It’s been a long time since we’ve have had the pleasure of experiencing live music, crowds and the atmosphere that comes with that.
The cancellation announcement of the Hull festival “Humber Street Sesh” set in the popular backdrop of Humber street and Hull Marina was sad as we always look forward to it but just when we thought all hope was gone for any sort of outdoor day festival the Humber Street Sesh team in Hull didn’t let us down and announced they’d been working behind the scenes to pull off an all day festival at the city centre location “Queens Gardens” named INNER CITY SESH.
Tickets were only £10! so it was a must and under 12’s went free. Now Queens gardens isn’t huge so I wasn’t sure how it would look or work squeezing so much into one space, but somehow they managed it.
There were no queues for entry, such a breeze! With an abundance of ticket stations and wristband exchanges. After all the hassle and hoops events and venues have had to go through lately it was such a relief to feel normality again.
Upon entry it was usual security, bag checks and to the side of that the acoustic stage. Continue on into the grounds and there was a large Silent Disco tent, bless those volunteers continually handing out headsets with smiles on their faces.
The best way to describe the experience of walking into Inner City Sesh was, overwhelming. So many sounds from all directions, a variety of stages, tents, rides, food stalls and even a scrapstore activity corner for the kids to make a funky festival helmet with all sorts of oddities to stick on.
My firm favorites for any Humber Street Sesh are a band called “Bud Sugar”, they really bring the energy and to be honest without them it wouldn’t feel like street sesh at all. We made sure we caught some of their set as the large inflatable beach balls flew around the crowd smacking unsuspecting dancers on the head. It was great to see people getting involved, smiling and dancing.
We did spend quite a bit of time on and off in the silent disco. I think sometimes just to take a break and have a dance with the comfort of the headphones blocking out the surrounding waves of the different stage sounds. This was really the only thing that was the downfall to it being at Queen’s Gardens, having so many live performances at the same time so close together, you had to get quite close up to feel amerced in the sound you were watching on stage infront of you, not for the lack of speakers or decent sound systems, just for the pure fact there was so much going on around you.
The stage sets ups were brilliant, great lighting and sound and the place looked amazing, especially at night. We sadly couldn’t stay once dark set in, because the last Fast Cat back to Scunny leaves at 20:20, which was a real shame. As dusk hit the atmosphere heightened, it was really going off at the Bandstand with the drum and bass DJ’s belting it out and people bouncing with the lazer lights strobing!
I can’t fault the effort & organization of this all day event, they had thought of everything from the cold water coolers and refillable bottles dotted around the site to the amount of toilets, I don’t think I had to queue for the toilet at all which is always good! The volunteers were absolute stars, standing in the heat of the day handing out maps, giving directions and helping at the various areas of the Inner City Sesh. The talented DJ’s, bands and artists gave their all and provided a soundtrack to everyone’s day.
Although it was a great day, I really can’t wait for the full Humber Street Sesh to return to it’s rightful home of the marina and I hope by then Humber Fast cat decide they need a later 350 bus (fingers crossed).
I didn’t take many photos so sorry this review is a bit lacking visually, but just know….it was a beautiful sight to see. And if you are wondering if you should go next year, do! it’s family friendly and it’s a great day out.
Review by LG