Hot Lists Wednesday, April 5th

Big Dates For Your Diary 2017

Hot Lists Wednesday, April 5th

Big Dates For Your Diary 2017

Two things to bear in mind while reading this

  1. This list is not exhaustive . If you know about a big-league event happening in Herefordshire and think it should be here, get in touch. 
  2. These are Big Dates. Capital B, capital D. You don’t need to email to let us know your birthday is on May 2 and there will be a party with a bouncy castle and lots of jelly and ice-cream.

Now that’s out the way, here we go. Update whatever it is that you use instead of a Filofax.

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El Dorado: June 30 to July 3

The Skinny: Last year, El Dorado Festival brought Basement Jaxx, Craig David and Kane Brett Robinson – otherwise known as Kano - to Eastnor Castle. Not bad for a first go at this festival thing. This summer Cirque Du Soul is coming back this year for round two. Keep an eye on our site for details of who’ll be headlining 2017 [read more].

What: Uber-cool music fest. Great for house and hip-hop.

Where: Eastnor Castle, near Ledbury, HR8 1RL.

How hyped?

1

 

 

Big Love Festival: April 28 to May 1

The Skinny: The best house party you can imagine. A stately home, 90s raves, woodland discos and indoor swimming pools. So much better than spending your Bank Holiday four-deep at a Weatherspoons [read more].

What: Throwback rave-y festival from Bristol/Cardiff cool kids.

Where: Baskerville Hall, Clyro, near Hay-on-Wye, HR3 5LE.

How hyped? 

1

 

 

Nozstock: July 21 to 23

The Skinny: As firm a fixture in Herefordshire’s musical calendar as there is. Nozstock treads that line between being small enough to feel like it's one big happy family, and big enough that Jurassic 5 will show up. In the words of DnB legend DJ Marky, “[It’s] one of the best festivals I’ve played for a long time. I didn’t have to compromise one bit” [read more],

What: Feelgood festivalling at its finest, with extra dubstep and electronic dance.

Where: Rowden Paddocks, Bromyard HR7 4LS

How hyped?

2

 

 

Cliff Richard: June 17

Michael Ball and Alfie Boe: June 18

The Skinny: Oh the guiltiest of guilty pleasures followed by a double-dose of guilty pleasure. Cliff kicks off this weekend singalong, with everyone’s favourite Blackpool mechanic-turned-superstar tenor Alfie Boe teaming up with national treasure and former Phantom of the Opera Michael Ball on the following night. Eastnor is a great venue for these kinds of gigs – it’s a castle – as anyone who has been to see Jools Holland live can attest to [read more]

What: Croon-fest at the castle.

Where: Eastnor Castle, near Ledbury, HR8 1RL.

How hyped?

4

 

 

Lakefest: August 10 to 14 

The Skinny: Grime passed you by? Think all that deep house is beepy robot noise? Dig out your Converse and dance like indie music never died (note: it hasn’t, it’s just closing its eyes for a second). Lakefest straight-up rocked the 'Shire in 2016 when it moved across the border from Gloucestershire and secured the likes of Primal Scream and the Coral for top billing. 2017 acts already announced include Feeder, Seth Lakeman and The Alabama 3 [read more].

What: Joyful skinny jean shuffling like the late-00s never happened.

Where: Eastnor Castle, near Ledbury, HR8 1RL.

How hyped?

3

 

 

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Hereford Indie Food: August 26, 27 and 28

The Skinny: Arguably the foodie highlight of 2016. Ok, less of the arguably. It was killer street food and Alt-J in a car park, and more than that. Chefs, suppers, local makers, full stomachs and good vibes in abundance – we’re coming back for seconds this year.

What: Come for the food, stay for the festivities, leave with dirty fingers.

Where: Aubrey Street, Hereford, HR4 0BU.

How hyped?

1

 

 

Eastnor Chilli Festival: April 30 to May 1

The Skinny: Always the one ordering vindaloo at the curry house? This is the time and place to put your money where your iron-clad mouth is. The Eastnor Chilli Festival and associated chilli-eating competition is back for the 6th year running, once again set to the soundtrack of live Latin party music [read more].

What: Hail to the Jalapeno. 

Where: Eastnor Castle, near Ledbury, HR8 1RL.

How hyped?

2

 

 

Beer On the Wye: July 7 to 9

The Skinny: In cider country, the beer festival is king. Ok, there is an entire bar dedicated to cider but overlooking apples would be a crime in these parts. The 2017 Beer on the Wye festival boasts that lazy, hazy horizontal vibe that other beer festivals dream off.

Worth mentioning now that we're not short of beer festival options in Hereford city with the Barrel’s self-titled offering in August, the Ross-on-Wye Beer and Cider Festival in late April, and Beer In Hand’s micro-fest Beer on the Eign running in July. The Big Daddy, however, is BOTW. Now in its 13th year, these guys have got it down to a fine art [read more].

What: Happy and hoppy in equal measures.

Where: The Rowing Club, Hereford, HR4 0BE.

How hyped?

