Saturday was going to be a busy day. I had offered my services to Arts Development Worker Stewart Baxter the driving force and helmsman behind the
Hull LMHR event at the City Hall.
Through hard work he had gathered support from many different groups including the local City Council to stage the LMHR event in the town centre.
Around him he had a multitude of young willing volunteers from The Warren (where he inspires young people and develops creative opportunities for through art and music) all eager to play their part in making the day a success.
There were volunteers of all ages and abilities all working together without the incentive of being paid or receiving anything other than the satisfaction of a job well done and the chance to be part of something important.
Whether acting as door staff, promoters, flag wavers, questionnaire participants, kitchen
staff, stage hands whatever they did everything with a smile and a sense of fun.
They were far more aware of the importance of inclusion accepting of difference,
far more worldly wise than any young people I've come across.
I have for many years been of the opinion that The Warren was people
with no-hopers, drug addicts, dossers, thieves and the kind of people I didn't
want to be associated with.
I can see many changes must have taken place since last I looked in there which admittedly was sometime late nineties.
The Warren now sees itself as a safe, friendly place to be, with many unique and exciting things happening daily. A place where young people can obtain confidential independent support, increase skills and confidence, meet new friends, take advantage of the cheap healthy freshly prepared food available from the café and don't forget all Warren activities are free.
I arrived at the City Hall and was immediately assigned a role alongside Warren Services User
Fozzy looking after the acts. So backstage echoed to the sounds of:
Has the band arrived yet are they in the building? Have they got wristbands? Have they got any kit to get in from the side door? Have you got any reason to be back here? And then...When are we on stage? We'll take the lift. When do eat?
We had to be aware of what was going on all the time so for the first few hours I was kept busy going back and forth making sure we kept to the strict timetable. With fourteen acts coming through the doors throughout the day and evening shows it was essential to stay on top of things.
Backstage was often the scene of hurrying and scurrying to and fro, not that you'd have known it out front, the stage management team and roadies did a sterling job of keeping everything running smoothly. So because of my duties it was impossible for me to document everything that happened onstage.
Freedom Road, four piece all girl vocal group opened the show, with pop tunes and a social message. I was glad to see Mountain Goat Frenzy on a big stage, perhaps a glimpse of what 09 could have in store for them. Visually arresting with artistic experimental electro chic sounds, MGF once again gave a winning performance.
Jesus Stole My Girlfriend next and from the little bit I saw (I was running hither and thither trying to locate The Gang) they sounded good. I was lucky enough to see them at Sesh last week where they played their best gig yet, everything worked and worked well.
Timing, vocals, keys, chords, rhythm and ride all spot on. Big-hearted JSMG could have a big 09 with a cool mix of appealing songs and exciting cross-over appeal.
Music Reviews - Friday 28th November 08 - Flossie Malavialle and Dave Dave & Zoe Bottomley at Moonbeams, The Bell Hotel, Driffield By Steve Rudd
For the final Moonbeams of 2008, Leila Slater - the organizer and promoter of the
Acoustic nights - had pulled out all the stops to ensure it was an unforgettable
night of superb music.
First up, a local lad called Jeremy wowed the crowd with two delicately finger-picked
numbers which were both rapturously received. Having previously performed at this
summer's Kelk-FestRead more...
Music Reviews - Saturday 29th November 08 - Scouting for Girls at Bridlington Spa By Caitlin Middleton
There's a cinematic countdown and blinding strobe lights as Roy and co. take to the stage assuming god-like
status to the sea of screaming teenyboppers. After two long hours, a somewhat confused Sam Beeton and
relatively generic The Days and Scouting for Girls are finally on stage warbling on about
being James Bond.
Music Reviews - Tuesday 25th November 08 - DVA Studios Showcase featuring Timmy D, Frank Johnson, Alex Stork, Jamie Gray, Telenovela, Great Northern Hotel, Day In The City At Sharkeys George Street By Michelle Dee
Last night Dave Abbot of DVA Studios held his second showcase of artists
he has been working with supporting and recording in his home studio.
Dave set up DVA in order to support new musicians give them access to a studio do
early demo recordings in order to give them something solid to market themselves with.
Look out for a DVA Sampler CD from DVA Studios featuring some of the
musicians from tonight's showcase event.
Music Reviews - Sunday 16th November 08 - Guillemots at The Plug, Sheffield By James Marsters
The venue was small, the crowd was quiet and the songs were surprisingly new but that didn't
stop The Guillemots from rocking out Plug in Sheffield on a freezing cold Sunday night.
Opening with a new song may seem like a daring thing to do to a rather sedate crowd but it
definitely set the tone for the rest of the night. Playing many fresh tracks interspersed
amongst several from their first album,
Music Reviews - Tuesday 11th November 2008 ... HYRMC01 at The Sesh. By Michelle Dee
The live music in the evening of HYRMC 01 came from a high spirited GST Cardinals
and possibly the hardest working band in the city right now namely The Cliques.
Also on the swollen bill down at the Sesh hosted by DJ Mak were singer songwriter
Jody McKenna, Jesus Stole My Girlfriend and The Gang.
Jody opened proceedings with some highly listenable
Music Reviews - Thursday 23rd October 08 - Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip With Supports Kid Carpet And Mr. Beasley By Michelle Dee Scroobius Pip Photographs by James Rogers Others by Michelle Dee
An hour after interviewing Mr Scroobius Pip (coming soon on thisisUll.com) I was
ready for the live stuff, Mr. Beasley with Bob doing some wicked things with beats and Sarah snaking
and shimmering on the stage, her sonorous voice so entrancing. Some people say that the childlike
quality or tone defers from the enjoyment, but I'm a fan for sure.
