Hope Fest came into being in the autumn of 2014. Organised by the founder Anna Grace Henney, the original Hope Fest took place across 5 venues, with 80 bands helping the cause.
Anna Grace Henney, Founder and Director, Hope Fest: “This year we are taking over Liverpool with 15 major music venues getting involved in this musical extravaganza, all in aid of the homeless. We’re excited to be working with Crisis, The Big Issue and the Whitechapel Centre to offer work experience positions to their service users. Our sponsors Hampson Hughes solicitors, Give2040 and The Florrie have been brilliant in helping us achieve what we have so far this year.”
Unlike other charity events, Hope Fest supporters are not expected to buy a ticket or make a financial contribution. Instead, festival goers are asked to donate a ‘Hope Pack’ made up of essentials, such as food and clothing, passed on directly to Liverpool’s homeless via Hope Fest’s partners The Big Issue North, The Whitechapel Centre and The Basement Advisory Centre. Donating a ‘Hope Pack’ gives fans access to all 15 venues over the weekend.
Another unique feature of the festival are its training programmes and work experience for people affected by homelessness. With support from Crisis NW, these roles cover a range of activities from production to administration.
This year Hope Fest will also be reserving performance slots for the homeless, including Crisis’ resident band as well as Choir With No Name and many more artists who directly experienced homelessness.
I’m going to be playing at Sound Food & Drink on Saturday for anybody who wants to see me perform, but, I would encourage you all to go and check out the amazing talent that’s on display for a fantastic cause!