The Humber Street Sesh Festival. Saturday 2nd August


Well, it’s quite simple really. We have a city full of amazing people and we just want to celebrate that fact. We want to facilitate and support the creativity of the City of Hull, just like Tenfootcity does. We sing from the same hymn sheet as this magazine. This City is proud and it has every right to be and ‘The City Of Culture‘ status is awesome, so 2017 will be a very special year, but we do need to secure the infrastructure to make every year better than the last. This can be done with the right investment, education and support. Institutions, venues, art spaces, all need to be recognised and valued more, before we lose them. The Warren, Adelphi, and Fruit are just three examples. The Humber Street Sesh Festival proved that when we support each other, we can all flourish. 40,920 people attended last year’s event and not one problematic incident was recorded for a second year running. That speaks volumes about the people of Hull.

The HSS Festival is a one day urban street festival full of local music and local art. A Festival, for the people by the people. It started with nothing – no budget, no sponsors, no theme. It was free and 10 to 15 thousand people came throughout the day. That was 2012. The second year we built on that success, utilised the area better, and widened the participation. It was a game changer.
The footfall that we achieved in 2013 has meant the cost of staging such an event has increased tenfold since its conception. We’ve introduced a small entry fee of £3, with the authorities’ full guidance, to help achieve sustainability, whilst covering production costs. HSS is a festival that celebrates Hull. It works due to the relationships forged over many years, and the trust that’s been built up between our creative folk. It all started as a one-off 10th birthday party for the weekly Sesh live music night. (Tuesdays at Linnet & Lark.) This year, there are to be over 180 music acts performing across eleven stages in a day, including the

introduction of a Main Stage. The city’s very best DJ’s will do battle in the Silent Disco hosted by the Residents Association. The very best Club nights in Hull will also go back-to-back in our new Dance Marquee. The SESH Skate Park returns too, backed up by the Funkywormhole Soundsytem, as does the CULT CINEMA, COSMO’s Beat The Keeper, and C69’s COMEDY Stage. Plus we have street food, vintage markets, arts & crafts markets, record stalls, and fun fair rides. It’s all encompassing the very best of the city.

The Art Sesh injection too, promises to surpass last year. There’ll be street theatre, photo exhibitions, sculpture, dance classes, dance performances, art galleries, museums, play areas, chalk walks, art trails, a ‘Walk With the Dinosaurs’ experience, DJ Workshop, live graffiti with Pinky, Posto and Si2, and Street Art from the Something Entirely Different team. The festival will also pay its respect to the close proximity, of the 100th Anniversary of the start of the First World War, with a creative acknowledgement found within the ‘boneyard’ of Queen Street.
Come and join us for another magical day in Hull.

Mark Page. (Sesh Creator)