PRS Foundation New Music Biennial 2019 Access Guide

PRS Foundation’s New Music Biennial is a festival of 20 new pieces of music being performed across various venues in Hull, at various times on Friday 12 – Sunday 14 July.

The New Music Biennial provides a unique pop-up way for audiences to discover new music by presenting newly commissioned pieces, each 15 minutes long, followed by Q&A sessions with the artist themselves.


Absolutely Cultured aims to create inclusive work that can be enjoyed by all including Deaf and disabled audiences. If you have any comments or suggestions about access, please contact Roisha at


All New Music Biennial events are free but you do require a ticket for most. This is so we can control capacity and ensure that everyone has the best experience possible.
Events are individually ticketed so you must obtain a ticket for each separate event you wish to attend.

Tickets are available from 7th June online via the Absolutely Cultured website.
You can also obtain tickets in person or by phone from Hull Truck Box Office. The Hull Truck Box Office phone number is 01482 323638 and opening times are Mon – Sat: 10am – 5.30pm (open later on show nights).

Ticketing – how to obtain your ticket

You won’t receive a physical ticket for PRS Foundation’s New Music Biennial events, instead you will receive an e-ticket.
There is one ticket for each member of your party. In an effort to reduce paper waste we encourage you to download and show the ticket/s on your mobile device. If you are unable to do so please print off a copy of each ticket and show it at the venue to be scanned.

If you do not have access to a printer, or mobile phone, you can pop into the Hull Truck Theatre Box Office where staff will be happy to print a copy off for you. This service is only available during Hull Truck Theatre’s Box Office opening hours; Mon – Sat, 10am – 5.30pm (open later on show nights). Alternatively, we charge £1 for printing and postage of e-tickets.

Please note, this event is free but ticketed. Tickets do not guarantee entry and admission is on a first-come-first-served basis for those with tickets. Please ensure you arrive promptly to avoid disappointment.

Venue Access

The Guildhall, 77 Lowgate, Hull HU1 2AA
Hull Central Library, Albion St, Hull HU1 3TF
University Chapel, Middleton Hall, University of Hull, Cottingham Road, Hull, HU6 7RX
Fruit, Humber St, Hull HU1 1TU
Hull Truck Theatre, 50 Ferensway, Hull HU2 8LB
Humber Street Gallery, 64 Humber St, Hull HU1 1TU
Nelson St Pier, Hull HU1 1XE
Hull City Hall, Queen Victoria Square, Carr Ln, Hull HU1 3RQ

For addition queries relating to venue access, please contact the venue directly.

Seating and Wheelchair Spaces

Some New Music Biennial events are standing, some are seated, and some are mixed. Specific information on this for each event can be found on the individual event pages. All seats are unreserved and we encourage you not to leave any gaps.

A small number of fold out seats are available at each venue for those attending ‘standing’ performances. These are offered on a first come, first served basis. Please contact Roisha on to book a seat.

Wheelchair spaces are available at all venues but due to the nature of some of the locations, wheelchair spaces are limited for some performances. If you require a wheelchair space please contact the Box Office on 01482 323638 or email


Many of the New Music Biennial shows are scheduled back-to-back but happen in different venues across the city centre. This is because there are a lot of events to fit in to just three days and allows us to change over venues in between acts for another event later that day. No transport is provided between most venues.

A free, wheelchair accessible coach is available between the Claire M Singer performance at the University of Hull and the Arun Ghosh performance at Nelson Street Pier on Sunday 14 July. A place on the coach will be automatically reserved for all ticket holders attending both events. The coach is wheelchair accessible but there are a limited number of wheelchair spaces – if additional wheelchair spaces are required a taxi will be provided by the Absolutely Cultured team.


Blue badge parking is available at various locations across the city centre and at the University of Hull. To find the blue badge parking area most convenient for your chosen venue, please visit:

If you require further support or directions, please speak to a volunteer or contact Roisha on

Deaf / Hard of Hearing

On Saturday 13 July, a number of performances have been selected for those who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing that include more visual elements such as dance and film. A number of the sessions will be BSL interpreted and there is also a free touch tour. More information below:

Klein – Osanle
12:00 – 13:00, Hull Truck Theatre
This performance includes dance. This Q&A session will be BSL interpreted.

Jessica Curry – She Who
13:00 – 14:00, The Guildhall
This performance and Q&A session will be BSL interpreted.

Khyam Allami Touch Tour and Q&A – Requiem for the 21st Century
13:30 – 13:45, Touch Tour, Humber Street Gallery
Limited spaces, to book please email Roisha at

14.15 – 15:15, Q&A, Humber Street Gallery
This Q&A session will be BSL interpreted.

Conor Mitchell – Lunaria
17:00 – 18:00, Hull Truck Theatre
This performance includes projection. This Q&A session will be BSL interpreted.

Numb Mob – Where to Build in Stone
20:30 – 21:30, Fruit
This performance includes projection. This Q&A session will be BSL interpreted.

Special Effects

Many of the performances will include flashing lights, projection, smoke effects and amplified sound. They may not be suitable for those with photosensitive epilepsy.


Capacities to venues will be controlled but we do expect the events to be busy. Many of the performances will contain loud amplified sounds, dark environments and flashing lights.

A small number of ear defenders will be available, should any of your group require them to help make the experience more comfortable.

You will be able to leave the venues at any point and a member of staff or volunteer can help you find the nearest exit.