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A Busy Day in Hull City Centre (20.06.2015)

I knew it was going to busy day, especially after a reduced sleep post-gig. It’s always busy in the city centre on a Saturday. But this was more than your average Saturday.

First of all it was the Lord Mayor’s Parade, an annual event with a ‘green’ parade walking one mile around the Princes Quay and Old Town section. This year the theme was ‘Hats Off To The Mayor’, with a competition open to the public to make their own hat.

Up until last year, I had been a part of the parade, walking with a local group of Rainbows. However, our unit has now disbanded and so I watched the groups of participants assemble along Princes Dock Street from the window of Cuckoos, where I ate a delicious lunch with a friend. A pirate ship (which my friend argued was inadequately entitled, as it held only two pirates) was parked directly outside our window, and we were able to see the range of costumes pass us by.

The Pirate 'Boat'
The Pirate ‘Boat’

Our lunch consumed, we headed to the bottom of Whitefriargate where Steel Trinity were positioned. They played music to onlookers awaiting their glimpse of the parade, which seemed to have timed itself perfectly with the heavens opening their bulbous clouds.

It didn’t dampen the spirits of any of the participants, even if it did affect the moods of some of the onlookers. There was dancing and singing, musical instruments and puppets, all joyfully playing to the crowds. Some costumes were very well designed for the troublesome British weather: umbrellas transformed into jellyfish and large hats designed to look like other creatures.

Underwater creatures getting a watering
Underwater creatures getting a watering

While all of this was taking place, there was a demonstration happening in Queens Gardens. An anti-austerity protest.

At 2pm, I headed over to The Warren, a resource centre which opens its doors to young people during weekdays. Saturday 2th June, however, the doors opened to the general public in order to host a special gig in partnership with the anti-austerity demonstration.

Hull Against Austerity gig poster

I entered as Joe Solo performed a song of revolution to a scattered crowd, some stood and some sat directly before the stage. He song further songs about protest – describing the mining strikes of 30 years ago – and songs in protest – one about a friend who was arrested for setting up a soup kitchen in a disused building. For his song ‘No Pasarán’, he had the crowd get involved. A song about a Hull volunteer who fought against fascists in the Spanish Civil War, the title means ‘They shall not pass’, and when this line was sung during the chorus we were invited to join in, producing a tuneful chant. “It sounds better with your fist in the air,” he told us, highlighting the need for strength in numbers but also representing the non-violent approach to this protest.

He also took time to promote the We Shall Overcome events which, similar to this gig, have no monetary ticket prices. Instead you are invited to bring along donations of tinned and dried foods for the local food banks. A positive reaction to the recent election results, there will be a series of events over the weekend of October 2nd-4th across the country, celebrating music and culture while supporting those affected by the cuts. This was met by the loudest applause of the gig, showing further the solidarity in those gathered.

Next onto the stage was the manager of the Warren with a few words about austerity and how his organisation fits into this. He opened with strong words: “the whole theory of austerity is bullshit.” He stated that it was fantastic to see so many people, young and older, at both the demonstration and the gig, explaining that this is “your future… this is where it begins again” and that we needed to “get angry in a controlled and measured and campaigning way” because “that’s what scares them the most”.

Performers in Queen Victoria Square
Performers in Queen Victoria Square

Following him was 12 year-old Eva Davies with her original songs. Not a protest singer like Joe Solo, she was singing about those things which affect teenagers in Britain; opening with a re-telling of Romeo & Juliet did elude to the theme however. The point being made here is that opportunities such as this will become lessened if too many cuts take place. With so many volunteer-run organisations struggling and venues being strangled with legislation, there are fewer chances for someone like Eva to share her talent.

Nothing’s Happening were next onto the stage; a punk band full of political opinions. The crowd – all besides one very young boy who sat right up front – were on their feet for this act. Lead vocalist Casey Stead referred to another punk singer: Jon Lydon, better known as Jonny Rotten of the Sex Pistols, who has quoted in several newspapers for telling everyone to make sure they use their vote and calling Russell Brand a “bumhole” in response to his political “revolution” last October.

