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Middle Child theatre company set to release free four-track EP ahead of their Hull UK City of Culture 2017 gig theatre production, All We Ever Wanted Was Everything

Middle Child - All We Ever Wanted Was Everything - Full Cast - 2017
Middle Child - All We Ever Wanted Was Everything - Full Cast - 2017

Middle Child – All We Ever Wanted Was Everything – Full Cast – 2017 – Photo by Josh Moore

Hull-based Middle Child theatre company are set to release a free four-track EP ahead of their Hull UK City of Culture 2017 gig theatre production, All We Ever Wanted Was Everything, which opens at the Welly nightclub in Hull on 6 June 2017.

The All We Ever Wanted Was Everything EP features original electronic music written by James Frewer and arranged with Alice Beaumont.

The show of the same name mixes bold new writing from Luke Barnes with original live music by James Frewer, to ask what happens when our dreams don’t become reality.

The story follows two young people from Hull over 20 years as they struggle to realise their hopes and ambitions, against the backdrop of an asteroid heading for Earth.

Alice Beaumont performs behind a Daft Punk-inspired mask as The Asteroid in the production, using synths and drum machines to give the character a distinct electronic music sound, in contrast to the guitar-based music of the human characters.

James Frewer also performs live on stage alongside the actors, playing guitar and keyboard.

James, who has previously worked with Blur producer Ben Hillier, said: “One of the sole reasons you go to a gig is to hear the band or DJ’s big tunes and so we thought we’d get on it and release some of the tracks from All We Ever Wanted Was Everything before the event.

“The character of The Asteroid in this show has her own techno vibe so we thought we would release the majority of her songs as a concept EP, detailing the journey of her view on humanity, from the euphoria of its possibility to her broken hearted execution of the planet.

“We want people to play this EP loud, have a dance to it and then come along to hear it live at Welly this June.”

Alice said: “It’s been a lot of fun building these tracks and James and I have poured a lot of blood and sweat into getting them right.

“It’s very exciting to know that the audience will have access to the music before they come and see the show and hope when they do, it will go down a storm on the dancefloor.”

James has previously worked with Middle Child on Weekend Rockstars, Mercury Fur, The Dancing Dead and Saturday Night & Sunday Morning. James has also worked as musical director on Hopelessly Devoted, a touring production with Paines Plough, written by Kate Tempest, and as musical supervisor on Get Carter with Nadine Shah and Ben Hillier, who has produced albums by the likes of Blur, Depeche Mode and Elbow. James has also composed for numerous Hull Truck productions including Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. James is an associate artist of Hull Truck.

Alice Beaumont is an actor from Hull who has appeared in previous Middle Child shows Weekend Rockstars, The Dancing Dead and five pantomimes at Fruit. Further credits include Pig by Silent Uproar, The Night Season at East Riding Theatre and Volcano at Sheffield Crucible.

The EP is available to download for free from Soundcloud and to stream through Spotify and Apple Music from Monday 15 May.

All We Ever Wanted Was Everything opens at The Welly Club on Tuesday 6 June and runs until Saturday 17 June.

Final advanced £10 tickets are available until Friday 19 May.

Each performance of All We Ever Wanted Was Everything includes support from a different Humber Street Sesh band each night, including the likes of The Hubbards, Bud Sugar, Chiedu Oraka and Emily Moulton.

Tickets

Advanced tickets cost £10 and £8 for concessions. Final online tickets cost £12 and £10 for concessions, available from 10amon 19 May 2017. On the door tickets cost £15 and £13 for concessions.

Buy any five tickets for one show and get the cheapest ticket free with our group deal.

Tickets for Thursday 8 and 15 June include free entry to Jelly at Welly. Tickets for Saturday 10 (8pm) and 17 June include free entry to Shuffle at Welly.

www.allweeverwanted.co.uk / @middlechildhull / @humberstsesh

Unplugged and BSL Performance

Enjoy All We Ever Wanted Was Everything as a seated acoustic performance at the Saturday 10 June matinee, with live music from Emily Moulton. This is a relaxed performance particularly suitable for people with sensory or communication needs. The music will be performed at a reduced volume and the house lights will be raised.

The Tuesday 13 June performance will be signed by a BSL interpreter.

The Welly Club is a level access venue.

If you have any access requirement or any questions about these performances please get in touch by email at [email protected]k or calling Hull Box Office on 01482 221113 in advance of your visit.

For more information about All We Ever Wanted Was Everything please contact Jamie Potter at Middle Child theatre company: [email protected] / 07784 785255

Slung Low’s Flood Part Two: Abundance by James Phillips gets underway on floating stage in former dock as part of Hull 2017

Flood Abundance Part 2
Flood Abundance Part 2

Flood Abundance Part 2 © Thomas Arran

The first live performances of Flood Part Two: Abundance, the latest chapter in a major new work by the acclaimed theatre company Slung Low, have now taken place as part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017.

Directed by artistic director Alan Lane and written by award-winning playwright James Phillips, Abundanceis the next stage in Flood, an extraordinary year-long epic commissioned for Hull 2017, which is being told online, live in Hull and on BBC television.

Flood Part Two: Abundance is being performed until Saturday on a series of specially constructed floating stages in Victoria Dock, a historic location now surrounded by the homes of local people, with the night sky and the Humber as a backdrop.

This exceptional production features a cast of professional actors and a chorus made up of people drawn from the local community and across Hull. As well as spoken word and live action, there is song, a specially recorded choir and special effects, including projected moving image.

Flood Part Two: Abundance follows Part One: From the Sea, a film that was released online earlier this year. This can still be seen at hull2017.co.uk/flood and begins with a woman being pulled from the sea:

Flood is the story of what happened when the world was destroyed and how the people who lived tried to make it new again.

One day it starts to rain and no-one knows why. And it doesn’t stop. Far out on the North Sea a fisherman raises a girl in his net, miraculously alive from the deep sea. Is she one of the migrants now washing up on English shores? Or someone sent for some higher purpose?

Slung Low make adventures for audiences outside conventional theatre spaces, each with a powerful, moving story at its heart. The ground-breaking Leeds-based theatre company, have over the last weeks and months set up home at Victoria Dock in Hull, building a relationship with local residents as they have developed thissell-out production.

Flood is their most ambitious and experimental project to date, mixing live performance, special effects, film and digital elements to tell the story in four compelling parts across an entire year. People seeing it will be able to experience each section as a stand-alone piece, or follow the entire series with each part enriching and linking to every other.

All performances of Flood Part Two: Abundance are sold out, but people will be able to see the follow up,Flood Part Three: To the Sea, when it is broadcast on BBC television this summer.

The final, live instalment, Part Four: New World, will be performed at Victoria Dock in October 2017. Further information, including how to buy tickets, will be released in due course.

Flood’s epic adventures come to audiences in Hull and beyond with support from The Space, Arts Council England, BBC Arts and Spirit of 2012.

Alan Lane, artistic director of Slung Low, said: “Working with Hull 2017 has allowed us to imagine a larger, more engaging adventure for audiences than ever before. Flood is theatrically and politically the most ambitious work we’ve ever made and the chance to tell that story in Hull throughout this most thrilling year for the city is something we’re really excited about.”

Martin Green, Director Hull 2017, said: “It is wonderful to be working with Slung Low, one of the most brilliant companies in the UK. As our second season gets underway Flood embarks us on an extraordinary journey, which over the next months will stimulate, challenge and ask questions of the audience in an epic piece of storytelling.”

Debbie Lye, Chief Executive, Spirit of 2012, added: “Spirit of 2012 is delighted to help bring The Flood to Hull. This hugely ambitious theatre piece further raises Hull’s profile on the cultural map during 2017 and will resonate in the memory far beyond. It is bold, world class art that people across the entire city can also recognise as part of their unique heritage and enjoy together. I’m excited that Spirit is a part of it.”

Where Are We Now? As Britain prepares to exit the European Union, Neu! Reekie! bring artists to Hull 2017 for state of the nation festival

Where are we know?
Where are we know?

Where are we know?

As Britain gets set to begin negotiations to exit the European Union, full details have been announced for Where Are We Now?, a new festival bringing hip hop, music, film, poetry, dancing and more, which promises to be as thought-provoking as it is entertaining.

Produced by avant-garde art collective and cultural rabble-rousers Neu! Reekie!, Where Are We Now? takes place at venues around Hull from 2-4 June. Especially commissioned for Hull UK City of Culture 2017, this new festival sees musicians, artists, writers, film-makers and thinkers coming together from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland for an urgent state of the nation appraisal.

Award-winning dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson and radical magazine collective gal-dem have been added to the eclectic line-up, which includes Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers; singer and campaigner Charlotte Church; rappers Akala and Chester P; artistic maverick Bill Drummond; and Japan-residing pop oddball Momus.

Also heading to the city for the event are A Love From Outer Space with DJs Andrew Weatherall and Hull-born Sean Johnston; artist and punk pioneer Jamie Reid; poet Hollie McNish; hip hop band The Four Owls; acclaimed film-maker Mark Cousins; poet and playwright Sabrina Mahfouz; and director and cinematographer Anthony Baxter.

Where Are We Now? is about bringing people to have a good time and getting them excited, but also getting them thinking, exchanging ideas and enthusiasms and harnessing the potential of their collective energy. Events are taking place at a variety of venues around the city.

The Neu! Reekie! manifesto for the festival:

“Where Are We Now?’ will be a summer festival like no other: a gathering of time-served trouble-makers, spoken word rebels, artistic mavericks and leftfield music pioneers. We’ll be converging on the city of Hull to ask of today’s counter-culture the soaring, searching question with which David Bowie kissed us goodbye. 

