Take Pot Luck as part of Hull 2017 opener

Audiences are invited to take a chance on a mystery night out that could see them being entertained by film, music, poetry, art and more, when Pot Luck takes place at Früit in Humber Street alongside Hull UK City of Culture 2017 opener Made in Hull.

Those attending Pot Luck, which runs from Wednesday 4 January to Saturday 7 January, from 6.30pm, will be treated to a surprise, whichever night they attend. Tickets are just £5 and on sale now to audiences aged 18 and over.

Those attending Pot Luck will come across one of the following;

An art night with Anna Bean and The Evil Litter:

  • Anna Bean is a Hull-based artist and photography lecturer who creates surreal and disturbing photographic images. Inspired by fairy tales, David Lynch, the old masters and Cindy Sherman, she uses family and friends as models within everyday locations. Anna’s work has been exhibited across the UK and she also recently created artwork for the Brit Award and Mercury Prize-nominated band the Guillemots album Hello Land.
  • The Evil Litter is an improvised garage three-piece band from Hull, writing to a strict pop art rule. Each song is devised in 20 minutes with enigmatic lead and backing vocals, they combine heavy thrusting guitar and polyrhythmic drums. Formed in August 2013 and made up of Claire Scott, Leon Welburn and Simon Andrew, this band has an intense stage energy.

An evening of spoken word curated by Shane Rhodes with Attila the Stockbroker, Luke Wright, Joelle Taylor and Dean Wilson: 

  • Attila the Stockbroker has toured the world performing his sharp-tongued, radical social surrealist poetry and songs for 36 years, releasing more than 40 CDs/LPs/singles, 7 books of poetry and, just over a year ago, his autobiography. He describes himself as an “alternative newsreader” and already has a whole swathe of new material about the latest catastrophies – a lunatic misogynist billionaire with a nuclear hairdo in the White House and a Brexit vote based on £350 million which isn’t going to the NHS after all, is it? He’ll be performing poems from his soon-to-be-published collection Personal Politics, as well as extracts from his recent autobiography Arguments Yard. And there will be a few of his songs as well, performed on his trusty mandola, Nelson.
  • Luke Wright is one of the UK’s leading live poets. His verse play What I Learned From Johnny Bevan was a West End smash in 2016, winning multiple awards, including The Stage Award and a Fringe First. Luke can also be seen on tour with punk-poet legend John Cooper Clarke and heard regularly on BBC Radio. His second collection The Toll is published by Penned in the Margins in February 2017, and it’s damn fine.
  • Joelle Taylor is an award-winning poet, playwright, performer, critic and author. She’s performed in venues ranging from the 100 Club to Buckingham Palace, and hosts Out-Spoken poetry and music club at The Forge in Camden. Her solo poetry collections include Ska Tissue, The Woman Who Was Not There and Songs My Enemy Taught Me, which will be published in June 2017. Joelle’s work is considered so life-changing, she was recently awarded a Southbank Centre Change Maker prize, as well as a Fellowship of the Royal Society of the Arts.
  • Dean Wilson suffers from Poetry Tourette’s, a condition that “affects one in every 10 people in Kingston-upon-Hull”. But being Hull’s Fourth Best Poet is not without complications. Sometimes Dean gets overcome with the emotion of it all, and has to escape to the seaside. Sometimes Dean gets sad, but he doesn’t mind too much, because at least he’ll get a poem out of it. Most of the time, though, Dean is a happy soul. And sometimes he’s so happy he’s not safe on the streets.

A film night with Sean McAllister and Nick Fraser, head of the documentary streaming service Yaddo:

  • Sean McAllister is best known for his Bafta-nominated film A Syrian Love Story, a moving fly-on-the-wall documentary that follows a family from war-torn Syria to Europe over the course of five years. Released in 2015, the film continues to collect awards all over the world. As creative director of the opening event of Hull 2017, Made in Hull, Sean returns to his roots, to the city where he grew up and where he learnt his craft, and has curated a stunning installation of Hull’s stories, told large and loud and projected on to the city’s buildings.

Live music from acts including Jody McKenna and Bud Sugar:

  • Jody McKenna is an acoustic musician and poet, performing charmingly crafted acoustic music inspired by songwriters of all eras. Following an appearance on Channel 4’s The Secret Millionaire, where he helped local youth project The Warren, and receiving £20,000 from businessman Martin Stamp, Jody helped set up Warren Records. Developing local musicians, he also released debut album The North Wind, a collection of early work.
  • Bud Sugar is one of the most creative bands on Hull’s music scene. They combine an array of musical styles with their trademark sense of humour for a live music experience that never disappoints. Bud Sugar’s distinctive sound is self-described as “codhead skank”, a fusion of ska, reggae, and swinging dance hall shenanigans.
  • Guests will include Rob Burgess, Emily Thomson, Tom Skelly, Katie Spencer, Crooked Weather, The Quicksilver Kings and The Happy Endings.
  • Pot Luck runs alongside Made in Hull, the opening event for Hull 2017. Made in Hull is free and unticketed and runs from 1-7 January 2017. Tickets to each Pot Luck event cost £5, book here