Sixty-Nine blows, give me Fifty-Nine every time...
Down the back streets of the city almost opposite an open concrete waste-ground
lies a new music venue with a pioneering culture.
For the last six to eight weeks The Music Man has been pulling in live music lovers
for it's No Holds Bar Friday nights of fun. Proprietor, Fegs says that he wants a
place with a chilled out atmosphere where people can come and party, have a great
time watching their favourite local bands. I'm doing it for the bands he states proudly.
The Music Man has already played host to among others The Landaus, Dirty Dreamers, Planet 10
and out of town band Lips Akimbo from York.
The conveniently situated venue is also available for hire as a much sought after
rehearsal space; this is the place where Hulls' very own chart breakers The Paddingtons
sharpen their rousing and carousing on stage performance.
The room is well equipped for such a purpose seeing that it has a vocal pa system,
a drum kit and a Marshal JCM 2000 guitar amp.
After long hours rehearsing, musicians
can make use of the free pool table and the bar stocking a range of bottled
lagers/vodka based drinks and spirits; prices range from £1.00 for Carling
to £2.00 for Stella or Budweiser and spirits.
The growing clientele can also take advantage of the various drinks offers promoted
on a weekly basis. Rehearsal times are 2pm till 6pm then 6pm till 10pm and
costs £20.00 for each session. 2hour sessions can be booked for a minimum
price of £10.00. Contact Fegs on 0789 196 9722 for bookings.
Music Man has many other features to recommend itself not least the fact that the
bar has been built on a centuries old coal cart complete with iron wheels and original timbering.
This piece of history alone sets it apart from other venues, as does the fact that the
whole place is on the ground floor making access for the disabled easy; the spacious
lavatories are well stocked and always clean and hygienic.
The décor is simple and unfussy with attractive candle lighting set on ale casks,
strategically placed round the high-ceilinged room.
Illustrious posters from the rock and punk eras adorn the walls at higher levels.
Through hard work and effort, Fegs has indeed created a place that is both functional,
friendly and inviting; as he says, Get down to a good venue and see for yourself!
As mentioned earlier The Music Man has already played host to some prominent names
in local music and tonight was no exception, with headliners Fifty-Nine Violets
crossing the Humber once more and local stalwarts The Applewhites joining them
on the four act billing.
An evening of quality entertainment began with a relaxed crowd of familiar names and faces.
Music Reviews - Wednesday 6th July 05 - Farewell to the Raywells? By Joe Hakim Photo Gallery By Michelle Dee
Ah, wet Wednesday, if it's not a cliché already, then it should be.
It's The Raywells' reunion gig at The Piper, so I decide to go.
The fact that I'm getting in for nowt, has absolutely nothing to do with it, honest.
I'm one skint motherfucker, so I have to walk to Newland Avenue from the town centre.
It's a bit of a fuckin' hike, especially when it's pissing it down.
The shit British summer
Music Reviews - Tuesday 5th July 05 - REM at Hull KC Stadium By Steve Rudd photos by Matt Rudd & SMC
The quality of weather couldn't really have been any worse for what is essentially
deemed as being the height of summer, but the relentless rain failed to dumb down most people's spirits.
Unfortunately, myself and (some of) my family arrived late at the venue.
One of my brothers, Martyn (who has long been the biggest REM fan in the family,
and who is almost
Music Reviews - REM / The Zutons / Idlewild - KC Stadium, Hull, 05/07/05 by Nicholas Boldock photos by Matt Rudd & SMC
As is the way with these things, it's chucking it down when Idlewild arrive on stage. Presumably the rain doesn't
bother them - they are from Scotland after all, and therefore no strangers to Biblically-proportioned downpours.
Which is just as well, as the heavens have well and truly opened.
It's a shame that so many people
Music Gig Gallery - 10th May 05 - The Paddingtons at Yo-Yo 10th Birthday By Darren Rogers
Sometimes we get photographs of a Gig in without a review.
