Words: Sam Rawlinson


Humber Street Sesh is becoming the hottest event of the year; a weekend of great local music, fantastic food and an atmosphere to rival any of the big named festivals that take place over the summer. Never failing to disappoint, it is the joy of every local music fan to wait for the lineup and see exactly what’s going on during the festival, but one of the most important groups involved don’t get up on stage and play an instrument; they help run it. 


The Goodwin Trust have put in an applaudable amount of effort this year in trying to put together as many exciting projects as they can to help keep the festival as fresh and exciting as possible, whilst also offering the opportunity to younger people to get involved with the festivities. One such project is the Youth Arts Takeover (YAT), a project aimed at giving kids experience with working at events, funded by Arts Council England and Youth Music. Collaborating with Back to Ours, YAT will be hosting the ‘Big Top Stage’, affording kids the opportunity to get involved with the running of many aspects of the festival including; stage management, technical set-up and lighting, as well as the chance to interview some of the bands playing the festival. Moreover, they will have their own pop-up store where they will sell their own hand-printed T-shirts, for those interested in sporting some local colour in their outfit.


Another youth project being run at Street Sesh is the Beats Bus Orchestra. Featured in a BBC documentary, the Beats Bus is an initiative set up to help teach impoverished children the basics of music and get them involved in the art form, including more contemporary styles that would appeal to the youth such as Hip-Hop. But does this initiative make a real difference for the kids involved?

Speaking of the benefits of projects such as this, one of the members of the Beats Bus Orchestra delivery team said:

Getting young adults involved in making-music is important and should definitely be encouraged because it has many benefits. It develops study skills and it is very rewarding to be able to play an instrument, sing a song or perform on stage.

The Beats Bus project has made a real lasting impact on the young people who have been involved by encouraging them to explore their creative potential, enabling them to develop musical and rapping skills and giving them the confidence to perform live at the cities best and largest music festival.”


Catch the Beats Bus at the Dock Stage and show your support as, for most of the youths involved, it will be their first live performance in front of a large crowd.



The final project being put on by theThe Goodwin Trust is the HERO (Hull, East Riding Orchestra) Project, a project led by younger people who wanted something a bit more varied to what usually goes on at Street Sesh and created by the Hull Music Hub. HERO is a collaboration of youth orchestras in and around Hull and East Riding. However, this won’t just be your typical grand orchestra show, the folks at Hull Music Hub have something different in-store. 5 local bands have been picked to play with the orchestra by those at Youth Arts Takeover and their singers will perform tracks with the HERO group.


Year after year, Humber Street Sesh grows rapidly with new initiatives, projects and stages bringing more to the table in terms of musical diversity. Although that means inflated tickets prices, an annoyance to be sure, it also means that there’s something for everyone and that this celebration of Hull’s unique culture gets better with each passing year. Speaking on how Street Sesh benefits the city, a Beats Bus orchestra tutor stated, “The Humber Street Sesh is a fantastic advertisement for homegrown talent and the creative community spirit that is a defining characteristic of the city of Hull”. Truthful and to the point, there is no greater way to sum up Street Sesh than this. See you there!