Fact: everyone is talking about austerity. Even if they don’t fully understand what it entails, or how it will directly impact them, the idea of it is absurd. Martin Deane, MP for the Green Party in Hull North, spoke further to that which he had said earlier in Queens Gardens at the demonstration. He declared that “austerity is a con” and that “we’re a city of culture, not a city of cuts!” With a view of cuts to libraries and hospitals, not to mention the way education is falling down the plughole of politics, he said that he encouraged everyone present to fight against austerity.

Last to the stage were popular Hull band, LIFE, with Stew Baxter taking to the drums as Rich is unable to perform at the moment. Starting off with their first single ‘Crawling’, they encapsulated the frustration many felt at the election results. Guitarist Mick Sanders declared, “I hope everyone stuck it to the man today,” before they launched into catchy tune ‘Money’ – during which Mez Sanders added to the lyrics “who even likes money anyway?”. Their set was one which could bring the crowds in – a popular local band who are making their name across the UK – but also one which demonstrated the power of political beliefs and in giving words to your opinions and emotions. They performed as they would any gig, but embedded in the lyrics are the political views of these young men living in a torn society.

Steel Trinity
Steel Trinity

It was a day to feel accomplished, and a day to feel a part of something. I do what I can for charity, supporting local organisations as I do local bands. I wanted to be there for my students and for the local community and for those who had come together to fight a worthy cause. I managed all of this, though I left feeling that in order to do so I was unable to give myself entirely to any in particular.

This is true of many things. Hull is so alive with activity that it is difficult to attend everything – support everything. But I do my bit, and I hope that others too did their bit on this busy Saturday in Hull city centre.

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Young Jack

They may be young, but they’ve got some old-school funk in their sound.

Formed in 2012, Young Jack have taken the local music scene in their grasp, performing at a range of venues across the city, including both shopping centres, as well as further afield. Though they’d like you to think they are a band of lads named Jack, this is not quite the case – though, a band of jack the lads wouldn’t be far from the truth – they consist of lead singer Luke Bowe, lead guitarist Daniel Higgins, bassist Jack Rowland, drummer Jack Allbones and on percussion ‘Tommy Bongo’.

Influenced by the music they listened to with their parents, these young lads bring to the stage a more aged and classic sound: a soul and motown vibe mixed into the indie rock tunes. “Cliff Richard in his prime,” they tell me.

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I last saw them perform as part of the West Park Party launch, in Princes Quay. With an audience predominantly of young girls eager to see Union J, their sound was something different to the others in the line-up. They brought a bit of classic rock to the stage, proving that your age does not define the way in which you should sound. And there wasn’t a person in the crowded shopping centre who didn’t turn their head. I was pleased to hear teenage girls saying they would check the lads out on their Facebook page.

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Their previously released singles were all made possible with thanks to Warren Records, who the lads speak very highly of, thanking Stew Baxter and the team for all their effort and belief which kept the band motivated.

Now looking to take the next step, the band are breaking out of the UK with a gig overseas. Performing the top support slot for The Happy Mondays, Young Jack will be performing at the Rugby Spy Tens gig in Ibiza this June, a three-day event which involves forty teams from across the globe playing knockout tens rugby mixed with DJ sets and live music.


Young Jack featured on the cover of Browse Magazine Hull for issue 25.

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For up-to-date information, check the band out on Facebook and Twitter (@YoungJackHull), Soundcloud, or their website.

Folk In Hull – a celebration of local music

Songs are poems put to music; music is a story with no need for words.

Folk in Hull was a tale told in nine chapters, taking the audience on a journey of the city and its music makers.

Our initial narrators were Lyn Acton and Martin ‘Mad Dog’ Jones, who kept the audience engaged with their humorous conversation and endless jokes, bridging that gap from the stage. It was in quick succession that each band took their part, mere minutes as they bounced from one side of the stage to the other.

Farino (Paul Newbon Photography)
Farino (Paul Newbon Photography)

Up first were guitar-yielding duo Farino, who released their debut album in 2008. Influenced by any music genre which includes the guitar, you could hear the Latin vibe in their opening track. As is often the case, we launched straight into the music, with a fast-paced instrumental to which you could easily picture dancers strutting around the room to. Showcasing all that you can do with the instrument, the audience was swiftly warmed up, energised by the sound and eager to hear more.

