Whilst all you scenesters were at Leeds watching the likes of The Killers, The Pixies and
life continued back home. Welly on Saturday was a little emptier than previous weeks, but that just
meant there was more room to move and it wasn't quite so hot.
DJ Priya had a difficult job tonight due to the lack of so many regulars which gave the night
a strange unfamiliar air.
Not quite anywhere else than here but she managed to successfully raise the spirits in the not
so crowded room.
She had a couple of Franz Ferdinand tickets to give away for Ice Arena in Nov to help to this
end and played their new single Do you want to.
At this moment in time after hearing it half a dozen or so times I don't think it's as strong
as previous releases.
Watching Priya deejay you can clearly see her passion for the music as she moves and grooves
behind the decks, smiling to all the familiar faces.
Yo-Yo, in the shape of Andrew Coe and Priya, has been promoting Indie club nights for over ten years
and they have maintained their fervour for the freshest underground sounds throughout.
Yo-Yo has been the recipient of many prestigious awards including best Indie night in England.
Such accolades come through the years of hard work, dedication and the unwavering belief in
both the concept and delivery. Oh and of course all the people who have been coming to Yo-Yo for the past decade.
Being such a prominent name on the scene does have drawbacks; soulless people come along and
try to pull the wool, in a wolfish attempt to wrestle away your lives work.
Also for the ordinary punter seeing a name on billboards for many years meant it took on a different aura.
The logo that you must see maybe ten or more times in the space of a week, posters covering
every spare inch of precious advertising space.
This thing called Yo-Yo that is so big and popular it can't be for the likes of me. But, I was wrong.
I am reluctant to start saying things like; always feel welcome; inviting atmosphere; just
relax, be yourself; anything goes in a place like this, for fear that I tempt fate and
get monstered by some undesirable next week...lol.
Over the last few months Yo-Yo Saturdays have played host to some great new bands and I have had
some faaantastic nights there.
And more importantly have been able to enjoy all the new songs helping to create this thing
we call scene. Not to mention enjoying all the daring non-fashion ideas you scenesters keep coming out in.
When the skirts, scarves, belts, buckles and braces become main stream and everyone is
wearing them do you run back to the closet and re-invent yourself?
Or do you stand by loyal to the end to what were once synonymous with your identity?
The same may be true when it comes to the music; imagine there's this great new band with a
totally different take on things and no one else you know has heard of them; you feel so
passionately about them, almost protective until... sometime later you hear them playing
in a club, then on the radio and television.
Later they become pinups in magazines and then, god forbid, they're plastered on the front
cover of the papers, all their secrets exposed, the magic and mystique long forgotten,
stripped bare by the harsh glare of the media spotlight.
You look at them and try to recall when they felt exclusively yours; remember them before
they became public property.
But do you stop loving them so much does the passion that once roared like a fire inside you
diminish and die?
Chances are, as soon as that lot, with their trendy clothes, the faces that fit, you
know those that wouldn't be seen dead at a gig, start mouthing the opening lines to
the one song they know by your band, you will have mourned the loss and cast out
your aural net once more for something new. It's the red car syndrome that is reflected everywhere in life.
Opinions - Did Hitler See the Good in Hull ? by David Sloan
Hull has been voted Worst City in the UK to live, on a recent Channel 4 TV programme.
This of course was not always the case. Before the war Hull was a prosperous important sea port.
Unfortunately the last politician to recognise this was Adolf Hitler.
The Germans saw Hull as a major port and manufacturing centre.
That's why Hull was the second
Opinions - Bringing Me Down By Steve Stewart
Why do others bring people down all the time? Can people not leave other people alone, or is it because some of us want to get on with our lives but others won't let us?
I wrote this and would like to share it with you who read it. At the moment I am feeling that it's never going to end. Maybe, hopefully this may help some of
Opinions - Reply to Tom Hawcroft By Lee Cassanell
Well, you rattle a cage and you get a response.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart Mr Hawcroft for taking the time and
effort to respond.
War is indeed Hell (Yes I've seen Platoon) but when someone throws a
grenade into your Garden Party I think it's only fair to throw it back
so I will indeed respond to your response in the vain hope that you
tear yourself away from your moral
Opinions - Letter to Tom Hawcroft From Maurice Fairfield
Dear Tom Hawcroft,
I only know Lee Cassanell as an able though inferior versifier publishing in these
pages (although he did call me a genius recently).
Reading his vitriolic piece on the old place, I was a bit surprised by
the entertaining venom until I got myself back in the Hull mindset which
I remember well as generally being expressed in the form of open derision
for most things and
Opinions - Regarding Tom Hawcroft's Retort to Lee Cassanell's Hull By Mark Pollard
I'm not absolutely certain about this, but I think Tom might have been hoodwinked by a
piece of ever-so-clever, post-industrial, post-modern, post-comedy, post-post-whatever,
irony schmirony by Master Cassanell. Sorry - I'm being ironic myself now. Or am I?
Lee - I think you need to come clean about your motivations here; something that
may require a
Opinions - Retort to Lee Cassanell's Hull By Tom Hawcroft
Lee Cassanell, when you were drafting out your masterpiece entitled simply; Hull (brilliant, just brilliant),
what were you hoping to achieve?
