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Some of the most exciting and innovative women making music in the UK today are coming together for Substance Live: The Future Of The North – a major music event being staged in Hull as one of the last big events of its City of Culture year.

Substance Live is a music festival celebrating the future of the north through the music of some of our most innovative and forward-thinking artists.

Join us for an evening of music representing a state of the nation in terms of the best northern sounds of now.

The festival includes the politically charged post-punk of Nadine Shah, the psychedelic dream pop of Jane Weaver, an electronic/brass band intergalactic odyssey courtesy of Hannah Peel, the performance art punk of Lone Taxidermist, all female four piece PINS, sister doom duo CHAMBERS and the homegrown freak folk of The Dyr Sister.

The evening is hosted by 6Music’s and Radio 3’s Elizabeth Alker.

This is a celebration of the diverse and ground-breaking talent that the North always has and always will produce.

Suitability – 16+

Doors open at 5.30pm

Stage times

JANE WEAVER – 10.10pm – 11.10pm MAIN STAGE
NADINE SHAH – 8.55pm – 9.40pm MAIN STAGE
PINS – 8.25pm – 8.55pm B STAGE
CHAMBERS – 6.30pm – 7pm MAIN STAGE
THE DYR SISTER – 6pm – 6.30pm B STAGE


Jane Weaver – 10pm – 11pm. MAIN STAGE

Abusing, evading and obliterating 20 years of whimsical pop trends, Jane Weaver’s experience as a truly independent and resilient female songwriter/ sound carrier commands respect and inspiration on equal measure.

Nadine Shah – 8.45pm – 9.30pm. MAIN STAGE

Armed with a uniquely rich and soulful voice, paired with her effortlessly eloquent and arresting lyrics, Nadine Shah has earned a reputation as a rising, uncompromising talent.

Mary Casio: Journey To Cassiopeia (Hannah Peel) – 7.30pm – 8.15pm. MAIN STAGE

Electronic artist, arranger and composer Hannah Peel’s work combines the tremendously deep, rich power of traditional brass with the uplifting arpeggiated patterns and unearthly sound textures of analogue synthesizers.

PINS – 8.15pm – 8.45pm. B STAGE

PINS are at the vanguard of the New Wave of British guitar Rock and Roll firing out noisy, textured pop – a heady mix of Hole, Jesus and Mary Chain and Beach House. The all female five piece were formed in Manchester in 2011 and signed to the iconic Bella Union label. They are a melodic northern powerhouse!

CHAMBERS – 6.30pm – 7.00pm. MAIN STAGE

CHAMBERS are a two piece sister doom band from Hull and Leeds. The name in itself is a reflection of their desire to peek inside Pandora’s Box. When you think of a chamber it makes you wonder: What’s inside? What does it look like? What’s it for? The duo are signed to Nottingham based label I’m Not From London Records.

The duo have been named a ‘a hard hitting, unforgiving duo” by Radio 1, whilst Alt Press describe their sound as “a noise-rock sensibility where Girls Against Boys, Deap Vally and Placebo are protecting their favourite bar from horders of hipster vermin and gentrified scum”.

Lone Taxidermist – 7pm – 7.30pm. B STAGE

Fresh from the twisted machinations and fertile imagination of Cumbrian-born, London-dwelling artist and seer Natalie Sharp has created Lone Taxidermist. A chaotic realm of poisonous cocktails, thwarted lust. 6am dancehalls and a cast of characters standing on the verge of epiphany.

The Dyr Sister – 6.00pm – 6.30pm. B STAGE

Hailing from the City of Hull, England, Sally Currie AKA The Dyr Sister is a multi-instrumental cervine beat mistress who conjures up surreal tales with the aid of viola, synth, her voice and an array of DIY samples.

Elizabeth Alker

Is a broadcast journalist at the BBC, based in Manchester she is best known for presenting the Music News on Radcliffe and Maconie’s afternoon show and now presents the weekend additions of Radio 3 Breakfast. She also regularly pops up talking about the arts and music on radio 2, 5 Live, Radio 4 and the BBC News Channel and has thrust a microphone in front of everyone Paul McCartney to Steve Reich.




Queen Victoria Square
01482 300 300


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Monday 10am - 5pm
Tuesday 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 11am - 3pm

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