A concert to propel Hull into the future

Published: Friday 8th December 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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An all-female line-up will take over Hull City Hall this Saturday for the concert of the future.

As part of Substance, a 12-day festival that celebrates the culture, creativity and future of the North, Substance Live brings some of the most exciting and innovative musicians in the country to Hull.

“It’s going to be visually spectacular,” Hull 2017 Producer Martin Atkinson enthuses. “We have selected an all-female line-up deliberately because these are the individuals who are being played and making noise in the British music industry. We didn’t feel like this has been fully acknowledged, until now.”

The evening will be hosted by Elizabeth Alker, BBC 6 Music and Radio 3 presenter. The exciting bill includes Nadine Shah, Jane Weaver, Hannah Peel, Lone Taxidermist, The Dyr Sister, Chambers and PINS.

“Even BBC 6 Music couldn’t believe what they were announcing when they first revealed the line-up,” Martin chuckles. “To have so much talent on one stage is pretty much unprecedented.”

Nadine Shah, born in Whitburn, brings her politically-charged post-punk sounds to contrast with Jane Weaver’s dream pop. Meanwhile, Hannah Peel beautifully combines electronica and brass band in the acclaimed Mary Casio: Journey to Cassiopeia. Hull-based The Dyr Sister adds folk vibes to the evening and Manchester band PINS show off their noisy, textured pop as the pioneers of the New Wave of British rock and roll.

This incredible music is offered against the backdrop of a revamped-for-one-night-only City Hall auditorium. Two stages will host the concert and projections and cutting-edge props will be used to completely make over the historic space.

“It will be City Hall as you have never seen it before,” Martin declares.

For the rest of the festival, there are even more thought-provoking installations, conferences and film screenings, each discussing an aspect of the UK’s and the city’s future in terms of the live arts, culture and technology.

The innovative concert takes place just two days after The Substance Future Forum. This one-day event took over Humber Street and the Fruit Market area yesterday, bringing together artists, creatives, policymakers, businesses, commentators and change-makers and discussing the role in which culture and creativity will play in the upcoming years. For example, how cities like Hull are uniquely adept at responding to current and future issues, such as Brexit, social cohesion, health and wellbeing.

“Substance will be beautiful, alarming and striking,” Martin adds. “The whole festival is a brilliant creative inquiry into the culture, creativity and future of the North.”

Substance Live takes place at Hull City Hall on Saturday 9 December. Tickets start at £10 and can be purchased from the Hull 2017 website.

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Published: Friday 8th December 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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