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Fire Up The Incubators (The Creative and Cultural Column in HullMag 2nd Article)

Fire Up The Incubators

Winning the City of Culture for 2017 may well be the most significant thing to happen to Hull this decade, which is saying something after the scare Hull City gave Arsenal in the  2014 FA cup final. For one year, Hull will be the UK centre for arts and culture, giving the city a much greater international profile. People will literally fly halfway around the world just to visit Hull. The legacy of 2017 will hopefully be a vibrant cultural sector, which may in turn, help change the image of the city for the better and attract more investment and build greater prosperity.

For some, this may all seem a bit too good to be true and sure enough, there are rumblings of concern in some quarters. What seems to be exercising the minds of the local arts community and many local citizens is the worry that the City of Culture will simply mean loads of outsiders coming in to ‘do’ all the arty stuff while we locals are mere onlookers or members of the audience. This is something we need to think about.
Let’s be honest, we didn’t win the City of Culture bid because Phil Redmond and the other judges thought that Hull already had a world beating local arts scene. If this was the case then we wouldn’t need City of Culture status. All we’d need is a half decent promotional budget and maybe a five star hotel and then the glitterati would no doubt come flooding in, or at least visit now and again. Secondly, outside of London, I would suggest that no English city has a world class arts scene capable of supporting a year-long City of Culture programme without the support of ‘outsiders’.
The City of Culture isn’t about putting on a local talent show. It is about holding the biggest and best arty-party of 2017 and to do that we are going to need outside help and it needs to be world class. So we shouldn’t be overly concerned about those big ticket events being run by and featuring professionals from outside Hull. It isn’t an admission of defeat and we aren’t being robbed of local jobs. Here’s a way of measuring where we stand. If you are an organiser do you have Sir Peter Bazalgette’s personal phone number? If you are an artist does he have yours? And if you’re wondering who the hell this guy is, well that’s another matter.
And yet, it’s still our party. Whoever wrote the bid and however well it was done, the people of Hull won it. Don’t take my word for it, Phil Redmond made that perfectly clear when the result was announced. We may need the City of Culture, but we also REALLY want it. And when the well-earned hangover has worn off in January 2018 Hull’s cultural scene needs to be bigger and better, and we need to have great memories, of what we saw and heard but also what we did and what we can continue to do in culture, the arts and beyond.
Hosting City of Culture isn’t in itself enough to create a positive and sustainable legacy.  Thankfully no-one has come out with the old adage that a rising tide raises all boats, at least not yet. If they do here’s an answer – that’s great as long as you’ve got a boat. In order to develop and sustain a vibrant creative sector well beyond 2017, we need structured, well supported creative paths and artistic opportunities. And we need to make use of those opportunities to create great art and put on better events. We need to be doing these things up to and during 2017 if we are going to do them after.

We should, of course, be realistic and we need to be fair, both to ourselves and to the City of Culture team. None of us expect to be asked to step in at the last minute and programme the opening ceremony, but we also shouldn’t be satisfied with standing by the side of the road hoping to sell a few beads to the cultured tourists.
incubatorDerry-Londonderry (so good they named it twice) was the last UK City of Culture in 2013, a city previously best known to many for its role in ‘the Troubles’ and ‘Bloody Sunday’. 2013 undoubtedly helped to give the city a new image but it’s legacy was perhaps best summed up in the words of actress and singer Bronagh Gallagher; “Think of Derry as a child with a new voice. A place of thousands of nests with wee eggs about to hatch.” To make the most of our year in the spotlight we need to give serious consideration to the process of incubation.

Rant over 🙂 Discuss!

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Tayala from Hull

Here’s a great music video for Stay by Tayala filmed by ShootJMoore in Hull.

Hull band Tayala are rising stars of the City of Culture. I’ve already featured their collaboration with Nineties Boy and Endoflevelbaddie. Now they deserve a recommendation of their own. Every time I’ve seen them in an intimate gig like The Sesh or on an open air festival stage. They stand out and I recommend that any venue or event should book them and put them high on the bill. Contact the band by email: info@tayala.com.

