Rock band The Black Delta Movement to play at Holy Trinity Church
STANDING in the pews thrashing out on their air guitars, an audience will enjoy music from the first rock'n'roll band to play at Holy Trinity Church.
The Black Delta Movement, who have drummed up support from across the city in recent years, will play alongside three other acts to support youth homelessness.
Next month's gig will support the YMCA's Sleep Easy, a campaign where dozens of people sleep rough to raise money for the charity.
The Black Delta boys will be joined by acoustic act Happy Endings, the ever-popular Hillbilly Troupe, as well as another act from York.
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Reverend Canon Neal Barnes, of Holy Trinity Church, said: "The band used their initiative and, although it's not traditional church music, we are open to different styles and I think it's going to be awesome.
"It will be loud and it's important to also support local creative people as well as the YMCA.
"On a regular basis, we go out in the evening and on a Sunday morning to take food and drink to the homeless.
"We have always offered support to and will continue to do so."
Reverend Barnes said the church was seeking sponsors for the event, which is free for visitors but will cost about £1,000 to put on.
"The bands are doing it for free and we are providing the venue, but there is still lighting and sound equipment to pay for," he said.
"We would like businesses in the city to get in touch and support us with this as it's something different for the community.
"On a Sunday and at our monthly services, we have a guitar player in our worship band but we won't have heard anything this heavy."
The Black Delta Movement, which features frontman Matt Burr, Liam Kerman on bass and Jack Brown on drums, played their first gig at Freedom Festival in 2010 and since then they have become pivotal figures within the development of Hull's music scene.
Their latest EP launch was attended by more than 400 people at the Adelphi, and the lads have also been gigging in Manchester and London.
Matt, 20, of Willerby, said: "I don't want to sound like Bono from U2, with my shades on, but it is quite an honour to be playing Holy Trinity.
"Everyone I've mentioned it to cannot wait, even those who don't often come to gigs.
"The church is an incredible venue and the architecture fascinates me.
"It's going to be a very exciting gig and we're even looking forward to the sound check."
Sleep Easy co-ordinator Jerome Whittingham said it was a unique way to raise money for the charity.
He said: "Holy Trinity Church has a good reputation and it's great that the band has come up with this idea themselves.
"It's another brilliant way to raise awareness and it will also be a celebration after the Sleep Easy.
"I will be making sure some of the rough sleepers who meet near the church also go along to see how much people care about them."