Check out some great shots in a 3 page Photo Gallery of The PaddingtonsYo-Yo 10th Birthday By Darren Rogers.
Music Reviews - 6th June 05 - Brian McFadden at Hull City Hall By Matt Rudd
Brian Mcfadden is obviously very well known in the music world with his success
within the boy band Westlife.
But unfortunately for girls everywhere, Westlife split up.
However, this wasn't the end for Brian; he went on to become, well, a rock star.
And on June 6th he came to the Hull City Hall and I was there as Steve (my brother)
had won some tickets
Music Reviews - 18th/19th June 05 - Under The Influence Big Weekender at Adelphi and Welly By Michelle Dee
On a weekend that saw John Hassal's new band Yeti headline at Silhouette, local promoter
Dean Shakespeare of U.T.I. but together an equally good mix of home grown and out of
town musical talent.
Saturday saw new local talent The Black Outs supporting Blue Sand and The Landaus.
Hogboy had to cancel due to unforeseen circumstances so the Landaus got
bumped up the billing.
The Black OutsRead more...
Music Reviews - Friday 20th May - The Music with Youth Group at Asylum By Andy Dykes
It's hard to believe that Asylum at Hull University Union could be full of students,
all suited, booted and blind drunk celebrating at the end of year ball.
Now that the summer break has hit and the university is all but devoid of students,
it's great to see that there is still a huge crowd at the venue tonight to welcome The Music.
Music Reviews - Thursday 2nd June 05 - Baggott and Baz's Jam Night at Staks Bar Beverley Rd By Chu Nin
Photo Gallery By Meso Orney
The night kicks of in fine form, with Baz lead guitar with the Dirty Dreamers and lead
singer Paul Baggot from Turismo covering a few Kinks, Stones and Oasis numbers.
As more people arrive, Matt Addison and Danny Tonkin from The Johnsons take the floor
and play acoustic versions of the popular Oh No, the crowd pleaser Misfortunate Love
Music Reviews -
Monday 2nd May 05 - Sweet n Sour All Day Indie Fest Featuring Top Local Bands By Michelle Dee and a Massive 30 Page Photo Gallery by Darren Rogers
On Bank Holiday Monday Silhouette hosted a twelve-band extravaganza organized by James Applewhite
featuring one of the best local line-ups since some small scale gathering of Hulls finest in January.
There were also various festival stalls, with clothes and accessories from NSO and
politically motivated campaign stalls from the Green Party and the Legalize Cannabis Campaign.
Music Reviews - Pozition Night Club Rock Night - Wednesday 18th May 05 By Michelle Dee
After witnessing another fantastic performance by Ernest at the Adelphi last Wednesday I
decided to accept an invitation to the Pozition night club on George Street.
I paid the three pounds entry fee and received in return a little ticket informing
me that I was female; so far so good.
I walked into a large industrial style arena
Music Reviews - Saturday 28th May - The Rakes at Yo-Yo - Jumping For Victory By Andrew Coe 6 Page Photo Gallery By Darren Rogers
NME favourites The Rakes came to Hull and conquered with their choppy,
wire-like guitar riffs and a front man who can't keep still.
If The Rakes frontman Alan Donohoe were still at school, he'd be
told off repeatedly for fidgeting in class. For the duration of the band's 12-song set
at Yo-Yo at The Welly, Hull on Saturday night
Music Reviews - Saturday 21st May 05 - Under The Influence Presents Mystery Jets at the New Adelphi By Emily
Photo Gallery By Michelle Dee
It is not very often you find a band that excites you, I mean really excites you.
Yet it seems that the Mystery Jets might just be the band for the job.
As painfully honest as it is the Hull scene has needed a kick up the ass for some time now.
While still maintaining the stunning talent on show in pubs and clubs all over the city,
a firm kick is needed to rid it of the Indie addiction and mullet pretension.