Over the Mayday Bank Holiday in April/May 2017 Curated Place joined forces with Reykjavik based singer- songwriter John Grant to create and curate a four-day music festival exploring the best in sonic creativity –
John Grant’s North Atlantic Flux: Sounds from Smoky Bay. Inviting Nordic and international artists to take over the city the event sat at the heart of the Roots and Routes season of Hull 2017 – UK City of Culture and showcased Curated Place’s unique skills in delivering original artistic events that are open, heartfelt and fun.
A host of Nordic and international came to the city over May Day bank-holiday weekend, including Icelandic electronic dance collective GusGus, Norwegian multi-instrumentalist, DJ and producer Lindstrøm, UK electronic pioneers Wrangler, and John Grant himself. Radio3’s Late Junction recorded a day of unique collaborative improvisation from the event which saw a wave of creative energy descend upon Hull.
North Atlantic Flux was a unique and spectacular meeting of John's friends, influences and collaborators alongside Curated Place's stable of commissions and regular creative partners. We transformed Hull into Reykjavik-on-Humber for a magical weekend that pushed boundaries and expectations. Already regarded as one of the stand out events of Hull2017 we're now developing a 3-year development plan to build on the huge success of North Atlantic Flux as a headline legacy to the City of Culture year.