Raiders of the Lost Ark

Raiders of the Lost Ark

One of the greatest action adventure films of all time is coming to a big screen at Hull Venue later this year.

The Czech National Symphony Orchestra will play the score to the movie whilst it plays in the venue’s arena. Ben Palmer will conduct the orchestra, with the score written by the legendary composer John Williams.

Harrison Ford’s portrayal of the iconic Indiana Jones was originally released in 1981 and directed by Steven Spielberg.

The Hull Venue show is part of a full UK tour which includes prestigious venues such as Bridgewater Hall in Manchester and Birmingham Symphony Hall.

Tickets for Raiders of the Lost Ark go on sale at 10am on Fri 2 Mar from Ticketmaster.  Tickets are priced starting at £25 each (fees apply).


Dark Winter

Heads Up Festival – Spring 2018

Heads Up Festival returns for a tenth time this March at venues across the city, including Kardomah94, Hull Minster and Hull Central Library.

The festival will include the world premiere of new E52 production Dark Winter, award-winning British artist Victoria Melody’s latest show Ugly Chief, which also stars TV celebrity antique dealer Mike Melody, and dance company Turned On Its Head’s show for babies, young children and families, Sponge.

The festival will also see the return to Hull of Bill Drummond (The KLF, The K Foundation) with a double bill of new plays titled Daffodils & Death. Drummond was last in Hull in 2017 when he presented Your Darkest Thought and shined his audience’s shoes as part of Substance Live.

Other programme highlights include a multi-disciplinary arts experience by What Is? Collective, the latest Heads Up Introducing event with singer Lyn Acton, Russ Litten’s From Liverpool With Love as well as the usual heady mix of events, panels and workshops that has cemented Heads Up Festival’s reputation as the home of brave and brilliant performance.





Fri 2 – Sat 3 Mar, 7.30pm (£12-£15)
Hull Minster



Tue 6 Mar, 7.30pm (£5)



Wed 7 Mar, 6pm (£3-£10)
Secret location



Thu 8 Mar, 8pm (£10-£12)



Fri 9 – Sat 10 Mar, Various times (£5-£10)
Hull Central Library



Fri 9 Mar, 7.30pm (£7.50)



Tue 13 – Sat 17 Mar, 2.30pm & 7.30pm (£10.50-£12.50)
Hull Truck Theatre

From Liverpool With Love

From Liverpool With Love

Brought together by Russ Litten, this is an evening of music and spoken word including:

Nick Ellis

Ant Campbell

Mel Bowen


Nick Ellis is dedicated to the concept of “song” and “melody”. Some people call it folk, some just call it good old fashioned song craft. Currently based in Liverpool, Ellis blends streetscape narrative-noir with a classic British acoustic approach.

Using a blend of rhythmic attack and finger-quick lucidity, his sound has been described as “a conversation between Elvis Costello and John Martyn”

Pay on the door.

Heads Up Introducing: Lyn Acton

Heads Up Festival’s Introducing series sees a leading cultural figure from the city talking about their life in the arts and the works of art that have influenced their creativity.

At the tenth Heads Up Festival Lyn Acton, singer with Pearls Cab Ride, joins us to talk about the songs that have had an impact on her life and career in music. We’ll listen to the tunes, take them in and enjoy a beautiful conversation. Think a soulful Desert Island Discs with a wonderful front woman in the hot seat.

Lyn Acton sings and writes songs with Pearls Cab Ride, a 10-piece funk outfit originally gigging around the UK acid jazz festivals in the 90s. But Lyn’s music career goes back further and deeper – with country, jazz and latin influences. From well-paid club circuit gigs to unpaid pet projects translating bossa nova classics, Lyn has been busy in music for 40 years.

She has also worked in primary schools as a teaching assistant and one-to-one carer for special needs. Lyn also knits – vibrant cardigans and cushion covers made to order for regular happy customers. And a mother – brought up two children and enjoys three grandkids now. Tragically her youngest, Jack, died suddenly six years ago from a brain aneurysm, aged 21. This is a life-changing devastation for anyone and Lyn lives with a new perspective.

Singing is a place where Lyn can thrive – totally engaged in making people dance and have fun. Or perhaps connect with the emotions only music can reach.

The Australian Pink Floyd

The Australian Pink Floyd are set to visit Hull Venue.

Selling 5 million tickets worldwide and described as “The Gold Standard” (The Times) and “The Kings of the Genre” (The Daily Mirror), The Australian Pink Floyd Show gave its first-ever concert in Adelaide, Australia in 1988. Since then, they have performed in over 35 countries worldwide; played at David Gilmour’s 50th birthday celebration and were even joined on stage by Rick Wright. The Australian Pink Floyd S is the leading and biggest show of its kind in the world.

Tickets are on sale from Fri 23 Feb, 10am and are available online from Ticketmaster or call 0844 8440444. Calls to Ticketmaster cost 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge. Booking fees apply.

Vampires Rock Featuring Sam Bailey

Vampires Rock featuring Sam Bailey is set to visit Hull Venue.

Hailed as the country’s most successful classic rock musical concert, this rock-tastic, hilarious, musical concert lives up to its rocking reputation.

A tongue in cheek story, spellbinding cast, guitar gods and sexy vampettes take you on a ride through some of the greatest eighties classic rock anthems ever! Throwing just the right amount of fun and humour into his script ensures that Steinman always has the audience roaring with laughter. Expect tracks from Queen, AC/DC, Meat Loaf, Journey, Guns n Roses and many more.

