With a little less than a fortnight until the brand new Hope & Glory Festival rolls into Liverpool, many are no doubt already preparing their Victoriana attire for the £1,000 prize fancy dress competition. But even if you’re not going to be able to prime your handlebar moustache in time, there are still many reasons to head along, not least a musical line-up that can only be described as eclectic.
Taking place in the city’s St George’s Quarter, the bill includes Reverend and the Makers, The Fratellis, Saturday headliners James, and what promises to be a truly memorable Sunday headline slot featuring Hacienda Classical and guests Shaun Ryder and Bez from the Happy Mondays. But throughout the list of bands performing, there are plenty of other Sync ‘must-sees’. We picked out five that are not to be missed if you’re heading along…
Clean Cut Kid have been building up an impressive following over the past 18 months or so, winning over new fans every time they appear at festivals in particular. The four-piece will have no lack of support for this home town show. Check out Leaving You Behind and We Used To Be In Love.
There’s quite simply no-one else quite like Public Service Broadcasting. Their material, based around samples and excerpts from government information films and archive documentaries, should never really work in theory, but the practice is altogether different. There will no doubt be material from new album Every Valley, inspired by the lives of Welsh mining life, but we hope also for older classics such as the space-race themed Go!
Leeds band Clay are an act that remain surprisingly under the radar, but there is a sense that this won’t stay that way for long. They head out on the road across the UK during October (including a return to Liverpool on the 27th) so this is a good chance to catch them ahead of that. Expect upbeat pop and strong tunes, such as 6AM.
Bristol favourites The Shimmer Band have been spreading the word during a number of useful support slots with the likes of The Enemy and Cabbage, and they’ll be bringing their polished and energetic psychedelic rock sound to proceedings at Hope & Glory. We’ll be hoping their set includes Jackknife And The Death Call.
Be sure to catch Bradford’s Glass Mountain for some intense, immersive and atmospheric guitar-laden sounds. Check out five-minute epic Cowboy Song if you want to find out more.
- Weekend and individual day tickets are still available from Hope & Glory. Ticket profits from the event will be donated to the victims and families of the recent Manchester terrorist attack.