Texas @ Bonus Arena


Texas are bringing their UK tour to the Bonus Arena, Hull on the 16th October.

For over 30 years, the band have proved themselves to be one of Scotland’s best ever bands, with hits such as ‘Inner Smile’, ‘Say What You Want’, ‘I Don’t Want A Lover’ and ‘Summer Son’.

Tickets go on sale on Friday 6th March at 10am from www.bonusarenahull.com

Formed in 1986 by the undeniably brilliant Sharleen Spiteri and her partner in crime, Johnny McElhone, they have made consistently great music throughout their stellar career having sold over 40 million records, had 13 top ten UK singles, 3 #1 UK albums and 8 top ten UK albums including their latest ‘Jump On Board’.

A new album, the follow up to their acclaimed 2017 release ‘Jump On Board,’ will be unveiled August 28th on BMG.

School of Rock

Stick it to the Man – School of Rock heading to Hull

Get ready to climb to the top of Mount Rock when the band from School of Rock – The Musical, bring its screaming guitars and pounding drums to Hull New Theatre next year.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash hit, award-winning West End show, will arrive at the venue for one week only from 5 – 10 July.

Based on the hilarious hit movie, this new musical follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn a few extra bucks by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. There he turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band – sensationally performed live by the production’s young actors every night with roof-raising energy.

While teaching these pint-sized prodigies what it means to truly rock, Dewey falls for the school’s beautiful, but uptight headmistress, helping her rediscover the wild child within.

Featuring 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber and all the original songs from the movie, this high-octane smash delivers face-melting guitar riffs and touching romance in equally awesome doses.

Let’s meet at the summit of Mount Rock and Stick It To The Man.

Tickets are on sale Friday, 28 February at 10am. Book at the Hull City Hall Box Office, call 01482 300 306 or visit www.hulltheatres.co.uk to book online.


War of the Worlds





 One of the most trailblazing arena tours of all time, Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of ‘The War of The Worlds’ – Alive on Stage! is coming to Hull’s Bonus Arena in 2021.

Based on HG Wells’ dark Victorian tale, it remains a firm favourite to millions around the world, exciting audiences of all ages.

The show visits on Tuesday, 13 April and tickets go on general sale on Friday 6th March.

In 2006 TWOTW was already considered a cutting edge production with six trucks filled to the brim. But in 2021, which marks a momentous 15 years of live touring, the production be up to 12 trucks, and with it, a host of ingredients and special effects that will challenge and excite the senses. A stellar cast will also be announced in the next few weeks.


  • Liam Neeson in 3D holography as George Herbert, The Journalist
  • The iconic 3-tonne, 35-foot tall Martian Fighting Machine firing real flame Heat Rays at the audience.
  • The 9-piece Black Smoke Band and ULLAdubULLA symphonic string orchestra.
  • Leaf drops over the audience.
  • Mixed live in Surround Sound


  • The giant arched bridge now running from the lip of the stage out over the audience to the front of house desk.
  • Three panoramic screens with 2 hours of cutting edge CGI and other content
  • The incineration of a cast member in full view of the audience.

NEW FOR 2021:

  • Lighting, pyrotechnics… and other-worldly special effects.
  • Ground-breaking levitation effect.
  • The release of deadly Black Smokefrom the Martian Fighting Machine


plus    ‘The War of The Worlds’ author, HG Wells – appearing in sight and sound.

…and much, much more!


Jeff Wayne said: “For over four decades now I’ve lived out a dream of bringing the true story of HG Wells dark Victorian tale to listeners and audiences from around the world, while pushing technology to the limit both sonically and visually as time has moved on. 

 “In 2019 we launched The War of The Worlds: The Immersive Experience in Central London. combining, immersive theatre, virtual and, augmented realities, holograms and other cutting-edge technology; giving audiences the chance to live through the Martian invasion of 1898. 

 “Now our newest arena production combines these elements within the live performance medium, for an even more unique, emotional and at times, scary experience.”

