Platform to host TV-style show

Compere Steven Wren aka Jools Netherland.
Compere Steven Wren aka Jools Netherland.

MORECAMBE’S answer to Later...with Jools Holland could become a regular event if the debut show is a success.

So says Bernie Kelly, part of the organising team behind an unusual night of live local music based on the popular BBCTV show coming to the Platform this Friday (April 20), from 7.30pm.

Bands from Morecambe and the surrounding area, all with different musical styles, will perform short interchanging sets using three separate stages, in a fast-moving three-hour gig reminiscent of Jools Holland’s famous TV programme.

“It should have the feel of a mini festival,” said Bernie, who is also the drummer in the Reggie Mental Band.

“Every band will get to play for 15 minutes, twice. So if there’s a style of music you don’t particularly like, you only have to hear three songs and then it’s on to the next one!

“It’s a great idea, I think (band mate) Andy Creevy came up with it. If it’s a success we’ll do three a year.”

The night will be held together by the compere ‘Jools Netherland’, aka Steven Wren.

Steven is known for his cheeky humour, but the Promenade Music worker will not be doing a Holland impression as such.

But being a talented musician himself, expect this stalwart of bands as diverse as Mint Royale and Twenty Four Seven to tinkle the ivories, alongside the starring acts...just like Jools does on the telly!

Performers on the night include ska and soulers extraordinaire the Reggie Mental Band.

Hip soul band Big Door Open and folksters Ottersgear are also on the bill. Acoustic guitarist Howard Haigh will bring his brand of world music to proceedings.

And the line-up is rounded off by dynamic rockers Blackheart Afterglow.

Tickets cost £10, available from the Platform box office on 01524 582803.