Comic Omid tops varied bill

Omid Djalili.
Omid Djalili.
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Comedian Omid Djalili and ex-politician turned TV presenter Michael Portillo headline a packed autumn season at The Platform.

The Morecambe seafront venue launches its new season in September with folk music from Drever and Coyne, and female fiddle quartet Carthy, Hardy, Farrell and Young.

In October, Celtic musicians the Peatbog Faeries will appear while November’s dose of folk comes from Shooglenifty. Festive folk comes from Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band this December.

Also due to appear this season will be Vin Garbutt and the ever-popular Houghton Weavers.

The Blues Band return to the Platform in September and exciting rock and blues musician Chantel McGregor will be in town in December.

Darkside will return to the Platform with ‘The Pink Floyd Show’ and Beatlemania will recreate legendary Beatles tunes in November. Fans of Queen, The Eagles and Elvis Presley also have tribute shows to look forward to.

The Moonlight Serenade Orchestra, Gerry and The Pacemakers, Leo Moran and Anthony Thistlethwaite, The Rat Pack with special guest Kenny Lynch, the Promenade Concert Orchestra’s new season, and concerts by the Last Night of the Proms by Wesley Methodist Church featuring the Pilling Silver Jubilee Silver Band and Morecambe Brass Band, and children’s show Hugless Douglas are among the other highlights. There will also be a Christmas panto show, Cinderella.

The new season coincides with the Vintage by the Sea Festival on Saturday, September 6 and Sunday, September 7. Vintage enthusiasts should make their way to the Platform during this weekend to see the venue transformed into a marketplace. It will be open from 11am to 5.30pm and is free to enter and browse the stalls selling vintage clothing and accessories.

On Sunday September 7, Let it Rock curated by Poor Boy Paul takes to the stage from 7.30pm to late. Rockin’ bands The Crown Top Kings, The Hayriders and The Rhythm Kings bring the best of 1950s rock and roll.Tickets are £10 in advance/£12 on the door and the age limit is 18 years and above.

There are monthly craft fairs taking place during autumn and winter which are free to enter. A Victorian Steampunk Craft Fair will take over the venue on October 18 with live music and a magician. Admission £3.