Esperanza are a nine-piece ska collective from Glasgow famed for live shows where their infectious rhythm has the crowd involuntarily jumping in time. In hectic years of gigging around Scotland and beyond, they have honed and perfected a high-tempo set, combining superb self-penned songs with a selection of ska classics, until there isn't an ounce of fat left on it.
The quality of the band’s live shows has led to them being increasingly in demand:-playing at the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games to a capacity Celtic Park, Glasgow; festivals up and down the country, and sharing stages with some of the biggest names in ska, punk and reggae, including Toots and the Maytals, The Skatalites, Bad Manners, The Beat, The Selecter, Neville Staple, Roddy Radiation & The Skabilly Rebels, Fishbone, The Toasters, The Undertones and Steve Ignorant.
Their 2nd album, Back On Hope Street, was launched in February at a sold out Glasgow venue with special guests Roddy Radiation & The Skabilly Rebels which resulted in an in-store gig in HMV.
"Esperanza are more at home on Jamaica Street than on Bob Marley's native island, which is perhaps why there's urban grit in amongst the Caribbean sunshine of their debut album, Permanent Ska. The Scottish Specials? Indeed, and they've now recaptured the energy of their gigs." SUNDAY HERALD