Hot Lists Thursday, October 4th

Weekend Essentials: alt-comedy, automata and Oompah bands

Hot Lists Thursday, October 4th

Weekend Essentials: alt-comedy, automata and Oompah bands

New format this week, folks. Same top tips on how to spend your weekend.


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Fun Palace - Saturday, Sunday. De Koffie Pot. Hereford.

Without doubt one of the most fresh and original and ambitious programmes of activities, workshops, cinema, pizza-making, wire-bending, and jazz to hit Herefordshire. Headed up by a tennis coach and artist who drills holes in ping pong tables and wants to bring the world together, the Fun Palace is taking over the Left Bank’s riverside venue for the weekend.

There’s cool stuff going on for all ages and all time availabilities, but in essence the Fun Palace project is all about teasing out the artist and the scientist and the genius in everyone by simply having a go at something.

We’re going to be detailing the whats and the whys of the national scheme on the site tomorrow, and pick out some highlights of the Hereford programme (MASH Cinema’s Star Wars megamix will definitely make the cut) but until then you can check out when everything’s happening here.


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OKTOBERFEST – Friday, Saturday. Usual opening hours. The Firefly. Hereford.

Part German celebration, part homage to six percent lager in two-pint glasses, part excuse to getting drunk in public wearing dungaree-shorts – Oktoberfest and all its trappings have made their way from Munich to Hereford, courtesy of Hereford Beer House and The Firefly.

To get all the info – and tips on dancing to Ompah music – check out our guide to Oktoberfesting here. But they are going all-in, with the King St boozer shipping over kegs from Germany and laying on live Ompah music, with pretzels the size of your face, and a BBQ grilling up brats to soak up the bier. Dust off your lederhosens, it looks like an uber-fun time.


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 Black Mountain Trek – Sat. From 8am. Starting at Longtown Outdoor Learning Centre.

Check out some of the most dramatic views around on this 30km marshalled route that winds its way through (and yes, up and down) the Black Mountains, all bathed in the hazy Autumn sunshine.

Do it for the 'gram. But also do it for charity – the event is fund-raiser for St Michaels Hospice.

It’s not climbing Everest, and it is overseen by Longtown Mountain Rescue, but you will be climbing as high as 670m above sea level – so maybe ease off the beers the night before. There’s a suggested kit list (and all other info) on the hospice’s website as well as instructions on booking a local B&B if you don’t fancy the early start to get down there.


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MagiK – Friday. 11pm – 4am. Play nightclub. Hereford.

MagiK’s monthly residency is bacK at Play to put a smile on your face and a scuff or two on your sneaks. The October lineup consists entirely of house DJs ranging from the melodic to the minimalist, and features Kaleido’s Josh Smalley (Joua) and WRENCE aka Will Morris alongside the deep house and tech stylings of the event’s namesake.

As always the action will be happening at the back, in Play54.


Tony Law @ Farcical Comedy – Saturday. 7.30pm. Left Bank. Hereford.

If you’ll forgive the slight contradiction, heading up the Farcical Comedy bill this month is a genuine alternative comedy celebrity – Tony ‘Pow! Right in the kisser’ Law. He’s dangerous. And he wears a neckerchief.

You’ll likely know him from several tv shows – he was great on the BBC’s Alternative Comedy Experience, great but notably neckerchief-less on Russell Howard’s Good News, and interesting and slightly out of place in an in-character appearance on Have I Got News For You. He’s on at the Speakeasy bar downstairs with the internet’s Gary Powndland. Tickets are a tenner.

Also this weekend A Star Is Born hits the screens at the Odeon. If it feels like we’ve had plenty of films about a bearded, aging country music star falling in love with a younger protégé, well, we have (this is in itself a cover version of a 1976 Judy Garland film). But this one has Gaga. And the grizzled country singer in question is Bradley Cooper. And it has just the right amount of warming, Hollywood schmaltz to steal your heart – and apparently the hearts of all who watch it, with it currently registering a 100% rating on the Top Critics tab of Rotten Tomatoes.

Not that the Oscars have it, but ASiB would be a shoo-in for Date Movie of the Year.

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