Jeff Wayne’s double album was originally released by CBS Records in 1978. It has enjoyed huge success and critical acclaim across the globe with over 16 million records sold and spending over 330 weeks in the UK Album Charts (to date) plus achieving two International hit singles – ‘Forever Autumn’ and ‘The Eve of The War’. It has been Top 10 in 22 countries and Number 1 in 11 of them.

Jeff’s Musical Version has also won two prestigious UK Ivor Novello Awards, the US Best Recording in Science Fiction and Fantasy (the judges included Alfred Hitchcock, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg), as well as winning for Jeff, Classic Rock’s ‘Showman of The Year’ Award.

Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of ‘The War of The Worlds’ has grown into a true classic, acquiring new generations of devoted followers since its original release.

Tickets go on sale on Friday 6th March at 9am from www.bonusarenahull.com

Alternatively call 0844 8440444. Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge.

Accessible tickets can be purchased by calling 0800 9884440.

Have your say on the future exhibits at Hulls Maritime Museum

You have a unique chance to cast a vote as artefacts from the Hull Maritime Museum will go head-to-head and form part of a future ‘People’s Choice’ exhibition.

As part of the major Hull maritime project, the museum’s curatorial team need your help to select 100 items to feature in the new displays at the Hull Maritime Museum.

From albatross beaks to brass bells, up to 200 items will be up for selection and you can vote for your chosen object or artefact daily. Many of these artefacts have never been on display before and range from the historically significant through to the simply curious.

As more of the Grade II*-listed Victorian Hull Maritime Museum is opened up, there will be 50 per cent more objects on public display when the museum reopens in late 2023, after an £11m refurbishment.

From Monday 24 February, two objects will compete, each day, in an effort to make the final list. To cast your vote, visit Hull : Yorkshires Maritime City project on facebook , twitter and instagram  each day.

Children from Collingwood Primary School have already selected the first People’s Choice object – an intricately decorated ostrich egg. More school and community groups will be getting involved to help to pick and write exhibit labels in the coming months.

Paul Weller


Paul Weller is bringing his UK tour to the Bonus Arena, Hull on the 2nd November 2020.

Tickets for this standing and seated show go on sale on Friday 28th February at 10am from www.bonusarenahull.com

The Jam and Style Council legend’s recently announced May tour has already sold out, so Paul Weller will get back on the road to play a further 19 dates across the UK and Ireland.

Paul’s eagerly awaited new album “On Sunset” will be released on June 12th. “On Sunset” will be Paul’s first release for his new label Polydor.

Tickets go on sale on Friday 28th February at 10am from www.bonusarenahull.com Alternatively call 0844 8440444. Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge.

Accessible tickets can be purchased by calling 0800 9884440

Jason Manford


He’s back! Jason Manford is heading on tour next year and will be heading to the Bonus Arena, Hull on the 20th October 2021.

Tickets go on sale on Friday 28th February at 10am from www.bonusarenahull.com

It’s been a busy few years for Jason since his last smash-hit stand up show but fans of his Absolute Radio show will know this nationally acclaimed comedian hasn’t changed a bit. ‘Like Me’ is Jason’s latest comic offering set to hit road, and is sure to be ‘expert observational comedy’ (The Guardian) mixed with ‘comic gold’ (Mail on Sunday).

Jason said: “After the fun we had on my last tour ‘Muddle Class’, I’m excited to get back on the road with my new stand up show, ‘Like Me’. In these trying times it’s always important to be able to get away for a couple of hours and exercise the old chuckle muscle! So I’m coming to a venue near you in 2021 so we can have a good laugh together. See you then.”

‘First & Last’ (BBC One), ‘The Masked Singer’ (ITV1), ‘What Would Your Kid Do?’ (ITV1), ‘Olivier Awards’ (ITV1), ‘Scarborough’ (BBC One), ‘8 out of 10 Cats’ (Channel 4), ‘The Nightly Show’ (ITV1), ‘Sunday Night at the Palladium’ (ITV1), ‘Live at the Apollo’ (BBC One), ‘Have I Got News For You’, (BBC One), QI (BBC Two) and ‘The Royal Variety Performance’ (ITV1) have all helped establish Jason as a nationally known comic

Tickets go on sale on Friday 28th February at 10am from www.bonusarenahull.com Alternatively call 0844 8440444. Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge.