Crooked Weather (Paul Newbon Photography)
Crooked Weather (Paul Newbon Photography)

Describing themselves as earthy, unruly and original, Crooked Weather were next on the bill. It was difficult to place them into a genre, having a folk-rock look and with more of a blues sound, this five-piece introduced the art of storytelling into the night. Performing four songs, one of which lead vocalist Will Bladen described as “the folkiest thing you’ll hear all evening”, they pulled the audience in by the heartstrings.

Returning the focus back to the instruments were RPM (which stands for the first initials of each member: Rob, Paul and Mike). With roots in improvisation, they performed a block of consistent powerful sound; the drums and bass getting your feet tapping, while the saxophone made you sway.

Pearl's Cab Ride (Paul Newbon Photography)
Pearl’s Cab Ride (Paul Newbon Photography)

The last band before the short interval was Lyn Acton’s own Pearl’s Cab Ride, ending the segment with the funky soul of this large band, meant that everyone was eager for more.

The mood was set by the musicians, bouncing as they did from one stage to another, building up that kaleidoscope of sentiment.

The highlights for me were yet to come, and they did not disappoint.

Hillbilly Troupe, feat. Martin 'Mad Dog' Jones (Paul Newbon Photography)
Hillbilly Troupe, feat. Martin ‘Mad Dog’ Jones (Paul Newbon Photography)

Hillbilly Troupe were the fifth act on stage, instantly raising the roof of Hull Truck. Performing without Mick McGarry, Lloyd Dobbs and Mick Murphy took on lead vocals while Martin Jones joined the ensemble to play trumpet during ‘I Wish There Was No Prisons’, during which Dobbs mimicked picking his pocket.

Heron String Quartet (Paul Newbon Photography)
Heron String Quartet (Paul Newbon Photography)

Bringing the volume down, but leaving the energy high, the Heron String Quartet took over with. The back curtain now lit up like the night sky, they performed three classical collaborations, taking us on a wordless journey into the night, which including one which mixed ‘Beethoven’s Fifth’ with The Beach Boys’ ‘Surfin’ USA’.

Micky Fegz - Fire: The Unstoppable Force (Paul Newbon Photography)
Micky Fegz – Fire: The Unstoppable Force (Paul Newbon Photography)

Next up were dark grunge artists Fire: The Unstoppable Force. I’ve seen these guys a lot recently, and I’ve been saying they’re suited for a stage like this one. And, as their name suggests, the stage was unable to stop them; Alfie Steel did not instantly pick up his guitar, instead opening with a wolf call before taking the stairs in order to penetrate the audience. I’ve always said they are fantastic performers, and they proved this with every movement, reminding us that we were sat in a theatre and that music is more than just noise made by the instruments. Anyone who hadn’t seen them before were quickly enthralled, with members standing between songs as they applauded.

Fire: The Unstoppable Force (Paul Newbon Photography)
Fire: The Unstoppable Force (Paul Newbon Photography)

Wedging together two of my favourite bands, Tom Skelly and The Salty Beards took up their instruments next. Opening with ‘Morning Sun’, they started softly, easing us in while focusing our attention on Skelly’s luscious voice. Never failing to capture my heart, the world around them dissipated, fading to insignificance; those people who’d distracted me before as they stood to top up their drinks no longer there. The Salty Beards filling the space between songs with sound, you were kept hanging on, your heart beating in time with the music, which grew in ferocity.

Bud Sugar (Paul Newbon Photography)
Bud Sugar (Paul Newbon Photography)

Concluding the night, popular boys Bud Sugar were described by Lyn Acton as “one of the hits of the festivals last year”, and the calls from the crowd certainly back this up. Mixing rap, reggae and just about anything which takes their fancy, the audience clapped along as they played, casting the music around the entire room.

An amazing variety of talent, covering every genre of music and building the performance into the sound, Folk in Hull demonstrated exactly what makes this city strong. A tale which took many turns, saw many characters and ended with a happily ever after.

I wrote two reviews for this event – this one featured in Browse Magazine. You can read the other over on the Yorkshire Gig Guide.

All photography by the wonderful Paul Newbon.

International Day to End Violence Against Women – A Warren Event

Every year, sixteen days are dedicated to Activism Against Gender Violence, starting on the 25th November and concluding on the 10th December.

All around the world, events are taking place to provide support to victims of violence and aim to put an end to humans attacking humans. The date of the 25th marks the brutal assassination of three Mirabal sisters, political activists who gave their life to the cause in 1960, and starts proceedings with the International Day To Eliminate Violence Against Women.

