Bees and Summer

Big Bee - by flickr's aussiegall

Well hello everyone on this fine June morning. The world is full of colour and bees (well not that many bees) and we’re on our way to yet more sun filled Hope and Social dates. Yes gather up your smock and jump on the funbus…where better to be once England have been knocked out of the World Cup by an unstoppable Algerian centre forward?


We’re getting more dates in all the time (come on Hux get off that iPhone and book us some more gigs) for the summer and can’t wait to get back out entertaining the troops. We kick off proceedings this weekend at the Rough Beats festival. Should be a right giggle – great music, small intimate crowd and the historic Clapham station just a stone’s throw away. Oh you can’t beat it. If you want special discounted tickets for the Saturday when we’re on then please go to and get your wallet out…

More information on these and more dates soon but just for now so you can add it to your diary:

  • June 5, Rough Beats Festival – Yorkshire
  • July 1, Yardbird Club, Grimsby
  • July 8, On a boat, Oxford
  • July 15, Mojo, Manchester
  • July 16, Living Room Gig, Yorkshire
  • July 17, Deershed Festival, Baldersby Park, Topcliffe
  • July 17, The Sun Inn, Nr Harrogate
  • July 23, The Rainbow, Birmingham
  • July 29, Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate (supporting Field Music – Simon on his own!)
  • Aug 14, Deighton Festival, Deighton
  • Aug 15, Moor Music Festival, Skipton

    So some great dates… Moor Music will be a blast as ever and come along to see Simon support the fantastic Field Music in the even more fantastic Harrogate Theatre on July 29th. All good stuff. We’re also playing John Lewis summer festival but only the worker bees can come to that. Sold out? Us?


    April continues to be well received – thank you so much for all your wonderful comments and emails. What’s next I hear you cry? Well, we’ve got some MASSIVE plans for the summer and autumn. It’s going to be bigger than Ed’s debt and wider than Hux’s eyes I assure you. Keep posted and there’ll be more information very very soon. Oh, and we’ve hit our stride with the living rooms gigs now so if you want to get Hope and Social crammed between your sofa and your hostess trolley give us a shout!


    Yes, we know, the site has been down for some time now but we are so nearly there. It’s been a mammoth slog of coding and arguing over layout. Rock. And. Roll. Be patient you good good people. Be patient.

    Cheerio but be back soon…



    Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

    June 5, 2010 at 3:07 am

    I discovered your music today, and it has turned my whole week around. That may not seem like much, but it means so much to me :)
    Thank you for doing what you do

    June 14, 2010 at 2:31 pm
    – In reply to: Sammi

    And thank you for taking the time to comment on it and let us know. When we started, we always said “if we can move one person, like our favourite bands move us then we’ve achieved. This is why we do what we do.
    Many thanks,