“The UK has reached a crossroads. Where it goes next is anyone’s guess. Dark divisive forces of racism and prejudice are stirring across the UK (and Europe) in the wake of Brexit and across the Atlantic following the election of Donald Trump. We need to ask our artists, musicians and writers where they stand.

“For detached hipster unicyclists or stay-at-home clicktavists this may not be your time or place for we promise to ruffle feathers, take to the streets, challenge the dominant narratives, and counterpose Love to Hate. 

“Convening the radical fusion will be one of the UK’s most acclaimed and exciting artistic collectives. With counter-cultural roots going back through the last 25 years – to the legendary Rebel Inc publishing house – Neu! Reekie! intend to take the pulse of the cultural resistance across the UK and its four nations. And have some fun involving the good people of Hull.

“Come together. Ask questions. Listen and watch. Dance. Shake things up.”

www.hull2017.co.uk/wherearewenow

Events on Friday 2 June:

Artist Jamie Reid, famed for his work with the Sex Pistols and Pussy Riot, will present a site-specific wall collage foraged from his forty-five year career. Reid’s wall collages are nominally unplanned but will be done with flintlocks cocked and one eye on the exit.

Singer-songwriter and artistic provocateur Momus will present his tribute to David Bowie, one of the inspirations for Where Are We Now?. Momus is bringing Dybbuk, his cabaret show, which explores Bowie’s early career through film and visual art.

gal-dem, a magazine and creative collective made up of women of colour, will host a female-only gal-dem bedroom: what’s in a safe space? at Früit. gal-dem was created by Liv Little who, frustrated with the lack of diversity at her university, wanted to reach out to women of colour like herself. Recently gal-dem have launched their first print publication, with plans for a second, and have curated a V&A Friday Late. Receiving plaudits from across the publishing industry, their Opinions Editor Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff was recently awarded with the Georgina Henry Women in Journalism Award for Innovation.

On Friday evening, Hull City Hall will host Where Are We Now? #1 in which Neu! Reekie! will welcome Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers; pop and political powerhouse Charlotte Church’s Late Night Pop Dungeon; and spoken word sensation Hollie McNish.

Joining the line-up for Where Are We Now? #1 on Friday night will be award-winning dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson. Highly political and at the forefront of counterculture since the 1970s, when Race Today published his first collection of poetry, he has gone on to have four more books published and in 2002 become only the second living poet to have his work included in Penguin’s Modern Classics series.

The evening will also include a formidable short film showcase featuring: UK BAFTA winning animators Will Anderson and Ainslie Henderson; and Bristol-born but Hull-based Michael Barnes-Wynters who founded the influential ‘doodlebug’ arts platform.

The first day of the festival will draw to a close at Früit with internationally renowned club night A Love From Outer Space, which was created by acclaimed DJs Andrew Weatherall and Hull-born Sean Johnston. A club night which breaks boundaries and sells out internationally, A Love From Outer Space will provide ‘an oasis of slowness’ for the first evening of Where Are We Now?.

Events on Saturday 3 June:

Saturday’s events will focus on UK hip-hop culture, a genre-defying art-form that is constantly evolving and reacting to contemporary culture.

Throughout the day, Where Are We Now? will host a set of free hip-hop workshops on MCing, breakdancing, graffiti art, turntablism and music production led by Yorkshire and the North of England’s leading practitioners. Workshops will be hosted by: the founders of Leeds-based Breakin’ Rawgina and Beanz; King Monk who regularly delivers workshops in illustration, pottery, sculpture and history related to hip-hop culture; members of Sheffield’s Smash Proof Movement Trik9 and Kisk; six-time Turntablist Champion DJ Rasp; one of the UK’s most exciting new producers Agent M; and Liverpool’s most accomplished MC’s Nikki Blaze.

UK hip-hop legend, Rodney P will present his film The Hip-Hop World News, which discusses hip-hop’s place in world events. The film reveals a fascinating alternative reality seen from the perspective of a culture that came out of the black and Latino ghettos of 1970s’ New York and has evolved into a world-dominating cultural powerhouse. Including interviews with Public Enemy’s Chuck D, Def Jam’s Russell Simmons, New York rapper Rakim, The Hip-Hop World News is an urgent film which addresses the world’s major political issues through hip-hop. The screening will feature a live performance from Scottish rapper, Loki.

Following the workshops, Stage @ The Dock will host a two-hour Hip-Hop Jam, a whirlwind of hip-hop culture featuring some of the most significant voices of UK hip-hop. Representing the country geographically as well as across elements of hip-hop featuring Hip-Hop Jam will feature: Chester P 5 Work Freestyle Challenge,Scorzayzee, Amy True, Booth Boxers, The Flow 500 UK Cypher, DJ Rasp and a B-boy battle between Leeds the Way and Hard Knox Crew.

Vue Cinema at Princes Quay will host a screening of Mark Cousins’ stunning film I Am Belfast. The film portrays a dreamlike evocation of Belfast and has won global acclaim and was recently awarded The Stanley Kubrick Award for Bold and Innovative Filmmaking. A former resident of the city, Cousins’ documentary takes audiences to a city, which is so often disregarded and creates a sensory portrait of Northern Ireland.

Saturday will end with Where Are We Now? #2, showcasing some of the most influential and exciting hip-hop artists in the UK.. Curated by Neu! Reekie! and Hull music promoter Altu ‘Flowrex’ Collingwood at The Welly, the line-up includes Akala, The Four Owls, Eva Lazarus and Stanley Odd. The leading lights of Hull’s hip-hop sceneChiedu and DeezKid, Redeye, Clarksman, PlayaOne and DJ Fast T are also set to appear, with additional DJ sets from Steg G and DJ Toots & The Don.

Events on Sunday 4 June:

Hull will welcome award-winning playwright Sabrina Mahfouz and spoken word sensation Hollie McNish for a discussion on poetry and the sex industry. Sabrina has recently published a collection How You Might Know Mewhich explores four women’s lives, connected through their experience in different areas of the UK’s growing sex industry.

One of the UK’s premier artistic provocateurs Bill Drummond will take up residency throughout Where Are We Now?, working as a shoeshine boy in the city. In The Bill Drummond Lecture on Sunday afternoon, he will share his findings on the UK City of Culture.

Writers John Andrews, Will Burns, Martha Sprackland and Adelle Stripe will take look back at ten years of influential DIY collective in Caught By The River Revue. Collectively, each Caught By The River event, essay or publication sees disparate strands of creativity coming together, creating an outlook on the world which is full of endless discovery, innovation and joy.

Where Are We Now? will screen Anthony’s Baxter’s You’ve Been Trumped Too, the follow-up to his 2011 documentary. Exploring Donald Trump’s battle with Aberdeenshire residents over his golf course, this new documentary follows elderly widow Molly Forbes after Trump’s building workers cut off her water supply.

Where Are We Now? will come to a close with a party at the Adelphi, hosted by Edinburgh DJs FiniTribe, a chance for festival-goers to toast the ghosts of the festival.

Where Are We Now? is part of the Hull 2017 Roots & Routes season and is one of four weekend festivals due to take place this year that focus on contemporary political, social and cultural issues. The first was WOW (Women of the World) Hull (10 – 12 March), which focused on gender equality in a politically turbulent world; Freedom and Freedoms in a global context (1-4 September) including Bob and Roberta Smith’s summer takeover of Hull School of Art and Design as a ‘Centre for Freedom of Expression’; and Substance (8-10 December), which will focus on the significance of the North framed within a cultural context.

EVENTS PROGRAMME – TICKETS ON SALE FROM TODAY AT WWW.HULL2017.CO.UK

Friday 2 June

Jamie Reid – Where Are We Now? Wall Collage
Venue to be announced
Free

Momus on David Bowie
Kardomah94, 94 Alfred Gelder Street, HU1 2AN
1pm – 2.30pm
Ticket Price: £5/£3 concessions

gal-dem bedroom: what’s in a safe space?
Früit, 62 – 63 Humber Street, HU1 1TU
3.30pm – 5.30pm
FREE, drop-in

Neu! Reekie! presents Where Are We Now? #1
City Hall, Queen Victoria Square, Hull, HU1 3RQ
Doors 6pm
Ticket Price: £20/£17.50 concessions

A Love From Outer Space
Früit, 62 – 63 Humber Street, HU1 1TU
10pm – 2am
Ticket Price: £10/£8 concessions

Saturday 3 June

Hip-Hop Workshops
Creative and Cultural Studios 3, Princes Quay, HU1 2PQ
10am – 11.30am
Free

Rodney P presents The Hip-Hop World News
HIP Gallery, Princes Quay, HU1 2PQ
11.30am – 2.30pm
FREE, ticketed

Mark Cousins presents I Am Belfast
Vue Cinema, Princes Quay, HU1 2PQ
3pm – 5pm
Ticket Price: £5

Where Are We Now? Hip-hop Jam
Stage @ The Dock, HU1 1UU
2.15pm –5pm
FREE, drop-in

Neu! Reekie! presents Where Are We Now? #2
The Welly Club, 105-107 Beverley Road, Hull, HU3 1TS
Doors 5.30pm
Ticket Price: £15/£12 concessions

Sunday 4 June

Sabrina Mahfouz on Poetry in the Sex Industry – with support from Hollie McNish
Kardomah94, 94 Alfred Gelder Street, HU1 2AN
12.30pm – 1.30pm
Ticket Price: £5/£3 concessions

The Bill Drummond Lecture
Kardomah94, 94 Alfred Gelder Street, HU1 2AN
2pm – 3pm
Ticket Price: £5/£3 concessions

Caught By The River Revue – 10 years of Caught By The River
Kardomah94, 94 Alfred Gelder Street, HU1 2AN
3.30pm – 4.30pm
FREE, ticketed

You’ve Been Trumped Too – Special Event Screening
Kardomah94, 94 Alfred Gelder Street, HU1 2AN
6pm – 8.30pm
Ticket Price: £5/£3 concessions

Where Are We Now? Closing Party
Adelphi
8.30pm – midnight
Ticket Price: £5/£3 conc

Final Details for John Grant’s Festival of Electronica Announced for Hull UK City of Culture, 28 April – 1 May

John Grant © Patrick Mateer
John Grant  © Patrick Mateer

John Grant © Patrick Mateer

The final batch of tickets is on sale for John Grant’s North Atlantic Flux: Sounds from Smoky Bay, which sees some of the most exciting and innovative musicians from Scandinavia and Iceland heading to the UK next month for a music festival like no other.

