The first day of February and the final day of Independent Venue Week sees the team at Sowdens and Adelphi raising a glass. Having just received news that the #Adelphi30 celebrations have been shortlisted for a prestigious Yorkshire event award.
Now in its sixth year, the Remarkable East Yorkshire Tourism Awards (the REYTAs) are an annual celebration of Hull & East Yorkshire’s tourism industry. They recognise and celebrate the quality of businesses and individuals and the contribution they make to our area’s visitor economy.
The Adelphi has been shortlisted for the Remarkable Small Tourism Event category (under 20,000 visitors per year) which recognises the best event, experience or festival in Hull and East Yorkshire that takes place over a day, weekend, week, month or season. The event can be free or paid for; a one-off happening or a rolling series of annual events. The awards are organised by VHEY (Visit Hull & East Yorkshire).
On October 1st 2014 The New Adelphi Club, a converted three bedroom terraced house on 89 De Grey Street, Hull, celebrated 30 years as a small underground live music venue.
Over the years Oasis, Pulp, Radiohead, Green Day and the Housemartins along with hundreds of other world-famous artists began their careers at this legendary club and so to celebrate its 30th anniversary there was only one way…by creating a legendary one-off experience that nobody would EVER forget.
7 nights, 7 events; a week-long party of unique gigs with the Kaiser Chiefs headlining Friday and the ULTIMATE closing gig with Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott. But musical history was made when three of the Housemartins reformed for a one-night stand…#Adelphi30 was born.
We’re up against Follow the Herring, Beverley Georgian Festival, Beverley Puppet Festival, Beverley Races and East Yorks Events. The winner (there’s only one) will be announced at a glittering ceremony at the KC Stadium, Hull on 19th March 2015. Winners will also be eligible to be shortlisted through to the finals of the national Visit England tourism awards.
The question is – will Jacko wear a black tie?
The wonderfully eccentric owner, Paul Jackson, has fought to keep the venue’s head above water in recent years. They receive no external funding from the Arts Council, local government or other bodies, yet make a hugely significant cultural contribution.
The success of the #Adelphi30 event has provided the club with enough funds to have the flat roof fully recovered with a new ‘state of the art’ GRP surface guaranteed for 30 years (another 30 years!).
The media statistics, customer market research, footfall and ticket sales all prove the event was a remarkable success, but #Adelphi30 did so much more.
The event was unique and a success because it was organised by the community at short notice. People from all walks of life stepped up and gave time for free to celebrate an important cultural hub. A collaboration of plumbers, hairdressers, border control officers and more, worked together successfully. This event was created and organised by the people. A truly remarkable one off event, that has legacy at its core.
Doff your hat to a man who has given his life to music in Hull, Paul Jackson.