Hot Lists Friday, July 20th

Weekend Essentials: Chase & Status, Portuguese Pop-Ups and Art

Hot Lists Friday, July 20th

Weekend Essentials: Chase & Status, Portuguese Pop-Ups and Art

Your weekend notebook on what's happeing in Herefordshire this weekend.


Nozstock, Fri - Mon.


Nozstock’s turning 20 this year and to paraphrase Winston, never before has a patch of Bromyard mud so small, been responsible for so much liver damage, to so many. A truly independent festival in an era of T4s In A Field, Noz has fielded critical acclaim from national publications even as it has grown and grown beyond ‘boutique’ status. The lineup is arguably (definitely) the biggest yet with Stadium D’n’B in the form of Chase and Status, indie #queen Goldfrapp, and the author of the best ode to cocaine use ever written (Grandmaster Flash).

You might need suncream and wellies to make it through this weekend, although Speedo’s and a crate of Strongbow would likely do the trick. Check out our full lineup breakdown here – and head here for last-minute ticket information.

For a less bass-y weekend, the famed Upton Blues Festival takes over the riverside town, twenty minutes east of Ledbury. Check the lineup out here. (PS it’s free.)


Common Room, Experiences Of Nature, both running all weekend.


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Thanks to Common Room, until next week you can take in a some bold, paradigm-shifting fine art just two minutes’ walk from a Gregg’s. HCA’s MA grads have taken over two spaces at Maylord’s Shopping Centre for a free show. Check it out it you like Cool Stuff On Walls And Sometimes Not On Walls, from 11am - 4pm until July 25.

Also, at Canwood Gallery near Woolhope, the Royal’s Academy’s Anthony Whishaw has a load of paintings well worth your perusal. His collection Experiences Of Nature digs out pieces that, well, experience nature, from throughout his celebrated fourty-year career. Find out more here.


Incredibles 2, all weekend.

This Pixar sequel is collecting 5* reviews like they're World Cup stickers. And it’s getting them from actual adults. In other words, this is the kids film you can make it through without wanting to stuff your ears with popcorn.

Tickets here.


Beer In Hand + Sabores De Portugal, Sunday.


Hereford’s coolest little taphouse teams up with their neighbours for an Iberian kitchen takeover on Sunday - and from Octopus Salad to Moelas De Frango (Google it), the menu looks lit.   

Head down to Whitecross Road from 2pm – 8pm to try some authentic Portuguese plates, and the guys will happily advise you over a hoppy accompaniment. Message them here.


Sundown Jazz Society - Sat, Luke Philbrick, Sun.

Different types of music are exponentially improved when listened to a different times of day/night. Deep House, for example is very much a 2am-4am soundtrack.

Similarly, ‘sundown’ and ‘jazz’, are two words that fit together so perfectly that there is a society devoted to it. And that society will be playing jazz, at sundown, at the Left Bank this Saturday. More here.

Alternatively, Luke Philbrick has the slide guitar chops and Just Drank A Whole Bottle Of Jack growling vocal to make you think he learnt to play in a hilltown in Tennessee. He didn’t, but he’s great anyway. He’s also at the Left Bank this weekend, head down on Sunday at 2pm for his rootsy Americana.

Check him out here.


Lion King, open air screening, Friday.



Just across the border this Friday, Knighton Rugby Club is hosting an open-air, big-screen film night featuring the best feelgood revenge movie of all time, The Lion King. There’s going to be live music and a BBQ, just bring your own blanket or chair and you’re set. Doors open at 7pm, the film starts ‘when the sun sets’. Cute, right?

Tickets here, or on the door.


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