It should have been a weekend of unadulterated fun and revelry, but when the new Hope & Glory festival suddenly cancelled its second day of programming in Liverpool, the city’s bars and restaurants were on hand to rescue the situation.
Following a disastrous Saturday, where festivalgoers endured hours of queues and bands were performing two hours late, Hope & Glory issued a three-word announcement through Twitter and Facebook, stating: ‘No festival today’.
Disgusted by this reaction, bars operator Danny Murphy took to the Liverpool Hospitality Exchange on Facebook to rally the troops.
‘As you may or may not be aware, after a torrid day yesterday the Hope & Glory Festival in St George’s Quarter has been cancelled today,’ he wrote. ‘This has left a LOT of disgruntled people in the city, people who have spent money on travel and accommodation, and may be visiting Liverpool for the first time.
‘This will not have been a great introduction. They will now be left with the option of cutting their losses and going home, or staying and trying to make the best of a bad situation.
‘I would like people to have a better story to tell about the city when they go back home. I will be asking our venues to offer cheaper drinks and scran to anyone with wristbands/tickets/proof of purchase.’
Other businesses quickly joined in with the idea, using the hashtag #hopeandgloryfestival to advertise their offers.
Murphy’s own bars offered discounts, including Berry & Rye selling their cocktails for £5; Gin n Juice Cafe Bar gave wristband holders 20% off, plus prosecco pong (tres decadent) and live music in the afternoon; while The Zanzibar offered their venue to The Lightning Seeds to play.
Absinthe bar Some Place, located above The Zanzibar, attracted a crowd of customers who were unable to get in for the gig, and as Murphy told Imbibe, they weren’t disappointed. ‘Ian Broudie, the lead singer, came up to Some Place afterwards and chatted to people, which was ace.
‘The response to [the problem]was phenomenal. People got on board straight away, and the bar scene really stepped up to the plate. Free food was offered by some, and there were efforts to put more bands on across the city. The reaction to it was very positive.’
Take a bow, Liverpool hospitality workers, for rescuing a lot of people’s weekends.