This year’s Pocktoberfest is fast approaching, and in now in its milestone 10th year, the festival is sticking to its ethos, whilst heightening its playing field. Each year, the music and beer festival aims to raise as much money as possible for local charities by making it one of the town’s premier events in everyone’s social calendar. This year they will be once again be supporting Help for Heroes charity, and for the first time ever they will also be raising money for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. Building on last’s year success the organisers have set the bar high, announcing that they hope to top the £10,000 raised at last year’s event.
Inspired by Munich Oktoberfest the festival first started in 2004, hosted at Pocklington Arts Festival. But the growing popularity has seen the celebrations moved to The Old Railway Station, now Pocklington School’s converted sports centre, for the two previous festivals. A chance to sample the best beers and enjoy performances from a range of international, and more local artists. This year sees headlines from the witty six-piece HUGE, who have sold out the Grand Opera House a record 28 times, as well as BRIT Award and Mercury nominee Richard Hawley, and Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Tift Merrit.
Pocklington Arts Centre manager Janet Farmer, who is also the festival’s music programmer, said: “Last year’s event received fantastic feedback and I hope we can build on this success. Richard Hawley is currently one of the most in-demand performers in the country, with the success of his latest album Standing at Sky’s Edge, and it is a huge honour to have him headline this year.”
The star-studded line up is something which Pocktoberfest certainly boasts, with previous acts including the Mercury nominated Guillemots, British folk-singer Seth Lakeman and infamous Billy Bragg. Pocktoberfest organising committee head Chris Waite stated “In the last 10 years we have raised and donated some £25,000 for local and national charities, helped launch local businesses, attracted world-class artists to Pocklington and have also helped to significantly raise the profile of the town – something we can all be proud of.
For the full programme and tickets visit their website http://www.pocktoberfest.co.uk/