Tuesday, the first day of March, saw as many as three hundred students from all over the
region come together to flex their musical muscle.
Colleges from Scarborough, York, Lincoln and Hull gathered at the Welly: on Beverley Rd to
take part in a four and a half hour long musical showcase.
The event was Access to Music: Live (AtoM Live) in the middle of its nationwide tour.
During the day over twenty acts from our region presented their work, comprising of pop,
indie-rock/punk artists as well as acousticians, DJs, MCs and Free-style rap artists.
Access to music, is an initiative that harbours young musical talent and helps them to
realise their dreams of a career in the music industry.
They have had considerable success in doing this; a number of their past-students are set
to become household names; such as Like A Hurricane; old style classic rock outfit,
Josh Rinse Roberts; future star in the DJ world. Our own Josh Hubbard and Grant Dobbs
of The Paddingtons, have benefited from the guidance offered by ATM courses.
Access to Music: appears to be at the hub of cutting edge innovative music and with
Jools Holland lending his support this must mean higher profiles, leading to more
opportunities for young musicians.
May I point out I am just one journalist/interviewer/photographer giving one opinion,
short of splitting myself in three, it would be impossible to see all the acts.
However, I endeavoured to come away with a flavour of the wide variety of musical forms
Many apologies if your group is not mentioned in the following appraisal of the day.
At approximately 3pm with my senses screaming at me, at odds with the venue and the time I entered the
The club had been set up so three different genres of music could run simultaneously.
in the chill out bar, there was an acoustic stage charmingly called Buskers Corner.
It was to this softer atmosphere that I was first drawn.
I could hear a female vocalist singing with passion, power and understated class.
There was something of an Alanis Morrisette feel to her considerable voice.
She held notes as if pulling them away from a cascading waterfall.
It wasn't until later that I overheard some other students marvelling at her performance
and discovered who she was. Rachel from Hull you set the bar at a high level.
It was now left to the other students to attain that level or to
reach even higher.
Next, I made my way to the main stage, where Jeffleson Airplane were just starting up.
I have to admit, from the name I was expecting acid laced seventies sounds, psychedelic hysteria maybe?
What came from this four-piece from York was loud, unassuming punk rock.
Unusually, particularly on the Hull scene, Jeffleson Airplane had a front-woman/guitarist,
she was very much the leader in the group.
Although nerves were clearly on show, the group played an even set with the drummer
showing real promise. I was warmed by the honesty and straightforward way in which
the lead-singer dedicated a song to her girlfriend.
This kind of openness was refreshing in a world filled with poison and prejudice.
Look out for Jeffleson Airplane: taxiing at present but preparing for take- off imminently.
Music Reviews - Friday 4th March 05 - The Ga*Ga*s at Asylum By Andy Dykes, Photo Gallery By Darren Rogers
Its rock-a-rama at Asylum: tonight. Three bands, one bill, all about the rock.
First up, Disarm:.
Their cover of New Order's Blue Monday is superb, harking back to Marilyn Manson
and Dope's covers of new romantic greats.
Disarm:'s own material is intricate
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Monday 28th February - Black Orchid, Diverse Unit, Second To Last, The Regicides at the Ringside By Harry Slater
It's cold tonight, not as cold as it was this morning, but cold enough to complain about.
The garish decoration of The Ringside makes a welcome change from the browns and greys of a city thawing out.
The outside door, as per usual, scares the crap out of me as it slams shut
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The Black Velvets at Brighton Audio - 18th February 05 By Steve Rudd, Photo Gallery by Darren Rogers - Sweet n Sour at The Welly Club, Hull - 9th December 04
What's one to do when they are bored with Brighton's infamous Pier amusements,
and has then had their fill of the plethora of fashion and food-orientated
establishments that are packed into Brighton's cosmopolitan city centre?
Aside from any shows that might be playing in the few theatres in the
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Saturday 12th February - Last People on Earth and The Morphines at Sweet n Sour, Silhouette Club By Michelle Dee
Sweet n Sour has a new home, a new night and a different feel. In order to take advantage of the Saturday night crowd the Sweet n Sour promoters have moved to Silhouette on Park Street.
As I walked up Princes Ave I heard shouting then saw in the distance a brawl breaking out.
Music Reviews - 23rd January 05 - Jesse Malin at Fibbers, York By Steve Rudd
Young Jesse Malin, trading New York for Olde York for one night only! I could hardly contain myself
at the prospect, for Jesse is one of the most exciting singer-songwriters to have emerged from
New York City in the past few years since the release of his beautiful debut album,
Music Reviews - Thursday 17th February 05 - Elobo at The Adelphi By Lucy Kynman
Many of you who go out on a regular basis will know the disappointment you get when you're
shakin' your thing on the dance floor and the music changes to your least favourite track.
Wouldn't it be nice for every song played to be one that you love, so you could party
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Tuesday 25th January - Mike (The Bonnits) and The Last People on Earth at The Sesh By Daniel Laney Photos by Darren Rogers
Quite saddened by the fact that this was going to be my last trip to The Sesh in a while,
I hesitantly vacated the cars warm interior, knowing full well as soon as my battered
trainers hit the cold, coarse concrete, the evenings egg timer would be turned and
I would be left
Music Reviews - Thursday 3rd February - Ernest with Park and Ride, Dirty Dreamers and Steve Reed at Thee Box, Asylum By Michelle Dee
In, what has been a busy week, I had a date with The Asylum pencilled in.
I arrived in good time, and queued with a few others, eventually we were all let in.
Tonight's admission was £4 very reasonable for four acts.
For those not in the know The Asylum is a large venue
Music Reviews - Saturday 5th February 05 - Sidewinder, Mr. Mojo and Tekoba at The Late Room, Manchester By Richard Kemp (Racing Pulse Records / Tardis Music)
Saturday saw Hull's latest assault on the Manchester music scene in the form of Sidewinder,
Mr Mojo, and Tekoba as well as two coach loads of some of
the city's most dedicated music fans and followers.
The event organised and run by Red OktoberRead more...
Music Reviews - Wednesday 2nd February 05 - M.J. Hibbett at The Lamp By Michelle Dee
Tonight the Lamp is filled with an eclectic crowd all anticipating the return of M.J. Hibbett to Hull.
He has brought a Validator with him this time, in the shape of the violinist Tom Mc Clure who appears
on many of the Hibbett Recordings.