Hot Lists Friday, August 31st

Weekend Essentials: taphouse openings, dry comedy and German whips

Hot Lists Friday, August 31st

Weekend Essentials: taphouse openings, dry comedy and German whips


EO - Play nightclub, Saturday

EO’s breakout track, ‘German’, was just named one of the best songs of the year so far by Capital Xtra. It’s about Mercedes’, not Munich. And it’s exactly the kind of ‘grime’ track you’d expect a millionaire teenage Youtuber to put out and call grime, but it is hella catchy. Have a listen. Head to Play for the live show on Saturday night, doors 10.30pm. Also on this weekend at the Blueschool St club….  


Scenic: Jubei + Bryan Gee - Play, Friday

It’s the return of the Friday Night takeover that is Scenic. This month, d’n’b promoters Twisted Sounds take the reigns with a monster lineup in Jubei and Bryan Gee. Have a listen to one of his tracks below - previously Radio One's remix of the week - but Jubei is one of the most in-demand producers on the scene right now, with Goldie enlisting him to pull together the orchestral arrangements in his BBC Proms show. (Yep, that happened.)

It’s great to see a double-bill of real music at Play, and great-er to see the Twisted boys taking their shot. This is/was a big drum and bass town, and its pulse is still very much beating at 160BPM.


Taphouse opening at Wobbly Brewery - Hereford, Saturday

Thirty pounds. All. You. Can Drink. And we’re not talking watered-down vodka either. For the launch of their taphouse, the Wobbly Brewery are turning on the taps to their best brews (check out the 'Wabbit' for a nice sunshine sipper), firing up their indoor BBQ and inviting the acoustic stylings of the Brethryn (fresh off their Lakefest gig).

You pay £30 on the door, and you get to drink until the kegs are dry – and take home a souvenir can.

Give them a shout here for more info, or find out more about the microbrewery on their website here.


Ross Cider festival - Broome Farm, Friday - Sunday

Herefordshire’s blood runs straw-coloured and apple-y, so heading to Broome Farm this weekend is, in effect, your civic duty. This is a three-day South Herefordshire celebration of all things cider, with a barn-ful of experts guiding you through things on Saturday, live music all weekend and a Ceilidh on Friday night. And, of course, more apple-based beverages than you could shake a stick at.

Camping passes are just £15 if you want to make a weekend of it. Get the full festival schedule here.


Butter Market Saturday - Hereford, Saturday (obvs)

It’s time for another edition of This Is The Butter Market, But Not As You Know It.

Looking to make the Hereford institution more of a food and drink destination, and less of a place you go to get stolen phones unlocked, the Butter Market has started regular one-day takeovers that feature popups and stalls alongside the regular traders. On the bill this month are brunch specialists The Meze, lunch specialists Thaitastic, cider from Pips and fizz from Herefordshire. Apparently there’s a new seating area as well, so you don’t have to eat your poached eggs standing up. Which is good. More here.


Leominster Food Fayre - Leominster town centre, Saturday

Don’t be put off by the spelling, this isn’t one of those events where people dress up as Henry VIII and try to get you to drink home-made mead. There’s a huge lineup at this year’s Corn Exchange food fest, and one very much of the 21st century. There’s everything from sourdough doughnuts to Neapolitan pizza.

The event runs 10am - 4pm, and you can check out the list stalls here, and thus plan your gluttony in advance.


Luctonians home opener/Lucs In Pink Day - Kingsland, Saturday

The sun’s going to be out in North Herefordshire for the opening game of the season, as Lucs kick off their campaign against Lichfield. It’s also this season’s Pink Day, with the club raising money for Breast Cancer UK. The 1st XV will be playing in some gorgeous pink jersey which will then be auctioned off after the final whistle, grass stains and all.

Kick-off 3pm.


Tour of Britain - Abergavenny, Saturday

We've been lucky over the last few years with the Tour of Britain coming through the county - more than once in some cases. This year, however, the closest you'll get to watching a loaded Team Sky group roll through is Abergavenny, which isn't that far.


Head over to the official TOB site for race timings.


Rob Deering headlines Farcical Comedy - the Speakeasy, Hereford, Saturday

Rob Deering is doing everything he can to salvage the reputation of the loop pedal after Ed Sheeran gave birth to a generation of sixth-formers in jumpers doing acoustic covers of Drake songs. The comedian has had shows on Radio 2, Channel 5 and won Celebrity Mastermind. He can also shred a six-string. He gets support from Welsh comedian Jennie Collier, fresh off a run at the Edinburgh Fringe, and regular MC James Ryan.

Doors from 7.30pm, tickets here.


Dry comedy @ Coffee #1, Friday

For clarity that’s not ‘dry’ as in acerbic, Jack Dee-ing, it’s ‘dry’ as in these comedians are so good you don’t need eight pints to find them funny. The headliner’s as-yet unannounced, but it’s a lineup of three comedians and one MC, in a coffee house. It starts at 7 and goes late at the High Town venue.

Contact Farcical Comedy for more info.


Nell Gwynn - The Courtyard, Friday + Saturday

If having a road named after you is one of Britain's highest honours, then having a pub named after you is surely the peak of social standing. Nell Gwynn - one of Hereford's favourite daughters and arguably the first celebrity actress - is has had just that (even if it's since been turned in to an architect's office).

She's also had a play made about her, and like the woman herself, this is no drab walk through the history books but rather a bawdy, bouncing piece that's full of character.

There are three shows at the Courtyard this weekend, including a matinée on Saturday . Head to their site to book tickets.


The brilliantly-named Jack Mac’s Funk Pack play at the Globe in Hay on Saturday, with all their brass and goodtime basslines.

Sundown Jazz is back at the Left Back - and it looks like we'll have some actual some for them to play out to - and the WooTown Hillbillies are in Peterchurch if you need some moonshine and jug band music in your life this weekend.

There are also bands on at both Gordon Bennett's and Hogarths in Hereford - tipping their toe in to the live music pond for the first time - on both Fri and Sat nights, and mod-sters The Dead Beats are at the Plough on Saturday.

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