Bringing some of the best in electronica, contemporary classical and experimental music to Hull, John Grant’s North Atlantic Flux: Sounds from Smoky Bay will celebrate our city’s Nordic and international links.
John Grant has curated the festival, bringing some of the most innovative musicians from Norway, Denmark and Iceland together with those from Hull and the rest of the UK.
And now – we’re very excited to confirm that – John Grant himself will be performing at Hull City Hall on Sunday 30 April alongside previously announced headliners, GusGus who will play on Friday 28 April, Lindstrøm who will appear on Saturday 29 April, and Wrangler who will also play during the weekend.
The festival takes place at venues across Hull, including Hull City Hall and Gate Nº5, from 28 April – 1 May.
250 early bird tickets have already sold out, but tickets for the entire weekend are now available at £89. A final batch of tickets will be released in March priced at £119. Ticketholders will have access to all of the venues hosting festival events over the four days, subject to capacity at each venue.
Audiences can expect to catch some exclusive collaborations between musicians over the four days. Sam Hunt, Executive Producer Hull 2017, said: “We’re thrilled to be welcoming John Grant to the city. He’s put together a brilliant line-up of musicians, all coming together to create a really special festival and one you’re unlikely to experience anywhere else.”
Additional acts in the line-up have also been announced including experimental-Icelandic post-punk outfit Fufanu; electronic dance outfit Sykur; Prins Póló, featuring singer-songwriter and experimental artist Svavar Pétur Eysteinsson; and award-winning Mugison, aka Örn Elías Guõmundsson, whose music ranges from gentle pop to flamboyantly blues inspired rock.
Other Nordic performers will include Tonik Ensemble, led by Anton Kaldal Ágústsson; Sóley; Ragga Gisladottir; Nordic Affect; Susanne Sundfør; and Nils Bech. Plus Danish composer Eyvind Gulbrandsen is already working with musicians from the Royal Northern College of Music, creating a new musical work and performance that will be presented for the first time at the festival.
In addition to the much anticipated Nordic acts, the festival will also see British artists such as the inimitable Steve Cobby and Russ Litten, whose album My People Come From The Sea was released to acclaim last year; Tom Kay, who has just released his Wither and Bloom album; the trumpet soloist Simon Desbruslais; Jez Riley French, the sound and visual artist whose work responds to location and the environment around him; and James Orvis, who has worked with Hull theatre company Middle Child, and was a founding member of electronica act Paris XY and is now to be heard pumping out his own brand of electronic dance at live events around the country.
Writer Adelle Stripe is working with Icelandic composer Halldór Smárason, on their latest work, Humber Star, which responds to the tempestuous nature and savage beauty of the North Sea. Set at Spurn Point, this work is a poetic lament based on the great storm of 1894, and follows the story of Mary Mudd, who waits for her husband’s boat to return from the sea. Liverpool based Norwegian musician Kaya will also be taking forward the musical experiments she has been developing with Science of the Lamps.
Andy Brydon, Director of Curated Place, co-producers of the festival said: “The opportunity to work with John Grant and Hull 2017 has allowed us to create an event that takes exciting steps outside the normal constraints of the music festival, bringing together some of the best artists from the UK and the Nordic countries across a broad spectrum of genres and style. Their common ground is a shared desire to push the boundaries of music. North Atlantic Flux is shaping up to be one of the most exciting and unique events we’ve ever produced.”
Festival tickets are available here.