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


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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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 12, 2014

The Tour of Infinite Possibility: Weekend 1

Well it’s taken some serious coffee and a lot of moaning but I think we’re just about human again after the mammoth first weekend of The Tour of Infinite Possibility! And what an incredible, exhilarating and rewarding two days it was. How do we quantify its ephemeral magic? Through some hard stats, that’s how: 470 – Read more


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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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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


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July 25, 2011

Sleep Sound, where you lay

When Malcolm and I were asked to help out with preparations for the #hsgardenparty, we jumped at the chance. We’re both creatives; making and designing for a living, but the Hope and Social projects we have worked on in the past haven’t just produced some of the work we are most proud of; we’ve had – Read more

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July 22, 2011

Garden Party – Hammock Stage Music

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

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July 21, 2011

Garden Party – Main Stage Music

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

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June 28, 2011

Party, Party, Party! Garden Party!

So you may have caught up with this on that there Facebook, or Twitter… but for anyone who doesn’t already know…Hope and Social are bloomin’ chuffed to announce (after much deliberation, a few tears and a nervous breakdown) our next event … … the Hope and Social Garden Party (#hsgardenparty if you’re on twitter) is GO! – Read more

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May 10, 2011

A little bit about Sleep Sound…

… the Album So here it is… Sleep Sound. The third Hope and Social album in as many years (actually, it’s less than two calendar years since we released “Architect…“). We’re very proud of it indeed… Over the next couple of weeks we’re going to do blog posts for each song like we did for – Read more


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May 2, 2011

Come Sing on Our New Record

We Need You OK, we’ve mentioned the ace Seacroft community Choir Voices of the Day, who’ll be accompanying us at our “Sleep Sound” Launch at The Brudenell Social Club… well we’re amassing a wee choir for the very last thing to go on our album this coming Monday and we’d love to have you along – Read more


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March 14, 2011

Another quick catch-up from The Crypt

I’m knackered so this will be very short indeed! Great day down the studio today…finally pressed that big red button and started recording this album. First track up is a sort of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young type affair originally titled Cotton Wool although it’ll probably end up being called Threads (although that does remind – Read more


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December 17, 2010

Snowball Week – The Chrimbo Tree

Today is Rich’s Birthday!!! Yep, it’s my birthday peeps… and I’m blogging for you this cold winter’s morn. 😉 Firstly – Panorama… Snowball Week – The Final Day of Prep (Cont’d from Yesterday’s post about the ace Ho-Ho Hope and Social beer by Leeds Brewery!) On the 4th of December we held our Snowball, culminating – Read more


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December 14, 2010

The Snowball Keeps on Rolling

Well ladies and gentlemen The Snowball was a wonderful wonderful thing filled with Christmas joy and unending goodwill. There will be lots more stuff coming your way to make you green with envy or happy with glowing memories. We’ll be showing you how we got the marvellous Ho Ho Hope and Social beer, and our – Read more

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November 2, 2010

The Hope and Social “SnowBall”

It’s a Christmas Party “It’s that time of year, when the world falls in love…”, and we embark on another ill-advised day of fun, frollicks and more Christmas cheer than you can point a stick at. Hope and Social are pleased to announce that on the 4th December 2010 – from 1pm to 8pm, we will – Read more


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October 29, 2010

B-Sides Beside The Seaside

An amazing day made by our Hope and Social tribe On September the 4th this year, Hope and Social hired an open-top, double decker sharanang to eek that last bits of sun and warmth out of summer… and with 70 amazing people, we headed for the seaside. It was an amazing life affirming day for – Read more


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September 23, 2010

“James” – the Forthcoming Video

We are very excited to announce that this Friday, we’ll be releasing the video for “James”, our rant at let-down losers of the worst kind. Shot and made by the amazing Ross McWhannell, who has worked with us on such fantastic videos as 1000 Bulbs and The First Word is the Hardest, it’s a claustrophobes – Read more


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September 2, 2010

The Most Beautiful Deckchairs on Gods Earth

Some things are made entirely of love. On Saturday we are taking an open top bus full of people to the seaside to play some games, eat some food, play some music and make some friends. For everyone involved in Hope and Social having fun and making art is the wind in our sails; one – Read more


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August 19, 2010

WLTM: Human beings with Video Cameras!

Must be creative, like people, with GSOH and up for possible more serious relationship. Likes must include: travelling, the seaside, live music. We’re doing an open top bus trip to the seaside for our latest Hope and Social event on the 4th of September. One of the things which we loved about the last event – Read more


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July 30, 2010

Can You Make A Cool Thing?

Come rain, shine, hell or high water we are heading to the seaside on a open top bus. Oh yeah! And a trip to the seaside is not complete without popping your burnt red mug in a cheeky, big bosomed, skinny armed, fat bottomed, blue jacketed, Great British seaside “Your Face Here” photo board! For our – Read more