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Substance is a new celebration of the creativity and cultural diversity of the North, and an examination of the contributing role that culture has to play in society, particularly post-Brexit.

Substance will be putting on regular events across the North, beginning and ending in Hull. It all starts on Sunday 6 November 2016 with a live music performance from The Magnetic North (made up of Simon Tong, formerly of The Verve, Blur; Gawain Erland Cooper; and Hannah Peel) and a talk by Will Alsop. It will culminate in a weekend-long festival in December 2017, supported by Hull UK City of Culture 2017.

The inaugural Substance event will take place at Polar Bear, Spring Bank, Hull, as part of Humber Mouth festival. Magnetic North will be performing their critically acclaimed album Skelmersdale from earlier this year  – an ode to the Lancashire town where 1960s planners tried, and failed, to create a utopian housing scheme. Will Alsop is a RIBA Stirling Prize winning architect and founder of aLL Design.




229 Spring Bank

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Creative Credits

The Humber Mouth Literature Festival is supported by:

Hull City Council
Hull 2017 UK City of Culture
Arts Council England
James Reckitt Library Trust
Hull Culture & Leisure Ltd