Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th April
A three day festival celebrating the best of contemporary British SONGWRITERS... the SONGS that made us laugh, dance, cry and sing along …
Tickets are available for individual events £12 per event and £35 ticket for all events. Cons £10 per event. Lyricull £35 ticket for all 4 events (concession) Please add all 4 Lyricull 2018 tickets to your cart, these will discount upon checkout to a total of £35 (+booking fee)

Welcome to Lyricull

Like many others, I got into poetry through song lyrics. From that moment, great song writing has always excited me as much as great literature. This year’s Lyricull Festival continues the tradition of bringing great songwriters & performers to Hull to talk about their careers & what inspires them. Shane Rhodes – Wrecking Ball Press

Artists in conversation with Russ Litten

Russ Litten is the author of “Scream If You Want To Go Faster”, “Swear Down” and “Kingdom”. He has also written for TV, film, radio and the stage. In 2016 Russ, along with the internationally renowned producer and musician Steve Cobby, released the spoken word/electronica album “My People Come from the Sea”. The album “Boothferry” followed in 2017. A collection of short stories “We Know What We Are” will be published in 2018.

Suzi Quatro 12th April 6.00pm

Suzi Quatro is a trailblazer for women in the music industry. Playing bass guitar, writing songs and fronting her eponymous band, she rocked the 1970s. Working with legendary songwriters Chinn and Chapman, Suzi had hit after hit. From Can the Can, Devil Gate Drive, 48 Crash to She’s In Love With You, Suzi’s hits were the soundtrack for a generation of teenagers growing up in a time of great social and political change. She is also remembered as the feisty Leather Tuscadero in the hit series ‘Happy Days’. She has received critical acclaim for her performance of Annie Oakley in ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ in the West End. Today Suzi is noted for her popular show on Radio 2 and has presented programmes about music legends from Elvis to Janis Joplin.


Suzi’s versatility is clear for all to see: as well being an author, it is performing which still gives her the biggest buzz. She is famously quoted as saying, “I will retire when I go on stage, shake my ass, and there is silence.”


Chris Difford Date 12th April 8.30pm

Chris Difford is a rare breed. As a member of one of London’s best-loved bands, the Squeeze co-founder has made a lasting contribution to English music with hits such as ‘Cool For Cats’, ‘Up The Junction’, ‘Labelled With Love’, ‘Hourglass’ and ‘Tempted’. Despite the fact that Chris has helped soundtrack so many fans’ lives since his first release in 1977, the passion for innovation and love of playing still drives him to carry on writing rather than sit back and admire his handiwork. Chris recently celebrated his 60th birthday and for 41 of those years he has been writing with Glenn Tilbrook, very much the Odd Couple. When Squeeze take a break from the road, Glenn and Chris have been touring their ‘At Odds Couple Tour’ both in the UK and the US.


Glen Matlock 14th April Time 8.00pm

English to the core, Matlock was born and bred in Paddington, London.

Always in the thick of London culture, at the tender age of 16 and shortly before attending St Martins art school, Glen was not only hanging out but working in Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood’s Teddy boy shop on Kings Rd ‘Let it Rock,


There he overheard a conversation with erstwhile pilferers, Steve Jones and Paul Cook saying they were looking for a bass player for their then fledgling band. McLaren stepped in as manager and once Johnny Rotten had been recruited, the Sex Pistols were in business and kick started a huge cultural shift in English music’s worldwide platform as well as the building blocks of a full teenage rebellion against as the saw it, the dull and mundane.


Glen’s input into the band’s songs and together with mostly but not all of John’s lyrics , music suddenly had substance and guts as British punk rock was now born and the rest as they say is history.


On leaving the Sex pistols in 1977, after having written or co written the vast majority of the sex Pistol’s repertoire that appeared on their sole studio album Never Mind the Bollocks, Glen then formed the Rich Kids who together with Midge Ure enjoyed a respectable amount of chart success but were a big influence on the new wave bands that were appearing in punk’s wake. Following this Glen has gone on to play with a multitude of respected musicians who either had or were influenced by him. Iggy pop, Primal Scream, The Faces, Johnny Thunders, Mick Ronson & Ian Hunter as well as continually working as an in demand bass player on too many projects to list here.


Kevin Armstrong 15th April 8.00pm

Kevin Armstrong’s guitar playing has accompanied stars including David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Morrissey, Prefab Sprout, Sinéad O’Connor, Roy Orbison, Brian Eno, Grace Jones, Paul McCartney and Gil Evans. Tonight at Lyricull Kevin guides us through his legendary career with a guitar, specially selected film clips and in conversation with Russ Litten.