|With live gigs off the cards for almost a year now, a new project has won funding from the Arts Council to showcase the musical output of Hull and Nottingham in one mammoth event on 20 March 2021.
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To Hull and Back is an innovative response to the pandemic restrictions of the live sector that aims to boost promising musical careers that may have stalled due to the lack of touring opportunities on the indie circuit of small independent music venues, a rite of passage for upcoming acts looking to build their fanbases.
Conceived by Nottingham’s Fisher Gate Point partner Ian Gardiner (Offshoots/Fisher Gate Point) and indie promoter Will Robinson (I’m Not From London), To Hull and Back is being delivered in collaboration with Hull’s iconic independent music venue and long-standing champion of new artists, The Adelphi.
Among the diverse line up of acts are the Nottingham duo Haggard Cat, who released their third album, Common Sense Holiday, via Earache Records to wide critical acclaim. With their DIY ethic and propensity for pulling off memorable antics earning them a reputation as a band that push boundaries, a recent stunt involved the two musicians holed up in a small concrete box for 24-hours as a visual metaphor for how Brexit will impair British bands’ abilities to tour Europe.