Two-day and four-day passes are available for this unmissable showcase of Nordic talent which takes place over Mayday Bank Holiday weekend (28 April to 1 May), bringing a mix of electronica, from techno and pop, to post-punk and contemporary classical.

Produced by innovative arts organisation Curated Place for Hull 2017, music fans can expect surprisecollaborations and experimentalism, as well as an exclusive live set by John Grant himself. Previously confirmed artists for one of the most electrifying live events of the year include GusGus, Susanne Sundfør, Lindstrøm, Sóley, Sykur, Prins Póló, Nordic Affect, Ragga Gisla and Fufanu, as well as British artists, including Wrangler and Cobby & Litten.

Joining them and other artists on the bill is Icelandic act Ghostigial which is fronted by Einar Örn, who was previosuly with the Sugarcubes and has worked with Björk, Damon Albarn and David Byrne to name a few.Ghostigital music mixes electronic beat music, dub and hip-hop.

Adding to the British contingent at the festival, acclaimed electronic musician Actress will play a specialDJ set at warehouse nightclub, Gate No 5 and recent international hit Satellites (Johnny Vic), the Denmark-based multi-instrumentalist and producer.

Two-day passes are now available for FridaySaturday or SundayMonday priced at £65 (£60 concessions). Four-day passes covering the whole festival are available at £89 (£82 concessions). Passes give access to performances at the festival venues, Hull City Hall, Jubilee Church, Fruit and Gate No 5.

NORTH ATLANTIC FLUX – DAY BY DAY

Friday 28 April

GusGus; Susanne Sundfør; Tonik Ensemble; Sweaty Records Presents: Kosmodod, Volruptus, ThizOne.

Saturday 29 April

Lindstrøm; Prins Póló, Wrangler (DJ Set); Sleepy Folk; Ragga Gisla; Nordic Affect; Cobby & Litten; BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction at North Atlantic Flux; Halldór Smárason with Adelle Stripe & Sinfonia UK Collective; Eyvind Gulbrandsen & The Royal Northern College of Music; Pinquins; Luke Eargoggle; Actress (DJ set).

Sunday 30 April

John Grant; Sóley; Ghostigital; Jobina Tinnemans & Jacob Tekeila with the Hull Choir; Satellites; Tom Kay; Blatnova; Equis; Eva-lina; Wrangler Live; James Orvis.

Monday 1 May

Mugison; Fufanu; Science of the Lamps; Alex Mørch; Tronhjem; Sebastian Edin; Sykur; Rosyan; DJ X-Ray Katt (Mixnots) & Guest; Simon Desbruslais

For the duration of the festival Hull City Hall’s Mortimer Suite will host a sound installation by Jez riley-French

Major programme announcement for Hull UK City of Culture 2017

Hull 2017, UK City of Culture
  • Hull New Theatre reopens following £16m transformation with a visit from The Royal Ballet led by its Hull-born director, Kevin O’Hare
  • Philip Larkin’s life and work celebrated with major exhibition New Eyes Each Yearand Grayson Perry as The Philip Larkin Society Distinguished Guest Lecturer
  • Slung Low’s year-long epic adventure Flood by James Phillips told online, live in Hull and on BBC television
  • International performance, technology and site-responsive pioneersdreamthinkspeak premiere ONE DAY, MAYBE in Hull
  • The Ferens Art Gallery hosts the Turner Prize and presents a major exhibition exploring Skin, including works by Ron Mueck, Lucian Freud and the first showing ofSpencer Tunick’s photographic work featuring 3,200 local people in the nude and painted blue for Sea of Hull
  • The 10th Waterstones Children’s Laureate will be announced in Hull prior to the first ever children’s literature festival in the city
  • New work by artists including Bob & Roberta Smith, Tania Kovats, Chris Dobrowolski, Claire Barber and Claire Morgan in shopping centres, car parks, streets and public squares as part of the visual art series Look Up

Hull UK City of Culture 2017 today unveiled details about seasons two and three of its year-long cultural programme with 42 new commissions and world premieres, 24 festivals and 13 new exhibitions amongst hundreds of events and activities taking place from April to the end of September 2017.

Hull’s New Theatre re-opens with an exhilarating evening of classic and modern dance presented by The Royal Ballet. Specially curated by the company’s Hull-born Director, Kevin O’Hare, Opening The New brings together artists from Hull with a selection of Royal Ballet principals and soloists. Joining The Royal Ballet on stage will be some of the exciting dance talent emerging in the city today, as well as Hull’s own Xander Parish, soloist with The Mariinksy Ballet and Joseph Caley, principal with Birmingham Royal Ballet.

The two seasons, Roots & Routes (April to June) and Freedom (July to September), continue Hull 2017’s commitment to inspiring and entertaining residents and visitors alike, as well as asking questions and raising debate. From art to music, from theatre to film, and dance to family friendly activities, there is something for people of all tastes and ages, with more reason than ever to visit Hull.

The aim is to build on the success of opening season Made in Hull, which since January has drawn hundreds of thousands of people, including to the opening event, the Look Up public art installations Blade and The City Speaks, and successful exhibitions at Ferens Art Gallery, Brynmor Jones Library at the University of Hull and the newly opened Humber Street Gallery.

Spring and summer bring 24 festivals, from the 10th anniversary of the acclaimed Freedom festival and Humber Street Seshto Radio 1’s Big Weekend, and Hull Jazz Festival to Tidal Waves. Fifty years after the start of decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK, Pride in Hull stages the first ever UK Pride, kicking off week-long LGBT 50 celebrations in July.

The major partnership with BBC continues, including the Uproot festival in April and Contains Strong Language, a major new national spoken word and poetry festival, launching on National Poetry Day in September.

Martin Green, Director Hull 2017 said: “The response to our opening season Made in Hull has exceeded all our expectations and as we go into seasons two and three, we want people to continue to be excited, whether they live here or are visiting. With our wonderful partners there’s a terrific line-up over the next six months. We’ve a summer of festivals and a host of new commissions by national and international artists that cement UK City of Culture as the nation’s cultural quadrennial. Get planning, it’s the perfect time to visit this great city.”

Councillor Stephen Brady, Leader of Hull City Council, said: “With season one almost completed, the signs are that Hull is going to be one of the most successful cities of culture there has ever been. The seasons two and three events, revealed today, show a world-class programme that will continue to engage, excite and enthral local residents and visitors throughout spring and summer. Combined with the transformation of the city centre and some of our most important cultural venues, Hull’s tenure as UK City of Culture is creating a surge of positivity, pride and celebration. We are now being talked about for all the right reasons and we’ve never been more proud to say ‘Welcome to Hull’.”

Kevin O’Hare, Director of The Royal Ballet, said: “I am immensely proud of my roots in Hull, and what has been achieved so far in Hull’s year as UK City of Culture. For me this opportunity to return to my home city, for the company to take to the stage in the magnificent setting of Hull’s refurbished New Theatre and to create new links with the young talent of Hull is unique and special for all of us.”

HULL 2017 SEASONS 2 & 3 – SELECTED HIGHLIGHTS 

THEATRE, PERFORMANCE AND DANCE

Flood, created by Leeds-based Slung Low and written by James Phillips, is a year-long epic told online, live in Hull and on BBC television. It is Slung Low’s most ambitious and experimental project to date, mixing live performance, special effects, film and digital elements to tell a story across an entire year.

Flood is the story of what happened when the world was destroyed, and how the people who lived tried to make it new again. Far out on the North Sea a fisherman raises a girl in his net, miraculously alive, from the deep sea. Is she one of the migrants now washing up on English shores? Or someone sent for some higher purpose? One day it starts to rain and no-one knows why. And it doesn’t stop. Each of Flood’s four separate parts will enrich and link to each other, but can also be experienced separately as stand-alone pieces. Details of Parts Three and Four will be revealed at a later date.

Part One of Flood, the prologue From The Sea, is available now at www.hull2017.co.uk/flood. Part Two, Abundance, will be performed live on the Victoria Dock (11 – 15 April). Part Three, To The Sea, will be broadcast on BBC television in the summer.

The University of Hull will host the prestigious National Student Drama Festival on its Hull campus in April. NSDF is for young people who love theatre – making it, watching it, talking and writing about it. With 14 productions, 100 workshops, discussions and late night events, NSDF provides an exciting opportunity for anyone aged 16-25 to watch, discuss, write and try something new. The festival has provided a springboard for thousands of theatre makers since being founded in 1956, with famous alumni including Simon Russell Beale, Mark Gatiss, Meera Syal, Sir Antony Sher, Caryl Churchill, Ruth Wilson, Ade Edmondson and Sir Richard Eyre (8 – 14 April).

