Yellow Bus stage at Freedom Festival

2nd - 4th September 2016

J-Night is proud to be a creative partner for Freedom Festival Hull.  Since 2009, our Yellow Bus stage has featured artists including Public Service Broadcasting, Naturally7, James Taylor Quartet, Roland Gift, Ruby Turner, Akala, Empirical, Arun Ghosh and many more, bringing fantastic live music to the streets of Hull.

For 2016 we were back at the Main Stage at the Marina. You can check out our photos from the weekend here.

The Main Stage had a stellar line-up, headlined on Saturday 3rd September by British Sea Power, one of the most revered bands in recent British music history. The intensity and invention of their live shows has led to Time Out naming them as their Live Band of the Year in 2004 and the Sunday Times hailing them as 'The Best Band in Britain'.

Our Friday night headliners on 2nd September were Afro-Soul pioneers Ibibio Sound Machine, bringing their high energy mix of West African Highlife, disco and psychedelic electro soul to Hull for the first time.

Also on the Friday night, double MOBO-Award winning saxophonist and MC Soweto Kinch bridged the divide between jazz and hip-hop with his trio, some of the brightest rising stars of the British jazz scene.

On Sunday 4th September, folk star Eliza Carthy has assembled a new all-star folk big band to celebrate 20 years at the forefront of the British folk scene. The Wayward Band features members of Bellowhead, Mawkin, Blowzabella,  Peatbog Fairies & Tyde, and they had the Hull crowd mesmerised with their incredible sound.

Our Saturday night featured a Cuban dance party, led by Rene Alvarez & his Cuban Combination, a band of musicians, dancers and DJs whose repertoire spans traditional Cuban son, salsa, merengue and funk.

More good times with Orkestra del Sol on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th September, with their bombastic brass and tongue-in-cheek humour and a set that blends ska, jazz, latin and Afro-beat. And Ghanaian percussion maestro Afla Slackey and his 10-piece Afro- beat funk orchestra Afrik Bawantu brought the good vibes to the Marina on Saturday afternoon, in spite of the torrential rain.

On Sunday 4th September, the programme opened with the powerful, evocative sound of London Bulgarian Choir, singing songs of love and freedom. They were followed by an incredible set by Voices of the Revolution, presented by In Place of War. A line-up of female musicians from places of conflict, collaborating with Errollyn Wallen, the UK's first black female composer for the proms, this was a really inspirational and powerful performance.

And the rest of the line-up was just as good, even if we say so ourselves. Some of the best live bands from Hull, the wider region and beyond performed in Hull over the weekend, including Bud Sugar, Abstract Orchestra, The Refix Project, The Vagaband, Portmanteau and New York Brass Band.

Head over to the Freedom Festival website for more information on the full programme. There was an incredible line-up of music, theatre, dance, spoken word, over 20 newly-commissioned works and some awe-inspiring outdoor spectacles.







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