Last year Ralph was pleased to be able to report on the very first Hope Fest in Liverpool which supported the homeless by putting on a unique no-fee multi-gig festival of music over three days. Well this year it's back and it's bigger and better than ever.
The Hope Fest idea is the brainchild of local musician Anna Grace Henney where the music venue admission wristbands can obtained by providing a 'Hope Pack' containing essential items for the area's homeless.
The Hope Fest runs from the 18th to the 20th of September in fifteen different venues with a plethora of local musical talent and your 'Hope Pack' wristband will gain you entry to as many of the gigs as you can manage.
The line-up includes Ralph's Top Picks Steve Thompson and The Incidents, The Jackobins, The Mono LPs and Go Fiasco but that's just naming a (very) few. The full line-up will be announced on August 15th.
It's an outstanding event for an extremely worthy cause and one which deserves our support as throughout the festival they will also be running training and development programmes for homeless people to help them gain workplace experience.
The items in the 'Hope Pack' will be distributed between the homeless shelters in Liverpool such as The Whitechapel Centre, The Basement Advisory Centre and Liverpool YMCA and passed onto their service users
A 'Hope Pack' must contain FIVE or more of the following items:
|Steve Thompson and The Incidents|
- Multipack of socks (must be new)
- Multipack of underwear i.e. boxer shorts or knickers (must be new)
- Bottle of shower gel
- Pack of tampons/towels
- A Merseytravel Save-away travel card.
- Mullti-pack of Disposable Razors (mens or womens)
- Carton of UHT Milk
Alternatively, for a weekend wristband you can donate a voucher to the value of £15 from one of the major supermarkets (Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Sainsburys).
There will also be one day/one venue ticket options over the festival weekend.