Summer 2013

by hull samba on November 14, 2013


As Hull Samba collectively awaits news of the City of Culture 2017 bid decision we look back over a glorious Summer and Autumn that has seen the group develop and take part in some truly spectacular events across the city of Hull, also taking the sound of Hull Samba further afield.

Summer began with the epic 3 hour perfomance in front of an estimated crowd of 80,000 lining the streets of Liverpool.  The Brazillica festival was an amazing experience for Hull Samba and one they’ll certainly want to repeat. You can watch a video of the parade here

Proving that Hull is a City of Culture the Humber Street Sesh took place on August 3rd 2013 and provided a full day of music, comedy and street art showcasing the best in local talent across 11 stages. Hull Samba performed at this crowdfunded festival which promotes and celebrates the excellence and diversity of Hull’s Creative Community.  40,000 people attended this free event which is captured here in an excellent video by Lauri Showler.

A wet and windy performance with our occasional Brass section at Beverley Folk Festival was followed by a hot and sunny perfomance at Ella Street Festival, a local community event which was a huge success with record attendance.

September saw Hull Samba perform in the 3 day Freedom Festival, the annual cultural highlight in the City’s event calendar. Taking part in the torchlit procession alongside 900 local resident torchbearers,  this spectacular  parade moved to the sound of Hull Samba through the city centre from the William Wilberforce Monument to the  Fruit Market. The occasion culminated in a spine-tingling rendition of Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have A Dream’ by renowned poet and broadcaster Lemn Sissay MBE – honouring the 50 year anniversary of this momentous speech.

Over the Freedom weekend Hull Samba also performed in the bandstand at Queens Gardens. Over 80,000 people attended the Freedom Festival and Hull Samba are delighted to be a part of this event year after year. We were pleased with feedback from festival organisers Walk the Plank and look forward to working with them on future projects.

Finally as summer came to an end, Hull Samba took a trip West to play their distinctive samba rhythms on the streets of Sheffield as part of the Halloween spectacular that is Fright Night, Britain’s biggest Halloween carnival that attracts over 40,000 people every year.  Building bridges, Hull Samba teamed up with their new friends Sheffield Samba and played alongside them in a ‘samba-off’.

It’s been a busy time but we LOVE it – look out for more news about forthcoming gigs coming soon.



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