ‘Gondoliers’ to name a few! We also welcome to soloists to sing their choice of solos and duets from the shows. Supported by Morecambe Town Council.

3pm £12/£10 £5 children

LUNCHTIME CONCERT SERIES: VAL BAULARD AND THE BOSCATS

Wednesday 25 May

Back for another lunchtime series by popular demand, Val Baulard sings traditional jazz standards, well loved and popular tunes accompanied by The Boscats who are Peter Boswell, Peter Lawrence, Jack Schofield and Roy Edwards who between them play, trumpet, trombone, bass, double bass, clarinet, saxes and guitar. Val has been a professional singer for many years and has sung with The Boscats and Black Horse Jazzmen for several years. They perform together and separately with other groups, extensively in the Yorkshire Dales and North Lancashire.

12.45pm Admission free. Donations welcome.

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MOONLIGHT SERENADE ORCHESTRA UK Founded in 2003, the Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK has wowed audiences across the UK with their skill and passion for swing music. From selling out at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to playing under the wing of a bomber at the American Air Museum, the MSO UK always hits the right note. The Orchestra’s repertoire ranges from the classics of Glenn Miller through Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman to the cool vibe of Sinatra with a touch of Gene Krupa thrown in. You can look forward to an evening of nostalgia, foot tapping and good humour. In addition to big band numbers there are solo spots from top notch musicians and fabulous renditions from a star vocalist. The Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK’s musicians happily state that they are the hottest swinging band in the UK but don’t take their word for it, come and see for yourselves! www.msouk.co.uk

BLAZIN’ FIDDLES Take a group of the hottest contemporary fiddle players from the Highlands and Islands of Scotland and you’ve got the award winning Blazin’ Fiddles on your hands. In the past decade no other band has quite captured the excitement, passion and the sensitivity of Scottish music as Blazin’ Fiddles, having grown from a showcase tour of individual fiddlers highlighting the distinctive flavours of Highlands and Islands fiddle music. During a performance, the audience has the opportunity to hear pieces featuring the regional styles of each fiddler followed by all hands jumping in for a wonderful explosion of music. Fiddles and bows blaze away with guitar and piano for one of the most exciting and memorable fiddle ensembles ever to take the stage. www.blazin-fiddles.com

Saturday June 4 7.30pm £14/£13 T U

Friday 17 June 8pm £15/£14 T U

VOULEZ VOUS – PERFORM ABBA: THE MAMMA MIA CONCERT

Saturday June 18

Voulez Vous are now entering their 20th year anniversary tour and still command immense audience support and appreciation. Their new production; ABBA the ‘Mamma Mia’ Concert has received fantastic reviews from theatres and audiences alike. Some of the new costumes for the up and coming season are more glamorous than ever, adding to the authenticity of the show and combining that 70s look also defines the humour and personality of the Voulez Vous cast. Voulez Vous perform a non-stop barrage of ABBA hits, brilliantly performed and visually enhanced and will have you singing and dancing in the aisles, creating 2 hours of pure ABBA nostalgia. So dust off your platforms, put on your flares and enjoy an unforgettable night with Voulez Vous.

7.30pm £16/£15 £50 family

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DENNIS LOCORRIERE – ALONE AGAIN 2011 Without reservation, Dennis Locorriere, the True Voice of Dr Hook, still has one of the finest voices around. As the lead singer of Dr Hook, one of the biggest bands across the world in the 70s and 80s his is that beautiful voice instantly recognised everywhere. He sang all the major hits they had and was the only member of the band on every Dr Hook recording. Dr Hook amassed more than 60 gold and platinum records scoring number one hits in more than 42 countries and spent 300 days a year on the road for 15 years. Dennis returns to the UK this year celebrating the very best of his own solo work and the wonderful catalogue of classic songs and recordings from his former band, Dr Hook. This show has been a complete sell out in the past so early booking is advised.

Saturday, 25 June 8pm £19 T U

MORECAMBE BRASS BAND: ‘MIDSUMMER MEMORIES’

Saturday 2 July

Let Morecambe brass band take you on an emotional journey of joy, tears and laughter as they present you with a delightful evening of musical memories. Sit back and relax as the award winning brass band help you relive your memories by performing the musical recollections. If you have a piece of music which reminds you of a particular memory that you would like the band to play, please contact us via the website. www.morecambebrassband.co.uk

7.30pm £8 adults £5 children

CATCH THE WIND KITE FESTIVAL

Sunday 24 July

Fantastic fun for all the family! Kite, paper, aeroplane and wind chime making workshops in the Platform, kite flying on the promenade, spectacular display kites and music on the Platform forecourt.

TUTTI FRUTTI 2011 Friday Night 7.30pm Colin Paul and the Persuaders The Bobcats Saturday (noon: outside the Platform) The Black Cat Trio Eddie Robins Plus FREE Saturday daytime children’s entertainment with rides/stalls and the exciting Happy Feet Dancers Saturday Night 7.30pm The King Cats Fast Eddie and the Jive Machine More information from Keith on 01524 833885.

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11am–4pm Admission free

Friday 29 and Saturday 30 July Weekend ticket £24 Single night £15 C Dance space.


