Published on March 28th, 2018 | by voxx0
Music HQ Acoustic Tuesdays
Corn Exchange, Hull | 13/03/2018
Open mic nights can be an odd affair. Much like the thoroughly over-quoted proverbial box of chocolates, you have the potential to witness the most captivating and surprising raw talent, though sometimes you find two men wearing lucha libre masks shouting out of tune about nuking whales and burning rainforests (No joke – I did witness this at another venue many years ago…). Luckily, Hull seems to be home to more of the previous type than the latter – at least if Darren Bunting of Music HQ’s weekly acoustic night at Corn Exchange is anything to go by!
This week we had a mixture of sounds and styles, from folk shanty to upbeat, funky pop; original songs mixed with instantly recognisable covers. We even have a weird mash of brit-pop and skiffle – washboard and all. The vibe is relaxed, the audience varied. For a wet and cold Tuesday night, the place is bustling.
The Corn Exchange has the perfect feel for this type of shindig – cosily lit, warm and welcoming. I can’t think of any venue more fitting for the casual turn up and do a turn approach. It’s the open, everyone-can-have-a-go mindset that is the root of any positive, productive and creative endeavour. Good beer, good pies and good company obviously make the whole experience all the better.
In the wake of the ‘City of Culture’ year that left many local venues struggling to make ends meet, and many m,ore looking at closure, it’s reassuring to see local live music back on the radar. Many events have seen talent shipped in seemingly to “up” their profile, much to the dismay of the promoters, artists, venues, writers, photographers and basically everyone else who regularly supports the music scene every day of every year, and not just when the spotlight and potential glory calls.
This belief is the foundation of such a night, which sees the community coming together, regardless of anyone’s backgrounds or usual music preferences. Sharing a beer, enjoying some good laughs and good live music is the only thing that matters.
Acoustic Tuesdays at the Corn Exchange are held – unsurprisingly – every Tuesday. If you are a performer, pop down for a slot, or if you’re a punter like me looking for a relaxed vibe, lots of good company and some surprising musical talents, it’s definitely work a look too!
You never know what you might get.
- Words by Luke Goodhand | Photography by Rowan Zynoni