Terry Hall Presents Home Sessions

Terry Hall Presents Home Sessions

29 July - 1 August 2021

Promoted by Coventry UK City of Culture Trust

Terry Hall Presents Home Sessions

A four-day festival of live music, DJ sets, film and spoken word.

Musician, producer, songwriter, producer and collaborator, Terry Hall is a pioneering figure of contemporary culture. The legendary frontman of The Specials returns to Coventry to present a unique festival staged in iconic city centre locations from Thursday 29 July to Sunday 1 August 2021.  

As the lead singer of the definitive Coventry band, The Specials, Terry helped define the sound of a generation. For Coventry UK City of Culture, he presents a festival that blends international legends, contemporary pioneers and the best in emerging talent. This is Terry Hall's own personal playlist - a harmony of music, art, performance and film, brought to life in Coventry. A one-off series of intimate gigs – HOME SESSIONS will turn Coventry city centre into a festival campus, shining a light on the rich past and present of the booming Coventry music scene.

Extra tickets for all shows now on-sale!

Don’t miss what will be one of the most memorable live cultural experiences of 2021.

WHAT'S ON

HOME SESSIONS: RONI SIZE & DREAD MC + FELIX HALL AND SPECIAL GUEST JOSSY MITSU

This session is recommended for 18+

With an open ear to all eras and styles Felix Hall, the NTS resident brings eclecticism and an element of surprise to the sometimes purist worlds of dancehall and reggaeton. He’s a selector with an encyclopaedic knowledge of Jamaican sound system culture and a breakneck mixing technique.

Known for her ability to shell down any club, Jossy Mitsu is an artist fast becoming one of the UK’s brightest talents and continues as a sought-after selector.

Special Guest is the legendary Joy Orbison, his brand of garage-house has been globally celebrated. His notorious mixes for Radio 1 and Ministry have only served to cement his renown.

Mercury Prize winner, Drum ‘n’ bass Legend Roni Size plays a headline DJ Set with Special Guests Dynamite MC and Dread MC. Roni Size’s whole life has been about building something new from whatever is around him. He has at each stage of his career created completely afresh - not just a sound or style but an entire methodology of how music can be made. And each time, that new creation has reflected his heritage, his surroundings and the precise moment in which he’s operating.

HOME SESSIONS: LAU.RA + MC's NOVA, ELIZA LEGZINDA

Described as a “one-woman powerhouse” by Radio 1’s Annie Mac, Lau.ra is the new project from producer, DJ and vocalist Laura Bettinson. Hailing from the Midlands, Bettinson has forged a successful global career as independent alt-pop artist and one third of Ultraísta with Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich. She will be joined by guest vocalists and collaborators Eliza Legzdina on her hit ‘Wicked’, NOVA onGet Creative’ and Secaina on Lau.ra’s debut release, ‘Sideways’. 

HOME SESSIONS: LIGHTNING SEEDS + ECCENTRONIC RESEARCH COUNCIL FT. MAXINE PEAKE

This session is recommended for 18+

Headline set by Lightning Seeds and supported by Eccentronic Research Council featuring actor and activist Maxine Peake.  Alongside electronic artists and poets Adrian Flanagan & Dean Honer they pay homage to the legendary Lancastrian sisterhood The Pendle Witches, with their critically acclaimed concept album ‘1612 Underture’. 

HOME SESSIONS: MURRAY LACHLAN YOUNG PRESENTS THE EDGE OF REASON

BBC 6 Music resident poet, Murray Lachlan Young presents an evening of far field collaborations in including performances by singer and musician Sangita Lakhanpal, Andy Guthrie, Gregorian Monks chanting a hymn to Mary Magdalen, Hindu Gods & a Sikh Goddess. Vedic mantra meets ambient electronica and Tantrik Sanskrit goddess vibrations flowing forth. Throughout the happening Murray will be joined by the mighty Blabbermouth - consisting of Punk guitar legend Lu Edmonds (PIL, The Damned) and master drummer and percussionist Mark Roberts (Massive Attack, Godfathers), together they will take you on a prog, post-punk, post apocalyptic spoken-word trip into absurdist, counter-cultural & cosmic crazy.

