7 “Must-See” Shows at Freedom Fest 2016



It’s one of Hull’s biggest festivals; arguably the biggest. This year’s Freedom Festival is taking place in the city centre this weekend, and as usual, it’s jam-packed full of creative performances and events that you have to see.

This is the 9th Freedom Festival to take place in Hull. From Friday night through to Sunday, it’s a complete mix of everything cultural in our region. It’s perfect for families, couples, singles – the lot, and it’s free for everyone to see.

This year, there’ll be an fantastic mix of night-time spectacular shows, family-friendly activities and much more, all from local, national and international artists who are showcasing their talent on one of Hull’s biggest stages. Take a look at our top picks from the festival…

For kids

Freedom-Fest-16_Peoples-TowerThe People’s Tower

Saturday 12pm – 5pm, Sunday 11:30am – 6pm

Join other families as Hull builds its very own tower. Using only human power and cardboard boxes, The People’s Tower will bring everyone together in Queens Gardens to create an enormous structure. You get to be part of something amazing and completely unique – plus you get all the fun of knocking it down after.



The Flycycle and The Submercycle

Saturday 11:30am & 3pm, Sunday 11:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm

Go on a journey of your wildest dreams aboard Pif-Paf’s famous travelling machines, The Submercycle and The Flycycle! This interactive street theatre production at the Fruit Market will leave the kids mesmerised as they get to fly across continents with Captain Bigshot or dive under the sea with Captain Calypso. All ages are welcome to weave their own unforgettable stories in this cycle-based, interactive street theatre.


Hull-Freedom-ChorusFreedom Chorus

Friday, 8:30pm and 9:30pm, High Street Underpass
Saturday, 2pm, Stage @ TheDock

This spectacular choir head wowed the crowds in previous years, particularly their swing bridge performance of 2015. To really get into the festival spirit, go and see them on Friday night at the High Street Underpass. They’re also at the new Stage @thedock on Saturday afternoon.



New York Brass Band

Sunday 1pm, Queen’s Gardens; 2pm, Stage @ TheDock
This jazzy band was the highlight of last summer’s jazz festival, and they’re back in Hull to show off how jazzy, jazz can be. Nothing too blue, just funky energising jazz and we love it!


Freedom-Fest-16_Eliza-Carthy-1Eliza Carthy & the Wayward Band

Sunday, 5pm, Main Stage

As the festival comes to an end, enjoy the brilliance of Eliza and her all-star band. Folk music has been on the rise over the last few years, and Eliza will be covering her favourites from her 20 year career. Don’t miss it!


Night Time Spectacles

Freedom-Fest-16_Les-Commandos-Percu-Clash-of-DrumsDanbor Talka (Clash of Drums)

Friday, 8:45pm, Humber Quays

One of the highlights from the 2014 Freedom Festival was the amazing Spark LED drummers. This year, French ‘pyro musicians’ Les Commandos Percu and Deabru Beltzak, bring this spectacular fusion of movement, rhythm, pyrotechnics and fire. Sparks will fly before the two come together in music and a whirlwind of colour.


Freedom-Fest-16_Wired-Aerial-2As the World Tipped

Saturday, 9:30pm, Albion Street Car Park

Albion Street Car Park transforms into this night time open-air stage as this visually striking production is suspended above the audience. This is a real-life disaster movie in the sky where performers combine dramatic film and visuals with breath-taking aerial gymnastics.


For a complete guide to this year’s festival, the official Freedom Festival website has a terrific guide that let’s you find all the events in an easy way – take a look >