21 Dec 2017

Look ahead to 2018: Music & Festivals

2017 may be coming to an end, but the party doesn’t end here. Let’s look at some of the amazing gigs coming up in 2018.

Hull will continue to showcase some of the best musical talent the country has to offer in 2018 and beyond through, top-class gig nights and killer grassroots festivals.

So from jazz to folk to DIY hardcore punk, Hull will always guarantee a brilliant night out.

Here’s a selection of gigs that’ll keep your ears happy in January 2018, as well as a few festival highlights.


9, 16, 23 & 30 Jan 2018. (Free)
The Polar Bear

If you love your live gigs in Hull – we all know Wednesdays are a complete right off.

Every Tuesday evening music lovers make their way to The Polar Bear for The Sesh, an evening hosted by Hull music legend Mark Page, featuring homegrown bands and acts from around the country.

The headliners for January’s shows will include The Resonance on 2 Jan, The Escape Artist 9 Jan, Delta Vega on 16 Jan, Let Man Loose on 23 Jan and The Howl and the Hum on 30 Jan.

Mark will also be hosting a workshop for 14-25 year-olds offering advice on how to find other local musicians, contacting promoters as well as what you’ll need to know to get gigs. To find out more or to book, see here.


Fri 3 – Sat 4 August, 2018. (£5 – £10)
Hull Marina

For those who haven’t experienced Humber Street Sesh before – where have you been?! The festival first formed through the success of the weekly Sesh, priding itself on shining a light not only on the bands, but the photographers, writers, artists and performers that make up Hull’s thriving creative community – and in 2018, it’s back and bigger than ever.

The ever-popular grassroots festival will include an extra date on Friday 3 August 2018. Headliners of previous HSS line-ups will perform exclusive sets from 7pm – 11pm in a brand new area – yet to be revealed! This is one you won’t want to miss.

Jump on the website until 14 January 2018 to get your early bird tickets.


Thur 19 – Sat 21 July 2018. Various times. (Price TBC)

From the IndoJazz style of Arun Gosh to the Mercury shortlisted GoGo Penguin, Hull Jazz Festival treated us to a fantastic line-up of artists in 2017.

In 2018, the producers are set to present yet another selection of top artists, including a joint performance between guitarist John Etheridge and vocalist Vimala Rowe, taking us on a journey from India to Africa, the Middle East and the USA. Camilla George will also bring her afrobeat, calypso and hip-hop to the festival as well as the 1920s clarinet-driven, blues-drenched sounds of The Dime Notes.

To find out more about next year’s line up here.


All year. (Various prices)

Originally a three bedroom terraced house, The Adelphi is one of Hull’s best loved music venues over at 89 De Grey Street.

On 20 January, punk rock group 999 will be headlining a show with support from Cumbria’s No Thrills and Whitby’s Panda Lasagne. Formed in London in 1976, 999 were heavily part of the punk scene at the time. After touring extensively for almost 40 years, they’re returning to Hull for this headline show.

Also performing in January will be Autobahn, whose latest record made it as Huw Stephens album of the week during November 2017. Support comes from Hull’s own LUMER and No Nothings. Pearl’s Cab Ride will also be launching their new EP on 27 Jan with support from Slim Tubby and the Vitamin D3’s.


All year. (Various prices)

On 18 January, FRüIT brings The Sex Pissed Dolls, a rock/punk band formed back in 2014 who fuse their own material with classic old-school covers, including the likes of The Clash, Buzzcocks and (you guessed it) The Sex Pistols. Support will come from sisters of doom duo, CHAMBERS.

Three piece London boys Arcane Roots will also perform on 11 January and To Kill A King on 12 January.


Wed Jan 10 2018, 7pm. (Free)
Gorilla Studios

Hull Noise Collective are a not-for-profit DIY collective based in Hull. The group put on local shows specialising in hardcore punk, heavy metal and rock ‘n’ roll.

For their first show of 2018, the boys have put on a night of ‘pure audio terror’ with Unyielding Love – a cool blackened noisegrind group from Belfast who are touring with Dawn Ray’d – a black metal group from the north.

Guaranteed to be a top gig – especially given Unyielding Love blew the electricity four times during their recent performance at Fluff Fest 2017.


Fri 26 Jan 2018, 7pm (£20)
Hull University Union

After the release of their seventh album, recorded by Nirvana producer Steve Albini (and arguably their most honest and raw to date) the brothers have returned lately with a residency tour, including a full 5-day run of shows at The Brudenell Social Club in Leeds.

In January 2018 they make their way to Hull University Union with support from Fangclub and Paws.

Limited tickets available here.


All year. (Various prices)

This ever-popular restaurant, bar and exhibition space on Alfred Gelder Street will host the multi-media song cycle performance 12 Silk Handkerchiefs on 14 January by award winning singer-songwriter Reg Meuross. The performance is narrated by Brian W Lavery and performed with a number of other musicians, including Hull’s own Sam Martyn.

On 18 January the venue also welcome back Jack Lukeman after a brilliant performance back in September and on 26 January there will be a celebration of Hull’s musical heritage with the likes of the Loudhailer Electric Company and The Brontes.

… and if that’s not enough, don’t forget all of those brilliant club nights at The Welly and The Adelphi in 2018 including Easy Skankin, The Residents Association, Jelly at The Welly and Shuffle.


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