Squeeze star Glenn Tilbrook will be school for cats when he goes back to the classroom for a festival date with a difference in Doncaster next month.
The lead singer of the popular 1970s and ’80s London band, whose best known hit is Cool For Cats, will be taking to the stage at the DN7 Festival which will be held at Ash Hill Academy in Hatfield in June.
And the rocker will be following in the footsteps of Doncaster pop star John Parr who trod the boards to headline last year’s show.
Organiser Peter Reeves is hoping Doncaster people will now come out in force to show their support for the star who also scored success with songs such as Up The Junction, Labelled With Love and Take Me I’m Yours.
He said: “We have been looking at lots of different people and its great that we’ve got someone as popular and successful as Glenn Tilbrook.
“It will be a professional concert and people are assured of a great day out.”
The singer’s appearance will be the culmination of a jam-packed day of music and entertainment within the school grounds, with a host of local acts and performers also taking to the stage.
Up-and-coming young Doncaster bands Big Tent and The Gypsy Lantern, Maia and Chalkface will all be doing their thing and will be joined by the Doncaster Youth Swing Orchestra and the EKS Big Band from Doncaster’s German twin town of Herten.
There will also be an indoor dance stage where local dance schools will be able to perform, as well as games, a funfair, food and refreshments, plus craft stalls and other attractions.
Mr Reeves, the former vice principal of the school, who retired last year and now devotes his time to organising the festival, added: “We got the idea when some of our pupils visited an academy in West Yorkshire and saw them doing something very similar and successful over there.
“We wanted to do something exciting and put something on for the community and give something back.
“People don’t always get the opportunity to see well known singers on their doorstep so we are doing our bit to give them that.”
Squeeze were first formed in 1974 but it wasn’t until the new wave explosion of the late seventies that the band came to prominence.
Originally featuring Jools Holland on piano and keyboards, the band became famous with Cool For Cats and Up The Junction, both of which hit the number two spot, following that up with a string of top 40 hits and albums.
The band continues to this day, albeit with a different line-up, and last released an album in 2010.
The festival will take place on June 21 and tickets are priced £7.50 for adults, £2.50 for children of school age, and free for youngsters aged under five.
They are available from local outlets or online at www.wegottickets.com