Accessible tickets can be purchased by calling 0800 9884440

Lighthouse Family

5 things to do in Hull this weekend

With half-term coming to an end, here’s a list of weekend offerings that are bound to keep adults and children alike entertained.

Immerse yourself in the world of fairy tales with The Twisted Tale of Hansel and Gretel, or reminisce the nineties with the incredible duo that is the Lighthouse Family.

Here are 5 things to do in Hull this weekend.

1. The Twisted Tale of Hansel and Gretel 
Hull Truck Theatre
Friday 21 February, 4pm; Saturday 22 February, 11am and 1pm

A flustered storyteller is joined by a mischievous mockingbird as he follows Hansel and Gretel deep into the forest. Includes live music, hilarious performance and a mesmerising design ensures that this play will entertain and amuse the entire family. Get tickets here.


2. Lighthouse Family
Bonus Arena
Saturday 22 February
From £31.75

Nineties favourites Lighthouse Family bring their greatest hits such as Lifted, plus songs from their latest album, to Hull this weekend.  Get yourself some last minute tickets here.

3. Superslam Wrestling

Hull City Hall
Sunday 23 February, 4pm
From £15

Get ringside seats for this all-star, action-packed family event for all ages. Grab some last minute tickets here and don’t miss out on what promises to be an action packed afternoon.

4. Teddy Bears’ Picnic
Hull Minster
Saturday 22 February, 1.30pm

For the second year running, the Hull Minster Teddy Bears’ Picnic returns! This year there will be more games, trails and activities for the whole family to enjoy. Bring along your teddy(s) and enjoy this free event. Find out more here.


5. A Musical Journey Around the World 
Ferens Art Gallery
Friday 21 February, 11am
Free – £10

Be spirited away by violinist Fenella Humphreys, winner of BBC Music Magazine’s Instrumental Award, and acclaimed pianist Nicola Eimer, in a musical journey around the world, including Albeniz, Schubert and Fauré. Ticketed event – free for under 18s and carers. Get tickets here.


Photo: Jeremy Daniel (Instagram @JeremyDanielPhoto)

Waitress boasts recipe for success

Sweet-toothed musical theatre fans will soon be able to sample the delights of Waitress as the Broadway and West End smash hit musical embarks on its first UK tour, stopping off at Hull New Theatre from 8-13 February 2021.

Based on Adrienne Shelley’s 2007 film of the same, Waitress tells the story of Jenna, an expert pie maker in a small town, who dreams of a way out of her loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a new life, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes to happiness. But Jenna must find the courage and strength within herself to rebuild her life.

This beautiful production with music and lyrics by GRAMMY award-winning, singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, book by Jessie Nelson, direction by Tony-award winner Diane Paulus and choreography by Lorin Latarro, celebrates friendship, motherhood, and the magic of a well-made pie.

Full casting to be announced.

Waitress was originally produced by Barry & Fran Weissler and Norton & Elayne Herrick. The tour is produced by Barry & Fran Weissler and David Ian Productions.

Tickets go on general sale from 10am on Friday, 21 February. Book at the Hull City Hall Box Office, call 01482 300 306 or visit www.hulltheatres.co.uk to book online.

My Best friends Wedding

My Best Friend’s Wedding Has The X-Factor

X Factor winner turned musical theatre leading lady Alexandra Burke is sending out invites to the brand new comedy My Best Friend’s Wedding at Hull New Theatre.

An RSVP will definitely be needed for the impending nuptials at the venue from 23 – 27 February, 2021.

This wickedly funny musical is based on the smash-hit 90s movie, with a book by Ronald Bass (My Best Friend’s Wedding, Rain Man, and The Joy Luck Club) and former University of Hull student Jonathan Harvey (Beautiful Thing, Gimme Gimme Gimme, Coronation Street).

