E52’s Heads Up Festival returns for the second time this year

Published: Thursday 12th October 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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Stretching across the city, in prime venues such as Hull College, Kardomah94 and Hull Central Library, Heads Up is jam-packed full of internationally-renowned artists, as well as regional talent.

“This is our eighth festival in Hull. We organise one twice a year in conjunction with Battersea Arts Centre,” Andy Pearson, E52’s Director.

“At every festival, we bring two or three one-week shows from the capital and then curate a whole festival around that, full of shows, live music, spoken word, productions, scratch events and exhibitions – anything you can imagine, really.”

The bi-annual event already had much success back in March, with performances taking place around the city, including at several primary schools.

“We sold out of tickets for most shows. I think it is the City of Culture affect, everyone is really in the spirit of it all. We’re hoping people will come down to some of this year’s events. It was great to see so many people at some of the smaller, more intimate shows,” he enthuses.

The idea for the fantastic event came about around five years ago and since then, it has gone from strength-to-strength.

“The ethos behind the festival is about boosting Hull’s cultural scene. Of course, the city has a lot to offer; we not only celebrate local artists, but also bring shows that Hull audiences may otherwise not get to see.”

The nine day event runs until Saturday 21 October and will see an eclectic mix of entertainment.

The Castle Builder by Vic Llewellyn and Kid Carpet narrates a true story of an inmate in a Norwegian psychiatric hospital. Over five years, he managed to construct a castle on a remote headland. The intriguing tale is told through a combination of live music, dancing and storytelling.

“The Castle Builder was our pick of Edinburgh Fringe 2016. It’s got some crazy music and a local artist will make a beautiful sculpture out of chewed bread.”

Meanwhile, Ross and Rachel debunks the myths of modern relationships: “It’s not based on the TV show, Friends, but, anyone who loves that programme, will enjoy this contemporary love story,” Andy tells us.

“We’ve also got a whole heap of kids entertainment and workshops.”

Almost Always Muddy is an immersive storytelling experience for children over the age of five. Alongside watching the heroic quest unfold, little ones can get involved and build the cast a place to perform. Afterwards, you can continue the crafts and learn how to make your own puppet.

Kid Carpet will also return for the Super Mega Rockin’ Rock Show at Kardomah94. The 45-minute piece will teach you all there is to know about rock ‘n’ roll.

This October’s Heads Up will also see the debut of E52’s new show Pale Blue Dot.

“The piece incorporates graphic art and features Hull-based band Broken Orchestra.”

It will also be the first time that one-woman show The Ballad of Paragon Station is seen in Hull. Written & performed by Hester Ullyart, the play blends performance and photography to narrate the lives of four northerners who can’t get to sleep at night.

In the meantime, Heads Up Introducing will involve a very special guest from Hollywood who will choose a film to be shown to audiences.

“Vincent Regen will selecting a film for audiences to enjoy. We won’t reveal his choice until the night.”

Heads Up Festival kicks off on Thursday 12 and will continue until Saturday 21 October. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the Heads Up website.

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Published: Thursday 12th October 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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