23 Oct 2017

Major event celebrates Northern musical genius

From the politically charged post punk of Nadine Shah to the psychedelic dream pop of Jane Weaver, this is Substance Live.

The North has a well-deserved reputation for producing great music and some of the region’s most exciting, innovative and forward-thinking artists are being brought together for a one-off UK City of Culture event on Saturday 9 December called Substance Live – Future of the North. 

Hosted by BBC 6 Music and Radio 3 presenter Elizabeth AlkerSubstance Live features performances from some of the most exciting and innovative women making music in the UK. These musicians are renowned for their experimentalism and pushing the boundaries of music to challenge as well as entertain audiences. 

These are musicians pushing boundaries to its furthest edges. It’s going to be a musical highlight of the year.

Performances include Nadine Shah‘s politically charged post-punk; the psychedelic dream pop of Jane WeaverHannah Peelperforming her acclaimed Mary Casio: Journey to Cassiopeia, which melds electronica and brass band, both important musical forms of the North; the cosmic performance art punk of Lone Taxidermist; sister-doom duo based in Hull and Leeds ChambersPINS, formed in Manchester and firing out noisy, textured pop and the contemporary folk of Hull-based The Dyr Sister. 

Armed with a uniquely rich and soulful voice, paired with her effortlessly eloquent and arresting lyrics, Nadine Shah has earned a reputation as a rising, uncompromising talent. Nadine is without doubt one of our most vital songwriters and performers working in 2017.  

Abusing, evading and obliterating 20 years of whimsical pop trends, Jane Weaver’s experience as a truly independent and resilient female songwriter commands respect and inspiration in equal measure. Electronic artist Hannah Peel combines the tremendously deep, rich power of traditional brass with the uplifting and unearthly sound textures of analogue synthesizers. 

Arriving from a nocturnal word of sex and skulduggery, Lone Taxidermist’s malicious metier lurks somewhere between the eldritch diva manifestations of Diamanda Galas and the wry reflections of Victoria Wood and two piece sister-doom band CHAMBERS embrace the darker side with the unknown elements of life and death, giving them an edge when compared to poppier contemporaries and counterparts. 

PINS, who are signed to label Bella Union started playing together in early 2011 and self-released their first songs (A. Eleventh hour/AA. Shoot you). The Dyr Sister, hailing from Hull, is a pioneering individual. As a multi-instrumentalist she conjures up surreal tales with the aid of a violin, a mandolin, her voice and an array of live samples. 

Rosie Millard, Chair of Hull 2017, commented: “This is a brilliant line up of some of the country’s most forward looking musicians. Very individual and distinctive in the way they approach their music, what links them is that they have links to the North and they happen to be women. These are musicians pushing boundaries to its furthest edges. It’s going to be a musical highlight of the year.” 

Substance Live takes place on Saturday 9 December and runs from 5.30pm–10.30pm. It is the musical highlight of Substance, a mixed programme of events, art, installations and provocations taking place as part of Hull 2017 from 1-10 December, celebrating this City of Culture year and the North’s future as a dynamic centre for culture and creativity.  

Tickets for Substance Live are on sale from today, Monday 23 October. Tickets are £8 and £10 and available now. 

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