Photo of Tayala by shootjmoore
Photo of Tayala by shootjmoore

Like Tayala on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TayalaUK.

Get their tracks on Bandcamp: http://tayala.bandcamp.com/.

Listen on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/tayala.

Follow Tayala on Twitter: @TayalaOfficial.

See their photo stream on Instagram: http://instagram.com/tayalaofficial#

#HullYes #2017Hull

Endoflevelbaddie should be massive

Endoflevelbaddie is a DJ & producer who evolved into the live band of choice for many festivals. Highlights for the band include:

LIVE HEADLINE PERFORMANCE ON ZANE LOWE & HUW STEPHENS RADIO 1 TAKE OVER, LIVE DJ WARM-UP SET FOR PETE TONG, PLAYED THE LEEDS & READING FESTIVAL, PLAYED HEADLINE SLOTS AT BEACH BREAK LIVE, KENDAL CALLING, GALTRES, FREEDOM FESTIVAL AND HAD BBC RADIO 1 AND 1XTRA AIRPLAY

Baddie has hand picked a band of masked stage masters, in the shape of: MC/Hypeman ‘PLAYER ONE’(Ghana/London), VJ ‘EYESAW’(Leeds) and DRUM BOSS ‘BEATEMUP'(Gotham), they are a force to be reckoned with. Together they provide an incredible amount of energy on stage; turning an unassuming crowd of strangers into a seething mass of limb flailing, head nodding, foot stomping, shape throwing fans wherever they go! At Galtres they also had live bass and trumpet to delight the crowds.

Find out more on the bands site  http://endoflevelbaddie.com/index.html

I am admittedly totally bias on this one

Hayley Gaftarnick consistently creates outstanding music

Hayley Gaftarnick, is one of Leeds finest solo performers. An independent singer/song-writer who consistently creates outstanding music

Hayley’s debut single ‘Turn To Stone’ has gained her a lot of well deserved credit. The song is about unrequited love. Which is something I’m surprised she has experience of as everyone who hears her is instantly hooked.

Here’s Hayley’s ‘live’ video version of ‘Turn To Stone’

The single is from her album ‘Circles’. Featuring  some of Yorkshires finest musicians, Rosie Doonan (Rose and The Howling North/Cuckoo Records/Cry Baby Cry), JonnyTheFirth(Cry Baby Cry/Cuckoo Records), Adam Richards(Spirit of John/Xray Cat Trio/Cuckoo Records, Sam Lawrence(Wilful Missing/Gary Stewart/Rosie Doonan), Nici Todd(Cry Baby Cry/Cuckoo Records), Samuel Thornton(Louis, Louis, Louis) Richard Collie(Hotfoot Powder/Louis,Louis,Louis), Simon Beddoe(Submotion Orchestra/Haggis Horns), Lee Smith(Middleman/Greenmount Studio’s), Jamie Lockhart (Mi, Mye./Greenmount Studio’s)

Hayley’s Album launch of ‘Circles’ will follow on October 4th at Brudenel Social Club in Leeds. There’s more info here http://www.reverbnation.com/hayleygaftarnick/press/

The Beaus

Love this new video by Yorkshire band The Beaus

They’ve been around for a few years now, developing the craft. One thing that has developed alongside their music, is their ability to make their own videos really well. This video should also gain them a few Bob Hope fans too, hopefully.

Here’s a quick run of re-posts from my other blogs to bring it all to one page

I’m consolidating my blogs into this one. So here’s a quick run of recommendations that I have posted before elsewhere. Just to get it all on one page from now on.

The Coopers

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It’s me again being interviewed at Leeds Festival about BBC Introducing, Glassbody, Centre Stage, Pulled Apart by Horses and more

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Arthur Rigby & The Baskervylles

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Apollo’s Basement

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Rupert Stroud

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Tiger Shadow

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Jon Paul Palombo

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Maggie 8

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The Idol Dead

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Love of The Brave

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The Creeks

Me being interviewed on BCB Radio talking about Celtarabia and The WDA