Holy Moly & The Crackers

Holy Moly & The Crackers make riotous party music for the masses.

Their third album, ‘Take A Bite’ demonstrates the band’s take on folk, blues and indie rock. Led by the euphoric lead single, ‘All I Got Is You’ (championed by Spotify and Radio X) it combines pop songcraft with stomping, four to the floor backing, demonstrating the sextet’s ability to tackle personal lyrical fare, deftly led by vocalist Ruth Patterson. Further adorning their naturally expressive take on British folk, rock’n’soul, and sharp indie-rock, are their balladeering and psychedelic trips towards the Middle East.

Their single, the barnstorming indie-rock anthem ‘Cold Comfort Lane’, was used as the credit title track for the blockbuster movie Oceans 8.

Come along for the ride – the craziest party in town always has room for one more… an ideal way to end a perfect winter festival weekend!

Tickets £18 Early Bird £16

The Great Musical Adventure

Originally from North Wales and Yorkshire, The Trials of Cato formed whilst living in Beirut. On returning home in 2016, they have since torn a shape very much their own into the canvas of the UK folk scene with their glorious harmonies and great musicality.   BBC Radio 2’s Mark Radcliffe hailed them as “one of the real discoveries on the folk circuit in recent times.” Musical development in the run up to their debut album was swift and sure, with “Hide and Hair” winning acclaim and receiving repeated national airplay on BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music.

Praised for the diversity of their material and influences, The Trials of Cato live show “invariably stuns audiences wherever they play.” FATEA. Whether plying their trade busking, performing in front of thousands at festivals across Europe, or frequently selling out their own shows, The Trials of Cato have the wind behind them.

The Magpies

Celtic Connections Danny Kyle Award winner Bella Gaffney (guitar, banjo, vocals) writes folk-inspired songs which she performs along with her own original arrangements of traditional pieces. Polly Bolton (mandolin, banjo, vocals) first picked up the mandolin as a child and has been touring internationally in various line ups since her early teens.

The Magpies initially a duo project between Bella and Polly, expanded in 2018 to a quartet with the original pair joining forces with acclaimed cellist Sarah Smout and fiddle ace Holly Brandon. Their material is led by powerful vocals and glittering instrumental ornamentation. They each draw on their transatlantic influences to create a unique blend of Celtic and bluegrass folk, transporting audiences to distant lands and capturing imaginations with their enthralling live show.“A natural chemistry… all three voices blend and harmonise beautifully… the mix of styles offers so much promise.” Folk Radio UK

Tickets £15 Early Bird £13

Mark Radcliffe “Loser?”

Radio 2 Folk Show, 6music and Glastonbury TV presenter Mark Radcliffe invites you to an intimate evening of his own songs and accompanying stories. Previous one-man shows have concentrated on meetings with the rich and famous during his relatively illustrious broadcasting career but this time he has chosen to concentrate on deeply personal material involving lost times, lost loves, lost friends, lost relatives and lost bets. Is he, therefore, the quintessential loser? Come and witness him alone on a bare stage to find out.

Tickets £14 Early bird price £13

Camille OSullivan feat

Camille O’Sullivan

Irish/French musician, vocalist and actress, Camille O’Sullivan enjoys a formidable international reputation for her intensely dramatic interpretations of the songs of Brel, Cave, Waits, Bowie and more.

Dubbed ‘Queen of the Edinburgh Festival’ (BBC) and the original star of Olivier award-winning LaClique, the multi-award-winning singer has stunned audiences around the world with her sell-out performances including Sydney Opera House, Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall and on Later with Jools Holland. She recently won the coveted Herald Angel award for her RSC solo performance The Rape of Lucrece.

Dark, sexy, fierce, amusing and mesmerising, Camille transforms each song she performs into an intense, emotional and theatrical experience, inextricably drawing her audience into a world illuminated by the dark and the light. Expect joy and pure passion.

“When she sings it’s as though her breath is soaked in paraffin – one spark, and the whole room would ignite.” ***** Daily Telegraph

*Please note, ticket price includes an eventbrite booking fee of £2.15.

