A four day festival from 28 April to Monday 1 May 2017
Over the Mayday Bank Holiday in April/May 2017 we joined forces with Reykjavik based singer-songwriter John Grant to create and curate a four day music festival exploring the best in sonic creativity – North Atlantic Flux: Sounds from Smoky Bay. Inviting Nordic and international artists to take over the city the four day event sat at the heart of the Roots and Routes season of Hull 2017 – UK City of Culture.
A host of Nordic and international came to the city over May Day bank holiday weekend, including Icelandic electronic dance collective GusGus, Norwegian multi-instrumentalist, DJ and producer Lindstrøm and Wrangler, a project that brings together Stephen Mallinder of Cabaret Voltaire fame, Phil Winter from Tunng and John Foxx collaborator Benge.
The event was a spectacular meeting of John's friends, influences and collaborators alongside Curated Place's stable of commissions and regular creative partners which transformed Hull into Reykjavik-on-Humber for a magical weekend that pushed boundaries and expectations. Already regarded as one of the stand out events of Hull2017 we're now planning a 3 year development plan to build on the huge success of North Atlantic Flux.
A native of the US, Grant moved to Hull’s twin city of Reykjavik in 2011 and submerged himself in the musical and experimental culture, which the city and Nordic region has become synonymous with. He released his second studio album ‘Pale Green Ghosts’ in 2013. In recording he employed the work of several musicians local to his adopted country as well as Sinead O’Connor. His third studio album ‘Grey Tickles, Black Pressure’ was released in 2015 and listed in The Guardian & Rough Trade’s top albums of the year.