HOME SESSIONS: MIDNIGHT AT THE RUINS: UNKLE PRESENTS RONIN

This session is for adults 18+ only

For the past 30 years, James Lavelle has been at the forefront of global club culture. Known as much for his highly eclectic DJ sets as for his production work with UNKLE, Lavelle has been lauded as one of the most gifted minds in music. For Home Sessions he presents an exclusive world premiere of UNKLE’S acclaimed 2021 album ‘Ronin’.  Immerse yourself in a mixtape of both remixes and brand new tracks that will take you on a journey through all the eclectic elements of a classic UNKLE club night.

HOME SESSIONS: ALABAMA 3 ACOUSTIC

Country and electronic rock band perform an acoustic.

This session is recommended for 12+ accompanied by an adult 18+

Part of Terry Hall presents HOME SESSIONS, a four-day festival of live music, DJ sets, film and spoken work stage in iconic city centre locations from Thursday 29 July to Sunday 1 August 2021.

HOME SESSIONS is a one-off series of intimate gigs - turning Coventry city centre into a festival campus, shining a light on the rich past and present of the booming Coventry music scene.

HOME SESSIONS: RIDING THE LOW + JANE WEAVER

Jane Weaver’s signature sound feels different and exhilarating. Fusing dense, synth-saturated atmospherics with soaring songcraft. Riding the Low, fronted by the amazing Paddy Considine are self-declared players of rock'n'roll. They are loud, proud, and both hark back to an era of bolshy, declarative 70s punk whilst sporting a penchant for all-consuming indie wall of sound. 

HOME SESSIONS: JOHN GRANT

Somewhere in the last decade, John Grant established himself as one of the greatest musical chroniclers of the American Dream, angled mostly from its flipside. A compulsive over-sharer, Grant lays it all out for careful cross-examination in his biographical work. At one end of his musical rainbow, he is the battle-scarred piano-man, at the other, a robust electronic auteur. A unique chance to see John Grant in the stunning setting of Coventry Cathedral where he will play on the Cathedral Grand Piano, a collection of greatest hits from his ten year repertoire including some from his highly acclaimed classic album ‘Queen of Denmark’. Expect moments of breathtaking beauty in its completely transfixing raw, heartfelt eloquence. 

HOME SESSIONS: AN EVENING WITH TERRY HALL

This session is recommended for 18+

Join Terry Hall for a rare and intimate solo performance, specially created for his Terry Hall presents Home Sessions festival, showcasing songs and stories from his career spanning the past four decades. An Evening with Terry Hall features his favourite songs, newly reinterpreted for this exclusive stripped back performance.

HOME SESSIONS: THE POP GROUP VS DENNIS BOVELL: WORLD PREMIERE OF 'Y IN DUB'

This session is recommended for 18+

Get set for a clash of the titans in this  exclusive performance of visionary sound sculptor, the dub maestro Dennis ‘Blackbeard’ Bovell (just awarded an MBE for his lifetime contribution to British Music) versus the post-punk iconoclasts The Pop Group. This is the world premiere of ‘Y in Dub’, an electrifying reinterpretation of one of the most audacious and era-defining records of the post-punk period, The Pop Group’s ‘Y’.  Prepare yourself for chaos incarnate. ‘Y in Dub’, is set for release later this year on Mu.

HOME SESSIONS: MIDNIGHT AT THE RUINS - DADDY G (MASSIVE ATTACK) + QUEEN BEE (DJ SET)

This session is for adults 18+ only

This atmospheric location is the unique setting to listen to the "Bristol Sound" fusing dub, reggae, funk, disco and hip hop. Queen Bee and Daddy G smash back to back DJ sets. Daddy G of Massive Attack and co-founder of the Wild Bunch Sound System spins a set of handpicked tracks, selected from across the globe, mixing cultures with experience and fluidity.  Queen Bee’s party style  and eclectic tastes encompass a genre jumping range from reggae, Funk, Rare Groove, Afro beat and House to Drum &​ Bass ...bring on her classy mix of Booty shaking and her intoxicating transitions.