In the news recently there have been a string of stories which relate directly to this, clearly demonstrating that women are still subjected to violent crimes and harassment on too regular a basis. A positive female role model, Malala Yousafzai this year became the youngest person to collect the Nobel Peace Prize, for her work promoting education for women in her native Pakistan, where the local Taliban had placed a ban on girls attending school. She was shot in the head for her efforts, and became international news. Less dramatic, and yet just as poignant, the petition which has taken place recently to remove Dapper Laughs from ITV, successfully seeing his second sexist series axed. Yes, he’s not been accused of actual violence against women, but harassment is no better.

And there’s the repeated discussion of the treatment of women in specific cultures. It has been reported that “3 million African girls per year are at risk… Almost 70 million girls worldwide have been married before they turned 18.” The same article which states these figures points out that awareness of these cases is not enough. They are, of course, correct; awareness is never enough. Action has to happen.

But without awareness, nobody will step up to action.

Warren Project - gig to end violence against women POSTER

Violence and harassment towards women is an everyday occurrence across the world. These events spanning just over a fortnight, aim to highlight issues relevant to preventing and ending violence, primarily against women and girls but also at a more widespread level.

The Warren, a focal point of Hull’s community, is hosting its very own event, starting at 10am on Tuesday and concluding late into the night. With guest speakers and discussion groups, young people can discuss all aspects of the cause; supporting those who are victims of violence and those who are keen to help in any way that they can. An open mic will be available for music, poetry and stories, allowing the community to share their experiences and continue to educate people about the situation both at home and worldwide.

As if opening its doors late wasn’t enough, the Warren is also holding a Gig To End Violence Against Women at the Adelphi from 8pm. The stunning sounds of Tom Skelly & The Salty Beards, Yssabelle Wombwell, who also supported the Female Takeover last month, Cherry Red and other artists (tbc) will be performing for free as they champion this cause.

With statistics as harrowing as 70% of women worldwide, you can see why this cause is so necessary. I don’t know how comfortable I feel with the idea of ‘eliminating’ violence – it’s a fantastic dream, but perhaps that is the only way it can be described. But that figure cannot stay at such a frightful high. In our city alone, it is estimated that over 24’000 women and 18’000 children experience domestic violence each year. Without events such as this, we run the risk of continuing to live in a secretive society where violence is something which continues in blissful ignorance behind closed doors. It is so easy to ignore, and this would mean no change. No alteration to the life of fear at the hands of fathers, brothers, boyfriends, husbands and even sons. No freedom for victims to come forward and be given the opportunity to escape violence.

A development of my preview written for Browse Magazine Hull.

Female Takeover: Yssabelle Wombwell

During the week of Female Takeover, I got to meet a range of different characters. One of which was Yssi Wombwell, a local musician and a regular supporter of The Warren.

When I first set out to write this, I found it really difficult. There’s just not that much in the internet about Yssi. So, first chance I got, I asked to interview Yssi. It was much more of a chat than an interview, and I learned some interesting things.

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Ysabelle Wombwell is a singer/songwriter based in Hull, who is still of the age to be classed as a young person. Her music is often compared to Tracy Chapman and Beth Orton, although her sound crosses a range of genres, including reggae, folk, rock and pop. In her youthful music career she has supported The Magic Numbers and Noah & The Whale and released a self-titled album.

She joined the Female Takeover for the full four days, offering a range of workshops which cover performance and confidence skills, tuition on keyboard and guitar, lyric writing, and sound engineering.

Her introduction to music was with thanks to her sister, as their parents are both deaf. Yssi admitted that this meant when it came to music they were unleashed from the usual restrictions of teenagers experimenting with finding their voice, as there was no concept of noise control. Along with her brother, she remembers pretending to record radio shows, playing at being a DJ, and at about 8 years old her parents bought her a keyboard.

This lead to her taking up a course on Music Performance at Hull College, where she was introduced to a variety of musicians and opportunities. Open Mic nights while at college gave her a chance to perform solo in front of an audience, with performances at Durty Nelly’s and work with the British Urban Collective.

Her album was released in 2010, with The Reigning Geese as full backing band. Since then, she has worked with cover bands as well as performing both solo and with the band. When we questioned her about the length of time between this album and mention of an EP, she admitted that she had suffered with chronic writer’s block. The trouble with covering music in order to pay the bills is that you don’t want to pick up the guitar when you get home, much like any other job where you need a release. But there are plans for 5 or 6 tracks to be released on the EP in 2015.

