28 Apr 2017

Hull 2017 highlights: 29 April – 5 May

Culture diaries at the ready… we’ve got the next seven days all planned out.

JOHN GRANT’S NORTH ATLANTIC FLUX: SOUNDS FROM SMOKY BAY

From £34. Friday 28 April to Monday 1 May. Hull City Hall, Fruit, Gate No 5, Jubilee Church.

Be quick, a limited number of one-day passes have just been released to this four-day, 47-act live music festival. Two-day passes for Sunday and Monday are also available, from £60. This weekend, acclaimed singer-songwriter John Grant is heading a bill of electronic pop, post-punk and experimental acts including GusGus, Susanne Sundfør, Lindstrøm, Sóley, Sykur, Prins Póló, Nordic Affect, Ragga Gisla, Fufanu,  Ghostigital, Cobby and Litten and more. North Atlantic Flux takes place at various venues across Hull. Download the event map and schedule for full details.

THE HISTORY OF HEALTH AND EFFICIENCY: AN EXHIBITION

Free. Daily, until Friday 19 May, from 10am. Kardomah 94, Alfred Gelder Street, Hull.

Hot on the heels of Ferens Art Gallery’s Skin exhibition, comes this showcase of archive images from world-leading, Hull-based naturist magazine, Health & Efficiency. Curated by the mag’s editor Sam Hawcroft, this exhibition of image from the magazine’s celebrates body positivity and diversity, and promotes naturism as beneficial for health, wellbeing and enjoyment. In case you hadn’t worked it out yet, this exhibition contains nude images.

Over-16s.

SHAKERS – THE JOHN GODBER COMPANY

From £11.50. Daily, until Saturday 20 May, 7.30pm, plus selected matinee performances. East Riding Theatre, Lord Roberts Road, Beverley.

John Godber’s classic comedy Shakers is back in Yorkshire – a play created in Hull and exported worldwide, from Dubai to Bratislava, from Scandinavia to LA – for a night out with the long-suffering cocktail waitresses at the cheesiest bar in town, circa 1980s Anytown, The World. Pop along and find out what really lurks behind the plastic palm trees and the piña coladas in the oh-so-trendy cocktail bar where everyone wants to be seen, from the checkout girls to the chinless wonders, the luvvies to the local lads tittering at the thought of a “long slow comfortable screw”.

Shakers - The John Godber Company. Photo: © The John Godber Company

DAVE SPIKEY: JUGGLING ON A MOTORBIKE

£17.50. Thursday 4 May, 7.30pm. Hull City Hall, Queen Victoria Square, Hull.

You know him best for That Peter Kay Thing, Phoenix Nights, Eight Out Of Ten Cats and co, but did you know Dave Spikey might never have made it in comedy if it wasn’t for a routine about a juggler on a motorbike? Dave’s 2017 tour, called, wait for it,  Juggling On A Motorbike, lands in Hull City Hall on Thursday, with a routine that celebrates his 30-year career in comedy. Dave had been working in the NHS for 19 years as a biomedical scientist when, in 1987, someone told him, “you’re really funny, you should be a comedian”. Dave took them seriously, and a few months later won the UK talent show Stairway To The Stars, impressing judge Larry Grayson with said routine. The rest, as they say, is history.

THE MUSEUM OF CLUB CULTURE PRESENTS… ADDICTIVE TV’S ORCHESTRA OF SAMPLES

Five years in the making and described by The Times as “ingenious and compelling”, Addictive TV – the joint alias of pioneering audio/video remixers and electronic artists Graham Daniels and Mark Vidler, has won international acclaim for their Orchestra Of Samples music project. Created by recording and filming more than 200 musicians around the globe, the duo sampled the improvised sessions, composing new music and splicing together a “digital supergroup” of artists who never met, but play together on screen. Combining sound and vision from Brazil to Kazakhstan, Egypt to Senegal, across Europe and even Bhutan in the Himalayas, it’s a musical journey without borders.

Performing live with Addictive TV will be Scottish fiddle player and winner of the BBC’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year Shona Mooney, and Iranian percussionist Arian Sadr.

Over-14s.

GET DOWN: DON LETTS (DJ SET)

£7 + booking fee. Friday 5 May, 10.30pm-3.30am. Welly, Beverley Road Hull.

A real treat for fans of roots, reggae, dub and dancehall. This club night sees Hull’s own Easy Skankin’ DJs and Dubungle warming up the Welly crowds, before a 90-minute DJ set from Don Letts, aka The Rebel Dread, that is bound to have the place bouncing. Don’s been on the reggae and punk music scene for more than 40 years – as videographer for The Clash, a founder member of Big Audio Dynamite along with The Clash’s Mick Jones and, currently, BBC 6Music presenter – so we’re expecting great things.

Over-18s.

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