Britpop heroes, air guitar anthems and local talent. Here are the live music highlights in Hull this May.
Space + Dirty Sterling, Früit, 13 May 2016: 7.30pm
Space – the perfect mix of SKA and punk fused with the signature ‘space’ sound play Früit this May. Although Space know their crowd appreciate their fill of classic Space tunes, the group have decided to give fans a whole bunch of new material with support from Dirty Sterling, currently one of the best indie bands to hail from Scunthorpe.
Yo-Yo Festival, Pearson’s Bar, 1 May 2016: 2pm – 10pm
The sun’s starting to poke its way out the clouds and with the May Day Bank Holiday coming up, it’s the perfect excuse to experience something new. Yo-Yo Festival is a family-friendly music festival which kicks off in the heart of HU5 on Princes Avenue in Hull. Bud Sugar are headlining with top sets from dark soul garage band Fire (The Unstoppable Force), northern rapper Nineties Boy, and heaps more.
There’ll even be a BBQ, vintage clothes, face painting and a refrigerated festival lorry bar (a first in Hull).
The Hosts, The New Adelphi Club, 18 May: 8pm
If you fancy seeing a group of sharp dressed men with a bunch of sweet melodies, cruise down to The Adelphi to see Sheffield band The Hosts. The group are set to release their new album ‘Moon’ on April 29th and are touring venues across London, Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham.
Daz’s Rock 4 Charity, Hull City Hall, 20 May: 7pm
Daz’s Rock 4 Charity returns to Hull City Hall again this year – a great charity music concert for all the family with a load of bands, singers and entertainers of all styles of music with a fantastic party atmosphere.
The show is to support the Lord Mayor’s chosen charities as well as Variety – the children’s charity who provide minibuses and equipment for disabled and disadvantaged children.
Letz Zep, Früit, 27th May: 7.30pm
Letz Zep, hailed by some as the most popular and most highly rated tribute act to Led Zeppelin, play their 2016 world tour to mark the 45th anniversary of Led Zeppelin’s fourth album, which many regard as their best.
Led Zep’s first ever show at The Budokan, Tokyo, was recorded for future release, but the sounds of the thunderstorm that hit the city marred the recording and the tapes were wiped.
In recognition of this, Letz Zep have named the tour the ‘Tales of Storms’ tour 2016, performing songs from the The Budokan, Japan, 1971.
AWOOGA + Cannibal Animal + Black Lime + LUMER, The New Adelphi Club, 14 May: 8pm
Space/alt/stoner rock warriors of the steel city Sheffield AWOOGA (an onomatopoeic word for noise of a klaxon) play the Adelphi on 14 May. Brothers Tam and Taz create an interesting blend of space rock psychedelia and sludgy doom with their pal James Borrowdale.
Fab support comes from Cannibal Animal, LUMER and local band Black Lime, who describe themselves as “honey-dipped rock and roll” – sounds pretty sweet. The group have recently dropped their latest track Down and Out on Warren Records so be sure to check it out.
James, Hull City Hall, 16 May 2016: 7pm
After being originally signed to the iconic Factory Records in 1982, James have since gone onto produce a string of massive hit singles, including: Sit Down, Come Home, She’s A Star and Born of Frustration. 32 years on they have come up with a record that the band consider their best ever.
The Girl At The End Of The World Tour spans the UK, including a giant hometown show at Manchester Arena and a 3 date takeover of London at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, O2 Forum Kentish Town and O2 Brixton Academy.
Black Lime image © Matt Colquhoun