A magic weekend of culture

After an incredible Magic Weekend of rugby league (congrats FC, commiserations KR), we’re all looking forward to Hull City’s trip to Wem-ber-ley this weekend.

But if football’s not your thing (or you couldn’t get a ticket to the big match) there’s a massive weekend of art and culture going on right here in Hull. Here’s our one-stop guide to what’s on this bank holiday:

HU1 Festival

Some of the world’s biggest DJs are heading to Hull this Saturday and Sunday for HU1 – a brand new festival bringing some incredible names to the city. Eats Everything, Fuse ODG and Joey Negro are among the lineup, keeping urban, dance and electronic music lovers happy throughout bank holiday weekend. Expect international street food, dancing and street performers creating a real carnival atmosphere.

Assemble Fest

Hull’s annual one-day spectacular of theatre Assemble Fest will fill Newland Avenue with magical moments this Saturday. Specially commissioned shows (including several performances inside moving taxis) will take place up and down Newland Ave, making incredible things happen in unusual spaces. Local companies sharing work include Broccolily Theatre, The Roaring Girls and Middle Child. Events are ticketed and selling like hot cakes, although there are plenty of other free things happening too, including swing dancing, face painting and puppet shows.

Adam Ant

A true legend is heading to Hull this weekend. Adam Ant will be performing his Kings of the Wild Frontier album in its entirety, alongside other top tracks from his huge back catalogue. Relive your misspent youth and pay homage to the king of ‘80s New Wave at Hull City Hall. Bonus points to anyone who turns up in full Prince Charming regalia.

Beverley Early Music Festival

If you fancy a change of pace, Beverley Early Music Festival is filling this bank holiday weekend with glorious music from Bryd to Bach to Beethoven. Highlights include the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and concerts by candle light. There are also workshops and masterclasses, giving the keenest students and amateur musicians the opportunity to join in.

Grow Festival

Hull Truck Theatre’s programme of artist development events continues until Friday, with dance practitioner and movement guru Jon Beney leading a workshop on text and physicality. Artistic Director of Freedom Festival Mikey Martins will also be leading a session, teaming up with Rowan Rutter from Hull Truck to take an inside-out look at producing. The inaugural First Time Out on Friday evening will then give companies the chance to debut new work, showcasing anything from a rehearsed reading, scratch performance or preview show.