The Hubbards… Are They Hull’s Next Big Thing?

Opening for bands such as Little Comets and The Musgraves in venues like The Welly Club and The Cockpit, more and more people have been introduced to their music as a result, and it’s only a matter of time before they make it big. With great stage presence during their live sets, you can’t quite believe they’re still in their teens.

The Hubbards is Reuben Driver, singing and bass guitar; Alex Green, singing and guitar; Ronan Burns, guitar; and Joe Orlowski, drums.

As a result of playing gigs in places such as Leeds, Birmingham, and their hometown of Hull, the boys have gathered a small cult following of fans – and this following doesn’t just include the people of Hull, but fans from different cities nationally who enjoy the band’s sound. Presently, The Hubbards have released a new track called “Bedbugs,” which is available on both UK and US iTunes. (You can buy and download here: iTunesAmazon)

BBC News Humberside online reported last April about their rise to the band circuit, and how they formed whilst studying at Wyke Sixth Form College just 3 years ago. But Hull has a very vibrant music scene, including bands like Rebel Sell, Dead City Streets, Gratitude, and so on.

So maybe they have some stiff competition to be Hull’s number one?

Visit The Hubbards’ website at: www.thehubbards.co.uk

Twitter: @thehubbards

Facebook: The Hubbards

WALK THE MOON… You’ll Love Them to the MOON and Back

WALK THE MOON, an Ohio-based indie rock band, formed in 2008 are currently the opening act for the band Fun.’s European tour. Playing shows in such places as Munich, Helsinki, Stockholm and Oslo, when they came across to the UK this month I caught up with them in Manchester, at the Manchester Academy.

In the past, having toured with Kaiser Chiefs, Young The Giant, and playing the main stage at the Lollapalooza Festival, next year they will embark upon their first ever headline tour in the UK after they complete their North American leg.

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With a sold out crowd that was full of fun-loving energy, WALK THE MOON hit the stage at 7:00pm with a great set featuring songs from their newly released self-titled album, WALK THE MOON. Their upbeat tunes had the audience singing along for the full 30 mins approx. that they owned the stage, with most of the crowd (like myself) having known about the band before attending the gig.

At the beginning of their set 2 of the 4 boys came out with neon paint, a la their video for their debut single “Anna Sun” and the cover of their album, to cover the faces of the front row audience members. The crowd loved this as you can imagine!

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When they come back across the pond in 2013 they’ll be playing Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham, London, Bristol, Glasgow and Digbeth in late February. I’d urge you to grab some tickets while you can, I’m sure they’ll be going like hotcakes: tickets on sale now.

After the gig had ended I had the pleasure of meeting the lead singer, Nicholas Petricca, 24, who hails from Cincinnati. Petricca graciously accepted the praise that most of the attendees sent his way, whilst taking photos with the crowd lined up to meet him.

Download their new album off of iTunes here: WALK THE MOON on iTunes.

The Wilberforce House Museum- Is it Outdated?

Wilberforce House holds some very important history about Kingston upon Hull, but is the increasing development in technology leaving this history behind?

Set in the old town of Hull, surrounded by cobbled streets that wouldn’t be out of place during times William Wilberforce resided there, the house holds great character and a story of prominence in Hull’s past.

Focusing on William Wilberforce as a person and the importance of Wilberforce in the abolition of slavery in Britain and the Empire, the museum aims to link Kingston upon Hull to one of the greatest Civil and Human Right victories in Great British history. Seemingly trying to include and welcome all ages and walks of life into the house, the museum’s intent that everyone can have a similar experience and take in the history in a similar way to one another.

Find out about educational visits to Wilberforce House

Catering to the hearing and visual impaired, the museum offers audio tours that can be downloaded before the visit to the house, and welcomes guide dogs to assist the blind. This factor appeals to the visitors who need extra assistance when coming to Wilberforce House as they know that their needs can be accommodated for at the museum. The museum also offers resources for children’s, with activities available for the younger children to participate in whilst learning about William Wilberforce and the abolition of slavery in the United Kingdom.

Brochures and leaflets can be given to visitors which shows directions to the museum and information about the benefits that they supply in the house, for example wheelchair access and events for people with disabilities, including touch exhibits so that all the guests that come to the museum can get involved.

So, it seems that Wilberforce House is facing the expansion of media well; it is developing how the exhibitions are presented so that it can keep up with the current technologies. As a result the house wants to maintain an audience and keep people interested and engaged with the museum and its history in a new and modern way, whilst still keeping the antiquity of the place a main part of what the house displays.

(photo credit to http://www.hullcc.gov.uk/portal/page?_pageid=221,631432&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL)

Is Art Dying?

Recently, the effects of the cuts to council funding have caused great strain on museums and galleries, not only in the Sheffield area, but also up and down the UK.

According to William Ross, a Visiting Assistant from the Millennium Gallery, Sheffield, this has resulted in the dramatic reduction in the amount of staff now working at the 3 main galleries in Sheffield, which includes Weston Park Museum, Graves Gallery and the Millennium Gallery: “40% of the 106 staff across the museums and galleries in Sheffield has been made redundant.”

Former Education Team member, Tim Bye, also from the Millennium Gallery added, “The Learning Team has reduced from 23 staff to 3.” This calculates to nearly a 98% decrease in the number of workers. Subsequently, the guided tours that the galleries offered have ceased due to the declining number of staff, as they simply cannot accommodate to them any more, says 49 year-old Vicky Brown, Visiting Assistant at the Millennium Gallery.

It’s not all bleak however, 60 year-old museum-goer Derek Weeks says, “Sheffield is a thriving city, the [Millennium Gallery], particularly Ruskin’s Collection, shows what makes art great to the ordinary man.”