2

 

Hereford Food Festival: July 1 and 2

The Skinny: Somewhat of a mystery, the new Hereford Food, Drink and Music festival will cover all bases. We don't know a lot yet. We know it will be at the Hereford Racecourse, we know it’s being organised the team behind Hereford's Diva Wedding showse, and we know they have seriously tasty food stalls already lined up from Miniyaki’s Japanese street food to Sir Ollie’s slow roast beef sarnies, plus demos from last year's Master Chef winner. 

What: New face on the food scene

Where: Hereford Racecourse, Roman Road, HR4 9QU.

How hyped? 

4

 

 

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Borderlines Film Festival: February 24 to March 12

The Skinny: Borderlines turns 15 this year and it's celebrating with a one of the best programmes we’ve clapped eyes on. A dream line up for film lovers, it boasts a host of Oscar-nominated titles, 28 previews being screened way ahead of general release, silent films set to live scores, recognition of the F-Rating scheme and a Cuban strand [read more].

What: Critically lauded flicks in the sticks.

Where: Across Herefordshire, Shropshire, the Marches and Malvern (details)

How hyped?

2

 

 

Hay Festival: May 25 to June 4

The Skinny: A happy place for anyone who loves discussion, ideas, the smell of bookshops and the prospect of chatting up members of the London Litterati. The world famous festival turns 30 in 2017 (happy birthday) so we're expecting a stellar line up. Announced so far is the return of Letters Live, Tracey Emin in conversation with GQ editor Dylan Jones, Fat Freddy's Drop, Will Young, and 2016 Man Booker Prize winner Paul Beatty. Early bird tickets are on sale now [read more].

What: Gary Kasparov in conversation with Stephen Fry. Says it all, really. 

Where: Hay-on-Wye, Herefordshire/Powys border.

How hyped?

 2

 

How the Light Gets In: May 25 to June 4

The Skinny: Hay Festival’s younger, cooler mate HTLGI runs late in to the night, features philosophical debates, shared table dinner parties and top live music at the Globe. Last year's line up included Ghostpoet and King Charles. HTLGI is now a beast unto itself. With a helter-skelter. [read more]

What: Philosophy, funk and camping. Basically everything Trump is scared of.

Where: The Globe at Hay, Hay-On-Wye, HR3 5BG.

How hyped?

2

 

VW Camper and Bus Show: July 31 to August 6

The Skinny: A week-long celebration of all things vee-dub. Eastnor Castle will be over run by beetles, split-screen campers and everything in between. Not just for the petrolheads, there’s music in the evenings (and a magician) [read more].

What: Iconic auto cool, sparkling chrome, flower power.

Where: Eastnor Castle, near Ledbury, HR8 1RL.

How hyped?

4

 

 

Hereford River Carnival: April 28 and 29

The Skinny: Family-friendly festivities designed to throw a spotlight on the river Wye in Hereford. Music, dance, crafts, sport, carnival creatures and messing about on the river with this year's mythical beasts theme. It's completely free, for the community and organised by a small army of dedicated volunteers [read more].

What: Aqua activities in the city centre.

Where: Bishops Meadow, Hereford, HR2 7RB (main festival site)

How hyped?

  2

 

 

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Urban Attack, Hereford: Summer, date tbc

The skinny: This promises to be a Ninja Warrior-style route around Hereford Racecourse. Like Gladiators without The Travellator. Details are expected soon, so keep an eye out.

What: Crazy obstacle course for weekend ninjas.

Where: Hereford Racecourse, Roman Road, Hereford, HR4 9QU.

How hyped?

1

 

 

Paint Runner + Foam Zone: June 17

The Skinny: Start your 5k run/walk in a clean white tee, finish it looking like you’ve starred in a Dulux ad. This will be a fun run for all ages and 2017 sees the introduction of the Foam Zone and the return of DJ Roddy Hankins' summer tunes. He's basically Hereford's Lou Bega [read more].

What: Rainbow-coloured fun running.

Where: King George Playing Fields, Hereford, HR2 7RQ.

How hyped?

3

 

 

Sundogs rugby, music and beer festival: June 24 and 25

The Skinny: Rugby 7s festivals are something like a weekend-long boozy BBQ. This one - taking place for the first time in 2017 - will also feature a touch tournament, field hockey, live music and ties in with the first Lions Test. With a £1,000 prize in the elite competition, it should draw in some serious 7s players [read more].

What: Beers, beats and odd-shaped balls. Bring a tent.

Where: Kingsland, near Leominster.

How hyped?

3

 

Hereford Festival of Running: May 14

The Skinny: Technically a festival of long running. Being late for the bus doesn’t qualify. The centrepiece of the day will be the 26.2m single lap marathon , but there'll also be a 5k, 10k routes and a half-marathon. Strart training now [read more].

What: Crowds of neon shuffling through the countryside for a good cause.

Where: Hereford Leisure Centre, Holmer Road, Hereford, HR4 9UD

How hyped?

2

 

 

Wye River Challenge: May 27 to 29

The Skinny: Have-a-go Redgraves will take on a 70-mile raft race over three days at this year's Wye River Challenge. Open to all crews at any level from fun seekers and charity fundraisers to serious sportsmen and women who want to win. Night stops in Hereford and Backney before the big finish at Huntsham Bridge [read more].

What: Endurance for those who prefer blisters on their hands to their heels.

Where: across Herefordshire.

How hyped?

4

 

 

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