Hot Lists Wednesday, June 13th

Weekend Essentials: Sound systems, Syrian suppers + Sergio Ramos

Hot Lists Wednesday, June 13th

Weekend Essentials: Sound systems, Syrian suppers + Sergio Ramos

We’re trimming things down a little for this week’s Weekend Essentials. In clickbait terms, these are The Five Things You Absolutely, Definitely Can't Miss Out On This Weekend. 

1. Croatian summer drum'n'bass vibes

When: Friday night, doors at 9pm.

Where: Left Bank, Bridge St, Hereford.


If you’ve been watching closely over the last two or three summers you’ll know that Croatia’s been quietly stealing Ibiza’s cool kids away from the White Isle, with the promise of beach-side music festivals and boat parties.

A mecca for sound system culture, Outlook Festival has been the best-known of those – and this weekend Twisted Sounds are hosting a launch party (a new trend whereby these big, Mediterranean festivals franchise out satellite gigs across the UK to spread the gospel of bass - and sell a load of early-bird tickets in the process).

Even if the Left Bank’s Speakeasy bar isn’t quite Fort Punta Christo, the Twisted Sounds crew have put together a lovely little line-up for D&B fans with Doc Scott and Andy C-favourite, and Outlook veteran, Xtrah coming to town.

Tickets are £15 on the door, with bouncers operating a strict ‘no thugs, no mugs’ policy. Twisted residents kick things off at 9, Xtrah shuts it down from 1.30am – 3am.

More here.


2. HCA showcase

Where: Hereford College of Arts, College Road Campus, HR1 1EB

When: Fri + Sat


From street portrait pics to Trump illustrations to some of the best damn artist blacksmith students in the world, HCA is currently hosting Synthesis a showcase for the best degree work done by their wildly talented grads.

It’s been running all week at the campus in Hereford, but the show comes to a close on Saturday. Take an hour and have a wander. Be around art. It’s good for you.

Doors close at 5pm tonight, and will open tomorrow at 10am through to 2pm.

More here.


3. Syrian supper out in the sticks

Where: Stoked Feast barm, Longtown, HR2 0NT.

When: Friday, 7pm..


Stoked Feasts is the events wing of Wild By Nature – a team who farm, butcher and cook the hell out of their meat at the foot of the Black Mountains.

They’ve recently branched out and, as well as running their quarterly ‘feasts’ out in the sticks, are putting on more informal nights. For this one, they’ve teamed up with the Hands Up Foundation for Syria and are throwing their (converted) barn doors open for a night eating Middle Eastern, and raising money to help support hospitals and schools in the war-torn country.

The menu’s a wood-fired stroll along the banks of the Euphrates with Stoked chef Jake Townley using local produce. And it’s BYO.

Check out the full menu here – but the get the tastebuds tingling, it includes mkhabasa in filo, goat's curd and sumac, smoked aubergine puree, walnut and pomegranate, and woodfired pitas.

It’s a bit of a trek – you may want to buddy up so you can take advantage of the BYO – but there are few better locations to fill your belly.

Tickets here.


4. Catch World Cup fever


When: All weekend.

Where: Everywhere.


For the next three weeks the world stops as one to celebrate, to argue about, and to revel in the drama and spectacle of an event anticipated for months.

Love Island 2018 is finally here.

Okay, just kidding. It’s World Cup time. Which means that for the next ten days or so we have at least 270 minutes of international football every day, creating World Cup widows across the county, wearing out remote control buttons and producing the odd dusty head on Tuesday morning.

That’s because England don’t get their campaign off the ground until Monday night  - and there will be a guide going up on the site to help you find the best place to watch it – but there’s loads of action to enjoy over the weekend.

With all the games on terrestrial TV, most pubs will be showing the football, although our tip this weekend is to head down to Hereford’s Portuguese café (126 Eign St) tonight to soak up a bit of latin passion and watch the best tie of the opening round, Euro 2016 winners Portugal taking on their neighbours, and the competition’s 2010 winners, Spain.



1pm - Egypt v Uruguay

4pm - Morocco v Iran

7pm - Portugal v Spain


11am - France v Australia

2pm – Argentina v Iceland

5pm – Peru v Denmark

8pm – Croatia v Nigeria


1pm - Costa Rica v Serbia

4pm – Germany v Mexico

7pm – Brazil v Switzerland


1pm – Sweden v South Korea

4pm – Belgium v Panama

7pm – Tunisia England 


5. Dawn to dusk Dumpling Club


Where: The Bookshop, Aubrey St, Hereford.

When: Monday, from 7pm.


Your friendly neighbourhood Asian-inspired pop-up is back. A regular fixture on these pages, Holland and Jake’s family-style banquets at the Bookshop in Hereford are fun, fanciful and hella filling.

This one is a concept album of a menu, taking you through a day from sun up to sundown – if your Mondays tend to feature kimchi takoyaki doughnuts and matcha 'n' malt ice cream. They explain it better themselves.

Same format as usual; tickets in advance, and food tends to be served on long, bench seating with dishes shared across the table, so play nice.

More info/tickets/menu.

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