Hope Fest – the music festival in aid of the homeless – is back for 2016 (11 th -13th November) and this time it is bigger and better than ever! Now in it’s third year, the annual Hope Fest, which is usually held in Liverpool, has now expanded to cover the UK and Ireland. Taking over 40 music venues in Liverpool, Manchester, Brighton, Glasgow and Dublin aiming to raise lots of supplies of food, clothing and cash for the homeless.
Last year, headliners included The Wonder Stuff’s Miles Hunt, Space’s Tommy Scott, The Sundowners, Alias Kid and many more! Hope Fest are now taking applications to perform at the festival. If you would like to apply, please go to www.hopefest.org.uk and click the ‘PERFORM’ tab.
An expected 2500 performers of music and comedy will take to the stages over the festival weekend and you can enjoy them all for just £20 for a weekend ticket, or by donating a Hope Pack. The Hope Pack must contain 10 items from a list (provided on the website) and can be given in at one of the box-offices in exchange for a wristband for the entire UK & Ireland wide festival.
The items donated will then be distributed between the homeless shelters and directly out on the streets of the UK in the following weeks. Money raised will be used to help homeless people set up their new homes as well as going toward Hope Fest Academy’s training programmes for the homeless – which is going to be up and running next year.
Through the music festival, Hope Fest also provides work experience positions for homeless people, during which they are taught valuable transferable skills by volunteering as stage managers, artist liaison, administrators and more. The organisation works closely with Crisis, The Big Issue in the North, the Whitechapel Centre and many other organisations. This year, the festival will also be holding life-skills workshops for all to attend (including the homeless) on topics such as life-coaching, mindfulness as well as music and arts.