Humber Street Sesh returns to the Fruit Market and Hull Marina for its fifth birthday on Saturday 6 August. This year’s one-day event is expected to be the biggest yet, with over 30,000 people predicted to show up. Along with the inspirational installations of art and live street performers, attendees will have the chance to witness over 200 acts play across fourteen different stages. This grassroots festival is by the people of Hull for the people of Hull, reflecting the city’s diverse music and culture scenes.
Hull’s own ska, punk, gypsy, hip hop band, Counting Coins, are 2016’s main stage headliners. Understandably thrilled to be at the top of the bill, they pride themselves on their wildly energetic shows and ability to get the crowd bouncing. We caught up with the band to see what festival-goers can expect.
Hey, Counting Coins! How do you feel about headlining this year’s Sesh?
Obviously we're very excited to be headlining, there's a lot of really great acts who could have been asked to take the top slot so it's an honour to be picked over and above all of them. In fact around twice as many acts applied than could be accommodated, so it's great to get any slot at all. We've played the main stage in previous years and we know how big the crowds can get, plus we have a good following in the city who always go wild whenever we play, so we're looking forward to it being a great reception.
We’re definitely looking forward to it! What can Sesh-goers expect from your set this year?
A Ska Punk Gypsy Hip Hop extravaganza of epic proportions! We want to show everyone what we do and why we’ve had the success we’ve had up to now. We want to put on a gig with the five of us performing as a unit, without relying on any extra gimmicks. Having said that, we’ve decided to have the performance professionally filmed for a live DVD, which will be released later this year.
Basically, the audience can expect us to put everything we have into playing as hard and as fast as we can, and delivering the best show we are capable of. They can expect to bounce around like nutters. They can expect to be whipped up into a frenzy!
Who else are you most looking forward to seeing play at the festival?
While we each have our favourites on the local scene, we don't always agree. There's a lot of names we've not had chance to check out before so we're planning to just wander around and hopefully discover someone new.
You’ve just been nominated for outstanding artist/band at The Yorkshire Gig Guide’s Grassroots Awards, is the rest of 2016 looking like a busy one?
We have a fair few bookings over summer, including a VW festival near Ipswich the night before HSS, so it'll be the same story as the last few years, up and down the motorway almost every weekend. We're especially excited about Boomtown Fair, which is our favourite festival of the whole circuit. We play our own mixture of styles rather than focusing on any one genre, so sometimes we feel like we're on the fringes of a few different scenes but we don't fully fit in, but at Boomtown it all makes a lot more sense... It's all about good party music! After summer it'll be a little bit of time off in autumn followed by regular gigging and starting to write more material.
Brilliant, a lot more to come from Counting Coins then. Lastly, describe Humber Street Sesh in three words.
Hull's biggest party!
You can catch Counting Coins on the main stage at Humber Street Sesh on Saturday 6 August. You can find full info about the stages by visiting humberstreetsesh.co.uk. We also recommend that you follow Counting Coins on Facebook and listen to their music on Bandcamp.