Where Are We Now? will be a summer festival like no other: a gathering of time-served trouble-makers, spoken word rebels, artistic mavericks and left-field music pioneers. We’ll be converging on the city of Hull to ask of today’s counter-culture the soaring, searching question with which David Bowie kissed us goodbye.
Where Are We Now? features many events over the weekend at various venues across Hull. Download the event map and schedule for all of the venues and full event listings so you don’t miss out!
2 Jun | Hull City Hall (£17.50-£20)
This unique event will feature incendiary live music from Young Fathers; pop and political powerhouse Charlotte Church; spoken word sensation Hollie McNish; Jamaican-British dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson; intercut with strange animations and powerful short films. Expect some high-profile special guests. Age guidance: 16+. Under-14s must be accompanied by an adult, aged 18+, and seated in the balcony/gallery area.
3 Jun | The Welly (£12-£15)
A fast-paced celebration of the guiding lights in UK hip-hop and the counter culture curated for Neu! Reekie! by the mighty Stanley Odd; with Altu ‘Flowrex’ Collingwood programming the strongest local voices.
The night will feature live performances from leadings artists including: Akala, The Four Owls, Stanley Odd, Eva Lazarus and many (many) more. Watch this space and move with might.
2 Jun | Kardomah 94 (£3 – £5)
Singer-songwriter, artist and provocateur Momus is over from Japan to revamp his Bowie cabaret for the opening event of Where Are We Now?
2 Jun | Humber Street Gallery (FREE, drop-in)
Renowned for his work with the Sex Pistols, Jamie Reid’s wall collages are the essence of punk, foraged from a 45-year career as one of the most innovative, thrilling and inspiring artists of our time.
2 Jun | Fruit (FREE, drop-in)
gal-dem is a creative online and print magazine created by more than 70 women of colour. Expect thought-provoking content, eye-catching visuals and an abundance of giggles.
2 Jun | Fruit (£8-£10)
Internationally renowned club night with legendary DJs Andrew Weatherall and Hull’s Sean Johnston.
3 Jun | Hull International Photography Gallery (FREE, ticketed)
UK hip-hop legend Rodney P presents his film discussing hip-hop culture with a live Q&A afterwards. Additional live performance from Scottish MC, Loki.
3 Jun | Creative and Cultural Studio 3 / Princes Quay (FREE, email Altu to book)
Workshops with UK artists significant in the arts of MCing, breakdancing, graffiti art, turntablism and music production), including:
- Breakin’ Through Hull – dance workshop with Rawgina (Georgina) and Beanz (Scott Coulson) of Breakin’ Through Leeds
- King Monk – Illustration for graffiti (characters)
- Trik9 and Kisk (Smash proof) – Graffiti (letter styles and can control)
- DJ Rasp – Introduction to mixing and scratching (beginners); Intermediate and advanced scratch techniques
- Agent M – Introduction to music production
- Nikki Blaze – Lyricism and spoken word
3 Jun | Stage @ The Dock (FREE, drop-in)
A two-hour whirlwind of hip-hop culture from across the UK, including breakdancing, turntablism, graffiti art and rap.
3 Jun | Vue Cinema, Princes Quay (£5)
Northern Irish filmmaker, savant and pioneer Mark Cousins has screened all over the world; is a former director of Edinburgh International Film Festival; was recently awarded The Stanley Kubrick Award for The Story of Film: An Odyssey; and had Mogwai write and record an album / live score for his piece, Atomic.
At Where Are We Now , Mark presents and discusses the stunning I Am Belfast.
4 Jun | Kardomah 94 (£3 – £5)
One of the UK’s premiere artist provocateurs Bill Drummond will take up residence in Hull for the entirety of Neu! Reekie!’s Where Are We Now? festival. This public performance/lecture will be the end result of his Twinned With Your Darkest Thought project.
4 Jun | Kardomah 94 (£3 – £5)
Prize-winning British Egyptian poet and playwright Sabrina Mahfouz explores poetry and the sex industry through her new collection How You Might Know Me, introduced by spoken word sensation Hollie McNish.
4 Jun | Kardomah 94 (FREE, ticketed)
An exploration into Caught By The River with John Andrews, Will Burns, Martha Sprackland and Adelle Stripe.
You’ve been Trumped Too (Special Event Screening)
4 Jun | Kardomah 94 (£3 – £5)
Anthony Baxter follows up his 2011 documentary You’ve Been Trumped with the sequel, You’ve Been Trumped Too, about Donald Trump’s battle with Aberdeenshire residents over his golf course.
4 Jun | The New Adelphi Club (£3 – £5)
Where Are We Now? draws to a close. The survivors will descend upon Hull’s Adelphi Club to toast the ghosts as a host of all-star DJs from the festival take to the decks. FiniTribe will lead the charge – who kens who’ll follow?
The UK has reached a crossroads. Where it goes next is anyone’s guess. Dark divisive forces of racism and prejudice are stirring across the UK (and Europe) in the wake of Brexit and across the Atlantic following the election of Donald Trump. We need to ask our artists, musicians and writers where they stand.
For detached hipster unicyclists or stay-at-home clicktavists this may not be your time or place for we promise to ruffle feathers, take to the streets, challenge the dominant narratives, and counterpose Love to Hate.
Convening the radical fusion will be one of the UK’s most acclaimed and exciting artistic collectives. With counter-cultural roots going back through the last 25 years – to the legendary Rebel Inc publishing house – Neu! Reekie! intend to take the pulse of the cultural resistance across the UK and its four nations. And have some fun involving the good people of Hull.
Come together. Ask questions. Listen and watch. Dance. Shake things up.
This is where we’re at.
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