Folk fantastic on festival stage
All aboard the big yellow bus as Freedom Festival brings folk and country to the city against an American backdrop.
Promoters involved in live music at Pave in Princes Avenue, west Hull, have jumped on the festival bandwagon for the first time, by putting on dozens of acts at the E20 stage in Wellington Street.
Organisers J-Night have received funding from the likes of Hull City Council and the Arts Council to deliver acts such as Bossa Revista, Liberty Skank, Hillbilly Troupe and Gypsy Hill, among others.
Steve Shaw, of Pave, said: "We thought it would be great to have a huge American yellow school bus where people could socialise backstage, get changed and have a drink.
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"It's quite quirky and it's being driven in today.
"We have acts on throughout Friday night, all day Saturday and then a finale event at Pave on Sunday."
Steve, who is also a part of J-Night, has been working with the promotion company's director David Porter.
He said: "The line-up is perfect this year for Freedom Festival and Martha Reeves is a brilliant coup.
"Everyone has heard of Dancing In The Street – it will be phenomenal.
"The programme is quite diverse and it's very cultural with plenty of local talent."
The first act to play the E20 stage on Friday evening will be Organikarmonic, who perform dance music brewed with a didgeridoo, viola and cajon.
They will be followed by Hull's Hillbilly Troupe, who deliver high-energy folk, Irish, Americana, gospel and blues music.
David Gawthorpe, 35, a guitarist in both Bossa Revista and the Hillbilly Troupe, has been playing for about 20 years.
He said: "Both bands are lively and we're looking forward to playing Freedom again.
"There's something for your grandad and something for your son on this year's bill."
Pave will host a finale gig with award-winning Yorkshire outfit Home Of The Brave on Sunday.
The gig is free admission by ticket only from the E20 stage or Pave and features a special cowboy-style menu.
Led by multi-instrumentalist Richard Ormrod and featuring world-renowned drummer Paul Hession, it is not your usual quartet.
Inspired by a life-long love of all things western, the line-up celebrates cowboy soundtracks and takes a sideways look at the Wild West with arrangements of some of the most well-known theme tunes.
Embrace western spirit, pull down your stetson hat and prepare for a ride through the 1950s and 1960s down a dusty road.