As Mr Zebedee Scaping, headmaster of Hull Trinity House Marine School between 1854 and 1909, walked the hallowed corridors of one of Hull’s oldest and most historically important schools, he could barely have imagined that the grounds on which the school once stood would one day be named in his honour. He would no doubt be equally astonished that those grounds, where pupils marched in starched blue and white Naval uniforms, would one day play host to Hull’s newest open air festival.
Zebedee’s Yard, the former grounds of Hull Trinity School, and current 2,000 square meter city centre events space is, in just a few weeks, about to see thousands of fans attend a two day music festival featuring global artists, hugely popular international DJs and the very best selection of local talent.
The HU1 Festival, held on the bank holiday weekend of Saturday 28th May and Sunday 29th May becomes the latest festival on an increasingly mouth watering calendar of events in Hull, a city that is rightfully becoming more widely known for it’s music, arts and live performances.
With the triple MOBO winning headlining act on Saturday, Fuse ODG and one of the UKs biggest and best DJs, Eats Everything headlining the Sunday the line-up is nothing short of impressive. Huge performers, DJ Luck & MC Neat, Trenchtown Experience, Joey Negro, Doorly and Max Chapman add to a roster that easily stands up to other festivals across the UK. There is also a massive showing for local talent with the likes of Steve Cobby, DJ Toots, Darren Williams and Chiedu Oraka to name just a few.
Throw in the usual festival fare of dancers, energetic street performers, fully licensed bars, a selection of the great street food that Hull does so well and fashion along with wide spread marketing over the last few months you will have been hard pressed to have missed, and the weekend looks set to make a big impact.
The festival is the latest addition to a part of town that is undoubtedly on the up. As new bars and venues open up around Princes Dock Street, Old Town and the Fruit Market it is a part of Hull that feels like it is wholeheartedly embracing a cultural and artistic shift in the right direction.
HU1 Festival is strictly a ticket only event, and they are moving fast, so make sure you book yours to avoid missing out. For more info head to: facebook.com/HU1Festival