Tickets go on sale Fri 23 Feb, 10am and are available online from Ticketmaster, or over the phone 0844 8440444. (Ticketmaster charge 7p per minute, plus your phone company’s access charge.) Booking fees apply.

Any accessibility access booking queries can be directed to Ticketmaster’s accessible ticket team on 0800 988 4440.

Beverley Rocks

Beverley Rocks is set to to hold a hide & seek day at Humber Bridge Country Park.

Come and hide your rocks and find some amazing donated rocks from local artists too.

Plus, you’ll find plenty more activities to do at the Country Park Inn. Expect cake, face painting, glitter tattoos for the glamorous, balloon modelling, tombola, music and a rock auction. There are prizes to be won in a raffle too.

Drop-in, anytime between 10am-3pm.

Jurassic Park 25th Anniversary in Concert

A performance 65 million years in the making.

Join Hull Venue as they show the film in full on the big screen, accompanied by Czech National Symphony Orchestra.

Music composed by John Williams.
Conducted by Ben Palmer.

Tickets go on sale Fri 15 Feb, 10am from Hull Venue and Ticketmaster. Booking fees apply.

Queen Extravaganza

Roger Taylor & Brian May’s Queen Experience

These 2018 shows are billed as the ‘Queen’s Greatest Hits Tour’ and they promise to deliver all the hits any Queen fan could want to hear – “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “Under Pressure,” “We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions,” “A Kind of Magic,” “Radio Ga Ga,” and “Killer Queen” – just a few to mention.

All of this will be presented 100% live by some of today’s finest musicians hand picked by Roger Taylor and Brian May.

Tickets go on sale from Fri 16 Feb at 9am from Hull Venue and Ticketmaster. Booking fees apply.

The Cesarians / The Dyr Sister / Flora Greysteel

The Cesarians / The Dyr Sister / Flora Greysteel

The Cesarians, The Dyr Sister and Flora Greysteel conjure up an exotic mix of wild and surreal musical phantasmagoria. No restraints, no compromise, no need to be like everybody else.

The Cesarians

The Cesarians are not a pop band. They could never have been manufactured, manipulated or otherwise pre-masticated for public consumption. They do not trade in the trite or the mundane.

The Dyr Sister

The Dyr Sister is a multi-instrumental cervine beat mistress who conjures up surreal tales with the aid of viola, synth, mandolin, her voice and an array of DIY samples. As one-woman band she paints a fascinating canvas of sound unlike anyone.

Flora Greysteel

Flora Greysteel bonds elements of cabaret and rip-roaring spectral choruses into moments of intimate reflection, sea shanties and electronica, like nothing else.

Saskia Griffiths-Moore

Saskia Griffiths-Moore

A rising star of the UK folk scene, Saskia is frequently compared to the likes of Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell and Eva Cassidy for her extraordinary vocal tone, and her original songs draw on the genres of Americana, roots & darker folk music.

Saskia started from the ground up, by busking her way across England, generating crowdfunding, securing several Arts Council grants, and finally touring nationally and internationally and receiving regular BBC radio play.

Support will come in the form of the very popular ‘performer’s circle’ with three excellent local acts, each taking it in turns to perform one number at a time.

Dan Walsh

Dan Walsh

Nominated for best musician at last year’s BBC Folk Awards, Dan Walsh combines virtuoso playing and winning songwriting.

Mixing British, Irish and American folk music, delivered with a healthy dose of funky grooves – Dan performs with a unique and dazzling take on clawhammer style banjo, helping to challenge all preconceptions about the instrument.

Add to all that poignant songs, astonishing musical departures and lively humour and the result is a truly memorable live show, which has wowed audiences across the world from intimate seated rooms to huge dancing crowds in festival fields.

As usual, support will come in the form of Kardomah 94’s very popular ‘performer’s circle’ with three excellent local acts, each taking it in turns to perform one number at a time.

Lucy Ward

Lucy Ward

Lucy Ward is an award-winning singer-songwriter from Derby, who plays guitar, ukulele and concertina, but considers her voice to be her first instrument.

After getting her first guitar at the age of 14, Lucy ventured into acoustic clubs. It was there that she first heard the traditional music that she now loves. Captured by the lyrics and stories of traditional song, Lucy delved further into the world of folk music, visiting clubs and sessions up and down the country before getting booked to play gigs in her own right.

In 2009 Lucy reached the final of the BBC Young Folk Award and she hasn’t looked back since!

As usual, support will come in the form of Kardomah 94’s very popular ‘performer’s circle’ with three excellent local acts, each taking it in turns to perform one number at a time.

The Sixteen: Choral Pilgrimage 2018

The Sixteen: Choral Pilgrimage 2018

Join The Sixteen in an exploration of the sacred and secular works of 16th century composers William Cornysh (both father and son) and 20th century master of the voice, Benjamin Britten.

The Kingdom Under The Sea

The Kingdom Under the Sea

An enchanting storytelling experience inspired by Japanese folk stories and Opera North’s production of Madame Butterfly.

Be swept along on a magical adventure to the bottom of the ocean, visit the majestic palace of The Dragon King, ride on the shell of a turtle and discover a mysterious treasure… “This kind of storytelling is such a rare treat; beautifully told, completely enchanting and wonderful to hear such gorgeous music in such an intimate setting”.

The Manchester Camerata

At Home with Manchester Camerata

Described by The Times as ‘Probably Britain’s most adventurous orchestra’, Manchester Camerata return for another afternoon of classics for young and old, regular fans of classical music, and those experiencing for the first time.

They will perform the world premiere of a new piece composed with residents from Withernsea care homes and local choir members.