Hull is Alive With Soul

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By Beth Eyre

The unfortunate death of David Gest shocked the entire nation, of which has grown fond of him through his appearances on reality TV shows like ‘I’m A Celeb’ and ‘Celebrity Big Brother’. Prior to this, Gest had imagined and went on to plan an event, where in which he would handpick some of the phenomenal talent and performers from a generation of soul.

Seeing first hand how important and heart felt this showcase was to David, Imad Handi – his dear friend – has taken the reigns of Alive With Soul, now a heartfelt tribute to Gest, to continue David’s dream and legacy.

‘Now we get to do it my way!’ Imad jokes during a phone interview with myself. In fact, perhaps there is nobody more qualified to do the job.

Handi and Gest had been close friends for a long time, so inevitably Imad understands what David’s vision was, enabling him to channel that into Alive With Soul. Imad was previously his body guard and the pair had travelled the world together, seeing one another as ‘brothers’ and acting that way too, constantly playing pranks.

‘On a trip to Hawaii,’ Imad reminisces, ‘I kept getting strange phone calls in my hotel room telling me I had to leave immediately… It turns out it was David, who found it very funny cause I was getting so annoyed. We have spent such a large proportion of our lives together travelling to places like America. it was very funny at times, we were always playing jokes, acting like kids’.

An audience can expect to see the ‘real’ David remembered in the show, the David ‘behind the mask’; the David that was a fierce friend and notorious prank-player. As well as this, a spectacular array of raw, soul talent will be performing, from Dina Carroll making a comeback to Peabo Bryson and many others. It will also be ‘Ring My Bell’ star Anita Ward’s and Fern Kinney’s ‘exclusive first performances in the UK’.

Hull will also be extra special. Not only will Hull be one of the four cities featuring the ‘Very Special Guest Star’ Rose Royce featuring Gwen Dickey, Handi has family here and is excited to return to the ‘beautiful’ City of Culture.

Ultimately, Alive With Soul is a one-time event that you can’t afford to miss. Relax to the soothing sound of soul, dance all night and remember David’s genius with some of the most stunning music performers around.

For full details on the show and how to buy tickets, see our event listing.

Top 6 events this Weekend in Hull & East Yorkshire

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So the referendum is finally over, it’s time to get out there and live life again. So we’ve hand-picked our top events to go to this weekend, all taking place around Hull and East Yorkshire. Enjoy!

 

resiResidents Association (Friday)

The World-Famous Adelphi Club plays hose to some of the finest club tunes across a variety of genres, all played by 10 top DJs playing short sets.

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Rum Doodle Roots-94 HullRoots@94 – Rum Doodle with Tim O’Connor (Friday)

If folk music is more your thing, then check our this new monthly evening at Kardomah94 in the city centre. Leeds-based folk-roots duo Rum Doodle come to Hull, Martin Brennan on guitar and vocals, and BB Tim on guitar.

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FB_IMG_1466763114603Humber Bridge Soapbox Derby 2016 (Saturday)

If you recover in time from your night out, then this popular ‘build-your-own-car’ fun-filled race is back at the bridge this year, and it’s bigger and better than ever before. So get up, take your family and watch the calamities unfold.

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glam 45Glam Festiv-Hull 2016 (Saturday)

The 70s, 80s, and 90s glam-rock era is reborn in Hull with this massive 5-band live music festival playing tribute to the era of wild hair, make-up and feather scarves.

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Comedy Warehouse Fruit HullComedy Warehouse (Saturday)

It’s time to ditch the politics and sit down for a good laugh at Fruit’s very popular monthly comedy night. There’s some of the very best the comedy scene has to offer!

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COGs Poster 2016Cottingham Open Gardens (Sunday)

If the weather holds out, this could be the perfect quiet Sunday afternoon. Explore a range of 20 beautiful private gardens as residents of Cottingham open them up to the public to raise money for Dove House.

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Top 8 events this Fathers Day Weekend in Hull and East Yorkshire

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As Sunday approaches, there is a bunch of events going on for all the different dads out there to make the day even more special. Artsy, music lover, foodie or budding gardener; there is something on in Hull this weekend for everyone.

ben norris 2[3]Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club (Friday)

The City Hall’s comedy club is back for it’s monthly spot, but this time features Ben Norris, a national television comic who’s featured on Mock the Week and more. For only £15, it’s not to be missed!