A young woman teaching young women, Yssi is a skilled musician and an inspiration to those who attended the Takeover. Taking both a support role and performing solo, she showed that with confidence and determination a woman can take on any position on stage.

Originally written for Browse Magazine.

Female Takeover: Laila Khan

During the week of Female Takeover, I got to meet a range of different characters. One of which was Laila Lazer Khan, a colourful addition to the tutors on hand to support the young women of Hull.

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Laila Khan (AKA Lazer K) joined the team for Thursday and Friday, offering workshops in Confidence Building and Performance Skills.

Best known as sharing lead vocals with Paul Barnes (AKA Barney Boom) with their band Sonic Boom Six, she has performed alongside acts such as Catch 22, The King Blues, HARD-FI and Paramore. She also shares her views on music, health, fashion and fitness with her blog on which she admits that she is a not a “massive girly girl” and that she has had body image concerns in the past.

Her love of music seems to stem from her childhood, as she mentions an uncle who used to DJ and describes singing in the school choir, where she was told that she had a talent for harmonies.

The bands lyrics offer a social commentary set to a background noise which incorporates ska, pop, punk and metal, with their first official EP (The Turbo EP) produced by Skunk Anansie’s Ace.

A young performer, Laila admits to drinking a lot during the first years of Sonic Boom Six; not necessarily as a coping mechanism for any nerves, but as part of being in the music business. A couple of drinks before a gig, then a few after, and before long needing to be put to bed. It has taken years of practise to take control of her performance, and in July 2012 she decided to give up on the booze. Now, she is able to focus on giving the audience 100%, engaging with the crowd and ensuring that everyone leaves feeling she and the band have done all that they can.

Having supported The Warren and Female Takeover in previous years, she is skilled at teaching workshops on confidence building, performance techniques, lyric writing, beat making, DJ’ing & sound engineering. She stated that “I was the Feminist that was proud of being strong, independent, opinionated and forging my own way in the world and for me that was the limit of what I did” which is what the Takeover offers to young women: a chance to be independent, whether it leads into music or simply as an improvement in their lives.

Laila’s experience with the band and the life-changing choices she has made, made for interesting tales to share with the young women of Hull. And she demonstrated her teachings when she was put on the spot and asked to sing, unprepared and with no backing track, during the final performance. Even with some heckling from the audience, she performed powerfully and finished with a declaration of support for The Warren.

Tutor bio originally written for Browse Magazine.

Female Takeover @ The Warren – Just Some Thoughts

Women are faced with discrimination in many different cultures and societies. In this year when Malala Yousafzai became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, events like the Female Takeover grow in even more significance than in previous years.

Some would say that compared to the lives of women in countries such as Pakistan, where Malala is from, British women have nothing to complain about. But I have lost jobs to men with less experience or skills (it ticks a box labelled equality), and struggled to list 5 female local artists on the spot.

How embarrassed I was when I met Yssi Wombwell, a local singer/songwriter, on a visit to the Female Takeover. As female members of Browse Magazine, with an office based in the maze that is The Warren, Megan and I were grateful to be invited into the workshops and to see what was being offered to the young people; a category neither of us fit into anymore.

Amidst interviews with guest tutors Yssi, Laila, Donna and Sarah, we spoke with the young women who were attending the selection of workshops. We watched them pick up the microphone or the drumsticks for the first time, and develop their skills in preparation for the Final Performance on the Friday. We discussed with them the discrimination they had faced, and the ways in which to overcome this. Megan was able to evaluate how she has overcome confidence issues when performing live, explaining how she had to demonstrate enthusiasm when all the while wishing she had a guitar she could hide behind. As the less musically gifted of the two, I discussed how confidence has been crucial in both my teaching career and recent journalistic endeavours. Interviewing one person or a band of six is equally terrifying, as is standing before a classroom of 30 or more teenage faces.

I hope that we were able to show that the skills developed in these workshops are essential in all walks of life, and in whatever occupational path you take.

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Sound Engineering workshop – Laila K, KatSax & Yssi

A project aiming to tackle the inequalities forced upon women aspiring to be involved in the music industry, the performance did not separate the male from the female. The audience was an even mix of gender, and there was no negativity. There was an aura of understanding and acceptance, outlined by the enthusiasm which those ready to perform had conjured.

