Meet The Stage Managers

In last year's Festival Programme, we did a Meet The Team section featuring those who work hard behind the scenes all year, ensuring that the festival takes place safely and successfully each and every year.

This year, we want to pay credit to the Stage Managers, many of whom have been with us from the very beginning. These are the people that look after the bands, DJ's and acts, making sure everyone's happy performing at the festival.

As with those featured last year, all our Stage Managers are people that are, or have been, involved in various capacities in the local music scene, whether it'll be playing in bands, promoting their own nights, or putting on their own events.

These are our festival heroes, and we love them.

Kirky, Head Boy


Head Boy

What do you enjoy about working HSS?

I work festivals all over the country and beyond, and HSS feels like an amzing homecoming gig. It's a such a brilliant event and only 20 minutes from my house!!

Favourite Festival

I love Boomtown and Glastonbury equally. They're both magical places in their own right, and some of my favourite times on the planet have been there.

Favourite Nightclub in the Hull?

Spiders. I love the way it hardly changes, like a relic of a long gone goth era, plus I challenge anyone to feel more alive as when you're moshing with a Tizer in your hand at 2am, to Holy Driver in a smelly poorly lit room in the middle of an industrial estate.

Bobby Joyce, Acoustic Pier

Bobby Joyce

Acoustic Pier

Who are you currently listening to at the moment?

Fontaines DC, Lavern Baker, Gavin Clark, and Honeyfeet

What do you enjoy about working at Humber Street Sesh?

The feel good factor it brings to the city. It's all ours and the city should treasure it.

What's your favourite venue in Hull?

Polar Bear, Kardomah94, and hopefully Fruit will still be when it reopens this year.

Ryan Morgan and Julia Young, Strummerville

Ryan Morgan & Julia Young

Strummerville Fruit Stage

Last Album Bought?

Ryan: Famous - England
Julia: Black Midi - Schlagenheim

Favourite Local Bands?

Bdrmm, Van Houten & The Orielles

Favourite Festivals?

Glastonbury, HSS & Long Division

Scott Langthorp, Residents Association

Scott Langthorp

Residents Association

Favourite Festival?

Boomtown. I've played it and worked it and it's like no other festival I've ever been to. The level of quality in everything they do there is stunning. Madness everywhere!

What do you enjoy about working at HSS?

Being part of an amazing team, seeing it grow and develop over the years and sharing in the glory of hosting an amazing event in my home town that puts local creatives in the spotlight!

Favourite Live Music Venues in Hull?

There are a lot of ace venues in the city, but The New Adelphi Club has to be top of the pile for being the platform for literally everyone. It's legendary.

Emily Dawson, Main Stage

Emily Dawson

University of Hull Main Stage

Favourite Festival?

Green Man

Favourite Local Acts?

LIFE, Lumer and Young Jack

What do you enjoy about working at HSS?

Because it helped to change my life. I first got involved through volunteering with The Warren, and progressed to stage managing until I got the top job of Main Stage Manager in 2016. Because of this experience, it gave me the skills and confidence to work at some major festivals across the country, and I'm now currently employed at Ibiza Rocks in San Antonio. HSS will always be special to me, due to the community spirit amongst the team and the fact the festival just gets better every year.

John Peters, Funkywormhole

John Peters


Favourite DJ?

Jerry Dammers

Last Album bought?

Sly & Robbie with Bitty McClean courtesy of Champion Sound Records in Hull.

First Single?

The Vapours - Turning Japanese

Ricky Jay, Silent Disco

Ricky Jay

Silent Disco

Favourite Nightclub?

The Legendary 4th Floor Funk Factory that was Romeo & Juliets in Hull.

Favourite Festival?

The Southport Soul Weekender which I managed to go to before it finished.

What makes Hull special?

Hard city with a hard audience - make it here, you'll make it anywhere.

Mark Pollard, Dead Bod Stage

Mark Pollard

Hull Trains Dead Bod Stage

First Ever Concert?

Saxon, at Hull City Hall, December 23rd 1980

Musical Hero?

Neil Young

What do you enjoy about working at Humber Street Sesh?

The power!! The Access All Areas Pass. Intoxicating!

Iain Thompson, Youth Stage

Iain Thompson

Youth Stage

What was your first ever gig?

Carter USM at Hull City Hall in 1993 - amazing

First Single Bought?

Kool & The Gang - Cherish from Sydney Scarborough's

Who's poster did you have your walls growing up?

Wham!, Michael Jackson, and probably Kylie & Jason

John Copley, Big Top

John Copley

Back to Ours Big Top

Who are you currently listening to at the moment?

Pinegrove, Big Thief, Better Oblivion Centre, James Blake, LUMP and All Saints

What three songs would be your Desert Island Discs?

Bon Iver - Perth
James McVincent - Cavalier
All Saints - Pure Shores

Who would you choose to headline Humber Street Sesh?

The Cribs with All Saints supporting.

Chris Warkup, Humber Dock Stage

Chris Warkup

Humber Dock Stage

What was the first gig you attended?

The Clash at Brid Spa 1981

What's your three Desert Island Discs?

The Only Ones - Another Girl, Another Planet
The Clash - Clampdown
The Jam - Down In The Tube Station at Midnight

What do you enjoy about working at HSS?

I really enjoy the challenge of coordinating all the acts, and looking after them to ensure everything flows smoothly. It's always nice to work with new bands,, and with the sound crew, volunteers and Sesh crew.

Steve Cutler, Main Stage

Steve Cutler

University of Hull Main Stage

First Ever Concert?

Either Freaks Union at The Adelphi or Blur at Hull Ice Arena. Early 1996.

What's your three Desert Islands Discs?

Tom Waits - Tango 'till They're Sore, Talking Heads - This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody), Black Sabbath - Into The Void

Who would choose to headline Humber Street?

The Housemartins would be a great legacy act but of the local bands in the city right now, it'd be Lumer. I'd love to see them cause some havoc on the main stage as headliners.

Adam Brodie, Speak Easy

Adam Brodie

Speak Easy

Favourite three Hull bands?

Newmeds, Three day Millionaires, Grace Christiansen

Musical Hero?

Conor Oberst

Perfect Street Food?

Street Cleaver

Mike Wright,

Mike Wright

Acoustic Pier

Last concert you went to?

Gaz Coombes

Favourite Local Acts?

The Cool Seas, Fonda 500, Katie Spencer

Who's your Musical Hero?

Paul Weller

Jimmy Norman, Rock Stage

Jimmy Norman

Rock Stage

Favourite Local Bands?

99% Cobra, Youngblood and The Escape Artist

Who you listening to at the moment?

Holding Absence, I Prevail, Alexisonfire

What do you enjoy about working at HSS?

Everyone coming together determined to give live music and Art a platform, not to profit from it, but because we all share the same passion and believe in what we do.

Altu Collingwood, Hip Hop Block Party

Altu Collingwood

Hip Hop Block Party

Musical Hero?

Kool Herc

Who would choose to headline Humber Street Sesh?

Tribe Called Quest

What are your three Desert Island Discs?

Wu Tang Clan - Protect Your Neck
Nina Simone - Funkier Than A Mosquitos Tweeter
James Brown - Turn It Up, Turn It Loose

Grant Dobbs, BBC Music Introducing Humberside Stage

Grant Dobbs

BBC Music Introducing Humberside Stage

Last Concert?

Fire (The Unstoppable Force) at Stockton Calling

Who are you currently listening to at the moment?

The Futureheads

What's your three Desert Island Discs?

The Clash - Police On My Back
Sam Cooke - A Change Is Gonna Come
10,000 Things - Damaged Goods