Humber Street Sesh is in the running for prestigious UK Festival Awards.
The annual Hull music festival, which started five years ago, has been nominated for a raft of high-profile awards including Best Medium-Sized Festival and Best Metropolitan Festival.
Set up to recognise the hard work, vision and creativity of the nation’s festival industry, the awards put Humber Street Sesh up against big names such as previous winners of Best Metropolitan Festival, Liverpool Sound City, and Best Medium-Sized Festival, Y Not Festival.
The outcome will be decided by a public online vote, with voting open until October 28. The shortlist will be announced on November 4.
Mark Page, Humber Street Sesh founder and director, said the festival had exceeded expectations: “We started with the idea of celebrating Hull’s homegrown talent by showcasing local bands and musicians in a one-day event. This proved to be hugely popular, with enormous support from the public from day one. The festival has grown in capacity year on year: from an initial 10,000 people in 2012; to 30,000 in 2016, our most successful festival to date.”
“We are over the moon that the festival has been given national recognition by the industry. We hope that the people of Hull will get online and vote for Humber Street Sesh to help us win these awards. We’d love to bring back those trophies to our city. It will shine a light on Hull’s great music scene, helping bring bigger audiences and exciting opportunities for our city’s musicians.”
Mark Page, Humber Street Sesh founder and director
The 2016 festival saw 214 bands and acts performing on August 6 at Hull’s Fruit Market and Marina area, with highlights including sets by Counting Coins, Life, Black Delta Movement and Fronteers.
The popularity of the festival is evidenced by its explosive social metrics – reaching 427,437 Facebook hits and 567,612 Twitter accounts on the festival week.
Hull UK City of Culture 2017 is supporting the Humber Street Sesh as one of the flagship events of 2017.
Martin Green, CEO and director, Hull 2017 said: “The Humber Street Sesh is a brilliant example of what Hull is about – energy and creativity. This year’s event was fantastic and a highlight of the summer. I urge everyone to get voting so this great festival and Hull’s music scene get the recognition they deserve.”
To vote for Humber Street Sesh to be shortlisted for these prestigious awards please visit its website for the UK Festival Awards link. Voters can also enter the awards’ prize draw to win a pair of Isolate ear protectors and two VIP tickets to every festival that wins an award.