LEEDS six-piece Hope & Social will play Fibbers in York in a double bill with ukulele covers band The Grand Old Uke Of York.

"This is a band, our favourite ever band, that does things a little bit differently. They wear blue jackets for a start," says Fibbers boss Tim Hornsby, who reckons their gigs are "not ever just gigs. These nights are shows. Events!!".

Fiercely independent, Hope & Social formed Britain's first fan-funded record label, Alamo Music, and having made just about every mistake a "professional" band can make, they decided that entertaining people and making the songs they love is the most important thing in music.

"And boy has this paid off; not so much a band as a movement. A glorious tide of wonderful music and musicianship sweeping tides, nay great big tsunamis, along with them," says Mr H.

"They’re prolific, as well. In May, expect their third album in under three years. There’s also been an EP; a live album; countless live shows; thousands of kazoos; Glastonbury; many many Living Room Gigs; the JD Set; a Come Dine With Us event; a Big Band Christmas romp; a trip to the seaside on an open top bus; a Brass Band session; a live recording in The Crypt; numerous music videos; music-industry events…and a baby."

What is the Hope & Social sound? "In the tradition of the travelling bands, we guess we’re a bit like a Yorkshire E-Street Band… meets Arcade Fire… meets The Faces… meets Dexys Midnight Runners… meets Prefab Sprout… at a party… in an argument about who gets to have sex with David Bowie," say the band.

As for The Grand Old Uke Of York, expects covers ranging from George Ezra to Steppenwolf's Born To Be Wild. Tickets are on sale at fibbers.co.uk