Hull Dance will host Transgression: Breaking the Rules, a weekend of contemporary dance featuring dancers from Hull and across the Humber region at venues around the city, including Humber Street Gallery (12-14 May).

The first Hull 2017 theatre commission of Roots and Routes at Hull Truck Theatre will be Richard III (4 –27 May), a co-production with Northern Broadsides directed by the remarkable company’s artistic director and founder Barrie Rutter. This production of Shakespeare’s iconic history play marks the 25th anniversary of Northern Broadsides, whose first ever work was a 1992 staging of Richard III in a boatshed in Hull’s marina.

Depart is a spellbinding spectacle from internationally acclaimed circus artists, Circa. Inspired by the legend of Orpheus and Eurydice, Depart will take you on a path through the underworld in the uniquely atmospheric General Cemetery (Spring Bank West) from 18 – 21 May. Led by Yaron Lifschitz with a creative team including the electronic musician Lapalux, this ethereal collaboration brings together acrobats, aerialists, choral singers and video artists for a remarkable performance that has been described as a meditation, a playground for the soulful. Depart is co-commissioned by LIFT, the National Centre for Circus Arts, Spitalfields Music, Hull 2017, LeftCoast and Brighton Festival, and is supported by Arts Council England. SOLD OUT

Assemble Fest (3 June) takes place for one day only on Hull’s Newland Avenue and will transform the most unlikely of places into pop-up performance spaces. The avenue will come alive with flashmobs, interactive shows, music, art and dance in a variety of the area’s independent venues, from delis to hairdressers. Supported by Newland’s local and international traders, the festival features new site-specific works from Hull’s burgeoning theatre companies and family-friendly activities along the street.

Critically-acclaimed Hull theatre company Middle Child present a new piece of gig theatre, All We Ever Wanted Was Everything (6 – 17 June), mixing original live music from James Frewer with Luke Barnes’ bold new writing and direction from Middle Child artistic director Paul Smith. This visceral, immersive and anarchic show will be performed at The Welly, one of the city’s best-loved venues, and features some of the favourite local bands from Humber Street Sesh. Middle Child is an associate company of Paines Plough and a supported artist of Hull Truck Theatre.

The world premiere of Mighty Atoms by Amanda Whittington (Ladies Day, Be My Baby, Amateur Girl) will be directed by Hull Truck Theatre artistic director Mark Babych and is inspired by Hull’s original Mighty Atom, Barbara Buttrick. In a struggling pub on one of Hull’s toughest streets, ex-pro boxer Taylor Flint runs a women’s boxercise class. For Lauren, Jazz, Aneta and Grace the class is much more than a way to lose weight and have a laugh – they’re fighting the grinding challenges of everyday life. When the pub is threatened with closure, the women agree to be part of an unlicensed fight night to raise money and rally the community (8 June -1 July).

 National Youth Dance Company (NYDC), which is run by Sadler’s Wells and funded by Arts Council England and the Department for Education, comes to Hull or the first time. Tarantiseismic, a new work from Guest Artistic Director Damien Jalet is staged at Middleton Hall and features 40 young dancers in a unique work addressing themes of melancholia, ritual, control and abandon. There will also be a newly created piece by young people from Hull and East Yorkshire (20 July).

 For the first time in the main house, Hull Truck’s Youth Theatre groups will unite to present a world premiere. Directed byTom Bellerby, Bryony Lavery’s feisty new script is based on Charles Dickens’ Our Mutual Friend (22 – 26 August), offering a fresh take on the famous novel about friendship, cruelty, money and lack of money, and is relocated to the banks of the Humber.

The Market Theatre of Johannesburg, known internationally as ‘Theatre of the Struggle’, challenged the apartheid regime and became a powerful voice for freedom and emancipation. Their production of The Suitcase will have its UK premiere at Hull Truck Theatre (31 Aug – 9 Sept) before touring Northern England. The Suitcase is a short story by Es’kia Mphahlele, adapted for the stage by the Market Theatre’s Artistic Director James Ngcobo with music from Hugh Masekela and choreography by Gregory Magoma. It follows a young couple from the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal who seek a better life in the city, soon to realise that urban life is cold, cruel and unwelcoming. With unemployment and pregnancy in the mix, a split-second decision is made which sets the couple on an unexpected course.

International pioneers of site responsive performance dreamthinkspeak present ONE DAY, MAYBE which will conjure a kaleidoscopic dreamscape where live performance, installation and cutting edge technology combine to create a vividly dystopian vision of a world spinning thrillingly out of control. Deep within a hidden office complex in the city centre, a mysterious new Korean technology company is about to change the way you view the world. ONE DAY, MAYBE is the company’s most technically ambitious production to date. Originally commissioned and produced by Asian Culture Complex, The Museum of Art, Kochi, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, AsiaNow and dreamthinkspeak, this new version will premiere in Hull (1 September – 1 October).

Hull 2017’s third season will see the reopening of Hull New Theatre following its £16m rebuild, the most significant since being opened in 1939 as a successor to the Hull Repertory Theatre Company. Hull City Council’s ambitious transformation of the Grade II listed building includes new state of the art technical and backstage infrastructure, alongside front of house enhancements including a new easily accessible entrance and foyer, lift access, increased audience capacity, plus additional catering and licensed bars, and spaces for business, community and social events. Hull New Theatre looks forward to establishing itself firmly in the spotlight as a world-class venue, set to be enjoyed by all for many years to come.

An extraordinary one-off visit from The Royal Ballet will officially reopen Hull New Theatre on 16 September, with other highlights of the programme including a touring production from the National Theatre, The Kings of Hull, a brand new work from renowned playwright and creative director John Godber (27 September to 7 October), and a residency from the acclaimed Opera North.

Specially curated by the Company’s Hull-born Director, Kevin O’Hare, The Royal Ballet performance brings together artists from Hull with a selection of Royal Ballet Principals and Soloists. Joining The Royal Ballet on stage will be some of the exciting dance talent emerging in the city today as well as Hull’s own Xander Parish, Soloist with The Mariinksy Ballet and Joseph Caley, Principal with Birmingham Royal Ballet.

The Royal Ballet’s visit celebrates Hull’s extraordinary contribution to dance and ballet with a day of citywide activities, happenings and community projects as The Royal Ballet immerses the city in an inspirational day of dance.

 MUSIC AND FESTIVALS

With the world class concert venue Middleton Hall, which has undergone a £9.5 million redevelopment, plus a well-established gig culture at Hull University Union, music lovers of all stripes are catered for. This year includes Once Contemporary, Always Contemporary, a series of live concerts celebrating the enduring appeal of classical music which includes a Big Chamber Weekend with BBC Radio 3 (8 and 9 July). The student union will host chart- topping British bandWhite Lies (3 March), whilst Peter Hook & The Light will perform Joy Division and New Order’s Factory Records compilation album ‘Substance‘ (11 May).

Hull UK City of Culture and Opera North present The Height of the Reeds: A Sound Journey for the Humber Bridge, featuring music by Norwegian trumpeter Arve Henriksen, guitarist Eivind Aarset and electronic wizard Jan Bang giving way to the vast sound of the Orchestra and Chorus of Opera North and threaded through with the deep music of the Humber Bridge itself, captured by Hull based sound artist Jez riley French. Evoking both the long history of sea travel from Hull, and the Bridge as a powerful symbol of home, The Height of the Reeds is an unforgettable experience in sound. Head to the Humber Bridge, put on a set of supplied headphones and disappear into a audio adventure, walking the epic span of the Bridge, with a world of sound in your ears (1 – 30 April).

The many other live music events happening throughout this period include Uproot (6 – 8 April) at Hull Truck Theatre, which explores the city’s rich folk music traditions. Broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Uproot will feature a series of concerts from one of the most recognisable faces in modern British folk music, Eliza Carthy, joined by some very special invited guests, alongside international artists Warsaw Village Band and Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, representing Hull’s links with its sister cities in Sierra Leone and Poland.

A celebration of the deep cultural ties between the city of Hull and the Nordic states, critically acclaimed singer-songwriter John Grant joins forces with arts organisation Curated Place for John Grant’s North Atlantic Flux, Sounds from Smoky Bay (28 April – 1 May). Get ready for an experimental journey through electronica, spoken word, avant-garde, rock and pop music over four incredible days. Festival venues include Hull City Hall, Gate No.5 and more, with headline sets at City Hall from John Grant, GusGus, Susanne Sundfør and Lindstrøm. North Atlantic Flux features a whole host of acclaimed local and international talent taking to the stages including Wrangler, Sóley, Steve Cobby & Russ Litten, Sykur, Fufanu, Prins Póló, Mugison, Kill J, James Orvis, Nils Bech, Jez riley French, Tonik Ensemble, Pinquins, Adelle Stripe & Halldór Smárason, Sweaty Records, Science of the Lamps, Nordic Affect, Simon Desbruslais, Tom Kaye, Eyvind Gulbrandsen and the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), with more to be announced.

BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend (27 – 28 May) is set to be one of the musical highlights of Hull UK City of Culture 2017 when it comes to Burton Constable in East Yorkshire. Kings of Leon, Little Mix and Stormzy have already been announced, with more names to be revealed. Further details, including how to get tickets, will be released in late March / early April, with an estimated 50,000 tickets to give away across the two days.

