November 30, 2018

This is not just any old Christmas show…

This is an H&S Christmas show (at a former M&S… no less)! This Christmas, we’re super-happy to be working with Rich Warburton (Recognise this lovely face? Thought you would!) of Theatre in The Mill to bring a whole bunch of Christmas present wishes to life. What the Frock is H&S’s Secret Santa? Three things. 1) – Read more

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October 22, 2018

Hope and Social’s Secret Santa

in partnership with “Theatre In The Mill” Christmas is a special time for H&S. We always try and do something that’s special for us, and you… stuff like performing a singalong with 200 people on Leeds Town Hall steps and becoming a big-band, making an acoustic album and performing it as a one off set – Read more

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This Must Be The Place - Grassington
June 12, 2018

This Must Be The Place – Grassington Festival

The sun has got his hat on, hip hip hip hooray! Hope and Social have their hats on aaaand This Must Be The Place. Ok so it doesn’t scan quite so well, but the sun has definitely been out. Gary is even more sun-kissed than his usual complexion suggests, and we’ve been busy completing our – Read more

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May 25, 2018

This Must Be The Place – Grassington

This Must Be The Place – Why? Do you have that one place in your hometown that when you’re there, you’re the most [insert your home town here] that you can be? The place that most speaks to you, that draws you home when you’re not home… a place and a time you shared with – Read more


May 4, 2018

This Must Be The Place – R’n’D

This Must Be The Place Ah, Grassington. Lovely Grassington. Where would we all be without Grassington with your bleak moorside, chocolate box village square, dog and walker friendly country pubs and your AMAZING FESTIVAL!!! We’re working with the awesome Grassington Festival once more this year on a new project “This Must Be The Place”. We’ve – Read more


January 11, 2018

Yorkshire Electric: The EP that wasn’t an EP

So here we are in the Crypt and with all the urgency of an oil tanker we’re racing to finish our new EP for release into the wild next Wednesday. For once it isn’t just our terrible planning that has left us with so little time to get the record done. In fact there wasn’t – Read more


January 5, 2018

Yorkshire Electric

New year, new music, new tour, new van! With Santa and his reindeers safely back in Lapland, this years surviving turkeys breathing a sigh of relief… not only that they’ll see another few months before the Bernard Matthews gang get their hands on ’em, but also that if they traipse north of Watford Gap they’ll – Read more


October 20, 2017

Hope and Social’s Christmas Feast

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat Yes we know you’ve barely had time to coat your candy apples or pick the cinder toffee out of your teeth but this year at Hope and Social towers we wanted to give you more than eight minutes notice about our Christmas party. So without further ado and before we use – Read more

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June 9, 2017

FEEL Again – Oct 2017 Tour

FEEL Again Well, that was quite a night wasn’t it! All hands on deck, full steam ahead, let’s set sail for obscurity, safe in the knowledge that Hope and Social are at least forty times more strong and stable than the chuffnuts left in charge. In moments of clarity, when you come to the harrowing – Read more


January 9, 2017

FEEL – The Album Tour Part Deux

We’re back at it again! Through January and February we’re going to be huddling together for warmth in the back of our rusty red steed as we hurtle across the country bringing our ramshackle bonhomie to a venue near you. This time out, we’re heading to pastures new hoping to see old friends and make – Read more

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December 7, 2016

The Polar Excess: THIS SATURDAY!

(WARNING, CONTAINS SPOILERS. If you’ve already bought your ticket and want the day to be a surprise, then look away now) Ho Ho Ho Holy $h1tballs! … that’s rolled around quick! This coming Saturday the 10th of December is “The Polar Excess”, our Christmas dooo, our end of year bash, our bidding farewell to 2016, – Read more

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November 16, 2016

FEEL – a song a week #4: Dig Hard

Dig Hard The Song Si: In our original set of demos for this album there was a song which we all agreed had a lovely melody, but not necessarily one we’d want on one of our albums. It was a little too MOR, even for us. It was certainly a strong melody but it just wasn’t – Read more

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November 5, 2016

FEEL – a song a week #3: London

London The origins of this song are lost somewhere in the depths of time. It might even go back to a time when some of us were in another band. We shall mention no names. (Although you can buy all of their back catalogue somewhere on the internet and in doing so clear some space in – Read more

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October 22, 2016

FEEL – a song a week #2: The View from Above

The View from Above The View from Above was the final song to be completed for the album, although it started life pretty early on as a very loose and somewhat synth heavy demo. The recording process broke down into two periods really: the first where we were definitely finding our way and trying to – Read more

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October 18, 2016

FEEL – a song a week #1: FEEL

FEEL Right then let’s delve back into the memory banks and try and string a few thoughts together about the nine songs on FEEL. It’s been quite a lengthy process spread over three years and several sessions down the Crypt but over the next few weeks we’ll try and write a few words about how – Read more

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October 5, 2016

FEEL – The Album Tour

Dunno if we’ve mentioned it but this Friday 7th Oct, we’re putting our new album out! Not just any album either. It’s our first since 2013, and we’re putting it out on big fancy crowd-funded blue vinyl too. And as nine beautiful videos… with a worldwide premiere at Leeds’ favourite indie cinema. Plus our usual – Read more

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September 12, 2016

“Sunrise Laughing” Available NOW!

