The annual Humber Street Sesh attracts thousands of people to Hull's Marina.

Humber Street Sesh to be greenest yet as partygoers urged to ditch single-use plastics

Hull’s biggest festival for emerging talent is aiming to make this year’s event the greenest yet.

Now in its eighth year, the award-winning Humber Street Sesh returns on Friday 2 and Saturday 3 August with 200 acts performing on 14 stages across Hull’s waterfront.

Last year saw the grassroots music festival double in size and add an extra day, allowing organisers to invite some of the UK’s hottest new talent this year, including The Hunna, The Blinders, Yonaka, The Hubbards, Marsicans, Life and King No One.

With crowds expected rival last-year’s 32,000, organisers are hoping festival-goers will go green by ditching single-use plastic in favour of reusable cups and bottles, with free water stations provided by Countrywise Water Coolers.

The University of Hull, Sesh Principal Partner and sponsor of the Main Stage, will once again operate a cup swap scheme across the three main festival bars, with the provision of reusable drinking cups that can be used across the site.

Last year’s Humber Street Sesh doubled in size.

Hull Trains is sponsoring the Dead Bod Stage and promotional activity will include free branded multi-use water bottles. Wilberforce Sixth Form College is sponsoring the solar-powered Youth Stage, with students producing a work of art from plastic that will be showcased in the Wilberforce Snapchat tent.

Humber Street Sesh director Dave Mays said: “The Sesh continues to get bigger and better each year, but we want it to grow sustainably in more ways than one. That’s why we want to encourage people to do the right thing by avoiding single-use plastic.

“At last year’s Sesh, 38,000 plastic water bottles were disposed of, so we really want to encourage green practices and promote reusable options this year and for future festivals.

Most traders have signed up to the nationwide Refill campaign encouraging people to carry a reusable bottle, while food vendors are being encouraged to use compostable food packaging and fully recyclable cups.

Learn more about the event here.

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