If it was to undermine and belittle the hardworking and conscientious people in this city (of
which there are many), via the use of a series of independent non-factual rants then you may have succeeded.
I understand this is the opinions
Opinions - Hull By Susan North
Guess these guys never lived here in Hull and are talking through their arses.
Hull is a city full of history and warm hearted people who will open their doors to anyone genuinely needing help. Always has been for centuries.
OK, most cities have some bad points but that goes with the generations of the day as they
Opinions - Hull - A Letter to Jon Snow Channel 4 By Maurice Fairfield - Another program knocking Hull?
I have lived in Australia for twenty years but I was born in Hull in 1928 and have lived with patronising contempt for the place ringing in my ears all my life.
Perhaps less the town and its people in general but the working-class people who have lived with the contempt of the middle-class who lived off them and who I remember as themselves contemptible.
Opinions - Hull By By Ted Oliver (Manager of the Spring Bank Community Centre, Hull )
I moved to Hull with my parents in 1993 when I was just 13 years old, from a little village called Hunmanby, just near the popular holiday resort Primrose Valley.
I must admit that my first impressions of Hull were not good, but over the last 12 years I've really come to love living and working here. Hull is a very multi-cultural city and always has been - ever since the docks first opened over 500 years ago.
Opinions - Hull By Lee Cassanell
Hull is a town of apathy and idiots brimming with all kinds of degenerate scumbags that should be
beaten to a bloody pulp and sterilised at birth.
Most of the citizens have next to no communication skills, they are backstabbing
ego maniacs who think just because they mumbled their way through a Look North interview
or have been in the Hull Daily MailRead more...
Opinions - Hull By Jeni Edge
I have been told by Channel 4 that I should not take the programme
The Best and Worst Places to Live seriously, it is intended to be light-hearted
and just a joke.
But it is irresponsible of the media to claim that they have no impact, and if there is a joke the laughter is at the expense of the poor.
To blight an entire city and excuse yourself because it was not meant seriously is no more acceptable
Opinions - Hull By Ted Robinson
I have lived in Hull since 1996. I have had my car broken into seven times, I have also been violently robbed in the street and most of the people I know here have been burgled.
So YES, Hull deserves to be at the bottom of the pile (and in all cases, the police proved to be useless)!
Opinions - It's Your Money, Why Are You Not Seeing Any Of It? By Anonymous
Regeneration, Community Development, all those 'community' workers that litter the city,
preaching change and empowerment for the people of the city.
Ever wondered where they have come from, how they are paid, and what the funding they
get to play with is spent on?
Funding, wherever it comes from be it Government or the Lottery for example
Opinions - Living in Hull By Marphy Jones
I am a foreigner living in Hull. My opinion is that Hull is really a worst place - full of naughty kids, impolite people, and a dirty environment.
I think what you can do is to improve these images instead of constantly explaining
that Hull is not a worst city. Commit to the facts and then make some improvements to show them!
I have some suggestions:
Opinions - Hull By Paul Thompson
I am planning to study at Hull. The city centre seemed OK when I looked round although it could do with some more regeneration.
I have seen much worse in my opinion - areas like Coventry. There appears to be little gun crime, good nightlife, cheap houses friendly people, a very good university and I like the shopping centre. The area around the university is nice and green too.
Opinions - Channel 4's Best and Worst By Mark Pollard
Last night's (Tuesday 9th August 2005) Channel 4 aired a programme which listed the ten best
and ten worst places to live in the UK. It was one of the most ill-researched, unbalanced and downright irresponsible pieces of television that I have seen for many years.
I used to regard Channel 4 as being a bit like BBC2 with adverts; unfortunately,
they seem to be moving
Opinions - Bomb By Margaret Ryan
For three fraught hours I believed my girlfriend was dead.
Hearing snatched rumours of a bomb in rush-hour London I desperately rang
her mobile again and again.
At that time of 10:54am on 7/7 this, for me, had started.
In those hours a quiet despair filled me.
My only response was to scour the newspapers and news blogs.
Opinions - The Bitch Hikers Guide to The Fashionista Dance Troupe! By Mr. B. Quiet
Yep, it's finally arrived!
Hull's finally caught up with England's dream of alternative culture!
Everyone buys their LP's by the nations favourite drug users from popular chain
store supermarkets and spends £85 quid on a pair of designer jeans that have been
ripped at the knees (Bros anyone?), before running off to
Opinions - Mother's Day By Andrea Longstaff
Rain! Rain! Rain!
Is this Mother Nature's symbolism? The bursting of the amniotic sack?
Well it's not big and it's not clever!
It's like some select club that I'm not a member of, and at my age (weirdo)!
I'm made to feel like an outcast!
I'm mocked by the little ones cos I've
Opinions - Comment on Fear And Loathing In Hull By Nicholas Boldock and In Reply To - Fear And Loathing In Hull By
Anonymous By Anna
In my first contribution on this website I referred to the nice experience I had in Hull as a foreign student. When I read the articles on Hull's racism, I thought I can share my view since I have had some experiences from both sides.
Albanian immigrants residing
Opinions - Metal on the Rise in Hull By Steve B
You're doing it again!
I once complained that you (thisisUll.com) focus far too much on certain bands and blatantly miss half the real talent that there is in hull... and you're doing it again!
Last time I said this,