Community events OLD TIME AND MODERN SEQUENCE DANCING Admission £2.80 including tea and biscuits.

Every Thursday 2–4pm

MORECAMBE BAY FLOWER CLUB For more information contact please phone the secretary, Margaret Dickinson on 01524 427558. (1st Wednesday of the month except February)

BLOOD DONOR SESSIONS: GIVE BLOOD AT THE PLATFORM

1st Wed of the month 7pm £3.50 on the door 2–4pm & 5.30–7.30pm

Session dates: Wednesday 16 February, Monday 21 March, Wednesday 18 May, Wednesday 8 June and Monday 4 July

COFFEE MORNINGS AT THE PLATFORM

10am–Noon

Tuesday 15 March: Salvation Army Tuesday 10 May: Primrose House Thursday 9 June: Bare and District W.I. Tuesday 5 July: Primrose House Thursday 7 July: Morecambe and Lancaster Townswomen’s Guild Tuesday 19 July: Salvation Army Tuesday 16 August: Primrose House Tuesday 6 September: Primrose House Tuesday 6 December: Primrose House

MORE TRAVELS WITH A CAMERA A series of colour slide presentations by Peter Logan. 18 January: Across South America from Macchu Pichu to Rio 25 January: Alaska and the Yukon – Klondyke country 1 February: Sri Lanka, Buddha’s Island 8 February: Provence and the French Riviera

Tuesdays at 7pm. Admission £2.75 (includes tea/coffee and biscuits)

MORECAMBE AND HEYSHAM CANINE SOCIETY DOG SHOW

Sunday 20 March

Under Kennel Club regulations with adult and junior handlers. Entry forms from Mrs Sally Lines on 01524 415479. Closing date for entries Monday 21 February. Doors open 9.30am. Judging starts 10am.

MORECAMBE AND DISTRICT PHILATELIC SOCIETY ANNUAL SPRING STAMP FAIR

Sunday 1 May

Over 10 dealers covering mint and used stamps, postal history items and postcards, stamp catalogues and all stamp accessories, information on local club meetings, free advice on your collection or how to start. Light refreshments available all day.

10am–4pm Admission free


Community events THE BABYMAZE BABY AND TODDLER SHOW From pregnancy to pre-school, we’ve got it covered. A fun day out for the whole family. Exhibitors will be offering everything from buggies to bras and keepsakes to cakes. There will also be a professional photographer, craft area and activity sessions to name just a few. Not to mention a fantastic free prize draw open to all attendees. The November show attracted well over 600 visitors so be sure to put this one in your diary for May. For more information visit www.babymaze.co.uk

CO-OPERATIVE FAMILY FUN DAY Join the Co-operative Group’s North West team to celebrate Co-operative Fortnight. There will be entertainment for all tastes. The Co-operative Group’s family of businesses will be there to let you know about what it is to be a co-operative. Children’s rides and circus skills workshops will keep the family entertained and for those who require a bit more sustenance, the Co-operative’s kitchen will be hosting live cookery demonstrations. For more information please contact the North West and North Midlands Membership Team on 0161 246 2226.

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Sunday 8 May 10am–3pm Admission free

Sunday 3 July Noon–4pm Admission free


Saturday 30 April – Monday 2 May

MORECAMBE LIVE WEEKENDER Kicking off the Top 20 on the Bank Holiday, the Morecambe Live Weekender features top tributes from the 90s, 00s and 10s all weekend plus the best of local performers. Saturday and Monday are at the Platform and include top tributes to JLS, Lady Gaga, Alexandra Burke plus others.

Saturday 28 – Sunday 29 May 12pm–5pm

Sunday 26 June

Country Kickback

Blueswater ends its weekend at the Platform with a neat line-up of delta and Chicago blues with the best of new and established blues artists guaranteed to set the prom rocking.

Country Kickback makes its annual appearance at the Platform on Spring Bank holiday weekend. For linedancers, westerners and even those who just like country music. Top UK country artists include Magill, Katie Rhodes, Westridge plus guests.

Sunday 14 August 12pm–5pm

MOTOWN MAGIC A salute to Motown and Soul with Diane Shaw returning by popular request headlining some great artists sure to get everyone’s feet hitting the beat.

Sunday 10 July 12pm–5pm

BLUESWATER

MORECAMBE JAZZ 2011 Now in its 5th year, Morecambe Jazz returns to the Platform for a wonderful afternoon of free entertainment. Artists performing include Dizzy Hack and the Rhino Horns, LRGS Big Band, and the John Woodhouse Quartet.

Saturday 27 – Monday 29 August 12pm–5pm

BEACHBASH The last Bank Holiday of the summer sees Beachbash tribute festival returns after its great start last summer. With each day celebrating the 60s, 70s and 80s in that order! Expect to see iconic artists such as Roy Orbison, Rod Stewart and the Faces of Madness. Well, excellent tributes to them at least!

morecambelive.com Tickets are available from kalimba: 01524 424 303 Morecambe VIC: 01524 582 808 or pay on the door Sponsored by Morecambe Town Council and The Arndale Centre


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Platform brochure - Spring 2011  

Events listing for The Platform in Morecambe

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