Today’s Calvin on Culture column in the Hull Daily Mail focuses on one of Hull’s finest musical offerings, The Speak Easy. Starting life as an acoustic night, The Speak Easy has grown to host a number of regular events that showcase local, regional and national talent. From stripped back, raw and beautifully simple acoustic gigs, the larger, nuts out guts and gravel gigs by some of the finest acts around, The Speak Easy has become a staple of the Hull music scene.
I have been friends with the guys behind the Speak Easy, Adam Brodie and Jody McKenna, for a number of years. In fact I designed their logo as they were starting to create an identity for the nights. As far as a branding project goes it was a fun one to work on… pretty different from a lot of my design work in that it was intended to feel rough, natural and hand-drawn with elements of 1960’s festival posters. It turned out pretty cool I think. This however was just my very small contribution to what has now become something very special indeed. The Speak Easy has grown beyond it’s humble roots to host stages at Galtres Festival in Yorkshire, C-Fab Festival in Lincoln and of course Hull’s own Humber Street Sesh and Freedom Fest.