They may not be held in the same regard as the Specials are, but for the last 12 years, Esperanza has been tearing the roofs off venues in Glasgow as the two-tone legends did in Coventry in 1979. There has been a number of line up changes along the years, but what has stayed consistent is the energy this band brings to any hall filled with feet that want to dance. Esperanza is usually the first contact for any fixer looking to fill the bill for the cream of Two Tone, Reggae or Ska sounds, they have supported a list as long as Rico Rodriguez’s Trombone when they venture over the border. There is a reason they have been in demand from Toots and the Maytals, The Skatalites, Bad Manners, The Beat, The Selecter, Neville Staple, The Undertones, Fishbone and The Toasters, because they deliver quality songs with energy and passion.

Play: Esperanza – One Man Down


There is very little space to Skank on an Esperanza stage with Guitars, Drums, and Brass making up a nine-piece runaway Ska train, songs like “Sunday Morning” “Forget It” &  “One Man down” get any crowd moving.  The band has tried to capture their unique sound by releasing “Back On Hope Street” a 12 track album full of musical tales that a Glasgow crowd can sing word for word while assaulting the dance floor without spilling a drop. There seems to be no let up in the Esperanza’s growing reputation as they have met the ears of the Rebellion Festival and Scotland Calling, where they will be bringing a little Ska to the Punk extravaganza of 2018 as others have done previously.


 Band Members

Jake (Lead Vocals and Guitar), John (Keyboards), Reagin (Trumpet), Fraser (Trombone), Brian (Tenor Sax), Jason (Drums), Rab (Lead Guitar), Jess (Bass Guitar), Lynsey (Alto Sax)



Band Photo courtesy of KSG Photography.