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
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
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
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
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
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
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 – jocoxphotography.co.uk), 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
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
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
Acoustic music and hanging seating, a match made in heaven… OK, so you’ve heard all about the rather magnificent music line up on the garden party main stage but you know what’s missing? Hammocks, that’s what. Scientific studies have shown that a full day of string bands, swing, dancing, mahoosive choirs and overly-excited Butlins escapees – Read more
We’re All About The Music Rich here. Well, I’m ecstatic to be able to say we’ve just about got everything confirmed up musically for the Garden Party. It’s been really tricky getting this all confirmed but as for the main stage, we’re just about there now. There’s still plenty of music to discover on the – Read more
I hope you have been delighted to find a gorgeous packet of sunflower seeds in your copy of our new album April.
So, the tallest Hope and Social sunflower by the end of September wins an original hand drawn and signed picture of a sunflower by Simon, and a life time supply of Four Day Hombre CDs.
So we were sat thinking about our slightly unusual but completely charming Come Dine With Us evening. It’s caused quite a stir don’t you know. (*warning, this is not the last food pun in this post) And our interactive song and video Marching on Through. And then we were inspired… Inspired by a tweet from – Read more
An evening of food, recording & shenanigans at our crypt… Come Dine With Us (invitation song) by Hope and Social “If music be the food of love, play on” Shakespeare “Play on, play on” Blackstreet featuring Dr Dre “Red red wine, it’s up to you” Neil Diamond Roll up! Roll up! As part of the – Read more
Re-Posted from TheHuxCapacitor.wordpress.com MUSIC INDUSTRY PANEL EVENT: HAVE YOU GOT WHAT IT TAKES TO MAKE IT IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS? We’re very excited to be speaking at this Grow Creative event hosted by Lancaster University and facilitated by Mushroom Concepts for the forthcoming Global Enterprise Week (followed by a performance at this gig) at 6.30pm, – Read more
After cracking gigs at the weekend it’s been a rubbush old week in Ed land… a never ending stream of life poo or so it feels but this article by Cheryl Jacobs Nicolai in her blog Photodino really really cheered me up.. Advice for Aspiring Photographers (found via the consistently excellent “The Online Photographer“) The – Read more
Many many thanks to all you lovely people who made it to the Cavendish Arms last night. You were all fantastic, even @dunkr, whose kazoo solo was one of the weirdest to date. Seriously though, the participation in Buzzer Goes, Do What You Must and Looking For Answers was amazing. Thanks to Mr AG for – Read more
It’s Jason’s birthday. Wish him a happy one. First gig in ages last night and good to blow the cobwebs out at the Talbot. Always very welcoming, we get very well fed and waterred, it’s a pleasant way to spend 14 hours is the Talbot. Seemed somehow rowdier last night, in fact it felt like – Read more
After two days rehearsal with drummers Ian Firth and Gary Stewart we’re in the van on our way to the Talbot Inn, Chaddersley Corbett. A 16th Century pub who won our second living room gigs competition. We love this place, not least because we get well fed, waterred and they don’t make us go to – Read more
(Also posted here) Well we played Glastonbury this year and you know what, it wasn’t bad [grin]. We’ve been back to the grindstone at the Crypt since, writing Hope and Social’s second album and 5 songs for Imitating the Dog‘s new Greece/UK project Tales From The Bar Of Lost Souls but, belated as this post – Read more
Well, it’s quarter to 10 on Tuesday night and most of the packing is done, I’m about to embark on a round of pick ups at all the chaps houses and then, in 6 wee hours we’ll be getting up to head to Glastonbury. It’s a lifetime ambition of mine, and for us all. Had – Read more
We’re enjoying this tour. It feels really good to have a record out and to play it to people who’ve downloaded the album or have bought it and are singing the lyrics back at us (the lyrics are up on the website now). The reception at the gigs has been unanimously great so thank you – Read more
Hope and Social are ecstatic to announce that we’re playing thrice at this year’s Glastonbury Festival:
A “Worthy FM” session on Thursday at 2-30PM.
The Queen’s Head Stage on Friday at 3-45 PM and
The Acoustic Stage on Saturday at 1PM
We’ll see you at Bruce too, just to the left of the mixing tent, 45 degrees from the back corner ten yards out. We’ll be the ones with the pear cider and the grins.
So we’ve put a new FREE download up of a live take of one of our album fave’s “San Francisco”, recorded and filmed at the Crypt where the album was made. We recorded this one with Mike “Powerhouse” Heaton who will be joining us again for our forthcoming “Raw Talent” show with BBC Humberside, as – Read more
What an amazing couple of weeks, it’s been out and about, I’ll try and keep this succinct. We started out at Joiners on the 19th. Always a pleasure to go there – lovely people and a well looked after venue. Saw some of the tour regulars – keep your eye on flickr for the audience – Read more