Dance the afternoon away at the Hull City Hall with Blackpool Tower Organist John Bowdler playing all your favourites including ballroom, sequence and Latin. Ticket price includes tea and biscuits (served at the interval).
UNDER THE INFLUENCE PRESENTS
With support from Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard
Michael® starring Ben is a jaw-dropping and magical tribute to the King Of Pop Michael Jackson.
As the largest touring tribute to Michael Jackson in the UK today, this award winning production features an incredible live band, stunning costumes, iconic dance routines and of course, the inimitable Ben. The show promises to create the most authentic, lively and powerful re-creation of the iconic superstar you will ever experience.
Michael® starring Ben brings together a fresh blend mixing elements of Michael Jackson’s own stage shows with exciting new arrangements combined with a breathtaking light show to create the perfect celebration of Michael and his music.
This incredible show features not only the greatest hits of Michael Jackson but also The Jackson5. The show includes Thriller, Beat It, Billie Jean, Man in the Mirror and many, many more of Michael Jackson’s catalogue of hit songs.
Michael® starring Ben is the latest smash hit theatre production from renowned producer James Baker and features the UK’s ultimate Michael Jackson tribute star, Ben Bowman; who not only looks and sounds like Michael Jackson, but has honed his routine so impeccably that audiences believe they are watching Michael Jackson himself.
Take a journey back in time as we remember the man, the music, the magic, Michael.
DISCLAIMER : Please note this that this a tribute production and is not endorsed by or affiliated with the Michael Jackson Estate.
James Blunt will visit the Bonus Arena, Hull on Sunday, 16 February 2020 in support of his new album due out in October.
James has sold over 23 million albums and has showcased his wit and charm more recently with his always engaging twitter account. Catch him in Hull early next year for this all-seated concert.
Best known for songs such as You’re Beautiful, 1973, Goodbye My Lover, Same Mistake and much more.
After flirting with electronica on his last album, James Blunt returns to what he does best on new album ‘Once Upon A Mind’, writing classic songs that touch both the heart and the head.
Highlights are many and include the breezy first single ‘Cold’, the poignant ballad ‘Monsters’, the pop swagger of ‘5 Miles’ and the country tinged ‘Halfway.’ There’s a warmth that permeates the entire album, and a real sense of personality
Gregory Porter, international best-selling artist and two time Grammy Award-winning jazz/soul singing sensation, is honoured to announce a 13 date UK tour – which takes in the Bonus Arena, Hull on 17 May 2020.
As well as a night in Hull, Gregory Porter’s UK tour will also stop off at arenas in Manchester, Leeds and Newcastle and feature four nights at the Royal Albert Hall.
Tickets for this all seated concert go on sale at 9am on Friday.
With his irresistible warm baritone vocals, Porter continues to perform to sell-out audiences around the world and has achieved international recognition and acclaim, with both his Grammy-winning selling albums ‘Liquid Spirit’ and ‘Take Me To The Alley’.
They don’t come much cooler than Gregory Porter… a tour not to be missed!
Gregory Porter launched this month, ‘The Hang’, a brand new 10-week podcast series, where you will be able to listen to Porter’s warming speaking voice on a weekly basis, where he sits down with distinguished guests from the fields of art and entertainment.
‘The Greatest Rock & Roll Band In The World’ is a bold statement but Showaddywaddy has lived up to that title for the last 4 decades!
Formed in the 1970’s in Leicester from several local bands, they have sold more than 20 million records and have toured all corners of the world extensively.
Their live show is dynamic and uplifting featuring all of their biggest hits, many of which reached number one in the pop charts of Europe. ‘Under The Moon of Love’, ‘Three Steps to Heaven’, ‘Hey Rock & Roll’, ‘When’, ‘Blue Moon’, ‘Pretty Little Angel Eyes’ and many, many more.
So come and join the ‘Dancin’ Party’… ‘You’ve Got What It Takes’
Leather’o play tunes and songs from the exciting New Celtic Tradition – they’re festival favourites and are known for their great energy on stage! The standard of their musicianship sets Leather’o apart and they bring a wide range of influences to their playing from folk-rock to classical, jazz to gypsy. The six band members create a rich mix of textures. Based in York, the band has built up their craft through hundreds of performances over the last seven years from their regular pub gigs to festivals and radio appearances. The band’s CD Six was released in 2018 and has been played widely on specialist folk radio shows, including BBC Radio Leeds, BBC Radio York, Beverley FM and many more.
Tickets £8 in advance / £10 on the door
The award-winning spectacular is Europe’s biggest and best-loved production of the Blues Brothers. The show is a high-octane, adrenaline-pumping musical mash-up which has jump started the legacy of Jake and Elwood for a new generation with its modern twist on this cult classic and an energy and spirit that is impossible to resist.
Back with a Brand new mission, The Chicago Blues Brothers are heading for Detroit to take on some of the biggest and most loved Motown anthems along with all the Blue Brothers classics you know and love. With hits from Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Sam and Dave, James Brown, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Jackson 5 and the Supremes.
Backed by the multi award winning CBB Band and the incredible Sweet Soul Sisters, a new stage set and state of the art full stage projection – this is one show you can’t afford to miss.
London-based Singer-Songwriter Odette, and her 5-piece band have been bringing their fresh live sound, to delighted audiences across the country. Her vibrant tracks incorporate folk, jazz, Indian, Mediterranean and African flavours to create a uniquely layered experience.
