Liverpool: 5th August 2017
“Welcome to Hope and Glory Festival. No one here owns a f**king watch!”
(Matt Bowman, The Pigeon Detectives)
Hope and Glory festival was like having a nice cold pint and a bird shitting in it (which did actually happen to me yesterday – maybe it was a sign of things to come!)
First pint, sun is shining!
All in all we did have a good day and there were positives such as finding new bands like the Jackobins and Haunt the Woods.
Nice and spacious early on
The first couple of hours were great. Sunshine, picturesque setting, lots of space and a friendly vibe.
At least these birds don’t shit in my cider!
Lots of space early on!
Chilling early doors
Acrobats add to the festival vibe
Why the first couple of lesser known bands on the main stage weren’t scrapped to ensure the rest of the day went more to plan I don’t know. Our enjoyment was truly a result of the excellent line up and bands that stuck around and played their hearts out despite the delays (the schedule was three hours behind being by the time The View came on!)
Just after this photo Dan was asked if he was in Ocean Colour Scene!
Only 15 mins to change around between bands was a big error
We got near the front for The Pigeon Detectives who stormed through their most well know sing/dance-a-longs. Loved seeing them as much as usual! (For a full set, see them later this year).
The Pigeon Detectives
However, long delays and dangerous overcrowding will unfortunately taint memories of the day (also, who serves glass bottles at festivals these days?!).
Luckily both the crowd and bands displayed incredible patience. The Fratellis, Embrace and The View were all ace, cramming in as many hits as the delayed scheduled allowed. I really enjoyed seeing The View for the first time, The Fratellis made me dance and smile as always and Embrace were a trip down memory lane that was much loved.
The sun bounces off many a bald head during Embrace
Using the time between acts to make friends with other festival goers (including the drummer of The Allies) was great but I expect many in the crowds were displaying athlete bladder control, desert like thirst or taking part in an extreme version of British queuing during most of the day.
Having seen most of the bands before we were looking forward to seeing Charlotte Church’s Pop Dungeon, Razorlight and James for the first time. Unfortunately Charlotte Church was pulled from the massively delayed set list last minute and we were so far at the back during Razorlight that although we could see them on all the screens (which were good), we couldn’t hear their set, which led us to leave before James came on – we’ll wait and see them in a better venue next time they tour!
My folks always say if something seems to good too be true it probably is and I think Hope and Glory with it’s great venue and location, reasonable ticket prices and an amazing line up falls into this category. Just too many negatives (overcrowding, queues, delays, cancelled sets, bad sound and lack of safety) outweighed the positives for most visitors.
City centre festivals when executed well are a true joy (see Manchester’s Sounds of the City and Sheffield’s Tramlines). It’s a shame this one fell short of the mark.