HOME SESSIONS: BILL DRUMMOND

A documentary film portrait of Bill Drummond’s 12 year World Art Tour by Paul Duane with Oscar-nominated cinematographer Robbie Ryan. The film will be bookended by a performance of a new play, written by Drummond & performed in person by Drummond & Tam Dean Burn. Entitled ‘White Saviour Complex’ there will be no Q&A but Drummond will sell copies of his play from the steps of the Cathedral after the screening.

HOME SESSIONS: BLUES 2 GO

Featuring Horace Panter from The Specials, this local four piece rocking blues band has been knocking out classic tunes for over 15 years. They return to the Ruins for this much anticipated performance.

HOME SESSIONS: TIM BURGESS LISTENING PARTY

When we went into lockdown in March 2020, The Charlatans frontman, Tim Burgess started something that would cheer people up: hosting a Twitter listening party that spotlights a particular rock album past or present. A specially devised Listening Party for Home Sessions, Tim Burgess is joined by long term collaborator and friend Terry Hall as they listen to Terry Hall’s critically acclaimed album ‘Home’.

HOME SESSIONS: TIM BURGESS + FAT WHITE FAMILY

Don’t miss this iconic and much anticipated performance by The Fat White Family who have been hailed as “Sweary, scary and willfully offensive…” (The Irish Times); “… a lens through which contemporary life is exposed, investigated and celebrated…” (Domino Records) and “…the sonic equivalent of society coming unhinged” (Rolling Stone). 

A Fat White Family concert is a portal; a door leading, not out of our present dimension, but more deeply into it than we would prefer to look. Their unsparing lyrics are often an exposé of our best and worst qualities as a species, intermingled so closely that good and bad and right and wrong become hopelessly confused. They’ve taken countless bullets in the never-ending battle for free artistic expression, and produced some of the most lyrically fascinating albums of the past decade, to say nothing of the uncanny power displayed in their live performances. Not to be missed. 

HOME SESSIONS: DEATH DISCO HOSTED BY ALAN MCGEE + SPECIAL GUESTS

This session is for adults 18+ only

Music industry veteran Alan McGee, renowned for championing new and alternative music, is to bring his popular club night Death Disco to Home Sessions for one night only. A return to the legendary club night with Acid House sets by Alan McGee & special guest DJ’s including Fashion icon Pam Hogg.

HOME SESSIONS: DON LETTS + RHODA DAKAR

Don Letts came to notoriety in the late 70’s as the DJ that single handedly turned a whole generation of punks onto reggae. It was whilst as a DJ at the first punk club ‘The Roxy’ in 1977, that Don adopted the punk D.I.Y ethic and began to make his first film ‘The Punk Rock Movie’. 

Rhoda Dakar is a British singer and musician, best known as the lead singer of The Bodysnatchers, who worked with The Specials and was signed to the 2 Tone record label. World renowned for spinning the biggest and best Soul, R n B, Hip-Hop and dance classics. 

Although Jazzie B and Soul II Soul will always be connected, both spiritually and substantially, that has never been all Jazzie has been about. For years now, he has built a parallel career away from the collective, making music, producing & DJing.

HOME SESSIONS: THE LIBERTINES

This session is recommended for 18+

Albion's original scallywags, The Libertines bring their rackety guitar anthems and spirit of fraternal bonhomie to the Cathedral ruins. Peter/Carl/John and Gary have played to over a million fans since reconvening in 2014. They sold out an arena tour along with shows at Hyde Park, Alexandra Palace, multiple nights at Brixton Academy and headlined Reading/Leeds and European Festivals. The Libertines will be playing all the hits and more from their three era-defining albums ‘Up The Bracket’, ‘The Libertines’ and ‘Anthems For Doomed Youth.’ Coventry has always held a special place in The Libertines' hearts and working with Terry Hall is the two tone cherry on top.