Hot Lists Friday, June 29th

Weekend Essentials: Sister Sledge and slam poetry

Hot Lists Friday, June 29th

Weekend Essentials: Sister Sledge and slam poetry

Okay, so having checked the weather for this weekend I’ll be honest with you – if I can rig up the TV so that I can watch the World Cup in the garden, there’s a good chance that I’m going spend the weekend surviving on nothing but choc ices, San Miguel and the odd under-cooked burger. I’ll probably venture out to have a boogie with Sister Sledge at El Dorado, but that’s about it.

But you are without doubt a better person than me. And to that end here is a list of things that you absolutely should check out this weekend.


El Dorado. Friday - Monday. Eastnor.

 The aforementioned Sledge siblings are among the Main Stage headliners (also, Maribou State, Wilkinson) at the third El Dorado festival, on the site of the old Big Chill at Eastnor. I’m running short on ways to describe this sunsoaked, three-day party but – aside from a 45-year-old Peter Andre playing at the football ground – it’s creation is the most exciting thing to happen to the Herefordshire music/club scene in ten years.

Get info on the origin story, the lineup and some last minute tips here, but if you haven’t been already, try and beg, steal or borrow a ticket – even if it’s just a day pass. Not to get too Goldilocks on you, but it’s big enough to draw some top-tier acts, but small enough for the organisers’ immersive, Cirque de Soul experience to translate perfectly from their club nights to this little East Herefordshire oasis. And it’s got a dancefloor floating in a lake.


SCENIC takeover. Friday night. Play, Hereford.

Maybe you couldn’t quite swing El Dorado this year. Maybe you’re saving up your paychecks and liver cells for Magaluf. Maybe you couldn’t get out of a Saturday shift, or your sister’s wedding.

Don’t worry, party people. The latest SCENIC takeover at Play is Friday night and they’re teaming up with Worcester promoters DNBCITY to bring Skeptical to town for you. Named Best Alternative Artist at the UK’s 2017 drum and bass awards, Skeptical has remixed for the likes of Jubei, Sizzla and Zen Bias. Tickets are still just £5 on the door. More here.

Culture/ More festivals

Ledbury Poetry. All weekend. Ledbury - multiple venues.

This weekend kicks off the renowned Ledbury Poetry Festival. Which, given that it falls on the same weekend as El Dorado, could make for some entertaining smalltalk at Ledbury Station on Friday night.

The poetry festival, which has been described, poetically, as “quieter than Hay Festival, but perhaps more intense” features a whole range of slam poetry competitions, readings from top poets and discussions with comedians and musicians about their relationships with poetry. Check out some of the events that we’ve got a big, red circle around in our festival programme here, or head across here for the full listings.



Firefly house music night/Garden Party/Vegan BBQ. Saturday night/Sunday afternoon. The Firefly, Hereford.

Here’s one that allows you to be sociable (to drink in public), and to do so outside, making the most of these high-20-degree days. The Firefly just released its new all-vegan-but-still-great streetfood menu on Thursday, and this Sunday they’re going al fresco with it for a plant-based BBQ and three pound G&Ts. This is just as well as the night before LOKIA is taking over the decks for a definitively “danceable” set of old school house, funk and disco. Those extra chargilled vitamins maybe come in handy if you’re still feeling the effects.



HCA animation workshop. Saturday pm. The Courtyard, Hereford.

Sadly the HCA’s Sythesis show is all finished now – with some of the recent grads getting some serious shine at a major London exposition (RHYS LINK) – but they are running an animation workshop this Saturday at the Courtyard for anyone who’s interested to know how Isle of Dogs was made.

The free 90-minute workshop’s being run in conjunction with a screening of Top of The World – and new film on the rise of British animation in the movie industry. Head here for more info/tickets.


Food Festivals

Food & Flying. Saturday, Sunday. Shobdon airfield.

Since EasyJet started charging 12 quid for a lukewarm cheese sandwich, the concept of food and flying being happy companions went out the window. Thankfully, Shobdon is bringing it back. The airfield hosts an annual food festival, complete with flying demos, Bake Off contestants and world cuisine. This year there’s everything from flyovers from a Lancaster Bomber to BigHorn Biltong. It’s very family-friendly, while there’s also a programme of cooking demos from top chefs for any foodies looking to brush up on their skills.

Check out the full programme here.



Herefordshire Sprint Triathlon. Sunday.

If you’ve over-eaten in North Herefordshire on the Saturday, you may be made to feel slightly guilty by the hundreds of lithe athletes powering their way around the sprint triathlon course on Sunday morning. The Herefordshire Sprint Triathlon has been running for 25 years, and actually the area has been a hotbed of triathlete talent in recent years with a number of local athletes going on to earn national recognition.

The swimming stage takes place in an indoor pool (organisers didn’t have the heart to throw contestants in the Wye) the running and cycling sections always make for entertaining watching. Both sections start and finish at Earl Mortimer college, although the riders turn around the King’s Head in Docklow if you fancy a quick pint while you watch.

All the info can be found here.


And finally...

There's brass bands in the park at Ross-on-Wye, some early 20th-Century jazz at the Courtyard's Saturday café, a Music In Quiet Places concert with harpist Jemema Phillips in a Cusop church, and clarinet concert at the beautiful, NT-ran Berrington Hall, inflatables and zorb football at a kid-friendly fun day at the Secret Garden in Hereford, the Bromyard gala with all of its stalls and steam-powered vehicles and wedding fairs/'fayres' at the Left Bank, Penyard House and Brobury house.

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