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Hope & Social in Howden

Hope & Social
The Shire Hall, Howden
Saturday 21st September 2024, £22.00
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Hope & Social, eight hoodlums who play all-out, ballsy, joyous and uplifting music to win the hearts of many a gig-goer throughout their ten-year tenure as one of the UKs hardest working bands. Hope and Social gigs are a bewildering mix of chaos and superlative musicianship, built on some of the finest songs youll ever hear, and garnished with generous portion of Northern, self deprecating humour. With a 3 piece horn section and 5 part harmonies, Hope and Social make a massive sound that draws influence from soul, indie, folk, disco and art rock. Youll sing, youll dance, youll smile so much your face will hurt. Think Dexys. Think The Hold Steady. Think the grooviest, funnest bar band you can imagine!

In March 2022 lead singer Simon was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. After a long year and a half of the best support the NHS can offer and lot of gaffa tape the band are doing their stretches and are ready to make a return to doing what they love best playing life affirming music in rooms with friends and strangers and sharing a thunderous joy of being together and literally not being dead.

Over the last 13 years the boys in blue have toured extensively around the U.K garnering the praise of many a fan, fans-to-be, and critics on the way. From folk clubs in the deepest south of England to the cavernous Leeds Arena. Yorkshire's own 'E-street Band' are no stranger to the Festival circuit, having chalked up an impressive list of appearances including Greenbelt, Glastonbury, Durham Brass, Yorkshire Festival, Moonbeams, Deershed and Just So Festival. In June 2019 the band supported indie-popsters Embrace at their sold-out homecoming show at the Piece Hall, Halifax.

Hope and Social arent just about gigs. As part of their mission to involve people in most everything they do, theyve completed a huge number of ridiculous projects and events involving dozens, hundreds and now thousands of people in what they do. Check out hopeandsocial.com/projects/ for more details.

Rousing, joyous - The Guardian

"a big sound from this impressive outfit...inspired, anthemic, great" - Q magazine

Brilliant, uplifting and inclusive. That was amazing, heres your cheque
- Michael Eavis, Glastonbury Festival

"Extraordinary songs, virtuoso performances,
beautiful moments and music hall bonhomie!"
- Tom Robinson, BBC6Music

Joe Solo is an award-winning musician, writer, poet, activist, broadcaster and washing machine engineer from Scarborough. His musical odyssey began in 1987 fronting a bash-em-out band at school, and has seen him play nine countries either as lynchpin of pop-punk upstarts Lithium Joe or hammering out his unique brand of Folk, Punk and Blues in his own right.

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