As part of Hull 2017’s second season, Roots and Routes, North Atlantic Flux was an experimental festival celebrating Hull’s Nordic links, while exploring the best in sonic creativity.
Curated by critically acclaimed singer-songwriter John Grant and produced in partnership with Curated Place, the four-day festival brought together some of the most innovative musicians from Norway, Denmark and Iceland together with those from Hull and the rest of the UK.
As well as an exclusive set by John Grant himself, headliners included Icelandic electronic dance collective GusGus, Norwegian multi-instrumentalist, DJ and producer Lindstrøm and Wrangler, which brings together Stephen Mallinder of Cabaret Voltaire, Phil Winter from Tunng and John Foxx collaborator Benge.
Also on the line-up was Icelandic act Ghostigial, fronted by Einar Örn who was previously with the Sugercubes and has worked with the likes of Björk, Damon Albarn and David Byrne.
Other performers included Tonik Ensemble, led by Anton Kaldal Ágústsson; Sóley; Ragga Gisladottir; Nordic Affect; Susanne Sundfør; and Nils Bech.
British artists included Steve Cobby and Russ Litten; Tom Kay; trumpet soloist Simon Desbruslais; sound and visual artist Jez Riley French; and James Orvis, who has worked with Hull theatre company Middle Child and was a founding member of electronica act Paris XY.
Image: Cut, Humber Street Gallery 2019. ©James Mulkeen
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