To complement the Big Weekend, Radio One’s Academy will take residence in Hull, aiming to inspire 16-19 year olds to take the next step in their creative careers. BBC Radio 1’s iconic Live Lounge will transmit from the Academy, while BBC Introducing gigs will provide a platform for local bands and artists. Stars from across the musical genres will host Q&As and practical workshops that will see attendees learn song writing and performance techniques from the best in the business.

Scottish art collective Neu! Reekie! present Where Are We Now? (2 – 4 June) bringing together radical artists for a three-day festival across the city. As the UK reaches a crossroads and the divisive forces of prejudice stir across Europe and North America, the festival will ask the radical artists from all four corners of the UK where they stand. Through hip-hop and live music, film, animation, poetry, spoken word, literature, visual art, street theatre and debates, Neu! Reekie! intend to take the pulse of the counterculture and try to find some answers.

The festival’s opening event will take place at Hull City Hall on Friday 2 June, when they will be joined by Young Fathers,Charlotte Church and Hollie McNish. In addition to the music and spoken word guests, the evening will feature animation and short films. On Saturday 3 June, Neu! Reekie! and Hull music promoter Altu ‘Flowrex’ Collingwood will invite the guiding lights of UK hip-hop to The Welly for an evening of live music. The line-up includes Akala, The Four Owls, Stanley Odd and Eva Lazarus.

The three-day festival includes acclaimed dub-poet Linton Kwesi Johnson; artist, musician, writer and producer Bill Drummond; 2016 Stanley Kubrick prize-winning filmmaker, writer and curator Mark Cousins; artist Jamie Reid renowned for his work with the Sex Pistols; A Love From Outer Space founders Andrew Weatherall and Hull-born Sean Johnston; soul singer Law Holt; Caught by the River co-founder Jeff Barrett; UK rapper Chester P; pop provocateur Momus; poet and writerSabrina Mahfouz; and legendary Scottish outfit Finitribe.

Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott perform a very special one-off show, Beauty in the East at Hull’s KCOM Craven Park with support from special guests The Divine Comedy and Billy Bragg (3 June), including songs from their two Top 5 albums and classic tracks from The Beautiful South and The Housemartins.

The Tidal Waves music festival takes place at South Cliff Beach, Bridlington, with two days of music showcasing a wealth of local talent as well headline acts including The Hoosiers, Reverend and the Makers and Toploader (9 – 10 June). Kicking off on the Friday night before a packed day-to-night programme on Saturday, Tidal Waves brings an eclectic mix for all the family, plus big names on the Saturday night. More to be announced.

The historic Zebedee’s Yard in the heart of Hull Old Town will host a series of shows from major artists, kicking off on Friday 23 June with Primal Scream and Echo and The Bunnymen and on Saturday 24 June with The Flaming Lips supported by Public Service Broadcasting (tickets on sale 9am Wednesday 1 March).

The Beverley Folk Festival brings the best of folk, acoustic, roots and Americana to Beverley Racecourse, with the likes ofEddi Reader, Martin and Eliza Carthy, Jon Boden and Heidi Talbot on the line-up. Also includes literature, comedy, poetry, workshops, dance and children’s activities (16 – 18 June).

Hull plays host to a celebration of new music, from the UK’s most innovative composers when the PRS Foundation’s New Music Biennial (30 June – 2 July) treats audiences to world premieres of new performances that reveal the inner workings of the country’s most creative, musical minds.

In an initiative supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and delivered in partnership with the Southbank Centre and BBC Radio 3, explosions of sound will erupt across the city, as music pioneers including Eliza Carthy, Sam Lee, Jason Singh, GoGo Penguin and Hull’s own Daniel Elms stage a series of epic recitals that go beyond the boundaries of traditional musical composition.

Performances across the weekend include Anna Meredith & Southbank Sinfonia, Simon Holt & BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Gavin Bryars, Mica Levi and BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Daniel Elms (Friday 30 June). Ray Lee, Laurence Crane, Errollyn Wallen, Emily Hall, Hannah Peel, James McVinnie and Darkstar, Eliza Carthy and GoGo Penguin (Saturday 1 July), and Mark Simpson,  Jason Singh & Anne Martin, Jocelyn Pook, Peter Edwards, Philip Venables, David Hoyle & London Sinfonietta, Brian Irvine and Jennifer Walsh and Sam Lee (Sunday 2 July).

Jeff Lynne’s ELO, the globally renowned group known for their epic live shows, will perform a headline concert at the KCOM Stadium as part of Hull 2017 on 1 July. With a distinct style that seamlessly blends rock, pop and classical, Jeff Lynne’s ELO has had 26 UK Top 40 singles to date, selling in excess of 50 million records worldwide.

The 25th Summer Edition of Hull Jazz Festival (11 – 15 July) sees some of the freshest names in UK jazz perform alongside internationally renowned artists. British Jazz giant Courtney Pine CBE joins forces with soul legend Omar for the first time and MOBO Award-winning saxophone-drum duo Binker and Moses bring their hypnotic live show to Hull. Trailblazers Nérijaare paving a new way for women in jazz and the new wave of Gypsy Jazz is represented by Sébastien Giniaux Trio and The Grimaldi Quartet. Hull jazz legends Ain’t Misbehavin’ reunite after 25 years and saxophonist Snake Davis performs much-loved classic sax solos.

Now in its 27th year, Hull Folk and Maritime Festival celebrates Hull’s rich and unique folk heritage with a programme of more than 80 free events over four days filled with music, dance and family entertainment running from 20 to 23 July.

The award-winning grassroots music festival, Humber Street Sesh (Saturday 5 August) returns to Hull Marina in 2017 bigger and better than ever, with hundreds of artists – covering all music genres – playing across 14 stages. Drawing crowds of around 30,000, Humber Street Sesh celebrates the excellence and diversity of regional musicians and artists, providing a powerful platform for homegrown creative brilliance capturing the heart and soul of the city.

Freedom Festival (1 – 3 September) goes from strength to strength and this year celebrates its tenth anniversary with a huge programme over three days. Played out on city centre streets, with Hull’s architecture and heritage as the stage, Freedom Festival is not afraid to push boundaries with art and themes of freedom. More than 200 artists from over 30 countries will be performing alongside local talent. They include: a new visual arts commission from Brazilian sculptor Néle Azevedo exploring modern day slavery; the UK premiere of Cie Bistaki’s The Baïna Trampa Fritz Fallen; Counting Sheep, starring The Lemon Bucket Orkestra, Canada’s only balkan-klezmer-gypsy-party-punk-super-band and one of the smash hits of last year’s Edinburgh fringe festival; an extraordinary dance work from Catalan heavyweights Lali Ayguade Company; The Dandy Lion Project, a photography exhibition that explores global expressions of the Black Dandy; and a new show from Newcastle’s brilliant dance company Southpaw. This is just a taste, the Freedom Festival team will be revealing full programme details for this year’s milestone event in due course.

Two days of live music featuring a vast line-up of local musicians, plus some very special guests, Hull Trinity Festival brings live performances to the city’s Old Town over one music-filled weekend (23 & 24 September) inviting audiences to explore and enjoy original acts in Hull’s city centre.

Classically Yours sees East Riding of Yorkshire Council join forces with Orchestras Live to bring some of the UK’s top orchestras to the area, including Manchester Camerata, Sinfonia Viva and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The programme is supported by Arts Council England with concerts throughout the year in Beverley, Bridlington, Pocklington and Withernsea (ongoing until March 2018). Includes Noisy Kids, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra presenting an interactive, family friendly performance at Bridlington Spa (9 July).

Hull City Hall’s music programme continues throughout the year, including: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Hull Philharmonic Orchestra, Caro Emerald, Al Stewart, Voices Across the Humber(featuring six choirs from both banks of the Humber), as well as Opera North’s production of Turandot.

VISUAL ART

Look Up, the year-long programme of temporary artworks, has placed Blade by Nayan Kulkarni and The City Speaks byMichael Pinsky, interrupting the city’s public spaces. The next commissioned works will appear in shopping centres, car parks, streets and public squares Artists include Bob & Roberta Smith, Tania Kovats, Chris Dobrowolski and Claire Morgan. Two of the co-commissions with The Deep: Chris Dobrowolski’s work (March to May) will look at environmental concerns around plastics and our oceans; and in August, Tania Kovats, working closely with The Deep’s staff, will create a large scale sculptural work, BLEACHED, which responds to the beauty of coral and its fragile position in the ecosystem.

 The Train Track and the Basket by Claire Barber explores the phenomenon of ‘transmigration’, and the notion that skills and belongings traverse transport routes alongside people. Between 1848 and 1914, more than two million people arrived into Hull by ship from mainland Europe, and left by train to the transatlantic ports of Liverpool and Southampton, seeking new lives in the New World. This mass movement of people, many of whom were in Hull for just a few hours, ended abruptly with the outbreak of the First World War. Barber’s installation at Hull’s Paragon Station is partly inspired by social narrative painting made at the time of transmigration, which captures loss, lament and excitement at a new beginning, and draws from personal travelling experiences, through Outer Mongolia, Australia, New Zealand and Iceland.

Claire Morgan is creating a large scale suspended installation in the main atrium space of Princes Quay Shopping Centre as part of Look Up which will appear in mid-May, further information will be released in due course.

 Look Up: Paper City is a ten-day celebration of colour in Humber Street Gallery and Fruit Market, with installations by some of the most exciting creative figures in contemporary art, design and architecture using the specialist coloured paper Colorplan from Hull company G. F. Smith (30 June – 9 July). Also revealed at the launch of Paper City will be the World’s Favourite Colour, an international survey to discover what colour the world likes best (www.colorplanpapers.com).

