UK: Liverpool will host a new festival this summer with the inaugural Hope & Glory, bringing a range of music and art to the city centre’s St. George’s Hall.
To launch the event, the first 1,200 ticket buyers will gain access to a special free gig the night before the festival starts. Taking place in a secret location in Liverpool on August 4, the exclusive gig will have big name acts performing, details of which will be revealed to ticket holders nearer to the event.
The two-day festival will invite 12,500 attendees to enjoy an abundance of entertainment throughout the whole festival site while indulging in the Victorian backdrop of the World Museum, City Library and St. George’s Hall and Gardens – all within a few hundred yards walk of the main Lime Street train station.
Hope & Glory touts itself as a stylish yet artistically subversive boutique festival that offers an edgy, sophisticated and surreal experience. Alongside the launch, the organisers have revealed the first wave of acts performing across its two stages.
Headlining the festival’s main stage – ‘The Great Exhibition Stage’ – on the Sunday is Haçienda Classical, who will see out the whole weekend. Joining them are Scottish-trio The Fratellis, former Keane frontman Tom Chaplin and UK rockers Reverend & The Makers, with plenty more names still to be announced.
Elsewhere there will be over 50 acts playing across the festival arena, with emerging talent taking to the ‘Wonders Of The Age Stage’ including The Shimmer Band, The Blinders, Coquin Migale and Vynce.
Besides the music, Hope & Glory will also feature sideshows across the site with spoken word performances at ‘Dr. Johnston’s Clandestine Gathering’ as well as magic, comedy and acoustic acts at ‘The Soapbox’. It also caters for the whole family with ‘Kaleidoscope Corner’, a games and competitions area specifically designed for adults plus ‘Darwin’s Little Darlings’ for the kids.
Additionally, the organisers promise all manner of ‘culinary delights’ and adult-only bars scattered around the site, including the ‘Mother’s Ruin’ gin palace and ‘Prince Albert’s Little Secret’ cocktail bar.