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  • How To Be An Artist Ally: Part 1

    Or “7 Ways to Help The Bands You Love… …A Guide For The Enthusiastic Fan” It’s a tough ol’ business keeping an artistic career going. The constant need to feel like you’re moving forward, the increased control of the interwebz by large corporations (see this thread by Lee Parson‘s CEO of our online distributor Ditto…

  • “Do It All Again” on The Radio

    Awesome news everybody! Wowser. Thank you all for an amazing first week of our new album “Happy Bread (& Cruel Hangovers)“. Lots has been happening but first up, a heads up. We’re overjoyed to be able to announce that our lead track Do It All Again will get it’s international radio debut on National Treasure…

  • New Album “Happy Bread (& Cruel Hangovers)” OUT NOW!

    That’s right, Hope and Social’s brand new album “Happy Bread (& Cruel Hangovers)” is out now. We’ve lots to tell you about… downloads, streaming, where to get it on CD and all about the pre-order for vinyl, posters, tee shirts… but more on that in a minute… why not press play, then read on..? Happy…

  • Album Drop – 30/09/19

    “Happy Bread (and Cruel Hangovers)” Hope and Social to release their 6th studio album on the 30th September SAVE THE DATE! Yep, you heard it here first. The 6th eagerly (meagrely?!) awaited album by Hope and Social is in the can. Recorded, mixed, mastered & sent to the pressing plant. “What’s it all about then?”…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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”…

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    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…

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

    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…

  • Halifax Minster, are you ready?

    !WARNING! Obligatory, unromantic link to buy tickets – http://bit.ly/2146cEF 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…

  • 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…

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

    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…

  • 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…

  • 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.…

  • 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…

  • Life’s a Beach and then you Party! (Feva Festival 17th August)

    Holy crabsticks! We’re all still exhausted from the craziness that was The Tour of Infinite Possibility. What we all need is a holiday. We need a Yorkshire holiday. How’s about we all go to the beach for just one day? In Knaresborough. Wuh? On Sunday the 17th of August in collaboration with Knaresborough’s lovely Feva…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • TIP is green for go! I repeat…

    …TIP is green for GO! Oh my word… the Tour of Infinite Possibility is actually real! We’re starting our journey through a maze of shark infested spreadsheets and perilously dangerous calendars. It’s been a little scary, a little daunting and quite marvellous. A little bit like planning to ride a wild horse. When you’ve never…

  • Dancing Day

    Our Dancing Day

    I bloody love dancing, it’s brilliant, but before I get to that I need to give you some history. Let me set the scene….. The year is 2002. I’m in 6th form. The most important event of the academic calendar is upon us. The school talent show. Me and two of my lesser talented chums…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • November Tour – We need your help!

    Yes that’s right, we of Hope and Social are strapping ourselves in once again for a stint of driving round the country in our trusty red steed! In November we will be hitting the road coming to a town near you (hopefully) and we might be…..just maybe…playing some new songs. We are back in the…