Following in the footsteps of other underground music venues such as The Brudenell in Leeds and the Band on the Wall in Manchester, gaining CIC status ensures that The New Adelphi Club’s future profits and assets will continue to be used for the public good, allowing creativity to continue to flourish and ensuring owner Paul Jackson’s legacy and musical ideology will be protected as he nears retirement age.

The Adelphi and its ethos are not typical of any performance space in the UK,” said Paul Jackson. “We believe CIC status will give the Adelphi the opportunity to serve the community for a further 34 years and beyond, a legacy for the city of Hull.


Paul ‘Jacko’ Jackson, Owner, The Adelphi Club. photo Anna Bean



Cocker’s band Pulp appeared the Adelphi nine times on their route to stardom, while Heaton, a performer synonymous with Hull, regularly played there in his early Housemartins days.


Established by Paul Jackson ‘Jacko’ in an end terrace house on Hull’s De Grey Street in 1984, the Adelphi became an emerging force in the underground music scene and has hosted a string of now household names in its 34 years – The La’s, Radiohead, The Stone Roses, Cast and Green Day, who slept on the venue’s stage – to name but a few.


But finding future stars isn’t really the point. Affectionately known as part of the ‘toilet tour’ due to the low income, subsistence and survivalist nature of the venues, this is a place where musical opportunity comes before audience numbers or profit. Where it all starts; where confidence and support is gained. Talent is nurtured. Friendship and collaboration with other artists often produces a chemistry that leads to original new ideas and directions.


Paul Heaton (left) to be a Patron of Adelphi. Photo: Ian Rook


It is a creative melting pot Jackson has fought to keep bubbling for over three decades. Many of the pressures on such small venues are artificially generated; they receive no external funding from the Arts Council, local government or other bodies, yet make a hugely significant cultural contribution.


Thousands of locals, students and visitors to the city have played there, made friends for a life, sometimes found their partners and taken an alternative route forward. Home to artists, poets, designers, comedians and actors as well as musicians, the club truly is the creative heart of Hull.


The Adelphi makes perfect sense as a venue,” explains Bob Nastanovich of US indie rockers Pavement, who first played the venue in 1999. “It commands respect as it reeks of history. I’d visited 20 or so times before I finally got to play there. Everyone in the band was much better off for the experience. It took us back 8-9 years to an era when everything in the band was wild, exciting and delightfully confused.”




The New Adelphi Club is integral to Hull and its identity. It can now continue its mission of 34 years, helping to produce work admired by major artists from around the world, the UK and by local performers and the local community wanting to hone their trade in a non-judgmental environment.


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