Yorkshire Evening Post
1969 September 9th.
Pop Proms Come North

Just imagine groups like The Nice, The Who, Fairport Convention, appearing in your own backyard. That’s something a handful of Yorkshire people have been trying to arrange for some time. Now it’s going to happen. For the Harrogate Theatre, long established as a cultural centre for the county is to stage a series of Sunday proms at regular intervals. And the project is starting in a big way. For The Nice, that amazing organ, bass and drums trio which earned the respect of classical musicians all over the world, are coming to Harrogate for the opening night on September 28. Also appearing is a new group called Yes who have already played at most of this year’s major jazz festivals with rave reviews and have a fast selling L.P. to their credit. It will be a night to remember. One of the men behind the Pop Proms project is Leeds agent Danny Pollock. He says: “This is something which is entirely new to Yorkshire. In fact, it’s never been done in the North before. We hope to present the Proms every three weeks or so.” “The theatre is just right for what we want to do, and the management have gone right out of their way to be helpful. What we really wanted to do was to present the better side of pop. After The Nice, we are going to try for the Fairport Convention, and similar groups.” Danny also made it plain that the DJ style of zany chatter and Radio One type treatment is definitely out. The music will be presented as an art form and with respect. Already inquiries are pouring in from all over the country. The music papers are interested, tickets are selling - and the Sunday Pop Proms in Harrogate Theatre could become a major light in the world of good pop music