Hope 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. The list of gigs are here

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 too. This book was self-published in Ireland under the name Document: A Story of Hope and subsequently Soft Skull Press in the US released it under the name Please Feed Me

in 2017 we published out a second book called In Concert . We felt after seeing the images of humans trying to escape war that we would reach out to our community to show solidarity and try and raise some money.  It started life as a fanzine (Hope *2 ) where our punk rock friends shared their favourite gigs but extended into a book (In Concert) where we put all over 100 contributions from the Irish Music Community together.
Available here Buy In Concert Now

Our next venture is a book for NHS Charities Trust, Great Gig Memories, again spawning form Hope *2 but this time we have reached out to over 200 of our friends in the Punk rock Community to tell of their favourite gig.  This book is now available.

hope, el presidente and the wild hearted outsider discovered punk rock at various times in our lives.  One thing is for sure, it has made a lasting impression on us and has helped shape our lives.  We want to share some experiences with you here and document a cultural movement

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  1. Hey!

    My name is Fatima Revne, born in the Philippines, but raised in Norway, Bergen.
    I´m an upcoming and independent artist that loves to share my emotions and love through my music.

    I am writing you to introduce my music. So lately my music got really good response by people and the media! Last Friday I just released my single, “I’m The One” produced by the talented Jbermilla who´s also been working with other big artists in Norway.

    This song is about being in love, almost being stupidly in love doing whatever for this significant other. Definitely a summer tropical vibe that gets stuck in your head, in a good way!

    I hope that you enjoy what you hear and could consider helping me spread my music! Kindly tell me what you think about the song aswell, I would love to get some feedback.

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    I´m the One, a song by Fatima Revne on Spotify

    Have a nice day!

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    Fatima Revne


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  2. Hi Niall,
    I am working on a radio documentary about the publication of fanzines in 90s Cork.
    As a non-Irish citizen, I perceive fanzines as social records of a time and space.
    On August 6 2016, you published a post about a gig you went to – Suburban Rebels, Violent Phobia, Dublin 1990.
    I am looking for music that echoes 90s punk scene – by any chance, do you have any recordings by Violent Phobia or Suburban Rebels?
    Thank you,

  3. Hi Justin,

    Book was posted on December 3. I know parcels are taking longer than normal due to Christmas and Covid. It was sent by regular post so I don’t have a tracking number. Let me know if doesn’t arrive by 21st

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