Independent Venue Week in Hull: What’s in store for 2018?

Independent Venue Week is a week-long celebration of prolific music venues across the UK, which form a fundamental part of the live music scene in this country.

From creating opportunities for bands to play live in front of an audience for the first time, to building meaningful connections with local audiences, these venues provide a platform for budding musicians and help shape the next generation of artists.

Hull is known for its unique independent music scene with its incredible DIY venues, regular music nights and annual music events.

So, what can music lovers look forward to in the week ahead?

Hull Record Fair

Sat 27 Jan, 9am (Free)

Music lovers and vinyl enthusiasts are welcome to browse through thousands of vinyl records at Früit. Nostalgic collectors can explore pre-loved discs from Abba to ZZ Top and delve through a selection of musical genres, including rock, pop, soul, funk and jazz. What will you add to your collection?

If you’re a fan of sleeve artwork remember to check out the influential Trevor Key’s Top 40 at Hull Central Library while you’re out and about.

Pearl’s Cab Ride, Slim Tubbu & The Vitamin D3s

Sat 27 Jan, 8pm (£5)
The New Adelphi Club

Pearl’s Cab Ride carries the torch for great funk, soul & Latin music. The band are still writing and performing new music since their formation in the 1990s and continue to pack out venues around Hull. On Saturday night, they are having a party to celebrate the launch of their new EP, and everyone is invited! Support comes from Slim Tubbu and The Vitamin D3s.

The Sesh

Tue 30 Jan, 9:30pm (Free)
The Polar Bear

The Sesh brings live music to The Polar Bear every Tuesday. Since its conception in 2001 by Humber Street Sesh founder Mak, the event has developed a huge following within the city, catering for emerging bands from across the UK along with the hundreds of talented local acts. The Sesh’s success within the community is now celebrated every year by the incredible Humber Street Sesh.


Wed 31 Jan, 7pm (£13)

Mancunian neo-post punk band Cabbage have been recognised as one of fifteen rising music acts on the BBC’s Sound of 2017 survey, handpicked by a panel of experts from the music industry.

The northern five-piece compromising of Lee Broadbent on vocals, Eoghan Clifford and Joe Martin on guitar, Stephen Evans on bass and Asa Morley on drums, don’t take themselves too seriously. With songs about North Korea and Donald Trump, Cabbage’s tunes are steeped in satire and bursting with spontaneity, providing you with much more than your regular five a day.

Danny Giles Band, Red Butler & Brent Hutchinson

Thu 1 Feb, 7:30pm (£10)

The no-nonsense Danny Giles Band artfully blends rock with a twist of blues, gospel and soul. Support at this Früit headline show comes from dynamic blues rock bands Red Butler and Brent Hutchinson.

Skinny Girl Diet

Fri 2 Feb, 7:30pm (£5)

London-based punk trio Skinny Girl Diet have graced the cover of Beat and been featured in Dazed & Confused, Vice and The Guardian. Their music is feminist, political punk that relays the experience of growing up as a young woman in 21st Century urban Britain.

The legendary Neneh Cherry has recently hailed them as “the future” on her guest BBC Radio 6 Music show and everyone from XFM’s Jon Kennedy, Radio 6’s Steve Lamaq, BBC Radio 1’s Rob Da Bank and Amazing Radio have put them on the airwaves loud and clear.