We Will Rock You
We Will Rock You is a smash hit musical by Queen and Ben Elton. Picture: Hull New Theatre

5 things to do in Hull this weekend

One of the area’s favourite musical sons returns this weekend for an epic performance of favourites by a legendary rock star.

Hull will also host a worldwide musical smash hit, the last chance to see a famous portrait of William Wilberforce and one of the country’s most famous brass bands.

Here are 5 things to do in Hull this weekend.

1. Holy Holy featuring Woody Woodmansey and Tony Visconti
Bonus Arena
Saturday 18 January 7pm
From £37.60

Billed as probably the closest experience to a David Bowie gig as you can now get. Driffield-born Woody Woodmansey, best-known as a member of David Bowie’s Spiders from Mars in the 1970s, brings his band to Hull for the 50th anniversary of Bowie’s The Man Who Sold The World.

US musician Tony Visconti, who produced and performed on many of Bowie’s albums, will also fetaure. Get tickets here

2. We Will Rock You
Hull New Theatre
Until Saturday 18 January 7.30pm
From £19

The worldwide smash hit musical by Queen and Ben Elton comes is a musical phenomenon. Since 2002, more than 16 million theatregoers in 19 countries have watched the production, which features 24 of the supergroup’s biggest hits delivered in a show designed to match the scale and spectacle that marked the band’s legendary live performances.

Get tickets here.

3. Coming Home – William Wilberforce Exhibition
Ferens Art Gallery
Until Sunday 19 January from 10am
Free

Don’t miss the last chance to see Sir Thomas Lawrence’s famous portrait of William Wilberforce, exhibited in Hull as part of a major project launched by the National Portrait Gallery.

The project sees the National Portrait Gallery lend 50 portraits of iconic individuals to places across the UK with which they are most closely associated. Find more information here.

4. Junior Open Exhibition
Ferens Art Gallery
Until Sunday 26 January
Free

The Junior Open exhibition has been held annually at the Ferens Art gallery since 2014. It celebrates the creative talent of  young people in Hull and the surrounding area.


Artworks are submitted by individuals, schools and local community groups, aged 15 and under. Find out more here.

5. Brighouse and Rastrick Band
Hull City Hall
Saturday 18 January 7.30pm
£10

This globally recognised band will share the stage with one of the area’s favourites in the City of Hull Band, formerly the EYMS Band, for a spectacular concert that will showcase the entertainment qualities of both groups.

The Brighouse and Rastrick Band from West Yorkshire were formed more than 130 years ago and are current and 10-time National Champion Band of Great Britain. The City of Hull Band have earned a reputation for bringing something new to the stage and continue to innovate. Get tickets here.

Jim Cooper at the Emmaus shop in Whitefriargate, Hull city centre. Picture: Neil Holmes Photography
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