I arrived at East Park at around two in the afternoon just in time to catch Nat
from the Johnny Go Go Go's finishing her set at the acoustic tent.
She was singing about empty food cupboards, slugs and tight-fisted bosses.
The three go hand in hand quite nicely if you think about it a minute.
Natalie has been bathing her toes in the bohemian stream for the past year,
and although she comes across quite timid onstage has a warm individuality about her.
Her song I'll never be in the NME is a particular favourite of mine as it
expresses a lot of my own views about bandwagon jumpers, style over
substance and the need to be one of the cool crowd.
Given the right encouragement Natalie's musical muscle will grow, her wit sharpen,
her observations become increasingly wry.
I stayed in the Bohemian Revolution tent for Jody, half of The Peasants, it seemed
that Dave his playing partner had sustained some injury to his hand and therefore
could not bring us his rhythmic guitar tunes.
Jody played a number of songs including Changing of the guard, Heroin, and some
Neil Young I think.
A gathering of musicians and music fans sat in the tent outside the tent on the soft
grass listening to his voice carrying over the hot still air.
I watched fascinated as he strummed and sang his way through a rich set of sincere songs with modesty.
Musical outfits like The Peasants are thin on the ground in this town, so we are all
the more fortunate for having those we do have.
So I wandered over to the main stage past people dotted about all over the grass;
drinking and talking, families, couples and friends all out enjoying the sunshine
and listening to the various music genres on offer.
I was dismayed to find that The Bonnitts had pulled out a few days earlier,
I had been looking forward to seeing them all week.
They have recently been played on BBC 6 Radio there video was shown on the
big screen and received much praise by local and national music critics.
Feral Kids/ Soldier E.P. is available from the band and I highly recommend getting yourself a copy.
You can catch The Bonnits at Stripped 1st Birthday 6th July at Wellington Inn Russell Street in Hull.
The night promises to be a very special celebration of the acoustic connoisseurs
first year of successful nights at the pub.
A year, which has seen many of the local musicians, bands and solo artists, playing
to a new crowd in true, honest fashion.
Going Down - Live Music - Saturday 24th June 06 - Foghorn Sound System at the Urban Artz Festival By Benjamin Woodling Photographs by Barry Thompson, Focal Image
Seemingly beamed down from a parallel planet of sound, the enigmatic Foghorn Collective deliver
an afternoon of house music, deep and progressive and trancey and trippy, to the good people of East Hull.
Lee is scattering beats into the sunshine when I arrive. His set has an energised party vibe.
Next door a younger crew have established their own dance tent
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Going Down - Hull Mela Festival Sunday 31st July 2005 by Jane Foster
This year saw Hull's first ever Mela festival held at Pearson Park. A Mela is a traditional festival which originates from India. A welcome event (especially as there was no Grassroots festival this year), it brought together and celebrated the diverse communities of Hull. It was a successful day, well attended and enjoyed by both the public and the performers.
Going Down - Ella Street Festival Saturday 9th July 2005 by Jane Foster
As a resident of Ella Street I was pleased as punch to hear that this year we would be
holding our very own festival, open to everyone.
A group of residents had got together and organised this - well done to them all.
About a week ago the banner and bright bunting went up, and the street held its
breath waiting for this very special event...
Going Down - Cycling into Poverty History Monday 27th June 2005 By Martin Deane
"Don't tell the other towns, but Hull was the best reception we ever got!"
Bright and early, by some measures - ok, 9am - 24 cyclists from Hull gathered by the café and then made their way over the Humber Bridge. The River Humber, she what drains a fifth of the country and puts more freshwater into
the North Sea than any other, looked absolutely
Going Down - The Make Poverty History March, in Retrospect By Bill Linton
Well, the G8 season seems to have kicked off to a good start this year with Live 8 concerts internationally.
Predictably, the Hyde Park concert gained almost wall to wall coverage on television and in the news,
although media interest in the Make Poverty History march in Edinburgh was somewhat less
Going Down - Make Poverty History Demonstration in Edinburgh 2nd July 2005 by Rich Mills
Having been a political activist for many years now, when the Make Poverty History
demonstration came around, we just had to do something about it.
The result being that with a lot of work from Martin Deane collecting money in,
we managed to send a hundred people up to Edinburgh for the day.
Along with another hundred or so who made their own way up to Scotland, Hull was well represented.
Going Down - G8 2005 Demonstration in Edinburgh by Mike Rose
On Saturday 2nd July we joined what turned out to be the biggest political
demonstration in Scottish history. I've been on G8 demos before (Prague 2000 - Genoa 2001)
but this one was the most diverse I have ever witnessed. The response from the churches was stunning.
We had socialists, environmentalists, Christians, students, pensioners, and babies!
Going Down - Make Poverty History March In Edinburgh By Sarah Golightley
There is nothing I loathe more than the sound of one of those wretched free ring tones on
my mobile twanging away at 5 o'clock in the morning; especially when 5 o' clock is only three
hours after I went to sleep following a night of clubbing at Fuel and accidentally locking
my friends out of their own house.
And then trying to let them in
Going Down - Make Poverty History Demonstration in Edinburgh 2nd July 2005 By Mo
Martin Deane invited me along with 2 full coach loads of people from Hull to the
Make Poverty History Demonstration in Edinburgh on the 2nd July 2005.
It was an early start, 6am, because we had a long 6 hour trip up to Scotland (and
another 6 hours back which I tried to forget) as we hopped aboard that drizzly morning.
I'd packed my sandwiches, water etc and had a flask of hot coffee prepared for me
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Going Down - World Music Day at Queens Gardens Saturday 18th June 2005 By Mo
This year's Hull World Music Day saw another impressive array of artists from across the globe.
A warm sunny day was the perfect setting for various performances.
These included the Shyani Ngcobo Band from South Africa, Persian band Flame, the
Zeela Women's Choir from Liberia, Allah Lake Afro Mandinka from the Gambia,
Shantha Rao of the Annapurna Indian Dance Company, Hako from Kurdistan
Going Down -
Overnight Investigation of the Paranormal with The Spiritual Renaissance Group By Blair Ashworth Photos by Mo
Insomnia must be a real advantage when you're investigating the paranormal. At least, it would have been if the night at Holmpton had passed slowly - but for me, and for Mo, it was an amazing and unforgettable experience, and I for one intend repeating it as soon as the opportunity next arises.
So, there we were, the car drawing up to the guardhouse of the Holmpton bunker near Withernsea.
Going Down - Isn't 'Ull Brilliant! Hull Aid Tsunami Benefit Event By Cilla, 11 page Photo Gallery by Darren Rogers.
After the unbelievable response to the Hull Aid Tsunami Benefit Event, where hundreds of you turned up
to be entertained by some of the fabulous talent from in and around Hull, we can announce
the current total donated by YOU!
Together with collections at Yo-YoRead more...
Going Down - thisisUll.com Tuesday 11th January - Hull Aid Tsunami Benefit Gig By Daniel Laney.
It is 5am, I am with three proud members of thisisUll.com, sitting back
and reflecting on eight hours of music.
I have to break myself from conversation in order to put together my own thoughts of this magical event.
In the background of the room I can hear