What do Jarvis Cocker and The Pigeon Detectives have in common? Both had varied success in or as indie bands, both are from Yorkshire and both will be performing at the UCI World Championships later this month.
Alongside soft-pop band The Feeling (who are from West Sussex and not Yorkshire), all will be performing at the World Championships Fan Zone in Harrogate alongside the week of racing.
All the gigs will be absolutely free to attend and help bring a toe-tapping end to days of spectacular bike racing with the Fan Zone being open throughout the entire Worlds week, opening its doors on Saturday 21st September.
Don’t hold your breath for cult classics ‘Common People’ or ‘Disco 2000’ as Cocker will be performing solo rather than with 1990s Britpop band Pulp, although the man who once gatecrashed Michael Jackson’s Brits performance with a pineapple on his head will be spinning some of the biggest tunes in his DJ set.
Located at The Stray, Cocker will be on stage at 20:30 on Friday 27th September after the men’s U23 road race earlier in the day, a perfect after-party for the young racers who would have certainly earned themselves a beer and a boogie.
Joining the elite women’s road race on Saturday will be the UK’s leading Foo Fighters tribute band followed by local solo female artist Litany before The Pigeon Detectives close out proceedings with some classic noughties guitar bangers.
The final live music will come from The Feeling, taking to the stage at 18:30 on Sunday 29th September, straight after the conclusion of the elite men’s road race. Pop along, who knows, you may see Peter Sagan giving it a two-step to ‘Never be Lonely’.
CEO of Yorkshire 2019, Andy Hindley, spoke of how the live music will help bring a festival atmosphere to proceedings.
‘We’re delighted to have booked these amazing musicians and they will definitely add to the carnival atmosphere inside the Fan Zone. Their performances will be worth waiting for once the racing has concluded and I’m sure they’ll appeal to cycling and non-cycling fans alike,’ said Hindley.
‘Our Fan Zone is for everyone and we’re proud to be offering this calibre of entertainment completely free of charge. We’re looking forward to seeing thousands of people enjoying over the nine days of action and sincerely hope this will be a Championships to remember.’