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12140743_1025098710871253_7288812876329566909_nVulgarians EP launch party (Saturday)

Hull’s renowned music scene is budding with new talent. The Vulgarians’ first EP (listen here: https://open.spotify.com/track/2jfuCfext4rEb6sZ8pSsHI) will be launching in the band’s home town Adelphi Club. With supporting bands like LUMER and The Wytches, its evident these guys are the up and coming artists to watch.

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Hull-Comic-Con-Logo-300x263Hull Comic Con 2016 (Saturday)

Comic and gaming lovers – Hull has a real treat for you this weekend. From a range of special guests, to cosplay competitions and a scare maze, Hull Comic Con has so much to offer. Plus, there is an after party, so why not make a day of it?

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Steeleye-Span-2014-high-resBeverley Folk Festival 2016 (Friday – Sunday)

If your dad is into music, why not take him to this. Treat Dad to a chill Sunday out (or the entire weekend) at Beverley Folk Festival, with access to amazing acts such as Kate Rusby, Steeleye Span and The Young’uns. The weather is set to be warm and dry so there is no excuse not to make the most of our British ‘summertime’!

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Adele_Tribute_HullFather’s Day Lunch with Adele Tribute (Sunday)

The Village Hotel is hosting a Father’s Day Sunday lunch, accompanied by the soothing songs of Adele sang by the UK’s number one tribute act. It’s a perfect way to relax and enjoy some food and music with your loved ones this Sunday.

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Humber Street Market HullHumber Street Market (Sunday)

This striking jewel in the city centre with authentic places to eat and drink, it’s perfect for a catch up with Dad. Unwind over a delicious brunch or treat the ‘rents to lunch – a great place to spend a couple of hours of the day.

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Educating RitaEducating Rita (Shows all weekend)

Willy Russell’s ‘Educating Rita’ is brought to life at Hull Truck. Catch it on it’s opening weekend, as it is not one to miss. A classic comedy about growth, culture and class that is exposed when two complete opposites, Rita and Frank, clash. It’s a story for everybody to enjoy.

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COGs Poster 2016Cottingham Open Gardens (Sunday)

If your Dad is constantly gardening, or you have an appreciation for creatively crafted garden architecture, make sure you pop along to the Nottingham Open Gardens for an affordable, blissful Father’s Day-out.

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There are so many brilliant events happening this weekend; check out the Hull What’s On calendar to find out more.

Top 10 events in Hull & East Yorkshire this weekend

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The cast of American Idiot perform the final shows in Bridlington
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It’s another event-full few days in Hull and East Yorkshire this weekend. So many events that we needed yet another top 10! Check out the best of what’s on in Hull and East Yorkshire this weekend…

 

Midsummer Nights Dream Enchanted Forest Hull CROPA Midsummer Night’s Dream (Friday evening)

Classic Shakespeare is on the cards tonight as talented youth from Hull’s schools, academies and Hull Truck Youth grace the Hull Truck Theatre stage for a special performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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Zippos Circus Beverley 2016 AZippo’s Circus (Friday – Sunday)

Take the family to see death-defying acts this weekend while Zippo’s Circus is in town. Wheel of Death; Trapeze; horses, cats and budgies; acrobatics; and clowning around. Check their Facebook page for 30% off tickets (link in listing).

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Brid-Spa_American-Idiot_300-250Green Day’s American Idiot (Friday and Saturday)

It’s the final performances of the Award winning musical featuring Newton Faulkner, Amelia Lilly and music from Green Day. Even if you’re not a fan of the American punk outfit, it’s been getting rave reviews. Go see it before it heads back to London!

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cosmicgrooveThe Cosmic Groove (Friday night)

If American Idiot really isn’t your thing, then try something a little funkier. Playing all the best funk, soul, nu-disco, sweet new twists on some old classics, it’ll be a night out with a difference.

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comedy night posterStand Up Comedy Night (Friday)

Not in the mood for a boogie or even just a bit skint? Then join some of Yorkshire’s best local comedians at this comedy night at Mecca in Hull. It’s FREE so you’ve got nothing to lose!

