Engage for Change is Back and even bigger and better! A free music festival celebrating community, hope and activism will take place in Hull this summer.  

Hosted by Hull and District Trades CouncilEngageForChange will storm Queens Gardens on June 22nd , 12am – 7pm, hosting a number of bands and artists, stalls and influential speakers.


Admission: Free
Date: SATURDAY 22nd of June
Time: 12pm-6pm
Location: Queen’s Gardens, Hull


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Engage for Change is a Trades Council festival built around the core principles of the trade union movement. Youth engagement is having more effect than ever before on the political landscape, and we aim to encourage and develop that engagement and collective strength.  A diverse range of musical acts will perform on the main stage, each one selected not just for their talent, but also for their belief in the cause, and a structured range of imaginative events will be held in a dedicated family area.  We’ll show by developing a spirit of community that we have strength in unity, that real change can be achieved as a result of organised activism, and a belief that things can change for the better. 

Engage to Change Aims and Objectives:  

·         To encourage the participation of people in the labour movement and trade unionism;  

·         Encourage more youth engagement in politics and trade union movement;  

·         To celebrate activism locally, nationally and internationally;  

·         To demonstrate bottom-up collective action;  

·         Offering an alternative to hate and condemnation, providing solutions;  LL

·         To use culture to engage people with activism; 

·         To empower people to recognise they have a stake in politics and can act; 

·         To develop the spirit of community and demonstrate that strength is in our unity; 

·         To encourage debate. 

Organiser Lloyd Dobbs said: 

Engage for Change is all about to encouraging participation and demonstrating bottom-up collective action.  

‘We know many people long for a change in the political landscape locally, nationally and internationally, and we aim to show that change can come through unity; that there is an alternative to the politics of hate and condemnation through offering alternatives.’

As part of the festival, a multi-purpose area will be used for debate on a range of issues, as well as showcasing the history and heritage of the trade union movement. There will also be a number of events in the family area, political, trade union and community activist speakers, and trade union stalls and information.

Mr Dobbs continued: 

‘We want to demonstrate that we have strength as a united community, and that real change can be achieved as a result of organised activism. 

Things can change for the better.’ 

The festival aims to bring people together, providing a line-up of political minded, community-spirited musicians and performers. 


Bands confirmed 

Roland Marx Hekiema, Joe Solo, Andy Buckton, Evil Litter, Hull Folk Collective Bunkerpop ,Happy Endings, Blood Sport, Tom Skelly and Cool Seas, Alex Baily, The Hut People ,The Holy Orders ,Work in Progress , Alyn Swing, Age of Atlas , Mike Robbo – FreakScene DJ


Our faves’ ATOM will be present at the festival be serving their delicious Pulsar for a steal at £4 a pint as well as a variety of alcoholic and soft drinks too!

Remember, it’s a cash-only bar on Saturday so don’t forget your pennies.