Our DEBUT Single “Sunrise Laughing” Ladies and Jellyspoons, we are positively brimming with excitement to give you the first taste of our forthcoming album “FEEL”, and our first ever single Sunrise Laughing!!!! For you delicious lovelies, we’re sneaking you an early listen of Sunrise Laughing as an exclusive Bandcamp stream and Free/Pay What You Want – Read more

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September 8, 2016

9 Videos Launch at Hyde Park Picture House

The Story So Far…. You may not have heard but we’ve got a new album about to come out, it’s called “FEEL” we’ve mentioned it once or twice ;-) Back in June we put out an open call to video makers around the world to pitch us an idea. We wanted to commission a video – Read more


September 3, 2016

Album and Single Launch

Three new releases coming your way, courtesy of your ever loyal Hope & Social. It’s nearly here. At long last and after two years of work, our fifth studio album “FEEL” is finished. Done, signed off, gone to print, gone to press… [gulps] complete! So complete in fact, that we have release dates! “Sunrise Laughing” – Read more


Pre-Order "FEEL" on Blue Vinyl -
August 15, 2016

The Vinyl Countdown

A Way To Blue. . . 12″ Vinyl Wheels are in motion, cogs are whirring and spreadsheets are being filled in here at H&S HQ, readying ourselves to drop our brand spanking new album ‘FEEL‘ on your laps on Monday the 10th of October. It’s all recorded, we’re just at the stage of signing off – Read more

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strada music booking agent for gigs, shows, festivals.
July 27, 2016

Booking Ace

Double “O” AWESOME – introducing “Agent Leila” We’re super happy to announce that Hope and Social are to be working with the lovely people of Strada Music. Formed in July 2016, and out of the merger of the Adastra & Regent Music agencies, Strada Music work with some fantastic artists across Folk, Roots, World, Jazz – Read more

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July 13, 2016

Greenbelt – A Band Anyone Can Join

So… you wanna join the band… The summer is fast approaching… or we might have just had it, I can’t decide. Either way, the Hope and Social ‘Summer Festival Tour’ is most definitely upon us and on Monday 29th August we’re going to be donning our Hunter wellies and heading back to see our friends – Read more

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June 16, 2016

9 Videos for 9 Songs

We need YOU to make our next music video It is with great excitement that we’re putting a call out for film makers for our new album. We’ve poured heart and soul into our new record. It’s taken 3 years to get it to completion, we’ve lost and gained band members, we’ve talked and talked – Read more

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H&S at Underneath The Stars Festival - Copyright © Jo Cox
June 15, 2016

Festivals 2016

I’m guessing you don’t have much experience with heat Bees will buzz, aaaaand so will a worn and unraveled G-string (we’re talking guitars here people, not skimpies). You can expect to find all of the above and us, probably getting gorgeously tanned, at this summers festivals! Already this season we’ve been at York’s “The Ebor – Read more

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June 6, 2016

Halifax Minster, are you ready?

!WARNING! Obligatory, unromantic link to buy tickets – Well, the summer is thus far shaping up to be a veritable smorgasbord of festival delights. We’ve played out in the pouring rain in Brill and just about managed to convince the ukulele lovers of Huddersfield that we can play the damn thing. There’s plenty more – Read more

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December 3, 2015

The 12 Signs of Christmas in New Yorkshire

Hello Dear Reader & a merry Yule to y’all, We’re writing to you just now to put a bit of a shout out to all those of you who like helping people at this time of year… and when we say people, we mean us! As you may know, we’ve putting on a Christmas event – Read more

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November 20, 2015

The Fairytale of New Yorkshire

Friday 11th December!   GET YOUR TICKETS HERE! Apologies for the radio silence these past couple of weeks, but oh me my, what fun we have planned for our 2015 Christmas Doooo, “The Fairytale of New Yorkshire“… AND for that matter, what fun we’re having planning it! This is not gonna be some standard, badly – Read more


October 23, 2015

Big Beautiful Brash BRASS Bash Bonanza

We love a bit of brass in Hope and Social. Other things we love include dancing, being ‘entertaining’, making loud noises and making stuff up on the spot, so when we were asked to work with New York Brass Band at Durham BRASS Festival, we jumped at the opportunity. As usual, we bit off slightly – Read more


H&S at Underneath The Stars Festival - Copyright © Jo Cox
September 10, 2015

Autumn Tour 2015

I’ll Take a Tango Yessssss indeedy, after a fun-fueled, festival-tastic time over the summer (check out Jo Cox’s ace Underneath The Stars Festival pic over there on the right –, we’ve decided not to pack it all in and do something more important, but to hot-foot it around the UK one last time in – Read more


