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With Humber Street Sesh over for the year, now is a perfect time to check out what Hull has to offer in the way of musical talent. We’ve rounded up some of the best local artists and groups for you to check out, and the websites and apps you can use to stream them.
Bud Sugar’s music is a refreshing mix of indie, reggae, hip-hop and uke vibes. Band members Bax, Lans, Stan, Dyl and Rob describe themselves as “agents of excitement”, and if you watch their videos you can see why.
Bud Sugar have toured throughout the UK, with a few European gigs and even some stateside shows supporting the likes of OPM, Syd Arthur, British Sea Power and Toploader under their belt. In 2017, they headlined Radio 1's Academy in Hull as part of the City of Culture celebrations.
Specialising in artful hip-hop wordplay, Chiedu Oraka has been credited both locally and further afield for championing the urban scene of Hull, and helping to challenge people’s preconceptions of the city itself.
One for fans of Arctic Monkeys and the like, The Hubbards are a four-piece indie pop band based between Leeds and Hull. So far in their careers, the band has received daytime and nighttime airplay on BBC Radio 1 and BBC 6. They have toured extensively around the UK at venues including The Cockpit and Belgrave Music Hall in Leeds, the 02 Academy Sheffield, Night and Day in Manchester and many more.
They’re frequent highlights of Humber Street Sesh and often play concerts around Hull, showing a lot of pride for their city.
Punky Hull band LIFE’s critically acclaimed debut album, ‘Popular Music’, was self-released in 2017. Over the last year, LIFE has appeared at numerous festivals across the UK and Europe, headlined for the BBC at SXSW, toured with Slaves, Idles and Nadine Shah, gained playlist adds on BBC 6 Music and had constant backing and support from Radio 1.
The youngest addition to this list at just 16 years old, Yasmin Coe’s cover of Wolf Alice’s ‘Your Love’s Whore’ caught attention in Hull last year when it was released Christmas Day via the UK City of Culture 2017 website.
Yasmin made her first ever festival appearance in 2014 and went on to sing for Freedom Festival and Trinity Festival in Hull in the same year.