Hope & Glory kicks off it’s inaugural year with a host of acts, old and new. Today GIGsoup’s Brad Hennessy chats to James Walsh from the ‘kings of anthemic rock’ Starsailor 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?

We’re really excited to be playing the first hope and glory festival. I’m in Liverpool all the time watching my favourite football team and heading out into town. I love it. I remember we recorded some b-sides at Parr St and headed out for a memorable night on Mathew St after the session.

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?

It’s hard to pinpoint what exactly makes a festival anthem. Celebratory lyrics and an upbeat mood are good. ‘North Country Boy’ by The Charlatans is my festival anthem. Its joyous

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

The line up’s amazing. I’ve been lucky enough to see a lot of the acts before but I’ve heard great things about Charlotte Church’s show so I’m looking forward to catching that. Badly Drawn Boy is brilliant too. It’s been a while since I saw him.

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 are a massive influence. They were the best band in the world without a doubt. The sheer range of their output from the simple raw rock n roll of the early albums to the experimentation of Revolver and beyond & with beautiful melodies throughout. There are few true geniuses in music. Most artists are just incredibly good at what they do but they were genius.

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

A Day In The Life is epic

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

We’ve got a couple more festivals after Hope & Glory then we release our album ‘All This Life’ on Sept 1st followed by a tour starting in October so it’s going to be a busy end to the year

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