It's not all bicycles and lycra in the run-up to the Tour de France this summer, there’s plenty of cultural events taking place too.
Holme Valley Music Centre took part in the Tour of Infinite Possibility with the Hope and Social Band on Saturday – a six-piece (plus) rock band based in Leeds.
Formed in 2008 they have released three albums in under three years and have toured extensively.
Their success has been underpinned by their unique talent for bringing people together and inspiring them to have fun and ‘make art’
The first gig and workshop was enthusiastically received on Saturday morning at Holmfirth High School where they were welcomed by around 200 children and adults.
The tour is one of five lead projects in the Yorkshire Festival 2014 (the cultural festival which is running alongside the Grand Depart).
There will be 12 different bands in 12 different places around the route of the Grand Depart.
A spokeswoman for Hope and Social said: “The festival’s a massive thing with millions of pounds in funding and it’s going to be super-visible across Yorkshire this summer.”
Two further workshops will culminate in a performance featuring Hope and Social Band as part of the Holmfirth Arts Festival on the afternoon of Sunday, June 22 in Holmfirth.
Pat France, assistant principal at Kirklees Music School, said: “Hope and Social won the bid for funding and on June 22 they will perform a show in Ripponden/Elland before setting up at a yet-to-be-announced venue in Holmfirth around 2pm for a two hour show part of which includes a fantastic ‘cycling stage’. It was a really good day on Saturday, Hope were really, really good lads and got everyone playing together.”
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