to the site of the Hope Collective.
Started in 1984 as a
fanzine reader starting a band and trying to get gigs it then morphed
into something after we put the Membranes on in Dublin in 1986.
Other bands then
looked to come over to Ireland
and letters were exchanged with great eagerness. Anhrefn, the fflaps,
DI and The Vandals quickly followed and then we heard about Fugazi. It
is a story in itself but after many phone calls Fugazi agreed to let Ireland
feature on their first European tour. Many bands then looked to come
over so we decided to put a name on the poster, to try and let people
identify with what we were doing. That name was Hope.
Fast forward to
1994 and Hope became Hope Collective when more people got involved.
Weekly meetings were held and our gigs became events. We would pass
around popcorn, leaflets—anything that
encouraged and welcomed people. The idea of the gigs was that we were people not
promoters and bands and audience were equal. At our gigs there were no
supports just people helping out.
At one of our
weekly meetings it was suggested we try and put a book together to
Document our activities. Years later and many many hours of work that
book saw the light of day. It was decided to have a page for each gig,
each show could tell a story and each story had a vegan recipe to
accompany it. We wanted to let people know about what we did, about
what was important to us, and more importantly how they could do it
Read about it here
See who contributed
See the gigs that Hope Promotions put on.
in touch for more info.