Hope & Glory kicks off it’s inaugural year with a host of acts, old and new. Today GIGsoup’s Brad Hennessy chats to Leeds band Clay about the festival and what they have in store for the rest of 2017…

How does it feel to be playing the inaugural Hope & Glory Festival, in Liverpool this August? Have you been to Liverpool before? And do you have any fond memories of Liverpool?

It feels amazing! Liverpool has always been a city we’ve enjoyed playing and we’ve had some very fond memories. We were a support band at Liverpool O2 Academy a year back which was huge! I think with it being the inaugural Hope & Glory, there’ll be a lot of musically receptive people there, so it’s a great opportunity for us.

The line-up for Hope & Glory is really exciting and fans are in for ‘A Festival of Anthems’. What do you think makes the perfect festival anthem? and what is your favourite?

I think the very nature of festivals is to forget any worries that you have outside of that field and to live entirely in the moment so a song that provokes that feeling is what makes a festival anthem, I suppose. God knows what our favourite is though.

Are there any other bands on the bill you are hoping to see?

We’re toured with Clean Cut Kid and we often cross paths with them so we’re excited to see them! Their album was class.

It is 50 years since the release of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s. What do The Beatles mean to you? Do they influence your music?

The Beatles for me embodied the spirit that a band can be constantly evolving and I find that eternally refreshing. They probably don’t consciously influence our music but I think every artist is in some way. Even if it’s just by their outlook.

Do you have a favourite Sgt. Pepper’s track?

For me it’s ‘When I’m sixty four’. We used to sing it in primary school assemblies so it brings back fond memories!

What are your plans for the rest of the year after you play Hope & Glory?

For the rest of the year we’re working towards our biggest ever UK tour in October, including our biggest show to date at Leeds University Stylus. Apparently we’re the first band without a major record deal or album to play it, so it’s a huge thing for us. We’re also doing a big show at Liverpool Arts Club which is gonna be mad! The whole tour is gonna be unreal!

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