Word of mouth is spreading fast about The House Skatepark’s new addition, the concrete curves of which can be found lurking within the hidden depths of the park. A sizeable concrete bowl with a hip, an escalator and concrete coping in the deep has Yorkshire covered for the wet winter months and since being finished has clearly been crying out for an inaugural jam complete with live punk bands, many beers and a heavy crew making the journey from near and far. The bowl’s deep end may seem fairly small but the steep transitions and crunchy coping meant that it took its fair share of scalps over the course of the evening. Pretty much everyone ruined themselves at some point and, while there were luckily no A&E visits needed, by the end of the night booze and painkillers was the diet of choice for most as we limped around and occasionally tried to force one more run from haggard legs.
The new breed charged in early, no quarter given on the snaking front and giving out a general sense that the next generation is going to be fucking gnarly. As the evening wore on the youngsters started to clear out and the full-sized session got underway. There was no pissing about with safe tricks, everyone was charging, hyping each other up and taking the inevitable slams with smiles on their faces. Ben Grove was on one from the get go, ending up with a kickflip blunt in the deep to round his session off nicely. Charging the session throughout were Mark Radman, Reiss Johnson, Blinky, Dean Greensmith, Felix Owuso-Kwarteng and Joe Howard, brushing off some gnarly slams to keep the session going.
Local bands Cast Ashore, Detergents and Sievehead provided the tunes and, while I was too busy chucking myself at concrete to hear much of Cast Ashore, I was sufficiently ruined by the latter two sets to enjoy Detergents’ primal and catchy UK82 and Sievehead’s driving post hardcore – the perfect soundtrack to the transition-based destruction going on below. Bowl locals Moggins, Dead Dave and Ben Broyd arrived late but in plenty of time to add to the destruction, as did southern types Taylor Jones and Shelley Georgia-Yates and Hull’s Danni Gallacher. I could go into detail about what went down but the edit should give you some idea…witness the carnage captured on film, then get down to the next one! Props to the House, staff, bands and skaters for a banging night, the bar is set high for the year.