This is a Freedom of Expression Centre by Bob and Roberta Smith will take over Hull School of Art and Design during its summer break hosting talks, workshops and a new exhibition created by the artist, exploring the differing degrees of freedom experienced by artists around the world, following his most recent investigations into the nature of modern protest (1 August – 8 September).

Humber Street Art Gallery

Hull’s new contemporary art space Humber Street Gallery teams up with Film and Video Umbrella to present Somewhere Becoming Sea (5 April – 17 June), an exhibition of international artists working with the moving image, including Lavinia Greenlaw, Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen, Simon Faithfull and Cecilia Stenbom. The show explores Hull’s long-standing importance as a gateway to the North Sea and beyond, and how expanses of water that divide countries are also channels that connect them.

 Worm Mini Festival (23 – 26 June) will see Rotterdam’s WORM, a venue which was ‘born under the stars of punk, Dada, Fluxus and hacktivism’ will take up residence in Humber Street Gallery. Artists, filmmakers, musicians, DJs and performers will host a series of workshops and events showcasing the talent in the progressive underground culture of Hull’s ‘sister city’.

The gallery also teams up with the Crafts Council and a host of international artists to present States of Play confirming that play and creativity isn’t just for kids (6 July – 25 September). Supported by Arts Council England and British Council.

Ferens Art Gallery

The Ferens Art Gallery follows its acclaimed reopening with a major new exhibition, SKIN, which opens in April and explores the human body and how artists have depicted the nude form, including Ron Mueck, Lucian Freud and Édouard Manet. Features the much-anticipated photographic work by Spencer Tunick , created last year when 3,200 people stripped and were painted in shades of blue for Sea of Hull (22 April – 13 August).

OffshoreArtists Explore the Sea, at the Ferens and Hull Maritime Museum includes artists John Akomfrah, Tacita Dean, China Mieville, Martin Parr and Mariele Neudecker. Curated by Invisible Dust, it explores the sea, monster myths, climate change and Hull’s maritime history (1 April – 28 August).

The Ferens also plays host the world’s greatest contemporary arts prize, the Turner Prize (26 September – 7 January 2018), the shortlist for which is announced in May.

 Brynmor Jones Library, University of Hull

 Each year the Trustees of the National Portrait Gallery commission a portrait from the winner of the BP Portrait Award resulting in a selection of portraits of some of Britain’s best known cultural figures. The exhibition represents the diversity, creativity and vision of a group of people who have shaped Britain today, and the best in contemporary portraiture. It features portraits of public figures, including JK Rowling, Paul Smith, Ian McKellen, Helen Mirren and many more. Artists include Richard Towse and Stuart Pearson Wright (29 March – 11 June).

Cairns, an exhibition of life size sculptures by Icelandic artist Steinunn Thórarinsdóttir will be placed around the university campus, reflecting on the historic connection between Iceland and Hull (29 April – October). Cairns are a common sight in the Icelandic landscape and were used as landmarks for people to find their way from one place to another. They were also often placed on coastlines to guide ships to harbour. The figures on campus portray frozen moments of contemplation and take on the form of human trail markers, referencing themes of spirituality and physicality. Steinunn is well known in Hull for her iconic sculpture Voyage overlooking the Humber estuary at Victoria Pier. On 1 May, as part of John Grant’s North Atlantic Flux: Sounds from Smoky Bay, University of Hull lecturer and trumpeter Simon Desbruslais will give the world premiere of a piece by composer Deborah Pritchard in response to Voyage, at the foot of the sculpture itself.

Artlink

The Artlink Centre for Community Arts is curating Square Peg in conjunction with Shape Arts, showcasing work by a range of artists who are disabled, throughout 2017. It includes an exhibition of work by the shortlisted artists and recipient of theAdam Reynolds Memorial Bursary. The seven artists are Anna Berry, Juan delGado, Ruth Le Gear, David Lock, Peter Matthews, Aidan Moesby and recipient Oliver MacDonald (April – July).

Hull Maritime Museum

The next major installation at Hull Maritime Museum be The Weeping Window from 24 March. By artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper and part of 14-18 NOW, the arts programme for the First World War Centenary, it is made up of several thousand handmade ceramic poppies from the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red that drew thousands of visitors to the Tower of London in 2014. A Cabinet of Curiosities draws on the comedy writing talents of youngsters from ten schools in Hull, who will mix factual and imagined interpretation to create an ‘openly populist’ and ‘light-hearted’ feel with the help from Britain’s best loved comedian Bill Bailey who will help curate this curious collection of Hull’s history (27 May – 10 September). A Common Foe (15 July – 24 September) will explore how Iceland and the UK have helped each in adversity at sea, as well as confronting each other over fishing rights.

LITERATURE

The Big Malarkey Festival (26 June – 2 July) is Hull’s first ever children’s literature festival and will be held in East Park. The week-long festival will feature writers, poets and puppeteers as well as animation workshops and a Poetry Slam. The Big Malarkey will also feature a special programme for under-5s, and will finish with an all-dancing finale weekend. Produced in partnership with Hull Library Services, the festival is made possible with funding from the James Reckitt Library Trust and is for everyone aged 0 – 16 years old.

Prior to this, on 7 June, the 10th Waterstones Children’s Laureate will be announced in Hull. The role of the children’s laureate is awarded once every two years to an eminent writer or illustrator of children’s books to celebrate outstanding achievement in that field.

The English poet, novelist, and biographer Sir Andrew Motion FRSL, who was Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1999 to 2009, will speak at BP Cultural Visions Lecture Series which takes place at the University of Hull (24 June).

Larkin: New Eyes Each Year (5 July – 1 October) will be a biographical exhibition at the University of Hull, where Larkin spent three decades as librarian, and will lift the lid on the life of one of Hull’s most influential creatives. Curated by Anna Farthing, and featuring unseen letters, photography and personal possessions, the exhibition will explore connections between Larkin’s life and work in Hull.

Complementing the exhibition, this year’s Philip Larkin Society Distinguished Guest Lecturer will be acclaimed British artistGrayson Perry (5 July).

Contains Strong Language (28 September – 1 October) is a major new national spoken word and poetry festival in Hull created with Hull’s literature festival Humber Mouth and in association with the city’s independent publishing imprint,Wrecking Ball Press. Beginning on National Poetry Day with local, national and international poets, Contains Strong Languageis a celebration of new and exciting wordcraft. The festival will include John Cooper Clarke and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, along with world premieres, gala readings and concerts to be announced. The festival will also create a mammoth washing line of poetry about city landmarks, written by Hull residents.

The heart of Contains Strong Language will be The Hull 17, an ensemble of seventeen artists including Kate Tempest, Imtiaz Dharker, Kate Fox, Joe Hakim, Harry Giles, Helen Mort, Alice Oswald, Bohdan Piasecki, Jacob Polley, Louise Wallwein, Fred Voss and Dean Wilson. BBC national and local radio stations will be broadcasting from the festival and live shows fromContains Strong Language will include Jo Whiley on BBC Radio 2, The Verb with Ian McMillan and the BBC’s flagship arts radio programme Front Row.

Running concurrently with Contains Strong Language will be Humber Mouth (28 September – 7 October) Hull’s increasingly influential literature festival. This 25th anniversary edition will use both conventional and digital platforms to explore literature and poetry. This includes How Was Your Day? which will gather experiences of everyday life in Hull’s sister cities.

FILM

A packed programme of more than 400 film and documentary screenings, festivals and one-off events is taking place in Hull throughout 2017, as part of the UK City of Culture celebrations. There are films for audiences of all ages and tastes and filmmakers are coming to the city to be part of the year-long Transformative Film Culture for Hull programme. It includes discussions, workshops, children’s activities and screenings at venues around the city, including Middleton Hall at the University of Hull, which recently underwent a £9.5m redevelopment to create a state-of-the-art concert and arts venue, and Hull Truck Theatre, as well as some less obvious locations.

Transformative Film Culture for Hull is being delivered through Hull 2017 and by Hull Independent Cinema and a unique partnership of film festival, educational and archive partners from across the north. Funded by the BFI with National Lottery funding and led by its partner BFI Film Hub North, it reflects the BFI’s UK-wide strategy to bring a wide range of films and related activities to local audiences and to support local film networks and audience initiatives.

BP Big Screens is also coming to Hull, bringing free opera and ballet outdoors on the big screen. People are encouraged to come with friends, family and a picnic for the three screenings in Zebedee’s Yard. Being shown are a triple bill of the Royal Ballet’s The Dream/Symphonic Variations/Marguerite and Armand, Verdi’s tragic La traviata and Puccini’s spectacularTurandot (7 June, 4 and 14 July).

CULTURE, IDEAS, CELEBRATIONS AND PROVOCATIONS

Hull will be at the forefront of national events to mark 50 years since the start of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK. Hull 2017 is joining forces with Pride in Hull and the iconoclastic queer collective Duckie to create LGBT 50 (22 – 29 July). Pride in Hull will kick off a week of events, hosting the first ever UK Pride on the opening Saturday, including a new route for the annual parade, which will finish in Queens Gardens. Throughout the week there will be exhibitions, socials, films, debates and more. The biggest celebration of LGBT+ culture in the region will culminate on the second Saturday with a very special Duckie Summer Tea Party in Queen Victoria Square and the opportunity to be part of a specially commissionedYorkshire Dance production by choreographer Gary Clark. Everyone is invited to one of the highlights of the summer.