“You don’t have to like jazz, folk or World Music to appreciate Odette, as her material will appeal to anyone who appreciates good musicianship and music of the highest quality.” Steve Wright, Colchester Arts Centre Jazz Club
Under The Influence Presents
Mystery Jets: A Billion Heartbeats
All great albums start from a unique perspective. But try a window on the Strand, in an abandoned office block, overlooking the kind of political upheaval London hasn’t seen in a generation. Mystery Jets’ Blaine Harrison was living as a property guardian right round the corner from Trafalgar Square when found himself witness to an entire year of protests. Every weekend from January 2017 on, people were marching for a different cause: “In the space of six months it was Black Lives Matter, the huge ‘Our NHS’ march, Unite for Europe,” he recalls. “Then the solidarity sleep-out organised by Help Refugees, where we slept in Whitehall for the night… The protestors would wake me up in the morning. I’d just walk down and join in.”
Over the course of that year, Mystery Jets’ sixth long-player, A Billion Heartbeats, was born. “This album wasn’t about making pointed opinions,” says Blaine. “It was about being a mirror for what’s going on, reflecting back the way people are feeling.”
The first single Screwdriver is an uncompromising look at the rise of the rebranded alt-right in the UK, built around a powerfully positive message: “Fight them with love / then the world will be ours”. The haunting, melodic Hospital Radio counteracts images of those “missing in action” or “staring at the ceiling” with a battle cry of “our blood is not for sale”. By turns tender and fierce, abstract and full of classic rock energy, A Billion Heartbeats achieves a balance of passion, fear and hope. In a sense, it’s not just their “state of the nation” record but their “state of a generation” record too.
Alex Wilson (Piano)
Dennis Rollins (Trombone)
Naomi Phillips (Vocals)
An Evening for Debbie
Internationally-acclaimed Cuban violinist Omar Puente performs a very special show in honour and celebration of his wife, campaigner Debbie Purdy who died in 2014.
He’ll perform work from throughout his career with his sensational Latin sextet as well as welcoming his very special guests. You’ll find it impossible to sit still!
“A true violin great” Nigel Kennedy
Join us for what will be a truly memorable night in the company of the great John Helliwell, his distinctive saxophone playing and famously dry wit, a stunning big band and the unforgettable music of the legendary supergroup Supertramp as you’ve never heard it before.
The set of stunning new arrangements includes famous tracks such as The Logical Song, Dreamer, Breakfast in America, Crime of the Century, Take the Long Way Home, Goodbye Stranger and It’s Raining Again, alongside some less well-known gems from the group’s catalogue of hits spanning two decades.
Best of friends from an early age Roy, Greg and Pete toiled for years being in a band and building their fanatical fan club the Wolfcubs. The band were signed by Epic in 2007 and success happened quickly. Over the course of three sparkling, life-affirming, Top 10 albums Scouting For Girls have also made the journey from playing pubs in Harrow and Ruislip to headlining Wembley Arena. This, then, is the tale of three friends who followed their dream, seduced a nation with a repertoire full of infectious melodies, catchy tunes and toe-tapping beats, and sold two million records along the way.
With support from Professor Green
A journey through the clarinet’s diverse interaction with twentieth and twenty-first century chamber ensemble music, this concert showcases Rae W. Todd with the fantastic Berkeley Ensemble. As part of Rae’s PhD in Performance, which investigates professional performers’ experiences of ‘play’ (‘plega’) within the context of chamber ensemble music-making, he will perform two 45-minute recitals. The first recital will feature the atmospheric and spell-binding composition Quatour Pour la fin de Temps by Olivier Messiaen (1940) and the second will include virtuosic works written by Stravinsky, Milhaud, Gershwin and Henryson.
Hailed as ‘an instinctive collective’ (The Strad) the Berkeley Ensemble was formed with the aim of exploring little-known twentieth- and twenty first-century British chamber music alongside more established repertoire. It now enjoys a busy concert schedule performing throughout the UK and abroad, and is also much in demand for its inspiring work in education.
Engaging new audiences, most importantly through education, is central to the ensemble’s activities. Recent collaborations have included schemes with PRS for Music and Tŷ Cerdd, supporting emerging composers and generating new works. The group is also ensemble-in-residence at the University of Hull and Ibstock Place School, and runs an annual chamber music course in Somerset
‘Leeds Guitarist Nik Svarc, Drummer-Percussionist Steve Hanley and Keyboardist Martin Longhawn join the dots between Jazz-Rock and Hammond funk, discovering an interesting angle for an old-school sound mixed with some hyper-catchy hooks and grooves’ – JAZZWISE.
‘Rather than swinging standards…ambient grooves, post-rock jams and Krantz-esq solos are the order of the day. Svarc demonstrates his technical command of the guitar once again and his uses a variety of sounds to great effect.’ – Jazz In York.
‘When you listen to good jazz, at least when I do, one type of sound that I tend to gravitate to would be the organ trio format. It has to have a certain funk to it. It definitely needs to “go out there”, and most assuredly needs to have a good guitar. This Organ Trio has all of these elements, and more. They do a great job conjuring up those old thoughts of the 60′s, and Jimmy Smith. Music should be enjoyed, and when people are there to simply watch, not talk, you know your battle with the crowd is over.’- Tony Rice
14:30-16:30: Masterclass for University of Hull students. Observers welcome.
A day of fun for all the family. Games, stalls, music, rides and delicious food from the Minster Kitchen.
Please sign up so we know you are coming and the ensure we have enough fun and food for you all!