Hot Off the Press Release: Sky Rocks With Pop-Up Pop

Sky’s Arts channel will unlock its music library with a pop-up channel.

Arts is an SD subscription channel but the pop-up programming will be in HD and free to all Sky direct customers with at least a starter package and a Sky box at home.

Here’s the media release: 


A weekend-long living room concert is on its way: 

Sky Arts Rocks Pop-Up unlocked* 

Live music – there’s nothing quite like it. Whether it’s the energy of the crowd, the sweat dripping from the performer’s forehead, the personal quips from the enigmatic front-person, or the epic encore that you wish will never end, a live musical performance is a memorable event and different every time. 

While we can’t head out to our local gig, Sky Arts – Sky’s premium culture channel filled with all the music, fine art, dance, architecture, and arty goodness you could wish for – is gifting viewers a weekend-long pop-up channel dedicated to live musical performances so that you can rock on from the comfort of your own bubble. Even better, if you’ve got a Sky box in your home and you’ve got at least the Sky Starter package, the Sky Arts Rocks Pop-Up will be opened up to you too – no Sky Arts subscription required. 

The Sky Arts Rocks Pop-Up will include a variety of musical performances from indie to classic rock, plus a couple of highlights from internationally recognised festivals. 

Sit down or dance along to some of the best live performances of the decade. Check out Irish musician Hozier’s 2019 concert from the New York leg of his Wasteland Baby! tour, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds’ 2017 concert (after a three-year hiatus), recorded at Copenhagen’s Royal Arena, and The Smashing Pumpkins’ 2012 performance of their Oceania album in full. 

If you want that Friday night festy feel, get your glitter and gumboots on and take a trip back to Glastonbury Festival 2019 where you’ll experience performances from Stormzy, The Killers, The Cure, Miley Cyrus, Billie Eilish, George Ezra, Vampire Weekend, Sheryl Crow, and many more. On Saturday night, you’ll also get highlights from the 50th anniversary of the Isle of Wight Festival in 2018 headlined by Depeche Mode, The Killers, Kasabian, and Liam Gallagher with additional performances from The Script, Blossoms, James Bay, and Van Morrison. 

Lovers of classic rock won’t want to miss performances from legendary artist Joe Cocker and rock gods The Who. Joe Cocker’s live performance was recorded at the Waldbuhne in Berlin in 1997, and includes tracks from his sixteenth studio album, Across From Midnight, as well as his iconic classics. We wrap up Sunday night in style with British rockers The Who – filmed in 1977, this rare concert film captures the full line-up of Daltrey, Townshend, Entwistle, and what would be their final public show with the explosive Keith Moon on drums. 

Sky Arts Rocks Pop-Up 

Friday 17 April to Monday 20 April 

Sky channel 220 

*Open to all Sky direct customers with at least the Sky Starter package and a Sky box at home 

The set list includes: 

Glastonbury Festival 2019 – Friday, 7.10pm 

Isle of Wight Festival 2018 – Saturday, 6.10pm 

Hozier – Saturday, 7.40pm 

Liam Gallagher – Saturday, 10.05pm 

Dhani Harrison – Saturday, 11pm 

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Sunday, 12.05pm 

Foals – Sunday, 1.50pm 

Coldplay – Sunday, 4.40pm 

Smashing Pumpkins – Sunday, 6.25pm 

Joe Cocker – Sunday, 7.40pm 

The Who – Sunday, 9.05pm 

More pop-ups to look forward to: 

Sky 5’s Pawn Stars Pop-up 

Friday 10 April to Thursday 16 April (open to all Sky Starter customers) 

Sky 5 delivers the ultimate lean-back experience with a dedicated Pawn Stars Pop-up, the colourful fan-favourite reality series where everything has a story and a price. 

Vibe’s Brokenwood Pop-up 

Wednesday 22 April to Monday 27 April (open to all Sky Starter customers) 

Re-live the secrets of The Brokenwood Mysteries from seasons one to five before the sixth season arrives on Vibe on the 27th of April. 

Sky Movies’ Sport Movies Pop-up 

Wednesday 22 April to Monday 27 April (open to all Sky Movies and Sky Sport customers) 

Back-to-back movies charting the adrenaline-fuelled highs and lows of the sporting world featuring titles such as Million Dollar Baby and Creed II. 

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