With less than a week to go until Hope & Glory Fest takes over the city centre, organisers have announced even more exciting editions and surprises to an already spectacular array of live music and entertainment taking place across the weekend of the 4th, 5th and 6th of August.

Kicking off the festival the ‘not so’ secret free gig will see the previously announced Black Grape joined by Liverpool’s very own Cast on Friday 4th August at St. George’s Hall. The first 1,200 people who bought their festival tickets will be treated to this special event before the actual festival takes place over the course of the weekend. The fringe event will also feature performances from Chris Helme (Seahorses), Redfaces, Vida and a unique performance of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band as part of Liverpool’s 50 Summers Of Love Celebrations. Those lucky early birds will be listening to the classic album in a way that has never been performed before.

Hope & Glory has also announced that festival-goers attending the Sunday night will be witness to an incredible supergroup comprised of some of the biggest legends of the Liverpool and Manchester music scenes and more coming together for one night only for an exclusive performance on the festival main stage of the Beatles classic ‘All You Need Is Love’. Promoter Lee O’Hanlon said,

“We are incredibly excited and humbled that these amazing artists have agreed to our request to perform together. All will be revealed at the festival.”

These new additions to the bill will be joining the festival’s incredible line-up – including headliners James and Hacienda Çlassical, plus performances from Razorlight, Ocean Colour Scene, The Fratellis, Charlotte Church’s Late Night Pop Dungeon, The Lightning Seeds and more. Some of the most exciting up and coming talent such as The Blinders, The Shimmer Band and Zak Abel. Embrace will also perform at HOPE & GLORY having just supported Coldplay, playing to 65,000 people a night at their recent stadium shows.

Check out our preview & ‘One’s To Watch’ guide here and there’s still time to get your festival tickets from http://hopeandgloryfestival.co.uk/