Tickets for free events at BBC Contains Strong Language 2019 are available from Hull Truck Theatre at www.hulltruck.co.uk



“What would dementia look like? It would look like a broken-down cello, all the strings stretched and breaking.”

Hidden is a new theatre piece written by award-winning poet, playwright and performer, Louise Wallwein (MBE), created through a programme of public engagement and creative enquiry into the lived experience of young onset dementia. Hidden addresses the challenges that both people living with young onset and their loved ones are faced with in a powerful and uncompromising piece.

Cast: Susan Aderin, Danielle Henry, Robin Lyons, Alexandra Mathie. Musicians: Jaydev Mistry, Andrea Vogler, Svetlana Mochalova

Writer: Louise Wallwein. Director: Sue Roberts. Lighting Designer: Alastair West. Stage Manager: Caitlin Chatfield. Producer: Jacqui Barnes, Camerata in the Community.

Produced by Manchester Camerata with the kind support of the Wellcome Trust.

RUNNING TIME: 1 hr 30 mins
LOCATION: Hull College, The Horncastle Building, Charlotte Street, Hull, HU1 3DG
WARNINGS: Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult
ACCESS: If you have any access provision requirements, please contact editor@wreckingballpress.com in advance of the event but please book your ticket first.

ELO Experience

The ELO Experience

The ELO Experience are the world’s foremost tribute to The Electric Light Orchestra. With a sensational string section, a stunning light show and large screen projection to further enhance the experience, why not come along and enjoy this incredible show which accurately reproduces the songs and sounds and takes you on a magical musical journey through time.

The ELO Experience have been bringing the music of Jeff Lynne and The Electric Light orchestra to the live stage for over 12 years


Chiedu Oraka was born and raised in North Hull and is of Nigerian descent. He is a rapper and pioneer of the alternative urban scene, fiercely proud of his HU6 postcode and hailed as the sound of northern working-class England. Chiedu has supported some of the UK’s leading Hip-Hop and Grime MCs.

Joseph Coelho won the CLiPPA for his debut collection Werewolf Club Rules in 2015.He is a writer, performer and co-founder of Word Pepper Theatre Company.Joeseph’s poems have been published in several anthologies. Second collectionOverheard in a Tower Block was shortlisted for the CLiPPA 2018

LOCATION: Hull Truck Theatre, Studio Theatre, 50 Ferensway, Hull, HU2 8LB
WARNINGS: Under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult
ACCESS: There are limited wheelchair spaces available. If you are unable to transfer in to a seat please do not book a ticket online, we have wheelchair spaces held back from general sale for you. Please book by calling 01482 323638. If you are unable to communicate via telephone you can also email boxoffice@hulltruck.co.uk.



A multi- media performance by students from Sirius Academy West, Ganton School and the Hull Music Service.

Fusing words by the poet laureate Simon Armitage on an intergalactic theme in this year of celebration of the moon landings, with music by award-winning composer and musician John Harle and a light show by Hull-born architect Richard Scott.

With thanks to Wellington College International Shanghai.

LOCATION: Hull College, The Horncastle Building, Charlotte Street, HUll, HU1 3DG
WARNINGS: Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult
ACCESS: If you have any access provision requirements, please contact editor@wreckingballpress.com in advance of the event but please book your ticket first.

Simply Red

Simply Red

Iconic band Simply Red have today announced details of a highly anticipated 13-date UK arena  tour which will head to the Bonus Arena, Hull on 7th October 2020.

Hailed as one of the most successful live acts ever to come out of the UK, Simply Red will be firing on all cylinders delivering their all-time classic hits from a stellar career, such as ‘Stars’, ‘Holding Back The Years’, ‘Fairground’ and ‘Money’s Too Tight To Mention’, as well as some raw and soulful new grooves.

Mick Hucknall has been Simply Red’s songwriter and bandleader since the very beginning in 1985, aided by long-serving saxophonist Ian Kirkham since 1986.

The current line-up has remained consistent since 2003, and the new tour will play to the core strengths of this fantastic band. “I want them to enjoy playing, for crowds to get up and move around, and everybody to put their heart into it. It’s all about capturing the groove”, says Hucknall.

