Jools Holland to headline open-air music festival at Morecambe FC


February 12, 2020

TV star and bandleader Jools Holland will headline the first ever open-air music festival at Morecambe FC.

The host of 'Later...with Jools Holland' will perform with his world famous 19-piece Rhythm and Blues Orchestra at a three-day event to mark the football club's 100th birthday.

Jools will appear on Friday, June 12 at the Globe Arena on a stage to be built on the football pitch.

Holland shot to fame in the late '70s as founder member and keyboardist/pianist with pop band Squeeze whose famous hits included 'Cool for Cats' and 'Up the Junction'.

In the 1980s, he co-hosted TV music show The Tube, before landing the role as presenter of the BBC2 'Later...with Jools Holland' in 1992 which has become the UK's most popular live music programme.

Jools also performs with his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra all over the world.

The Morecambe FC gig will be Holland's first appearance in the town since he performed at a festival on Morecambe promenade in 1994.

More acts, including local bands, will be announced for the festival - which will take place from June 12 to 14.

Martin Thomas, Morecambe FC commercial manager, said: "We really wanted to do something special for the club's centenary year and for the fans who have supported us.

"For the town, I think it's great that we're putting events on, bringing people into Morecambe.

"The pitch will be covered for the event and we are making sure that season ticketholders will get priority for tickets, then they will go on sale to the general public."

The festival has been put together with the help of music promoter and Morecambe FC fan Barry Lucas.

Barry is best known as the former entertainments manager of Lancaster University, who helped bring some of rock's biggest names to perform at the university's Great Hall during the '60s, '70s and '80s.

"I think it's a very appropriate way to start the centenary celebration with such a spectacular weekend," said Mr Lucas.

"It's a long time since such a big name has performed in Morecambe and the first festival of its kind at the Globe Arena.

"It's something, if we're successful, we're looking to repeat every year and grow with even bigger artists in the future."

Tickets are due to go on sale next week.