July 31, 2015

“Difficult Tenth Album” Syndrome

Whoa there Horsie! ————- The good ship H&S has recently returned from a month having THE best fun at 11 shows at Grassington Festival, Oakwell Festival, Durham Brass, Scarborough Seafest and Underneath The Stars. Prior to that, I started this blog-post, to reflect on where we’re at in the making of this next Hope and – Read more

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July 9, 2015

July Festivals Preview

After spending the 5 hottest weeks of the year holed up underground in a natural refrigerator, we are poking our moley noses out of the soil, dusting off the blue jackets and donning the factor 50 for 10 shows at festivals this merry month. Sat. 11th July: Kirkstall Festival It all kicks off this Saturday – Read more


June 9, 2015


Day six at the crypt, and we’re in uncharted territory in a number of senses. It’s different, as I hinted at at the start of the week, both in terms of how we’re approaching this record… and that for the first time since November 2009, we have a change in personnel. First up, we want – Read more

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June 2, 2015

A letter from Si Goff

To the big wide family of H&S, I’m sure many of you have heard already and caught on to Rich’s hint in the last blog but I am writing to you all to say farewell. It is with a heavy heart that I have decided that my time as a member of Hope and Social – Read more

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June 1, 2015


Well, it’s June, and that means we’re starting a new album. It’s been a long time coming this one. What with so many and varied Hope and Social projects this past year, Si and his many theatre things, and Goff being totally immersed in art in Berlin, we just haven’t been able to get a – Read more

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May 21, 2015

Blunder Bust!

Wow, that was tiring! Who’d have thunk that teaching 50 people a bunch of H&S songs in 4 hours across two buses, a stately home and a church then doing a gig at the finish line of the Tour de Yorkshire would prove so tiring? [grins] Well, it was. But it was sooooo worth it. – Read more

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April 10, 2015

Hope and Social’s Blunder Bus!

Part of the Tour de Yorkshire Festival blunderbuss noun 1. a short large-bored gun, flared at the muzzle so as to scatter shot widely. Literally ‘thunder gun’. 2. an action or way of doing something regarded as lacking in subtlety and precision. Rain coat? Check. Stamina? Check. Vocal Cords? Check. Massive bag of fun-nuts? Check. – Read more

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March 20, 2015

“Connect: Resound” – A Live Lesson on Sound

… from inside your computer!!! This coming Thursday (26th March 2015) from 1:15pm to 2:15pm, schools across the county are tuning in to join Hope and Social (the musical equivalent to the interior designers’ “shabby-chic”) deliver a live lesson in sound and recording via the wondrous interwebz. This is the third event in NYMAZ’s Connect:Resound – Read more

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December 8, 2014

The 12 Gigs of Christmas – The Lowdown

We can’t afford big tele advertising campaign, but if we could it would go like this. [overly dramatic X-Factor voiceover, massive silver words rush towards screen] “12 GIGS” [big drum] “1 DAY” [cannon fires] “6 IDIOTS!” [fireworks] etc. It’s safe to say we’ve had some stupid ideas as a band. We just get over excited, – Read more


November 14, 2014

The 12 Gigs Of Christmas (Hux’s Birthday)

I’ve no time for dilly dallying these days so first up, here’s the cold hard facts. For those of you with an attention span marginally longer than a springer spaniel puppy, scroll down for some poetic scene setting. What is this nonsense? 12 gigs Where you doing it then? Leeds City Centre When is it? 19th – Read more

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October 15, 2014

Just Another Normal Tour!

Well…. as normal as anything gets around here! We can’t do anything without something “weird” happening… Sometimes we replace the word “weird” with “magic” but it all comes out the same in the wash. Well, we bet you were thinking…. “I wonder when Hope and Social are going to do some more of their what – Read more

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June 19, 2014

People Say The Nicest Things

The dust has settled on The Tour Of Infinite Possibility: Weekend #1. As Simon so rightly puts it, it’s been an “incredible, exhilarating and rewarding” project. So much happened over those two days, we played six shows, with hundreds of new band members joining us on stage. All in just under 36 hours. It’s difficult – Read more

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June 12, 2014

The Tour of Infinite Possibility: Weekend 1

Well it’s taken some serious coffee and a lot of moaning but I think we’re just about human again after the mammoth first weekend of The Tour of Infinite Possibility! And what an incredible, exhilarating and rewarding two days it was. How do we quantify its ephemeral magic? Through some hard stats, that’s how: 470 – Read more


June 6, 2014

Le Tour. Le Launch.

We are overjoyed to be able to confirm that Hope and Social are set to appear at the Grand Depart Opening Ceremony. We’ll be showcasing some of the very best of our brand new band members who’ve joined us for the Yorkshire Festival project The Tour Of Infinite Possibility, and performing The Big Wide, the – Read more

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Tour of Infinite Possibility
May 28, 2014

Is the Tour of Infinite Possibility possible?

So here we are, 10 days to go before the first weekend of TIP shows and we’re just about as busy as a band could be. It’s been weeks in development, months in expectation and years in bell playing but we’re nearly ready to take to the Yorkshire roads with our traveling circus of noise. – Read more

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