With festival season just around the corner, we're getting ready for the wonderful summer extravaganzas that Hull and Beverley have lined up. Dance the night away, explore medieval tunes and celebrate freedom at these top five festivals.

Transgression: Breaking the Rules, 12-13 May

Kicking off festival season early, Transgression: Breaking the Rules is a weekend jam-packed full of dance and performance.

Shows, workshops and discussions will take place across the city centre and surrounding area, with many of the events free or no more than £5. You can also get yourself entry to all events with a Weekend Pass for just £20.

Highlights include a workshop with Colette Sadler at Hull College, discussion at Hull Truck Theatre with Jo Fong, and a late night Flesh party at Humber Street Gallery.

Beverley Early Music Festival, 26 - 29 May

Set in the beautiful historic market town, just a short train ride from Hull Paragon Interchange, Beverley Early Music Festival brings you a medley of music from the past.

Discover amazing sounds from the 1400s, join in the choral workshop with Patrick Craig, and conclude the four-dayer with The Marian Consort at East Riding Theatre.

Each event is ticketed individually and ranges from £3-£30. Meanwhile, BBC Radio 3's live broadcast performance on Saturday 28 May is free.

Back To Ours, 30 May - 4 June

Family-friendly, magical and hilarious, Back To Ours returns for a second run, after much success during its debut.

The idea is to bring culture and outstanding performances to your doorstep. The flamboyant festival stretches across the east, west and north of the city, keeping the whole family entertained - even the grandparents!

In the meantime, enjoy delicious food, drink and nibbles. All in the comfort of your own community.

Humber Street Sesh, 5 August

This prestigious local music event is back for the sixth time in 2017 and looking bigger and louder than ever.

Humber Street Sesh sees bands, artists, food vendors and pop-up bars will set up camp for one day only along the picturesque Hull Marina. Tickets are just £10 in advance or £15 on the gate, giving you access to 14 stages, 100s of artists and incredible entertainment.

Join 30,000 other music fans at this legendary grassroots event.

Freedom Festival, 1 - 3 September

With specific events and activities are yet to be announced, Freedom Festival is deep-rooted in Hull's festival culture. This year, the already much-loved programme will conclude the UK City of Culture's Freedom season.

Nothing much has been announced yet but we know that thrilling plans are being made, so expect the extraordinary at this year's Freedom Festival.

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