On Saturday 6 August, Humber Street Sesh returns to Hull Marina for its fifth birthday. This year the one-day festival should be the biggest yet, with over 32,000 people expected to attend. Over two-hundred bands will play across fourteen electrifying stages, along with inspiring art installations on every street corner, reflecting Hull's diverse music scene and arts culture. With Hull Trains offering excellent links between Hull and the capital, this unique event is a must-see on the eve of 2017's City of Culture celebrations.
This year's main stage headliners are Hull's very own Counting Coins, a ska, punk, gypsy, hip-hop band, who pride themselves on their wildly energetic live shows and ability to get the crowds bouncing. The band are understandably ecstatic to be top of the bill of the legendary festival. We caught up with Will Chalk, the band's trumpet player to see what he had to say:
"Our music is all about unity and when we play we want everyone to get involved. We can't help but absorb the energy from the crowd and feed it back to them. When a band and an audience connect like that and hype each other up in an upward spiral, it's like magic. What better opportunity to chase that buzz than heading up our hometown festival? It's a real honour to be offered this because there are so many great bands in Hull that deserve recognition, so hopefully we will live up to it and be able to create that true festival experience for everyone."
But don't worry if skanking is not your thing, as Humber Street Sesh is set to cater for all tastes: from rap battles, breakdancing and scratch DJs to the more chilled out acoustic stages and powerful spoken word pieces, there's a stage that will be right up your street.
Meanwhile, if you fancy something a bit more out-of-this-world, sounds from the electronic collective SquareWaves could be the answer, with their line-up of live electronic music for all different tastes. "We're so excited to be back at Humber Street Sesh for the second year", they exclaimed when we recently spoke with them:
"SquareWaves is a celebration of left-field electronic thinkers - music that is internationally popular, but can often find it difficult to break out of bedroom studios or find a place on local live music scenes in the early days. This year is as eclectic as ever, featuring beautiful live ambient soundscapes to jungle and drum'n'bass. Video game inspired chiptune to techno-infused post-rock. It's gonna be one hell of a day."
The eclectic theme will run throughout the entire festival, with a variety of street food outlets serving delicious morsels from all over the world, as well as samples of the local cuisine. Meanwhile, enjoy the exciting street performers and art exhibitions that throughout the bustling streets of the festival. This self-proclaimed grassroots music festival, run by the people of Hull for the people of Hull, is certainly not one to miss.
Humber Street Sesh will take place at Hull Marina on Saturday 6th August. Wristbands are now available, for £7 in advance or £10 on the day.