After another fantastic in July, Hull Jazz Festival and J-Night are proud to present a stellar open-air line up at Freedom Festival Hull.
The Yellow Bus rolls into town once more from 5th – 7th September, parking up at the Pier on Nelson Street.
The party starts on the Friday night at 6:30pm with Hull Rhythm Pixies and their fusion of world and urban sounds; Riot Jazz Brass Band’s two sets of twisted mix of funk, soul, hip-hop and jazz (at 7pm and 10pm) are guaranteed to get everyone dancing; Hannabiell & Midnight Blue’s high energy fusion of Afro-psychedelic funk and jazz takes to the stage at 8pm; and an illuminating set (in every sense of the word!) from Spark! Drummers will light up Nelson Street at 9:30pm;
On Saturday 6th September, the fun kicks off with Lindy Hop with Kingston Swing at 12:10pm; more local talent follows, with Pearl’s Cab Ride‘s funk and soul at 1pm; Dread Supreme, where Coltrane gets the reggae treatment, take over the reins at 2:30pm; Hull Jazz Festival favourite, the ever-wonderful Ruby Turner performs with her band at 5pm; pop legend Roland Gift performs a rare live show at 7:30pm; and at 9:30pm Abstract Orchestra, with guest MCs Essa and Tor Cesay, bring Saturday night to a close with their late night show packed with live hip-hop with a big band punch!
Local 8-piece outfit, Octopus, start proceedings on Sunday 7th September at 12pm with classic Ellington and Duke Basie tunes; Arun Ghosh, Instrumentalist of the Year in the 2014 Parliamentary Jazz Awards, brings his sextet’s trademark IndoJazz sound to the Yellow Bus at 1:30pm; a special Tribute to South African Township at 3:15pm sees Al MacSween bring together a quintet featuring South African Brotherhood of breath star Claude Deppa; and we wrap things up in style at 5pm with the incredible vocal talents of Naturally7, flying in from New York for their only UK show of the summer – you won’t believe the sounds they can create!
We can’t wait to get the party started and we’re dusting off our dancing shoes already!
The whole weekend is FREE as part of Freedom Hull 2014. Now in its 7th year, in 2014, Freedom Festival will build on what’s been achieved to date with a festival line-up that continues to excite, surprise, engage and involve. Within an eclectic, family-friendly and largely free programme, directed and produced by Festival Directors Walk the Plank, Freeom Festival will once again bring renowned national and international artists to Hull, alongside leading local and regional talent. Freedom Festival 2014 will celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela. You can check out the full Freedom Festival programme on the festival website.