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Lord Mayors Gala Hull 2016Lord Mayor’s Gala 2016 (Saturday)

This hugely popular annual festival returns and it’s perfect for the whole family. It’s a fun, free family day out at one of Hull’s favourite gardens. Bring a picnic and enjoy the entertainment on offer for everyone.

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Dancing Disco HullUltimate 80s Night (Saturday night)

Calling all children of the 80s! It’s another blast from the past as The Village Hotel hosts this 80s night to remember. Prepare for a 2-course dinner followed by the themed disco until late!

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TWO PIANOS PROMOTwo Pianos (Saturday night)

If 80s isn’t your thing, try rewinding back the decades even further! Rock & roll like it’s the 1950s again with Two Pianos. Celebrate the ‘’Sun Studios’’ era, and classic hits from Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Elvis, Chuck Berry and more.

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sunday lunchSunday Roast Without Limits (Sunday afternoon)

This makes our weekend top picks simply because there’s so much choice on offer right from the starters, to the incredible choice of desserts. It’s all-you-can-eat too!

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Ice Hockey HullKC Knights Ice Hockey v Whitley Bay (Sunday)

After the Sunday lunch, why not take the family for an early evening spectacle at the Hull Arena. It’s free to watch and the kids even get free sweets! There’s the old Stingrays mascot there too!

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Top 10 events in Hull & East Yorkshire this weekend

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There’s a great weekend ahead, packed full of great local events! So much so that we couldn’t squeeze this week’s blog into any less than a top 10! Check it out…

80s Night 3rd June80s Tribute Night and Disco (Friday)

Get your weekend off to a flyer with this fantastic tribute to the fab 80s! Duo ‘Hearts’ are performing throughout the evening and a cheesy 80s disco to finish the night. Prizes to be won for the best fancy dress too!

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PurgatoryPurgatory: Hell Puppets, The Dead XIII and Soulphernus (Friday)

If 80s is your idea of hell… or maybe not hell enough… then this is the way to spend your Friday night… 3 live (just about!) acts of Hell puppets, The Dead XIII and Soulphernus.

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comedy night posterStand Up Comedy Night (Friday)

If it’s a less energetic Friday night you’re after, then fear not. This comedy night features some top yorkshire comedians. Best of all, it’s free (you just have to join Mecca which is free!) so you can just sit back, enjoy the laughs without spending a penny!

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AONeal-MainAlexander O’Neal – 30 Years of Soul (Saturday)

City Hall welcomes one of RnB’s most iconic names, Alexander O’Neal. This is a special one off show in Hull to celebrate 30 years of soul, he will be bringing his full 8 piece live band, with backing singers.

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Mark Watson_BandWMark Watson: I’m Not Here (Saturday)

Famous TV comedian Mark Watson brings his latest stand-up comedy tour to Hull Truck. Not everyone’s cup of tea but his previous tour, Flaws, was hugely successful so it’s worth a look-in.

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13131093_10153556030938263_5808356723499400104_oPurple (Saturday)

The late and great pop artiste is celebrated at this Prince night. Playing nothing but music by Prince and related artists, if you loved him, you’ll love this!

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The Boot Room - Fun Day posterThe Boot Room – Fun Day (Sunday)

Local beloved charity, Dove House, are hosting this fantastic fun-filled afternoon for all of the family. Karaoke, Tug of War, Relay, Games & Entertainment and Raffle. It’s a free event but donations are welcome to support Dove House.

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Swan Lake Spa Bridlington 2016Swan Lake (Sunday)

The most popular ballet in the world is in East Yorkshire for one night only. It’s one of the best known love stories, and is being performed by the popular Vienna Festival Ballet.

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Nitro Circus HullTravis Pastrana’s Nitro Circus Live (Sunday)

The KCOM Stadium isn’t known for hosting too many non-City/FC events, so when it does, it goes big! Direct from sell out shows across the globe, the world’s greatest action sports show.

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beast2One Hull Of A City: The Beast Of Barmston Drain (Sunday)

A special “One Hull Of A City” event at the Adelphi. This mystical night features a magnificent mix of irreverent artists from around the city.

