Music will echo through the rolling hills of Yorkshire when a two-wheeled tour of a different variety takes on the Grand Depart stages this summer.
Leeds band Hope & Social, founded in 2005, are hoping to take the region by storm through a series of Tour de France concerts on a cycle-powered stage this summer.
The musicians, who work out of a Heckmondwike studio, will perform in a “band anyone can join” featuring 150 varied groups from rollerbladers to double bass players who have signed up to special workshops.
They will play songs such as ‘The Big Wide’ – the theme tune to the Grand Depart Yorkshire Festival 2014 which starts on March 27 – to 12 communities including Otley on their Tour of Infinite Possibility (TIP).
Simon Wainwright, 38, the band’s Otley-based lead singer, said: “Making music together is such an enjoyable and relaxing thing to do and to give people a reason to do that as part of something that’s so momentous is a great opportunity.
“The whole cultural festival is inspiring people to do what they want to do if they have some creative desires and hopefully it’s sparking something with longevity.”
Hope & Social have been working with Grassington Festival for TIP, which is one of the 47 cultural festival events to take place ahead of Le Tour’s visit on July 5 and 6.
The band, well known for their audience participation, is to do a series of preview gigs in towns along the Tour de France routes, before running workshops with the groups that have signed up to perform with them. A mobile stage and big screen, powered by six static bikes, will go with them to each TIP venue on June 7 and 8, and June 21 and 22.
Henrietta Duckworth, executive producer of Yorkshire Festival 2014, said: “They’ve given us the festival song, The Big Wide, and now they’re giving people the chance to get together, learn an instrument and have a fun-fuelled creative experience by being part of a band.”
Hope & Social’s festival theme song ‘The Big Wide’ is free to download.
For information visit www.hopeandsocial.co.uk/tip
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