Conversation from a collection of young people and volunteers filled the café of The Warren, as we sipped cups of tea and hid from the cold, damp weather outside. I sat beside one young girl who talked to me about the cost of living in the city centre, and opposite a young mother and her less than cheery baby. Laila and Yssi, stood before the stage chatting about work and boyfriends, attempts to quit smoking and general life topics. No woman was above another woman, regardless of confidence, occupation or role within the Takeover.

And so when it was time, Laila, dressed in brightly coloured leggings with what I think was a unicorn on one leg, stepped up from the crowd and started the event. Her natural charisma and the bond she has forged with so many of the young women, created a natural quiet as Yssi and Emily stepped up to perform first. Emily on vocals an Yssi playing guitar, they played their own version of Etta James’ ‘At Last’. The line “a dream that I call my own” summed up the efforts of The Warren and their guest tutors. Music is a dream so many people have, and for so many women it feels lost in the expectation to put motherhood first or to let the guys stand at the front of the stage.

For the following hour or so, I made notes and took photographs of the different singers and performers. Whether they were voicing their own lyrics or someone else’s, the message was strong: “Go on and try to tear me down … I will be rising from the ground”.

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No matter what we face, as women we have to find strength in each other. Society has been embedded with an outdated view of women. The only way to break down the barriers, is to rise from the ground and knock them down together.

You can read my full review of the Final Performance as well as bio’s on the guest tutors in next week’s issue of Browse Magazine Hull.

Female Takeover – Challenging Gender Inequality in Music

I didn’t really listen to women when I was a child. Women didn’t feature on our stereo at home.

Dad was into Rush and Pink Floyd. Mum was into Meat Loaf, who did have Patti Russo – a vocally strong woman – supporting. But then I always liked that song where they basically sing about the guy wanting to get in her pants, and her gaining power by not letting him.

My stepmother brought a very different collection of music with her, and I was introduced to Grace Slick, an American singer and former model. She was a wild woman, who performed with many bands, only to be inevitably asked to leave because of her alcoholism and the manner in which she acted when intoxicated. Her solo album – which I played on repeat – was about her experiences when intoxicated and the 12-step programs she attended to evade this negative lifestyle.

My love of Grace Slick came at a time when I was battling my own demons. I felt like the only place to hide was in the warm embrace of strong women such as Slick, who had produced a Top40 album when she had every reason to give up and stop performing Alongside Slick, I devoured the words of Bikini Kill, Siouxsie Sioux and even Patti Smith. These women sang about what every young girl wants – to be a strong, powerful woman in this male-dominated world.

With a background like this, where such dominant women took on such a role, I should have found it easy to name five female artists in Hull. I could, with a lot of time to think.

So, when we asked Lyn Acton and Sally Currie (better known as the Dyr Sister) if they had ever encountered discrimination in the music industry, I was surprised at their surprise to be asked such a thing. Lyn physically responded by pursing her lips and shaking her head. She admitted that there were no female producers or bass players when she first started her music career, but said she had not felt directly discriminated against. A sentiment which Sally mirrored.

Still, I felt – as a woman – I should be supporting female acts. Further into the discussion, Lyn said something which summed up that niggling feminist part of my brain which was yelling at me by this point. Women don’t get asked to headline. Women don’t, traditionally, perform headline acts – in a way in which is suitable for a headline. As far as the Hull music scene, I wasn’t aware of more than a handful of female performers, for this exact reason.

I enjoy the music of Pearls Cab Ride and the Happy Endings as much as I do Streaming Lights or Counting Coins. But were you to ask for a Hull act, my brain would jump to the latter options.

Is gender-inequality so engrained into society that even a female music reviewer does not consider female musicians on the same level as their male counterparts? Do women fail to succeed because their audiences fail to accept them with an open embrace?

This is just one the reasons why such events as the Female Takeover at The Warren is so vital. With an aim to challenge gender stereotypes – in the music industry and beyond – and offering workshops on everything from song writing to music production to performance techniques, this is a week when young women in Hull can develop their skills without the need to fight against the allegedly stronger sex.

If you’re aged 16-25 and are a woman, then head on down to check out these opportunities.

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