As part of LGBT 50, Humber Street Gallery will host The House of Kings and Queens (27 July – 24 September), which will exhibit especially commissioned photography by Lee Price. Captured in Sierra Leone, where homosexuality remains illegal, Price’s powerful images offer a glimpse into The House where inhabitants can live without oppression, exposing what it means to be gay in Hull’s sister city Freetown.

Freedom Talks in September sees the University of Hull’s Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation inviting internationally-renowned speakers to help explore the notion of what freedom means to us. The Institute is a proud recipient of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for its outstanding contribution to uncovering the true extent of slavery around the globe and how lessons from the past can educate the future. More details, including the final line-up and booking information, will be announced later in 2017. (1 – 4 and 28 – 29 September).

Throughout the year, the British Council, a Major Partner of Hull 2017, is organising Hull-Freetown 2017, which builds on the long-standing links between the twinned cities with a series of cultural and educational projects. Slavery abolitionist William Wilberforce was born in Kingston-upon-Hull in 1759, became its MP and was a key figure in the founding of a free colony in Sierra Leone in 1792. Civic links between the two cities stretch back 37 years and in 2016, a delegation from Hull was one of the first UK groups to visit Sierra Leone after the end of the Ebola epidemic. Hull-Freetown 2017 will feature specially commissioned films, art exhibitions, music workshops, theatre residencies and community based football projects. It is designed to stimulate growth and skills development in the creative industries, strengthen existing links between schools and foster new ones.

 LOCAL EVENTS ACROSS THE YEAR, ACROSS THE CITY

Hull 2017’s first Back To Ours festival has just taken place, with shopping centres, social clubs, schools and other local venues across the city hosting an huge variety of performances. They included the likes of drag king show Joan, the hugely acclaimed The Red Shed by Mark Thomas, indie stars The Pigeon Detectives, drag artist Ceri Dupree, Jenny and Lee from Gogglebox, film screenings and family friendly shows. Building on its success, Back To Ours runs two more times this year, with line-up details to come (half terms: 26 May -3 June and 27 October – 4 November 2017, www.hull2017.co.uk/back-to-ours).

Also taking place across the year, 60 original projects funded through the Creative Communities Programme continue, with artists developing projects alongside local people in the heart of Hull’s communities. Inspired by local stories and aimed at inspiring creativity and connectedness, a variety of new work is being produced, from site specific installations, to music and performance, to photography and film (ongoing, http://bit.ly/2mivmp5).

Taking place in different locations around the city throughout the year, Land of Green Ginger takes inspiration from a famous street in Hull’s Old Town to create another ground breaking citywide story. Designed to infiltrate everyday life, Land of Green Ginger is the antidote to boredom; it is astonishment and delight and curiosity and it will spread across Hull as each chapter leads on to the next. An exciting cohort of artists, including Lone Twin, Davy and Kristin McGuire and Macnas will be spinning myth and magic across Hull neighbourhoods, transforming places which can feel unnoticed into places of possibility, where “Acts of Wanton Wonder” can occur. Our story begins: “There once was a land that nobody believed existed. And every day people passed by it or around it or over it or through it, but never once saw it or felt it or heard it or knew any person or thing in it. Until – one day – the land revealed itself…” (throughout 2017).

 

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Hull’s impressive Tidal Barrier becomes the next Look Up art installation with Michael Pinsky’s The City Speaks, part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017

In a major new commission for Hull UK City of Culture 2017, the artist Michael Pinsky is transforming Hull’s tidal surge barrier in The City Speaks, an interactive artwork that contributes to the year-long project, Look Up, challenging and changing the way people see and experience the public spaces of the city.

The City Speaks functions as a 21st century Speakers’ Corner in which open-air public speaking takes on epic proportions as spoken words are translated to text and relayed on the west tower supporting Hull’s Tidal Surge Barrier.

A steel lectern located on the quayside of Humber Dock provides a platform for members of the public to broadcast their thoughts and feelings. A microphone captures their words and sends them to a data processing cloud which transcribes these words into a scrolling dot-matrix text ascending the Tidal Barrier. The plinth and the Tidal Barrier perfectly align at each end of Humber Street, allowing the speaker to see their own speech being displayed across Hull, embodied into one of the city’s architectural icons.

Michael Pinsky’s UK and international projects have created innovative and challenging works in galleries and public spaces. Pinsky said: “Hull’s Tidal Surge Barrier, the site for this work, plays a significant role in protecting the city from flooding. It has become a gateway guarding the future of Hull, not unlike Beverley Gate where, in 1642, Sir John Hotham refused Charles I entry to the city. This act of defiance in the defence of freedom is widely acknowledged as the spark that ignited the English Civil War.  

“These principles of resistance and protection lie at the core of The City Speaks. This installation gives a new voice to the people of Hull and in doing so celebrates resilience and freedom.” 

The City Speaks has been developed with The Light Lab, realised with the co-operation of the Environment Agency and commissioned by Hull UK City of Culture 2017.

Pinsky’s work follows Nayan Kulkarni’s Blade, currently to be seen in Queen Victoria Square. It is the second in the series of major art commissions which will be appearing in public spaces around Hull over the next year as part of the Look Up programme.

Martin Green, CEO and Director Hull 2017, said: “Michael Pinsky’s The City Speaks celebrates public speaking and the voice of the people on an epic scale. He has created an extraordinary visual statement on one of Hull’s most prominent landmarks. In getting the public to interact with it and make statements on it, Pinsky’s work asks questions about the nature of dialogue, debate and conversation, particularly in public spaces. It gives a Hull 2017 twist to the idea of the Speaker’s Corner.”

The City Speaks continues until 31 December 2017. More major commissions will be unveiled at locations around the city throughout Hull’s City of Culture year as part of the Look Up programme, co-curated by Hazel Colquhoun and Andrew Knight.

365 days of transformative culture kicked off with major new commission Made in Hull and In With A Bang, a spectacular fireworks display over the Humber

We are Hull

We are Hull
We are Hull ©Nigel Roddis for GettyOn Sunday 1 January at 4pm Hull UK City of Culture 2017 officially launched with major new commission Made in Hull, a not to be missed journey through almost 100 years of the city’s history curated by BAFTA-nominated documentary film-maker Sean McAllister. The first night of Made in Hull included In with a Bang, a spectacular fireworks display over the river Humber fired from two barges on the Humber, at 8.17pm (20.17).

Inspired by the city, its history and people, artists for Made in Hull have used large-scale projection, soundscapes, site-specific art installations, animation, archive material and interactive live performance to transform iconic buildings, streets, the skyline and other public spaces around Hull’s city centre.

The team behind Made in Hull includes acclaimed Hull-based writer Rupert Creed; production designer Ala Lloyd, who worked on the London 2012 Games; lighting designer Durham Marenghi, renowned for work ranging from the Diamond Jubilee to the Rio 2016 Games; and BAFTA and Ivor Novello Award winning composer and sound designer Dan Jones. They have worked with a variety of local and international artists to weave narratives from the last century in exciting, magical and breathtaking ways, with the city itself providing a unique and evocative canvas.

In With A Bang fireworks

In With A Bang fireworks © Nigel Roddis for Getty

The pyrotechnic display for In With A Bang was created by Titanium Fireworks and was accompanied by a film from Hull-based poet Shane Rhodes, filmmaker Dave Lee and musician Steve Cobby of Fila Brazillia fame, plus a video mix celebrating the sounds of the city from VJ DJ Cheeba. This featured a specially compiled soundtrack of music from bands and musicians associated with Hull. The free event was attended by 25,000 ticket holders, there was pre-show entertainment with music from Linda Levantiz, who runs the famous Bonny Boat pub and screen content.

Hull UK City of Culture 2017 announces live performances by Cosey Fanni Tutti & Genesis P-Orridge as part of COUM Transmissions retrospective

Cosey Fanni Tutti and Genesis P-Orridge are set to give live performances in an extended programme of events to mark the radical art collective COUM Transmissions. 

The events will coincide with the COUM Transmissions retrospective being staged as part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017 from 3 February – 22 March. 

Cosey Fanni TuttiCabinet, London and Luke Turner and Sophie Coletta of leading independent online music and arts publication The Quietus in collaboration with Hull 2017 City of Culture have curated a programme of live and club events, panel discussions and talks, to celebrate the practice and impact of COUM Transmissions, tracing a line from the group’s conception in 1969 to their termination at the Prostitution retrospective held at the ICA in October 1976, exploring a legacy that endures today.

The events will run alongside a six-week long exhibition at Humber Street Gallery, a brand new contemporary art space for the city showcasing the best contemporary art in the heart of the Hull’s Fruit Market cultural quarter.  COUM Transmissions, curated by Cosey Fanni Tutti and Cabinet, London, will present material drawn from the archives of Cosey Fanni Tutti and Genesis P-Orridge (held by Tate Britain) alongside new filmed interviews with some original COUM members.

The live programme will feature performances and appearances from original COUM members, as well as subsequent generations of artists they have both directly and inadvertently inspired. It will seek to reclaim Hull as an important site of cultural innovators working on the peripheries of the underground.

Cosey Fanni Tutti and Genesis P-Orridge will be opening proceedings with separate specially commissioned live solo performances at FRüIT, situated next door to Humber Street Gallery, on Friday 3 February.

