Hundreds attend Handpick’d Festival

A VIP experience – that is how one festivalgoer has described their visit to Pocklington Arts Centre’s inaugural Handpick’d Festival which has been hailed a great success.

The festival saw 20 acts performing across three stages over two days all under PAC’s roof in an event that was the first of its kind for the venue.

Headlining the sold-out first night was Rick Witter and Paul Banks of Shed Seven who performed an intimate acoustic set that became just that little bit more special when they invited the audience to join them on stage for their final song.

And the youngest member of the audience, five-year-old Esme, was there to experience her first ever gig with her mum and dad – a moment made even more spectacular when she was invited onto the stage to dance along to Disco Down.

Also performing on the night was York based four-piece band The Howl & The Hum, who have been hailed by many on social media as one of the festival highlights.

Lead singer Sam Griffiths said he was impressed with the “cracking line-up” the festival had to offer.

Leeds based singer-songwriter Jade Helliwell, who opened the festival on the main stage, said: “I really enjoyed it, we got a great reaction! The line-up is incredible so thank you everyone for coming along!”

Commenting on Facebook after the first night, festivalgoer Bonita Barrett, said: “From the moment we walked in it felt like a VIP experience. The bands were outstanding. Thank you for a very special experience.”

The outstanding talent continued into Saturday, with 16 acts performing over 12 hours, including Buffalo Skinners, The Dunwells, Coco & The Butterfields, the Dan Webster Band, The Eskies, Seafret and headliner Thea Gilmore.

Speaking after their foot stomping, crowd-pleasing set Ian Mac Fheorais, lead singer of The Eskies, said: “We had a wonderful time with lovely people, and a lovely crowd. We just had a marvellous time so thank you Pocklington for having us.”

After their set got the audience dancing in the aisles, Dulcima Showan, of Coco & The Butterfields, said: “We had a wonderful time; it was really fun, it’s a really cool place and it was a really cool audience.”

PAC director, Janet Farmer, said: “What a fantastic weekend of discovery for everyone who attended Handpick’d Festival.

“It was such a treat to be able to showcase so much talent, there was such an amazing atmosphere throughout the weekend, and it was such a joy to see so many people enjoying such world class live music.

“The venue really did come alive over the weekend. We have had so much positive feedback from the audience and acts alike. We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who helped to make it such a success.”

Platform Festival returns on 10-13 July 2019. Further details coming soon.