Shame they opened the set with Right as Rain the new single released digitally
Music Reviews - Friday July 25th 08 - Thisisull Live with Alison Angus The Clauberg Opera Santa's Buggerboyz. By Michelle Dee
In July we had a thisisull live gig but as yet no report on what happened. So here it is...
Alison Angus were first up promoting new tracks from their Satis E.P.
Unusually the two
piece band set their kit up on the floor of the Adelphi in front of the stage, this was
due to the fact the headliners had all but filled the stage with their equipment.
They played their unconventional style of hard edged sculpted metal escapism, with drums,
Music Reviews - Thursday 7th August 08 - Glen Williams and the Ullbillies at The Square Spring Bank Hull By Michelle Dee
The Square although still much in its infancy, has been a venue for Spoken Word,
lounge style Alt Piano and other assorted DJ and Alt music nights including the
upcoming Tegleg Records Night 9th October. Tonight however The Square played host
to an altogether different sound, the critically acclaimed Country and Bluegrass
artist Glenn WilliamsRead more...
Music Reviews - Friday 29th August ThisisUll Live Featuring The Last People On Earth,
The Bad Apples and Matt Thompson by Michelle Dee Bad Apples Photos by Dean Wilkinson, others by Michelle and Cilla
Quite simply the best band I've ever booked. The Bad Apples, just a hard working rockabilly group from Grimsby. Tonight is to be our last thisisull live show. After sixteen gigs down the Adelphi with different bands every month we are calling it a day with the live nights.
Thanks to everyone who has played for us, who has paid their three quid at the door,
who has mentioned our nights on a website or forum.
Music Reviews - Thursday 4th September 08 - So So Modern, Santa's Buggerboyz and Mountain Goat Frenzy at The Adelphi By Michelle Dee
It's Thursday. It's Adelphi and the return of New Zealanders So So Modern. To start with,
Mountain Goat Frenzy are tasked with getting the night off to a good start.
The prop driven four piece are made up of Joseph 'Danger' Avery on synth, keys and percussion,
Richie 'Rich' Bettridge vocals and keys, Math 'Mattics' Molson, guitar, vocals and A!A!A!ex Gower
on drums and cowbell.
Music Reviews - Thursday 24th July 08 ... Edwina Hayes at The London Bar, Driffield By Steve Rudd
The third night of its kind to feature live music in
The London Bar (local lads Chaser along with Blues prodigy
have both played there on previous occasions), Driffield's very own
Edwina Hayes performed two hour-long sets on what was a truly unique evening.
While the staff served exquisite four-course meals
Music Reviews - Friday 25th July 08 - Chris Helme and Andy Gaines at Helmsley Arts Centre By Steve Rudd
York singer-songwriter Andy Gaines is something of a revelation.
Confidently swaggering onto the stage in skintight jeans with a killer grin slapped upon his face,
his batch of acoustic gems sounded sublime in what is a truly beautiful venue.
Formerly a member of acclaimed York outfit Cardboard Radio, Andy also plays in a band called
The Runaway Sons when he isn't playing solo acoustic sets.
Music Reviews - Wednesday 20th August 08 - Tegleg Records Sponic Mesh Two CD Launch By Michelle Dee
The flyer described tonight as electro/ acid/ dubstep/ legnbass/ mashup/ techno/ breakcore/ dogstep/ glitchtronica/ mentalism and spasmodic stimulation. Not having a clue what to expect I wandered down. Diving straight in the sounds are reeling around the ceiling, a barrage balloon shake down with a hard and fast tempo.
Wired and weird images
Music Reviews - Saturday 19th July 08 - Party in the Park at North End Park, Driffield By Steve Rudd
Fast-rising sextet Divine Sinn have already managed to amass a loyal fanbase in the past
six months since their debut gig at The Winston Churchill. They are now on the verge of
releasing their second highly-anticipated album, The Seven Deadly Sinns, proving just how
determined they are as an outfit to make a name for themselves.
Kicking up a storm in the wake of ParkmoorRead more...
Music Reviews - The Who 'Live at Hull'- Monday 16th February 1970 By Malcolm Holt
I know that it has taken a long time to write a gig review from over 38 years ago,
but rest assured that the memories are just as vivid now as they were back then.
I was a young 17 year old and I spent 15s (that's 75p in real money) to see
The Who perform Tommy live at Hull City Hall on 15 February 1970.
The Who had released the double album in May 1969.
Music Reviews - Saturday 12th July 08 - Moonbeams Summer Gathering at Little Kelk By Steve Rudd
Who would have thought that a star-studded music festival in a tiny Wolds village could
rival the exhilarating splendour of festivals of Glastonbury's ilk? Very few, I'm sure.
But then how many people would really believe that an annual music festival of any sort has
taken place in Little Kelk for the past four years? Even fewer, I'm positive.
Music Reviews - Tuesday 15th July 08 - Chris Helme at Hull Lamp By Steve Rudd
Alighting in Hull as part of a glorious string of intimate UK tour dates in support of his
recently released solo offering Ashes, York troubadour Chris Helme had
the sizeable Hull
crowd in fits of ecstasy due to the strength of his voice and the intensity of the
emotions conveyed both through his music and lyrics.
Only a few days previously he had wowed the gathered masses at a private mini-festival
Music Reviews - Thursday 26th June 08 - Divine Sinn at Winston Churchills, Driffield By Steve Rudd Photographs by Matt Rudd
Back playing in their hometown just a few days after their first gig in Leeds,
Divine Sinn managed to attract the Metal-loving masses in their droves,
despite the biblical deluge pounding the streets outside.
Mixing and matching material from both their debut album, Redemption, and their forthcoming follow-up,
The Seven Deadly Sinns, they energetically roared through