Hope & Glory kicks off it’s inaugural year with a host of acts, old and new. Today GIGsoup’s Brad Hennessy chats to Jack Jones from Welsh band Trampolene 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 sounds like a cool festival, I love the idea of the Victorian theme. We’re really chuffed to be opening the main stage as usually at festivals we seem to play out on the fringes. We’ve been to Liverpool many times, it’s the friendliest city in England. Earlier this year, after a gig, we did a tour of the Beatles childhood homes and, as you do, had a photos taken outside.

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?

A simple sing along chorus is best…all the big boys and girls have one, ‘Creep’ by Radiohead at Glastonbury has to be one of my favourites. The Trampolene album comes out in a few months so by next year’s festival we expect everyone to have learnt the words and be joining in with our anthems…init.

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

Reverend and the Makers are old friends and Dave McCabe is a lovely chap. Other than that there is a lot to see, the Hacienda Classical sounds tidy and there are a lot of bands we haven’t seen before.

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

The Beatles are legends and have influenced most bands in one way or another. Our song “Imagine Something Yesterday” has, you guessed it, three Beatles songs in the title!

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

Sgt Pepper’s isn’t my favourite Beatles album, but “When I’m 64” is my favourite song off it.

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

After Hope & Glory we’ll be playing Reading festival, then we have our biggest London headline show in September and we’re excited about our album release in the autumn. Happy days.

Trampolene release their debut album, ‘Swansea To Hornsey,’ on October 27th ‘17 through Mi7 Records

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