Environmentally friendly bamboo wristbands for Hull’s biggest festival for emerging music will go on sale on Monday.
The wristbands are available to purchase and for ticket exchanges from Social on Humber Street, from 12 noon on Monday 1 August.
Sesh Events Ltd, the company behind Humber Street Sesh, with support from the University of Hull, have opted to introduce biodegradable bamboo wristbands this year, as part of their mission to improve their green credentials year on year.
The festival returns to its spiritual home on the east Marina this August after three years away. The pandemic put paid to the event in 2020, and 2021 saw Inner City Sesh, a new, smaller event supported by Hull City Council, staged in Queen’s Gardens.
Mark Page, Festival Director, said, “We are incredibly grateful to the University of Hull for their continued support of the Main Stage and getting behind the move to bamboo wristbands, enabling us to continue to address environmental issues, in what is essentially a period of financial recovery for the festival.”
Neil Robinson, Chief Operating Officer at the University of Hull, said: “As a university, we are delighted to support Humber Street Sesh once again as the festival makes a comeback at the marina for 2022.
“By working together, we can all drive the change to live more sustainably and we are extremely pleased to support Humber Street Sesh as it continues to address environmental issues at the festival – whether that’s by tackling single-use plastic or the introduction of the new bamboo wristbands.
“The University of Hull has gained a world-renowned reputation as a leader in low-carbon energy and sustainability – and as founding partner in the ‘Oh Yes! Net Zero’ campaign we are keen to help unite Hull and the surrounding region as it works together to lead the UK to a cleaner, greener and more prosperous future.
“The University of Hull has pledged to become a net zero campus by 2027. With sustainability at the heart of its vision and strategy, students and staff across the University have the opportunity to help shape and drive this transformation and play their part to tackle climate change.”
In addition to the biodegradable wristbands, festival organisers continue to wage a battle against single-use plastic water bottles by providing water stations at each bar and backstage, as well as serving canned wines, craft beer and soft drinks. The festival employs hundreds of local contractors and staff where possible, minimising their carbon footprint and sustaining the local economy. Festival goers are also encouraged to walk or take public transport to the event.
Other sponsors supporting the festival’s attempts to become greener include Hull Trains who are providing free, branded multi-use water bottles for refills as part of their continued sponsorship of the much-loved, iconic Dead Bod Stage, and Wilberforce College who continue to sponsor the solar-powered Youth Stage, showcasing Hull’s aspiring young stars.
Humber Street Sesh 2022 will cover the east side of the Marina and will see over 100 acts performing across stages showcasing the region’s best emerging bands with invited guests from further afield. Family favourites include the skate park, silent disco, creative arts marquee and photo exhibitions. Large and boutique bars will operate across the site and a large food court on Wellington Street will offer an array of food choices.
Mark Page, Festival Director, said: “We’ve got some incredible acts on this year. Hull’s music scene is the strongest it’s been in years. We’ve had unprecedented advance sales and with limited capacity, I’d strongly advise people to purchase their bamboo wristbands early to avoid disappointment.”
Humber Street Sesh 2022 will take place on Hull Marina on Saturday 13 August, 12pm–11pm.
£15 (+booking fee) advance wristband purchase available from Social on Humber Street from Monday 1 August, 12pm–7pm each day until Friday 12 August.
£20 wristband at the festival entrances, Saturday 13 August.
Tickets can be exchanged for wristbands on the festival day at the entrances and at Social on Humber Street at the times stated above.