Guillemots first galloped into people's ears back in 2005 with joyful, colour-drenched singles such as ‘Made-up Lovesong #43’ and ‘Trains to Brazil’. Their debut album ‘Through The Windowpane’ followed in 2006, picking up a Mercury nomination and vocal praise from Sir Paul McCartney, who played album opener ‘Little Bear’ in a Christmas Radio 1 slot that year. The band's growing reputation for playing ecstatic and unhinged gigs also led to a 2007 Brit Nomination for Best Live Act. ‘Red’ (2008), and ‘Walk the River’ (2011) came next, as well as singer Fyfe Dangerfield's own Gold-selling solo debut, ‘Fly Yellow Moon’ (2010), and the band have played an increasingly diverse range of gigs, spanning from stadium concerts supporting R.E.M to ongoing collaborations with Future Cinema, improvising soundtracks to cult films such as David Lynch’s Eraserhead. In 2012, Guillemots have been beguiling the music world once more, with the surprise release of their fourth album, ‘Hello Land!’, and the news that three more new albums will appear throughout the year, all recorded in the Norwegian countryside with producer Jonas Raabe, in association with The state51 Conspiracy.
Janet Farmer, Pocklington Arts Centre manager and the festival’s music programmer said: “Building on the success of last year's event we have been able to attract a fantastic line-up of nationally renowned bands to perform on Sunday 28th October. The whole weekend was a huge success last year - especially if you take into account it was the first time it was staged on such a large scale and the time we had to organise it. We hope we can use this momentum and really put the festival and Pocklington on the map.
“Echo & The Bunnymen are one of the most recognisable and critically acclaimed bands of the last thirty years. Their live shows are truly magnificent and with Ian McCulloch they have one of rock's great front men. To have them perform at the festival is a real honour.
“2012 looks like being a big year for Mercury Prize nominated The Guillemots with four album releases and a series of high profile festivals including Hardrock Calling (Hyde Park, London), where they will share the stage with Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band.”