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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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


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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 jocoxphotography-dot.co.uk
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 – 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 – 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 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 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


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 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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April 1, 2014

Crypt Covers: Vol. 1

2 years on from our first ever Crypt Covers session, we’re releasing the first album’s worth of Crypt Covers. For the uninitiated, Crypt Covers is our one day challenge to record and video a fan-chosen cover version, with another artist, in one day. It’s been a challenging, interesting and worthwhile experience throughout. We wanted to – Read more


March 27, 2014

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 – Read more


January 2, 2014

Crypt Covers 10: Dancing Years – Saturday 4th January

UPDATE 7-1-14 Video below! Crypt covers 10 was the beautiful “I’ll Do It All Again” by Leeds own Corrine Bailey Rae suggested by @manwakesup on twitter. It’s SUCH a good song. Quite heartbreaking… The recording was one live take of the whole band and then we just overdubbed all the vocals and a teeny bit – Read more

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November 26, 2013

We Are “The Band Anyone Can Join”

(Short attention span? Like pictures but not words? Skip straight to the video) There’s nothing more exciting than trying to do the impossible; or at least the seemingly impossible. The stuff that feels like magic is happening, the stuff that feels that, in some small and positive way, it’s had an impact on someone’s life. – Read more

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October 18, 2013

Crypt Covers 9: Merz – Wed 23rd October

UPDATE 25-10-13 We had an absolutely lovely day in the Crypt on the 23rd October with the rather fantastic Merz. The song we covered was “Old Town” – an obscure track from a Phil Lynott solo album. It was a real pleasure working with Conrad. A real inspiration for us and just a joy to – Read more


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October 4, 2013

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 – Read more


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


September 11, 2013

Crypt Covers 8: The Travelling Band

On October 8th we were joined by the Manchester-based five-piece Folk-Rock-Juggernaut that is The Travelling Band. I (Gary) first saw the Travelling Band a few years back at Kendal Calling and was blown away by their songs, charisma and musicianship. Earlier this year I had the pleasure of being out with the lads when Ellen – Read more


June 13, 2013

Letter to The Mailing List – June ’13

Good morning campers! Gosh hasn’t nature done itself proud this week? Last week the birds had all but given up on our climate and headed south for warmer days and carefree nights, but come Monday they turned tail at Dover and pushed their way back up the M1 to sing their hearts out and dance – Read more

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May 21, 2013

A Band Anyone Can Join – For The Players

We’ve already written about our project for the year’s Grassington Festival “A Band Anyone Can Join”. The short version is, the people of Grassington are temporarily joining the ranks of Hope and Social for our headline slot, Saturday 15th of June at Grassington Festival. It’s going to be bloody lovely, and you can get your – Read more


A Band Anyone Can Join – Grassington Festival 2013

One of the things many people say about Hope and Social is that we’re “good at that fan-engagement stuff”. For example, on Public Transport Day last year, Hope and Social did The Grassington Run, a travelling event with 50 revellers joining H&S for their journey from Leeds (by train, bus, steam-train, walk and open-topped bus) – Read more

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