The show features some of the most iconic songs ever written by the legendary Burt Bacharach and Hal David, including I’ll Never Fall in Love Again, I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself, Walk on By, I Say A Little Prayer, and What’s New Pussycat.

It follows the story of ffiery food critic Julianne Potter, who has always turned her nose up at romance. It’s the reason she broke up with her sweetheart Michael O’Neal.

When she hears he’s about to be married, she vows to win him back for good, but with perfect Kimmy in the way, it’s not as easy as she first thought. Can she derail her best friend’s wedding in time and keep Michael all for herself?

Find out when this rom com is brought to life in a new stage production at Hull New Theatre.

Tickets are now on sale.

Trinity Live

‘Great live music, tasty food and welcoming crowds’ – Trinity Live set to return in 2020

The hugely successful Trinity Live is returning to Hull’s Trinity Market.

The weekly live music event, which last year brought thousands of extra people into the market on an evening as well as giving a platform to many local bands and performers, will return next month.

The event, organised by Sesh Events and supported by the City Council, will return on Thursday 5 March.

Mark Page, from Sesh Events, said: “Following on from the initial success of Trinity Live in 2019, Sesh Events is delighted to of been asked to curate its return. Working closely with the lovely Lucy Lines and her incredible team at the Trinity Market, we aim to shine the spotlight on the many fantastic independent traders within the market, whilst providing a platform for the region’s very best talent.”

Trinity Live launched in May last year in the run-up to the annual, and enormously popular, Humber Street Sesh festival.

It proved to be such a hit that it continued after the festival, all the way up until Christmas.

In total Sesh Events put on 32 Trinity Live events last year, bringing more than 15,000 people into the market and giving a platform to almost 100 local bands and musicians.

Rich Stephenson, from the band Listening Club, is one of the many musicians to have performed at Trinity Live.

He said: “Great live music, tasty food and welcoming crowds. Trinity Live has been a great inclusion to the live music scene in the city. We’ve loved both performing there and heading down to watch other bands too”. “The fact that the run of shows keeps getting extended is a credit to the organisers, the stall holders and the punters who return week after week.”

Councillor Dave Craker, portfolio holder for culture and leisure, said: “Trinity Live has been a resounding success, drawing more people into the city centre on an evening, benefiting the night time economy and giving a fantastic platform to talented musicians in the area.”

As well as the live music, various different market traders support the event by serving up their diverse selection of food and drink.

John Copley and Jayne Allen recently opened Only, a vegan-friendly food stall in the market.  John, a familiar face on the Hull music with the band Low Hummer as well as a solo performer, has graced the Trinity Live stage on a number of occasions. John said: “I’m are looking forward to trading at it after playing it a few times, it’s a great event for the market with extra footfall for the traders as well as a unique atmosphere.” As well as serving up their vegan food, John and Jayne will also be selling vegan beers and wine.

The next edition of Trinity Live will return until at least the start of the summer, with 12 weeks of performances confirmed.

Ferens Open Exhibition

5 things to do in Hull this weekend

One of Hull’s most popular bands will return, while theatre and more art rounds out another cracking weekend of activities in the city.

Here are 5 things to do in Hull this weekend.

1. 2020 Open Exhibition
Ferens Art Gallery
Saturday 15 February to Sunday 26 April

The 53rd exhibition celebrates some of the best artistic talent in the region, featuring more than 370 artworks including paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, textiles and film produced by local amateur and professional artists.

The artwork was selected by a panel of judges consisting of visual artist Graham Dean, whose artwork is represented in the Ferens permanent collection, freelance curator Angela Kingston and Kenn Taylor, creative director at Artlink. Learn more here.

2. Model City
Hull city centre
Friday 14 to Sunday 23 February 10am-6pm

Absolutely Cultured’s immersive audio installation will take over King Edward Street over half term. In this original soundscape by BAFTA award-winning composer Dan Jones, the Children of Hull will take listeners and passers-by to alternate realities.


An immersive experience that shoppers and passers-by can stumble across as they go about their day in the city centre, or take a seat and lose themselves in the city’s children’s visions of the future. Learn more here.

