Radical London punk rock band The King Blues will join Hull’s own punk DIY outfit LIFE as part of an incredible line-up of musicians, comics and circus acrobatics.
Back To Ours is returning for another week of diverse and exciting shows across the city, during the next half-term holidays, from Tuesday 30 May to Sunday 4 June, led by a stellar line-up of “proactive” and “provocative” bands.
We are a protest band. If you are in a rock ‘n’ roll band and are not trying to save the planet, what’s the point?
– Itch, The King Blues
LIFE will take to the stage at Back To Ours just days after releasing their debut album, Popular Music, on Friday 26 May, and appearing in front of thousands on the BBC Introducing Stage at Radio 1’s Big Weekend.
The King Blues are performing at the Freedom Centre on Friday 2 June. Tickets are now on sale (£5).
LIFE will perform at Sirius Academy West on Thursday 1 June. Tickets are now on sale (£2.50/£7.50).
The King Blues frontman Itch said: “We are a protest band. If you are in a rock ‘n’ roll band and are not trying to save the planet, what’s the point? That’s why we have had a 13-year career; we stay true to who we are, don’t follow trends and stay true to our legacy.”
Itch performed a solo gig at Hull’s iconic Adelphi club a few years ago, but it is a while since The King Blues performed in the city.
“We are super excited and looking forward to it,” he said. “We haven’t played in Hull for a long time, many years. It’s a city we can relate to. When we have played in Hull the crowds have always been really good to us. Music has a way of bringing people together like nothing else – it’s inclusive.”
The King Blues are currently touring the country promoting their fifth album, Gospel Truth.
LIFE’s headline performance on Thursday 1 June comes in the same week as the release of their debut album, Popular Music. The album is being launched on Friday 26 May at Spin-It Records in Hull Trinity Market, where the band will be signing albums from noon to 2pm. The first 50 lucky fans to buy the record will also get a free ticket to the Back To Ours performance at Sirius Academy West, and an exclusive art print.
LIFE frontman Mez Green said: “The process of the album was unreal, it felt like all our hard work was climaxing in an electrifying moment, the four of us in a studio for two weeks in London with our good friend Ian Dowling at the helm.
“Popular Music has three core characteristics. First there’s the anxiety that goes hand-in-hand with being a grassroots band, where every purchase is a dent in your income and where every month-long tour might mean having to quit your day job.
“The second characteristic is a sense of frustration – at globe-changing political events, right through to the day-to-day of being in a band hundreds of miles from the capital and shunned by the industry’s merry-go-round.
“The third characteristic, and the one that truly defines this debut, is one of action. These songs are proactive, as well as provocative. They command attention through sheer will alone.
LIFE are riding the crest of a wave at the moment.
As well as being invited back as “returning special guests” on the BBC Introducing stage for Radio 1’s Big Weekend, the band recently recorded a live set at Maida Vale Studios for Radio 1, headlined SXSW in Texas for BBC Music at The British Embassy and were the main support for Slaves on their UK and European tour.
We are humbled by the buzz around the band, it’s such a great feeling to see our hard work validated by genuine respect from fans and media alike.
– Mez Green, LIFE
This summer LIFE will also headline Hull’s Humber Street Sesh, where 30,000 are expected to descend on Hull Marina for the UK’s biggest festival for emerging talent.
Mez said: “We are humbled by the buzz around the band, it’s such a great feeling to see our hard work validated by genuine respect from fans and media alike.
“Music is everything to us. It’s what makes us vibe and we will always give our all no matter what we are doing, that said the shows and achievements we are ticking off at the moment are insane for a band that are creating these opportunities through sheer hard work. What else can I say, we are having a blast!”
Back To Ours, which offers something for everyone, will also include stand-up comedy for kids, mesmerising circus acrobatics and an interactive theatre show telling the true story about how a boy became friends with one of the greatest artists that ever lived – Pablo Picasso.
We’ve got children’s theatre, then hours later punk rock… where else would you get that?
– Martin Green, Hull 2017
This is the second in a series of Back To Ours festival taking place this year following The Pigeon Detectives, Mark Thomas and Ceri Dupree performing to sell-out crowds during February half term.
Once again, Kingswood Academy, North Point Shopping Centre, Winifred Holtby Academy, The Freedom Centre, Archbishop Sentamu Academy, William Gemmell Club, Hymers College and Sirius Academy West will open their doors to welcome world-class performers alongside local talent.
Joining LIFE and The King Blues as part of the music line-up are Hull rockers Black Delta Movement and Audio Subscene.
Black Delta Movement will support LIFE AT Sirius Academy West on Thursday 1 June.
Audio Subscene will finish off three days of fantastic music playing North Point Shopping Centre on Saturday June 3. Tickets are on sale for £2.50.
Martin Green, CEO and director of Hull 2017, said: “The first Back To Ours festival was a fantastic success and I can’t wait for the next instalment. It’s great to have LIFE headlining a Hull 2017 event during what is such a busy and exciting time for the band.
“The amazing thing about Back To Ours is that there truly is something for everybody. We’ve got children’s theatre then hours later punk rock… where else would you get that?”