Cosey Fanni Tutti, talking on her return to Hull, said: “So much has changed for me and Hull since I left in 1973. I couldn’t get out quickly enough – and some who thought of me and COUM as distasteful, disruptive elements couldn’t wait for me to leave either. My own and COUM’s activities went up quite a few notches after Hull. Now I’ll be back and Hull is all ‘cultured up’, embracing COUM and recognising its influence and place in art history. I’m thrilled to be returning to my hometown to co-curate the first ever COUM exhibition… and in Humber Street Gallery, one of the former fruit warehouses that unwittingly fed me for free when I was penniless and hungry.” 

Genesis P-Orridge explains, “We left Hull in July 1973 and have never been back since. We also burned all our journals from that era too. Leaving us with very few triggers to reviewing any memories. As the COUM collective we didn’t like the term ‘perform’, it implies choosing to pretend to be… we were more happy with “actions”, something you DO, spontaneous, energised, intuitive and a coumpulsion. For us “The none creation of art is as valid as creating it”. The thought alone is often enough.  So walking those streets in Hull again in 2016 was like being a ghost searching for my SELF in a distant past. The strangest and most unexpected feeling we experienced was that everywhere, every building, seemed smaller than we recall. Just like accessing memories of events as a very young child things are often seen as far more large in scale, more overwhelming; for me visiting Hull had the opposite effect. When we checked our Hull memories against the present day, we discovered that everything felt like it had shrunk. Not just a little, but by a huge amount.”

Martin Green, CEO and Director of Hull 2017, said: ”That Hull gave birth to COUM Transmissions is one of the great untold stories and I am thrilled that Hull 2017 gives us the opportunity to tell it to the world. The COUM retrospective, which opens the brand new Humber Street Gallery and these live events, will offer a belated contemporary insight into this ground-breaking art collective, which continues to be hugely influential. As one of the early highlights of Hull 2017 it underlines how this city has been at the forefront of cutting edge ideas that challenge convention.”

LIVE EVENTS PROGRAMME – TICKETS ON SALE NOW FROM WWW.HULL2017.CO.UK

DATE:             Friday 3 February  

FEATURING: Genesis P-Orridge, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Quietus DJs

VENUE:           FRüIT, 62-63 Humber St, Hull HU1 1TU 

TIME:              Doors 7pm 

PRICE:            £15 Full Price (£12 Concession) 

Cosey Fanni Tutti and Genesis P-Orridge will be opening proceedings with separate specially commissioned live solo performances followed by sets from The Quietus DJs.

DATE:             Saturday 4 February  

FEATURING:   Panel discussions featuring Cosey Fanni Tutti, Genesis P-Orridge, John Lacey, Spydeee Gasmantell, Foxtrot Echo, Luke Turner, Anne Hilde Neset, Paul Buck, Dan Fox and Ghislaine Leung

Performances from John Doran and Simon Fisher Turner, Squarewaves

VENUE:           FRüIT, 62-63 Humber St, Hull HU1 1TU 

TIME:              First panel 2pm 

PRICE:            Free (ticketed) 

On Saturday 4 February FRüIT will host two panels.

The first will provide a history and context to COUM Transmissions, and will feature a selection of original members in a discussion moderated by Luke Turner of The Quietus.

The second will feature a line-up of writers and cultural commentators who will look more broadly at the influence of COUMs methodology and practice, looking beyond their work and at how contemporary art collectives function today.

Alongside these panels The Quietus editor John Doran, who spent years in Hull in the 90s working in some of the same factories as some COUMmembers, will be performing a piece based on personal and collected industrial memories of the city alongside musician Simon Fisher Turner. Hull’s own contemporary improvisational collective Squarewaves will be closing the day with a live set.

An afterparty on Sat 4 February will see Richard D. Clouston’s Cosey Club take up residence – venue to be announced.

DATE:              Friday 17 March 

FEATURING:  Cosey Fanni Tutti will be reading from her forthcoming autobiography, ART SEX MUSIC due out in April 2017 on Faber & Faber – followed by a Q&A with          Lee Brackstone from Faber & Faber then joined by Andrew Wheatley of Cabinet. London.  Adelle Stripe. Reading from her new novel.

VENUE:           Humber Street Gallery

TIME:               7pm

PRICE:             Free (ticketed)

Cosey Fanni Tutti will be reading from her forthcoming autobiography, ART SEX MUSIC due out in April 2017 on Faber & Faber – followed by a Q&A with Lee Brackstone from Faber & Faber then joined by Andrew Wheatley of Cabinet. London.

DATE:             Saturday 18 March

FEATURING: Carter Tutti Void, Anthony Child (Surgeon), Quietus DJs

VENUE:           FRüIT, 62-63 Humber St, Hull HU1 1TU 

TIME:              Doors 7pm 

PRICE:            £15 Full Price (£12 Concession) 

The closing events in March 2017 explore the legacy of COUMs work in Hull, looking to the cultural landscape post-COUM and beyond. Anthony Child (aka Surgeon) will perform at FRüIT on Saturday 18 March with a specially commissioned live COUM-influenced ambient set. Carter Tutti Void, the cross-generational trio of Cosey Fanni Tutti, Chris Carter and Nik Void of Factory Floor, will headline. This will be a reconvening of a group who have provided an exhilarating, visceral antithesis to contemporary cultural and social monotone.

DATE:             Sunday 19 March

FEATURING:   Kiran Sande, Alex Wilson, Sophie Coletta

VENUE:           The Polar Bear, 229 Spring Bank, Hull HU3 

TIME:              Doors 3pm

PRICE:             Free (ticketed)                        

Closing proceedings at The Polar Bear on Spring Bank on Sunday 19 March will be a showcase of Hull-inspired sets from some of the city’s underground exports; cultural innovators who grew up in the area and can just about still recall a youth spent loitering on Queen’s Gardens and mainlining toxic green Spiders cocktails.

Heading up the bill will be Kiran Sande of Blackest Ever Black, an underground record label that has been bringing sonically dark mischief to our ears since 2010, and whose mix CD-Rs ID Mud and Dream Theory in Haltemprice have touched upon Hull in more than name alone. Also appearing will be Alex Wilson, who co-runs Public Information, a label that has released a fascinating survey of electronics from the last seven decades, and who will also be presenting a paper entitled: Thee Fabulous Mutations: Film and Video in Yorkshire after COUM in Hull as part of a separate Hull 2017 event. They’ll be joined by the Quietus’ Sophie Coletta, who, after spending many teenage years staring longingly down the mouth of the Humber, fled and returned to Hull’s clutches multiple times in the 2000s.

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Hull City of Culture 2017 Announces Headline Acts for John Grant’s North Atlantic Flux, 28 April – 1 May 2017 with GusGus and LINDSTRØM

John Grant
John Grant

John Grant © Patrick Mateer

Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter John Grant will curate a brand new, experimental music festival celebrating Hull’s Nordic and international links, whilst exploring the best in sonic creativity as part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017.

John Grant’s North Atlantic Flux: Sounds from Smoky Bay will take place from 28 April until 1 May 2017 at venues across Hull city centre. It is a key event in Hull 2017’s second season, Roots & Routes (April – June), which highlights the city’s links to the world and its role as a place of transmigration. Hull’s partner cities include Reykjavik in Iceland and Aarhus in Denmark.

Produced by Hull 2017 in partnership with Curated Place, a host of Nordic and international artists are coming to the city over Mayday Bank Holiday weekend, including Icelandic electronic dance collective GusGus, Norwegian multi-instrumentalist, DJ and producer Lindstrøm and Wrangler, a project that brings together Stephen Mallinder of Cabaret Voltaire fame, Phil Winter from Tunng and John Foxx collaborator Benge.

North Atlantic Flux: Sounds from Smoky Bay will feature a variety of electronica, contemporary classical, avant-garde and experimental music, as well as one-off collaborations. Venues around the city hosting the festival include Hull City Hall and Gate Nº5, with other venues to be confirmed. More details about performers and shows and what to expect at this major music event will be announced in due course.

A native of the US, John Grant moved to Hull’s partner city of Reykjavik in 2011 and submerged himself in the musical and experimental culture, with which the city has become synonymous. His broad tastes, encyclopaedic knowledge of Nordic music and outsider’s perspective made him a natural choice as curator of a festival that brings together two always independent minded cities.

John Grant, musician and curator of North Atlantic Flux: Sounds from Smoky Bay, said: “I’m really honoured to be asked to be a part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017. I look forward to bringing great music and getting to know this exciting city”

Martin Green, Director and CEO of Hull 2017, commented: “We are thrilled that John Grant has agreed to curate this amazing festival. As well as bringing together an outstanding international line-up it is wonderful to be able to celebrate Hull’s strong and historic links to Nordic countries. North Atlantic Flux: Sounds from Smoky Bay explores the rich seam of musical adventurism that runs from across the north of England to northern Europe and Iceland. It’s an eclectic mix that mirrors the approach we have taken to Hull being UK City of Culture 2017.”

Andy Brydon, Director of Curated Place, added: “Working with John Grant is a privilege for us, allowing us to deliver a unique experience in an event that steps outside the well-worn mould of the modern music festival to deliver something more intimate with a flavour of independence that reflects the attitude of twin cities Hull and Reykjavik, and John himself.”

  • 250 early bird tickets for John Grant’s North Atlantic Flux: Sounds from Smoky Bay have gone on sale this morning at £59 (£55 concessions).
  • Further tickets will be released in January 2017 at £89 (£82 concessions).
  • A final batch of tickets is due to be released in March 2017, priced at £119 (£108 concessions).
  • Ticketholders will have access to all venues hosting festival events over the four days, subject to capacity at each.

For more information please visit the Hull 2017 website: www.hull2017.co.uk

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