The Big Wide (With 1200 Friends)

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Featuring Hope and Social and the 1200 people who joined us on stage over the 2 weekends of our Tour of Infinite Possibility. It was an amazing project, an incredible honour and very very very loud. We finished each of the 12 gigs of our Tour with the Big Wide and everyone who had joined us at that gig was squashed onto stage. This record contains them!

This version is based on the original recording we did for the Yorkshire Festival, the additional recordings we did of Westgate Primary on Otley, The Grand Old Uke of York, the Northern Songbirds, the Spatown Roller Girls, Gartforth Brass for when we played the opening ceremony of the proper actual Tour de France and in addition it features the 1200 people who sang and played with us at the gigs recorded live at those gigs.

We can’t listen to this without smiling. It’s pretty massive! Thank you so much to everyone who helped us make this ridiculous thing happen.

Original recording as recorded as the theme song of the Yorkshire Festival available here music.hopeandsocial.com/track/the-big-wide
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from The Album of Infinite Possibility, released November 12, 2014

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In the tradition of the travelling bands, we guess we’re a bit like a Yorkshire E-Street Band...meets Arcade Fire...meets The Faces…meets Dexys Midnight Runners…meets Prefab Sprout…at a party...in an argument about who gets to have sex with David Bowie. We're not as good at describing ourselves as others are, so...

"a big sound from this impressive outfit...inspired, anthemic, great" - Q magazine
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