HAVING SOLD out every year since its launch in 2012, the Humber Street Sesh (cap, 32,000) festival is booking higher-profile acts and is working with Festival Republic MD Melvin Benn, who is acting as a mentor via the Arts Council.
This year will see the emerging music festival, which is held on Hull Marina during the first weekend of August, headlined by The Hunna and The Blinders, with acts including Yonaka, Life, and King No One in support.
Around 200 acts perform across 14 live music stages, including BBC Introducing and Strummerville set ups.
The event was first held in 2002 to mark the tenth anniversary of the launch of The Sesh, a weekly live music night held at the Polar Bear (250) in Hull that features three bands per week. The festival has since grown its capacity from 10,000 to 32,000.
“With Melvin’s support, through the Arts Council, we intend to put the Humber Street Sesh and Hull on the national events map,” says Sesh Events festival director Mark Page.
“We are stepping it up each year and bringing in bigger and better bands,” he says. “Hull has a vibrant music scene and the success of the event has raised confidence in a city that has been neglected for many years.”