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


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


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 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


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


H&S at Underneath The Stars Festival - Copyright © Jo Cox jocoxphotography-dot.co.uk
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 – 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


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


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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September 19, 2013

All Your Dancing Days

Hello, Howdy, Willkommen! —— The rumours are true, have no doubt. The Hope & Social ‘Show of un-rehearsed Shonk’ is making it’s way to a town near you next month. Why? Why the hell not???! We don’t need no new album to tour crazy fool!! We are hitting the road once again, beginning on the – Read more


April 20, 2013

It’s Tour time again!!

Hello good people. Yes, it’s that time again, we are mounting our trusty red steed and coming to a town near you (hopefully), and yes….it starts on MONDAY! Amongst everything happening at the moment…a baby coming….me living out of suitcase for 8 months now…..James’ letter to Bruce….we have been a bit preoccupied so forgot to – Read more

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August 26, 2012

How we roll

Awesome weekend so far! Galtres Festival was lovely as ever. Smiling faces all round. Best sounding stage of the festival season to date. We love Galtres! Amazing people. Great set-up. Highlights include “Olympic Jousting”, the lovely and ace “Hand Made Hands“, the scratch band who closed the night at the Firkin stage, the fantastic food – Read more


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June 21, 2011

DeerShed Festival

Hope and Social are soooper excited and privileged to be headlining the Friday night of Deer Shed Festival. A festival by the people, for the people. It’s very much down Hope and Social’s street this one. Real beer, locall, ethically sourced food from independent fooderies, and run by a team of people who are just – Read more

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April 15, 2011

Plague, Album Progress, Tour, T-Shirt, Swing, Other

Plague The plague has hit the Crypt. A daubed red cross adorns the door and a trough has been placed outside to wash the monies used to pay for incoming pasties. No man shall leave and no man shall enter. We have written and signed our pledge to contain the disease within these walls and – Read more

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October 8, 2009

Cavendish Arms, Stockwell

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


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October 2, 2009

October Tour – Day 1 – The Talbot

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


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September 21, 2009

The Power of Love – Thanks to fans

Well it’s been all bubbling away behind the scenes. Plans for this October’s tour are coming together and through the wonders of twitter, facebook, BBC radio, youtube, crowd sourcing, blogs and TopMan we’re amassing quite a bunch of help. So thank you. Chris Gregory (@MrFurrball on twitter), in Kentish Town, gave Hope and Social a – Read more

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September 11, 2009

Glasto Roundup – part 1

(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

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June 23, 2009

Glastonbury Beckons

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

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June 13, 2009

Summer Tour

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


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May 26, 2009

Glastonbury – Worthy FM, Thursday – “Emerging Talent” headline Friday – Acoustic Stage Saturday

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.


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April 23, 2009

San Francisco… Ooooh, and Hull!

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

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April 4, 2009

Tour Roundup Part1

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

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