3. Exploring Islamic Art: Helmets
Hull And East Riding Museum
Until Sunday 29 March

Ornate helmets worn in battle by Persian Empire soldiers are on display in Hull. The collection consists of two “kulah khud” helmets worn by Persian Empire soldiers in the 18th or 19th century.



It includes headgear representing the head of a demon who was defeated by a hero from an Iranian national epic poem called the Shahnameh. Learn more here.

4. The Hubbards
The Welly Club
Saturday 15 February 6.30pm
From £6

This Hull outfit have cemented themselves as one of the city’s top bands over the past few years with day and night airplay on BBC Radio 1 and BBC 6 Music, including an on-air interview with Fearne Cotton.

They have played headline shows around the UK, with support slots including The Pigeon Detectives, Little Comets and Skaters. Don’t miss this hometown outing. Get tickets here.

5. Heaven’s Gate
Hull Truck Theatre
Friday 14 February 8pm
From £13.50

An imagining of the final hour of four members of the real life UFO-theistic group. As they prepare for their “Graduation” to the “Kingdom of Heaven” initially the excitement is palpable, but soon the cracks start to appear. Is Heavenly Father really waiting for them on a Spaceship? Is the Earth actually about to be recycled? Was castration mandatory or not? Is Turkey Potpie an underwhelming last supper?

Fresh from sell out runs at the Great Yorkshire Fringe and the Drayton Arms Theatre London, Cosmic Collective Theatre invite you to join their Cult and ascend to the next level. For ages 14 and over. Get tickets here.

Dragons and Mythical Beasts

Brave Heroes Your Theatre Needs You

Fire-breathing serpents, colossal creatures and magnificent monsters are set to swoop into Hull New Theatre when the fantastical Dragons and Mythical Beasts descend later this year.

Courageous conquerors are needed to enter into the magical world of myths and legends and unveil a myriad of dark secrets. Once inside they will come face to face with some of the most magnificent monsters and terrifying beasts ever to walk the earth.

Prepare to discover the colossal Stone Troll, the mysterious Indrik and Japanese Baku; the Tooth Fairy (not as sweet as you’d think), an adorable Unicorn and majestic Griffin. It’s time to take a place among legendary heroes, just don’t wake the Dragon…

This interactive family show from the creators of the West End smash hit Dinosaur World Live comes to the venue on 26, 27, and 28 June bringing spectacular puppets to life in this brand new spell-binding adventure.

Tickets are on sale Friday, 14 February at 10am. Book at the Hull City Hall Box Office, call 01482 300 306 or visit www.hulltheatres.co.uk to book online.

Bryan Adams


Canadian rock legend Bryan Adams is set to visit the Bonus Arena, Hull on Saturday, 9th May as part of his UK tour.

Tickets go on sale for this standing and seated gig on Friday 14th February at 10am from www.bonusarenahull.com

Bryan is one of the most exciting live musicians in the world and his energetic performance, effortless stage presence and incredible vocals are guaranteed to thrill and entertain.

His song writing has garnered him numerous awards and accolades including three Academy Award nominations, five Golden Globe nominations and a Grammy Award and he is known for hits such as Summer of 69 and Everything I Do (I Do It For you).

Tickets go on sale on Friday 14th February at 10am from www.bonusarenahull.com

Alternatively call 0844 8440444. Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge.

Accessible tickets can be purchased by calling 0800 9884440.


The broadly acclaimed British artist, Michael Kiwanuka will bring his UK tour to the Bonus Arena, Hull on Sunday, 22nd November.

Tickets for this all seated show go on sale this Friday 14th February at 9am from www.bonusarenahull.com

After winning the BBC’s Sound of 2012, Michael Kiwanuka has been nominated for numerous honours, including the Brit Awards, MTV Europe Music Awards, Mercury Prize and BBC Music Awards.

His third album, KIWANUKA, is the follow-up to Love & Hate, that netted the British musician his second Mercury Prize nomination and his second and third BRIT nominations too.