Isata Kanneh-Mason: A Portrait of the Life of Clara Schumann

Hull Chamber Music presents Isata Kanneh-Mason – Romance: a Portrait of the Life and Music of Clara Schumann

We are thrilled to open Hull Chamber Music’s 2019/20 season with rising talent Isata Kanneh- Mason. Ahead of her upcoming debut album about to be released on Decca Classics, Isata brings you a musical portrait of Clara Schumann’s life – an intense programme celebrating the 200th anniversary of the composer’s birth.

“Isata is an immensely talented pianist with remarkable musicality and a curious mind, always ready to explore new musical horizons.”
Dr Alexander Buhr, Managing Director of Decca Classics

2.30 – 4.30pm: Grace Black piano masterclass for University of Hull music students. Observers welcome.
6.15pm: Pre-concert talk by Libby Burgess on the life and music of Clara Schumann.

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Tickets: £14 / £5. Season tickets are available: please see the Hull Chamber Music website for details: http://www.hullchambermusic.org.uk/tickets.html

Richard Strange performs the Songs of Lou Reed


An exploration of Lou Reed solo songs that are based on characters – including ‘Walk on the Wild Side’, ‘Satellite of Love’, ‘Charley’s Girl’, ‘Caroline Says II’, ‘Oh Jim’, ‘Street Hassle’ and ‘Sally Can’t Dance’.

The band
Richard Strange – vocals, guitar
Terry Edwards (The Near Jazz Experience, also played with PJ Harvey) – musical director, saxophone
Kevin Armstrong (played with Iggy Pop and David Bowie) – guitar
Paul Cuddeford (played with Steve Harley and Ian Hunter) – bass
Florence Sabeva (played with Earl Slick) – keyboards
Dave Imby (Kid Creole and the Coconuts) – drums

Pamela Sue Mann


Michael Matthews in Recital

Hull alumnus classical guitarist Michael Matthews brings an exciting repertoire to Hull Chamber Music, ranging from the mesmerizing sounds of the Renaissance to the vigorous rhythms of Spanish nationalism. Michael was chosen in 2018 by the Tillett Trust, a prestigious placement that includes performances at Wigmore Hall among other leading venues.

Hull Chamber Music’s AGM will take place before this concert at 6pm in the Arts Café. All welcome.

2.30-4.30pm: Guitar masterclass for University of Hull Music students.

Middleton Hall

Chiaroscuro String Quartet

Dubbed “a trailblazer for the authentic performance of High Classical chamber music” by Gramophone, the acclaimed Chiaroscuro Quartet will enchant their audience in a Haydn, Mendelssohn and Beethoven recital performed on gut strings and with historical bows. Not to be missed.

Friends and patrons of Hull Chamber Music are invited to meet the artists for a glass of wine after the concert.

Middleton Hall

West End Nights

West End Nights brings its brand-new show to Middleton Hall. The show promises a wonderful evening celebrating the finest and best-loved songs from the dazzling West End.

Get ready for two hours of musical classics, as well as a selection from some of the latest shows and newest revivals.

You’ll hear songs from some of your favourite musicals such as Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, The Greatest Showman, Come from Away, Waitress, Blood Brothers, Chicago and many more – brought together by the stunning vocal talents of the West End Nights cast.


‘A Christmas Celebration’

Seasonal and secular, something for everyone!

The City of Hull Youth Orchestra, Symphonic Wind Band, Jazz Orchestra and Choir present an evening of musical celebration!


Music Director of the Jacksonville Symphony, Belfast-born Courtney Lewis opens with Ravel’s enchanting Mother Goose Suite: the five ‘fairytale’ pieces were originally composed for children. Elgar’s Cello Concerto is full of gossamer-light orchestral writing, delicate cello virtuosity and unforgettable melodies, featuring Hallé Principal Nicholas Trygstad as soloist. Sibelius, working on his Fifth Symphony, wrote: ‘It’s as if God the Father had thrown down the tiles of a mosaic from heaven’s floor and asked me to determine what kind of picture it was.’ His picture ends in triumph, the swinging phrases of what he called his ‘Swan Hymn’ ringing out in life-affirming fashion.