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Top 5 events this Bank Holiday Weekend

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We’ve got a long weekend upon us, so what better way to get out there and make the most of it! Saturday and Sunday is packed with comedy, music and sport, leaving Monday to recover! Take a look at our top highlights for this weekend…

DEPDep Leppard & Wrong Jovi – Trog Bar Tribute Night (Saturday night)

Love your 80s and 90s rock? Then don’t miss this massive double header live gig from two of the finest tributes in the UK to Def Leppard and Bon Jovi.

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Comedy Warehouse Fruit HullComedy Warehouse (Saturday night)

Some of the UK’s best touring comedians come to Hull’s Fruit’s once a month. This very popular monthly comedy night is on this weekend, you don’t know who’s performing, but you’re guaranteed a great night!

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New Generation Wrestling Hull City Hall 2016New Generation Wrestling (Saturday night)

We hear more good things about this all the time… Relive your childhood (and force the kids too as well!) at the City Hall with New Generation Wrestling. It’s the only British wrestling to feature regularly on national and local TV.

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2016-03-27 (a6) COLOURCome As You Were – The Sound of 1990s Alternative (Sunday night)

Going all nostalgic… this is a night of authentic sounds of 90’s alternative club nights. With a request-friendly DJ from the era, you will have an awesome night! Don’t worry, there’s plenty of time to recover on the Monday!

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Zebedees Yard HU1 FestivalHU1 Festival 2016 (Saturday and Sunday)

The big-one for the bank holiday weekend is this huge festival set in old town. It’s new for 2016, bringing global artistes, superstar DJs and spectacular production.

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10 Must-See Comedy Shows in Hull in 2016

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UPDATED: 2 brilliant comedians have just been announced.

If you love a good laugh, there’s nothing like a live show on a night out with a friend. There are some fantastic comedians and comedy shows coming to Hull and East Yorkshire before the end of the year, so take note and put them in your diary…

 

Mark Watson_BandWMark Watson: I’m Not Here (June)

The multi-award-winning star of numerous TV shows including Dave’s Road to Rio, Live At The Apollo, Mock The Week and Have I Got News For You, comes to Hull with the follow-up show to his highly celebrated and successful Flaws.

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Patrick Monaghan 80s Show Hull 2016Patrick Monahan “That 80s Show” (July)

Pat always brings a great show to Hull and 2016 is no exception! Pat will be supported by two great acts who have always been a Hull Comedy favourites: Carl Gillespie and Fran Garrity.

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Justin Moorhouse polaroid pictureJustin Moorhouse (September)

The Phoenix Nights star is back on the road with his brand new stand-up show Destiny Calling, doing what he does best – making people laugh up and down the country.

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PrintJimmy Carr: The Best Of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits Tour (September)

Star of the Big Fat Quiz of the Year, Jimmy is gathering a selection of his very best jokes along with brand new material for the ultimate comedy show.

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01_JOSH_WIDDECOMBE_1086525kJosh Widdicombe: What Do I Do Now (October)

In our opinion, one of the best young comedians in the UK at the moment – Josh Widdicombe is that guy from the TV comedy shows with the curly hair.

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fawlty towers webBasil & Co: A Comedy Dinner Show (October)

The Laughlines cast perform the ‘Sitcom Experience’, a live situation comedy dining experience which unfolds in real present time. A hilarious evening of pure theatrical improvisational comedy and caricature.

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Adam HillsAdam Hills: Clown Heart (October)

Adam Hills has become one of the most popular comedians in the UK. His combination of positive, uplifting comedy and rampant spontaneity has seen him receive awards, glowing reviews and fans around the world.

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Romesh_Irrational_Tour Image+txt-square@72dpiRomesh Ranganathan: Irrational (October)

Quickly becoming a household name with his appearances on ‘Live At The Apollo’, ‘Have I Got News For You’ and ‘Mock The Week’, Romesh is back with a brand new show exploring the rationality of his worldview.

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Pete Firman smallerPete Firman: Trix (November)

Star of BBC1’s The Magicians, ‘the UK’s leading comedy magician’, Pete Firman hits the road in 2016 with his astonishing new show, fresh from his 10th year at the Edinburgh Festival.

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Seann Walsh at Pleasance CourtyardSeann Walsh: One For The Road (November)

He’s been described by The Guardian as “unquestionably the best observational comic of his generation”. With his energetic performance and brilliant observational humour, he’s one not to miss.

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