FEATURE: Hope & Glory 2017: Standing with Manchester



Hope & Glory 2017:


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Standing with Manchester


THE next couple of months, ordinarily, would be focused on preparing for…

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the summer festivals and big music events. That is still the case but there is a different concern coming in: the need to raise awareness and support for the victims of the Manchester terrorist attack. There will be a series of events that seek to raise donations to the families and those affected by the terrible attacks. Hope & Glory is one such festival who aims to raise much-needed donations so, with that in mind, a look at who is playing and how you can get involved…



New North West Festival, HOPE & GLORY is to donate all the profits from ticket sales of its inaugural year to the victims and their families of the terrorist attack in Manchester earlier this month.

The inaugural boutique festival HOPE & GLORY is taking over Liverpool’s city centre, hosting an array of live music and entertainment across the weekend of the 5th and 6th of August with a line-up that includes Manchester headliners James and the 70 piece orchestra Hacienda Classical with fellow Mancunian special guests Shaun Ryder, Bez and Tim Booth.

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Try to imagine the very best bands, combined with a decadent Victoriana carnival, with a heavy dose of outrageous sideshows, and you’ll begin to get a picture of what HOPE & GLORY festival is.

This brand new festival for Liverpool, taking place on 5 & 6 August, is set against the stunning Victorian backdrop of the World Museum, City Library and St. George’s Hall and Gardens.

With weekend tickets priced at just £89 (inclusive of booking fee), you can expect a glorious mix of incredible music, comedy and fun – all within a few hundred yards of Lime Street station.

The main stage music for the weekend will be on The Great Exhibition stage. The second stage will deliver different delights across the weekend and will be called The Wonders Of The Age stage on the Saturday and The Wonders of the Age stage on Sunday.

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IN THIS PHOTO: The ShowHawk Duo, who will be playing on the Sunday

HOPE & GLORY Festival Promoter Lee O’Hanlon said:

I have lost count the number of times I have attended shows at Manchester Arena for professional purposes and personal enjoyment. I attended the vigil the following night in Albert Square and then attended the Simple Minds concert in Manchester that same night. I was moved like I never have been before. The defiance and strength the people of Manchester showed that night and in the days after the attack was the most powerful thing I have ever experienced. The images of children and young parents broke my heart so goodness knows what the families are going through. I can’t begin to imagine…I just want us to be able to support the friends and families of those injured or who lost their lives as well as the emergency services that supported them, in any way we could. As a North West Festival with two Manchester artists as our headliners, the choice was simple. It’s simply doing what we can, standing with Manchester. These people want to change our way of lives. I grew up on the music of the North West. These people are strong and if we can help them a little then we will.”

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IN THIS PHOTO: Public Service Broadcasting, who will be playing on the Sunday

Lee O’Hanlon’s business partner, Iain Kerr concurred:

“Lee suggested that we donate profits from the festival to the cause and I knew in an instant it was the right thing to do.”

The festival which boasts a host of artists from across the north and wider UK is set in the heart of Liverpool behind St. George’s Hall, in St John’s Gardens and William Brown Street where 12,500 fans can enjoy the festival while indulging in the stunning Victorian backdrop of the World Museum and City Library. A specially created arena will be home to the festival – all within a few hundred yards walk of the main Lime Street train station

Fans from across the North West will be able to attend each day with the festival finishing in time for the last trains from nearby Liverpool Lime Street Station.

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IN THIS PHOTO: Lucy Spraggan will play the Wonders of the Age Stage (on Saturday)




The Fratellis
Charlotte Church’s Late Night Pop Dungeon
The View
Badly Drawn Boy
Pigeon Detectives
The Membranes And 25 Piece Choir


Lucy Spraggan
Dave Mccabe (Zutons) w/ Ian Skelly (The Coral)
Chris Helme (The Seahorses)
Ordinary Boys
Wild Front
Haunt The Wood
The Jackobins

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Hacienda Classical
Ocean Colour Scene
Tom Chaplin
Lightning Seeds
Public Service Broadcasting
Reverend & The Makers
Zak Abel
Show Hawk Duo


The Twang
The Shimmer Band
The Blinders
Coquin Migale
Avalanche Party
Glass Mountain
Indigo Velvet
The Dantervilles

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IN THIS PHOTO: Clean Cut Kid play on the Sunday

HOPE & GLORY also features an abundance of entertainment across the site with Spoken Word performances, magic shows, comedy and acoustic acts plus extravagant and outrageous side-shows and so much more fun for the whole family to enjoy.

Featuring spectacular entertainment including Football Legends charity darts match, Charlotte Church in conversation with renowned journalist Simon Price, Celebrity Charity arm wrestling, The Victorian Acrobatic Team, The Liverpool International Air Guitar Competition, Harminder the Elephant, Dinosaur Baby in the Pram, Dance of the Lobsters and The Woman Who Grew Up Into A Tree.

Additionally, over the course of the weekend and throughout the festival site, there will be a Foam Party, Prince Albert’s Little Secret (Cocktail bar), Mothers Ruin (Gin bar), Mr Edison’s Electric Emporium, Dr Johnson’s Clandestine Gathering, The Hoop & Stick, Darwin’s Little Darlings, Stephi La Reine’s Fashionista Hour and the organisers promise more ‘weird and wonderful happenings.

HOPE & GLORY is an exciting addition to the UK’s festival scene, providing a quirky and fun weekend for all the family to watch, enjoy and discover some of the best talent in music and art, all within a unique and attractive location and now, for a heartfelt cause.

Tickets available from:


Weekend Tickets (inc. booking fee):
Adult £89
Under 16s £59
Under 10s £49
Under 5s £FREE

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(Thanks to Wilful Publicity for the festival information).

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