We came, we saw, we listened, we questioned and we partied. And what a party!
Last weekend’s Where Are We Now? festival was an eye-opening celebration of UK counter-culture.
Over three days, we squeezed in the ultimate in decadent pop, some of the country’s finest hip-hop and grime artists, break battles, live graffiti, dub poetry, superstar DJs, spoken word, art, film screenings, installations, debate and much more.
And, just in case anyone doubted the need to challenge the status quo, iconic punk designer Jamie Reid’s artwork ran the spirit of anarchy through the whole weekend like a stick of classic punk rock.
From Reid’s stick-up wall collage at Humber Street Gallery, to the Bowie impersonator so fast and accurate with his cover versions, even Bowie was impressed; from the “people’s diva” Charlotte Church and her glorious Late Night Pop Dungeon, to the musical powerhouse that was Young Fathers at Hull City Hall, our Where Are We Now? artists urged festival-goers to think, to question and to fight injustice.
Spoken word artists keeping it real included Hollie McNish, Adelle Stripe and the legend of dub poetry that is Linton Kwesi Johnson. Andrew Weatherall and Sean Johnston kept the tunes coming in fine style at Fruit. And up-and-coming faces on the country’s hip-hop/grime scene such as Hull’s Chiedu Oraka rubbed shoulders with established stars such as The Four Owls and Akala, for a night of hip-hop that made sure the Welly club bounced.
Take a look at our photo gallery and relive some of Where Are We Now?‘s best bits, or catch up if you missed out.
Thanks to curators Neu! Reekie!, Altu “Flowrex” Collingwood and Solareye, Hull 2017 volunteers and, of course, everyone who came.