Hull band, Life, on the City of Culture’s most vital spots to visit 

Earlier this year, the city of Hull became the UK’s City of Culture for 2017, with new exhibitions popping up and the best of the city on show to the nation and beyond.

To help get to grips with Hull’s brightest and most interesting culture spots, indie-punk quartet Life have given us a quick insight into their hometown. Here’s what frontman Mez thinks is unmissable when you head up to those neck of the woods to get your culture on.

  1. The Warren Youth Project

Myself and Stew (drummer) work at The Warren a unique open access project that provides vital support services to marginalised and vulnerable young people in Hull. Kicking back against austerity Britain we focus on empowerment and creating energy with the young people of Hull. The Warren is a place to create and release music, a place to access alternative education and art projects and place to source employment whilst gaining access to counselling services all of which is free and person centered. We believe in the future.

  1. Hepworth’s Arcade

This grade 2 listed arcade not only looks amazing (not to mention the sounds it creates when you slide through) but it hosts local landmarks such as Dinsdale’s Joke Shop and Beasley’s Fashion Emporium (the best clobber in the city). And if that isn’t enough it’s a great cut through to Trinity Market where you can grab a bag of pick’n’mix, vinyl from Spin It and neck coffee from Joe at Decaffeinated.

  1. Dead Bod

One evening in the ‘60s during a drunken dare, skipper Pongo Rood and engineer Gordon Mason took a pot of white paint and graffitied a rad image of a dead bird, feet upturned, on to a corrugated iron shed in Alexandra Dock, thus giving birth to the legend of ‘Dead Bod’. The painting quickly became iconic and was such a noticeable landmark that fishermen used the bird to navigate the choppy mouth of the Humber. You can now see ‘Bod’ in Hull’s new gallery, on the now ‘dead’ cultured, Humber Street. 

  1. Wrecking Ball Press

The Wrecking Ball is an independent print press that started by a meeting of minds in a café in Hull in the 90s. Wrecking Ball have published some of the most thumbed books on my shelf such as Dan Fante’s A Gin-Pissing-Raw-Meat-Dual-Carburettor V-8-son-of-a-bitch-from-Los-Angeles, Ben Myers’ Book of Fuck, and not to mention the brilliant The Reater.

Catch them live:

01/04 THE WELLY CLUB – HULL

02/04 KING TUTS – GLASGOW

03/04 GULLIVERS – MANCHESTER

05/04 THE SUNFLOWER LOUNGE – BIRMINGHAM

06/04 THE CAMDEN ASSEMBLY – LONDON

07/04 THE CROFTERS RIGHTS – BRISTOL

08/04 CAFE INDIEPENDENT – SCUNTHORPE

28/04 HIT THE NORTH – NEWCASTLE

29/04 LIVE AT LEEDS FESTIVAL – LEEDS

30/04 HAND MADE FESTIVAL – LEICESTER

18/05 THE GREAT ESCAPE – BRIGHTON