Musicians wanted to perform at Coastival

Hope and Social will hold a unique concert at the Spa Grand Hall.
Hope and Social will hold a unique concert at the Spa Grand Hall.

Local musicians are being urged to tune up and turn up to join ‘A Band Anyone Can Join’ as part of February’s Coastival arts event.

Known as Yorkshire’s hardest working band, Leeds group Hope and Social are to hold a unique concert, staged at the Spa Grand Hall on Sunday 14 February.

The show will feature musicians and musical groups from along the Yorkshire coastline, to perform a large-scale production at Scarborough’s Spa venue.

Now organisers are looking for local musicians who are ready to start rehearsing in January.

Coastival’s organisers, Scarborough-based arts development agency Create, say A Band Anyone Can Join is a rare opportunity to be a part of something special.

Last year Hope and Social performed with 1200 new band members in 12 gigs across Yorkshire as part of their Tour of Infinite Possibility, a lead project of the Yorkshire Festival.

They finished that with 200 of their new band members performing at the opening ceremony of The Tour de France at Leeds Arena in front of a live TV audience of 300 million people.

Meanwhile, a group of artists are seeking others to join them behind bars as part of an exciting project for next year’s Coastival event.

‘The Prison Project’ will transform the town’s disused prison off Dean Road into a visual arts space, featuring contemporary work inspired by the prison.

Six artists have been commissioned to run the project and they are looking for 10 others to join them in creating work in the prison to exhibit at Coastival between 13 and 14 February.

Artists are now being invited to submit proposals for how they would use one of the cells in the prison (2.5m high, 2.1m wide and 3.8m long). These proposals must be focused upon using drawing, in its broadest sense, as a medium.

To learn more about Hope and Social and A Band Anyone Can Join visit

To get involved in the concert, please contact Create on 01723 384545 or email