Le Tour-ing band: Hope & Social’s infinite possibilities

NPOC - Pocktoberfest - Hope and social on the main stage
NPOC - Pocktoberfest - Hope and social on the main stage

By Graham Chalmers

One of our area’s most popular bands, Hope & Social are taking to their bikes for the Tour de France.

This highly respected Leeds-based pop-rock outfit were chosen by the organisers of the Grand Départ to come up wth the official song for Le Tour’s cultural extravaganza, The Yorkshire Festival which starts later this month

Called The Big Wide, the track will be played across the 100 days of the festival by brass bands, children’s choirs and even a bicycle orchestra.

This go-ahead band with strong Harrogate connections unveiled their Le Tour song at Trinity Hold Church in Leeds in ‘flashmob’ style at the end of January.

Later in the year, Hope & Social, who practice and record in their own 19th century church crypt, will be taking trademark blue jackets with white trim around the route of the Tour de France’s opening weekend in Yorkshire on a Tour of Infinite Possibility.

Mssrs Simon Wainwright, Rich Huxley, Ed Waring, Simon Goff, Gary Stewart and James Hamilton are expected to travel more than 200 miles in June doing three gigs per day for the duration.

They’ve already filmed the video of the Tour de France song at Scargill Reservoir with the help of Yorkshire Water who allowed them to use their beautiful land for the shoot.

The band’s bicycles were borrowed from Harrogate Borough Council who are partners of Cycle Yorkshire.

If you want to be part of the Tour of Infinite Possibility or would like to suggest a group or organisation they should work with, visit the band’s website.

The Tour of Infinite Possibility was commissioned by Yorkshire Festival 2014 with support from Arts Council England, Yorkshire Water, Welcome to Yorkshire and Yorkshire Local Authorities.

More information at www.hopeandsocial.com where you can download The Big Wide song and watch the video for free.

Or visit www.festival.yorkshire.com