Originally built in 1888 as a terraced house on De Grey Street, The Adelphi started life as a simple working mens club in 1923, going through several iterations before ending up in the hands of Paul Jackson in 1984 who immediately set about transforming in into the legendary alternative music venue, and breeding ground of big bands that it is today.
“It was a working mens club with a gay night, which meant the working men of the time were very afraid to come near the place. But they did have a few dominoes, darts and pools teams and a band that played covers on a Saturday night…we got rid of them pretty much straight away…certainly within 2 or 3 months we were putting bands on 5 or 6 nights a week.
“It’s the sense of community, it’s the people, it’s the inclusive cosmopolitan nature of the place. Its does somehow manage to create a pretty unique atmosphere…people talk about it in a different way, they say things like ‘I grew up at the Adelphi.’ It was a deliberate policy on my part from day one to target an audience of young people..who’d left home for the first time, like students. The inspiration for that being the student unions of the 70’s and early 80’s” - Paul Jackson, ownder of the New Adelphi
Memories from a local resident:
“When my son was 15 he had organised being part of a gig at the Adelphi and wanted a lift there, and I was aghast, because from the outside it looks almost derelict. I had no idea of it’s reputation, since then I realise how many musicians have started their careers there. They have fantastic music there. I needn’t have worried at all.” - Gail
Some of the bands who have played at the Adelphi:
- Stone Roses
- The Cranberries
- PJ Harvey
- The Manic Street Preachers
- The Housemartins (Hull favourites!)
- Primal Scream
- Mumford & Sons
- Echo & The Bunnymen