Get ready for Hull’s Big Gig

Published: Tuesday 7th July 2015 by Tom Drinkall

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This summer there is a newcomer on Hull’s festival scene organised by Red, a not for profit community organisation that aims to create social opportunities for people with learning disabilities through music and arts. The Big Gig will be held at Hull University Union on the 11 July.

The Red team hosts nightclub events for people with learning disabilities and the Big Gig is their first festival which is all about bringing people together around a shared love of music and culture.

Red began life nine years ago as a response to the difficulties that many people with learning disabilities experienced in accessing mainstream music events. The night club events have been so popular, the group branched out and put on a festival to welcome a wider audience to join in the friendly Red atmosphere.

One of the directors of Red, Alex Holmes says:

“A variety of music and activities have been planned to appeal to all age groups and abilities. The main stage acts include funk band; Pearls Cab Ride, the skatastic Counting Coins, and the daddy of the electric scene, Endoflevelbaddie. The main stage will be hosted by the Director of East Riding College Music Programmes, Martin ‘Mad Dog’ Jones and the BBC’s Alan Raw.”

“The acoustic stage has folk acts, such as Ben Parcell and Nick Rooke, along with a number of younger, up and coming artists from Hull and the East Riding.”

“This festival is about so much more than music. The Big Gig has workshops in cheerleading, graffiti art, street dance and there is a chill out area to listen to a story teller and an interactive sensory area to explore. Plus there will also be people on hand for face painting, a Bobby Bubbles show and the Jungle Explorer with his puppet friend.”

“Of course a festival isn’t a festival without a good range of food options on site. So whether you’re a lover of great music, a family looking for a good day out, or you’re looking for somewhere that is particularly friendly to those with special needs, we believe the Big Gig has something for everyone.”

Tickets are available from Hull Box Office; £6 for adults, £4 for 10-18 year olds, and under 10s going free.

Image credit: Paul Newbon

Published: Tuesday 7th July 2015 by Tom Drinkall

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