Michael’s UK tours are already interspersed with an exciting festival schedule including a headline slot at The Green Man Festival in August, a headline Summer Session show in Edinburgh, and as main support to HAIM at the Latitude Festival in Suffolk.

Tickets go on sale on Friday 14th February from 9am from www.bonusarenahull.com.
Alternatively call 0844 8440444. Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge.
Accessible tickets can be purchased by calling 0800 988 4440.

Hull Truck Half Term

Family Fun is just around the corner at Hull Truck Theatre this Half-Term

Family Fun is just around the corner at Hull Truck Theatre this Half-Term

Enjoy Theatre as a family this February Half-Term at Hull Truck Theatre! Whilst the weather is still a little bit fresh, why not bring the family to warm up with some wonderfully imaginative children’s theatre?

On each weekend of this Half-Term we will be visited by acclaimed family theatre, beginning with WOLF! (inspired by Aesop’s fable, The Boy who Cried Wolf) and then The Twisted Tale of Hansel & Gretel presented by Open Theatre. Both of these shows are also included in our Family and Friends Offer; where you book four tickets in a single transaction and save £1 per ticket*.



Hull Truck Studio: Saturday 15 February – 11.30am & 2.30pm

Beneath the Moon, under the snowy mountains, amongst a flock of woolly sheep, Jack is bored.

Bored of watching sheep

Bored of counting sheep

but most importantly…bored of SHEEP

Down in the village just a whisper of a wolf will cause a panic!

Join us for an adventure and find out what happens when Jack cries WOLF! With original music, puppetry and a tale you thought you knew… from the makers of The Three Bears, Kitchen Zoo.

Inspired by Aesop’s Fable, The Boy who Cried Wolf

Recommended Age: 0-5 Years

Running Time: 45 mins



The Twisted Tale of Hansel & Gretel

The Heron Auditorium: Friday 21 February – 4pm and Saturday 22 February – 11am & 1pm

Presented by Open Theatre and MBD

Co-produced by Birmingham Hippodrome

Directed by Esther Simpson

A flustered storyteller is joined by a mischievous mockingbird as he follows Hansel and Gretel deep into the forest. All is not what it seems, as the characters start to tell their own version of this peculiar adventure. Come along and meet the wicked witch and her really rather eccentric chef in this truly imaginative version of Hansel and Gretel. Live music, hilarious performance and a mesmerising design ensures that this play will entertain and amuse the entire family.

All performances of this show are “Relaxed”, which means they are specifically designed to welcome people who will benefit from a more relaxed environment and include additional lighting, gentler sound effects and a friendly attitude to noise and movement in the auditorium†.

Recommended Age: 7+

Running Time: 60 mins



*Group of four must include a min of one standard and one child ticket.

†For our general access information about upcoming shows and more information please see here: https://www.hulltruck.co.uk/access/general-access-information/


Pack Your Bags It’s Time For A Dreadlock Holiday

The legendary 10cc will be performing the hits which singled them out as one of the most inventive and influential bands in the history of pop music at Hull City Hall later this year.

Marking the 45th anniversary of the release of their mega-hit I’m Not In Love, which landed the band a top five single in 10 countries and spawned a No 1 album in the US, their tour calls at the venue on 10 October, 2020.

Led by co-founder Graham Gouldman, the art-pop band are heralded in equal measure for their ability to craft ingenious songs that also resonated commercially, with 11 top 10 hits, and over 15 million albums sold in the UK alone.

The group also have three No 1 singles to their name – Rubber Bullets, Dreadlock Holiday and I’m Not In Love.

The line-up features Gouldman on bass, guitar, and vocals, lead guitarist, bassist and vocalist Rick Fenn, Paul Burgess on drums and percussion. – both of whom have been with the band since the mid-’70s. They are joined by Keith Hayman on keyboards, guitars, bass, and vocals and Paul Canning who plays percussion, guitar, keyboards and also sings.

Tickets are on sale Friday 7 February at 10am. Book at the Hull City Hall box office, call 01482 300 306 or visit www.hulltheatres.co.uk to book online.