Hot Lists Tuesday, September 18th

Weekend Essentials: tatts, tricks and Pride parties

Hot Lists Tuesday, September 18th

Weekend Essentials: tatts, tricks and Pride parties

Here’s your one-stop shopping list for Weekend shenanigans in Hereford.

(Due to a techy glitch, this article crashed on Friday AM – apologies for that, but most of it should still be applicable)


Bikes, burgers, booze, tattoos @ HR4K, Hereford. Sun.

When the event title reads like a keyword search for Lemmie, you know you’re in for a good time. The HR4K unit at Rotherwas is already the coolest shop you’ve never heard of, with a massive Harley in one corner and a CrossFit gym in the other. If you haven’t been across there yet, they stock products from companies set up by ex-military; with everything from Black Rifle Coffee co, to flip flops made from repurposed rubber which help support the schooling of Afghani schoolgirls.

This Sunday that all gets kicked up a notch with live bands Zeb and Phoenix, haircuts from Longhorn barbers and on-site tattooing. Shenanigans from 1pm – 10pm.



Dee Riley @ The Globe. Fri

Really, ask yourself what are Friday nights for if they’re not for watching a stage magician with strong eyeliner game who also hosts the London Burlesque Festival? The guy books out some of London’s most exclusive venues with close-up and stage shows and has quotes from Katy Perry, Pippa Middleton and Bobby Davro on his webpage. You’ve got to respect that kind of range.

Tickets for his Globe show – and optional pre-show sit-down meal – on their website.


Autumn Antics @ Eastnor Castle. Sun.

It’s officially Autumn. You might have heard ***link***. Anyway, in acknowledgement of the changing of the season, the good people at Eastnor have organised a load of antics with he Herefordshire Wildlife Trust to keep the nippers happy. There’s bushcraft, leaf art and apple pressing as well as much freelance leaf kicking and conker collecting as you can fit in. Info here.

Real Life Fortnite @ Saxon Hall, Hereford. Sun.

Fortnite is one of those things that you will likely only know about if you’re under 18, or a professional athlete. The video game – which features sniper rifles and charaters with pumpkins for heads – gets brought to life at Endless Entertainment in Hereford with the help of Nerf.

Family Saturdays @ The Courtyard. Sat.

The Courtyard is throwing itself a birthday party to celebrate two decades of stage and screen at the county’s #1 theatre and arts centre. As part of that, there’s a load of stuff going on through the day on Saturday for families, including a screening of the original Bugsy Malone (complete with mashed potato machine guns) and the Buster Keaton classic Sherlock Jnr which includes a pre-film activity for little ones. Check the CY’s site for more details.


Pride @ the Firefly + Play. Sat.

When the venue pulled out at the last minute, it looked like Hereford’s Pride celebrations would be cancelled.

That was until the Firefly stepped in to host a more-impromptu party for those in and involved in the LBGTQ+ community – and to be honest, for those who aren’t as well. The nature of the situation means there may be no rainbow-draped floats rolling down Broad St – but the party starts from noon at the King St pub, and is piggybacking its always-fun Souled Out funk and soul Saturday night.

The afterparty is at Play (free entry with a  Pride wristband), where you can keep things rolling until 4am. Rainbow up, people.

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Flavours of the World market, Hereford High Town. Sat + Sun.

It’s that time of the year when High Town is taken over by schnitzels and Stacciatella. The Flavours of the World Market is back – and while the World part may be slightly overstating the range of stalls on offer – there is more than enough cured meats and camembert from France, Germany, Spain and Italy to give you gout before Strictly starts. It’s on Sunday as well, and if there’s a better hangover cure than coffee and arancini, I’m yet to try it.

Saxty’s Secret Wine Tastings, Hereford. Sat.

There’s another excuse to get day-drunk chance to expand your knowledge of wine at Saxty’s. Tickets from the their website – good times all-but guaranteed.


Okay here’s your breathless guide to live music this weekend. Norwich-based folksters Alden, Patterson and Dashwood (got to be one of the ‘folkiest’ bands names ever btw) come with a huge reputation on the UK scene, a busload of instruments and a sound that nods to both sides of the Atlantic – they’re at the Globe on Sat. Talking of which, Arthur Ebeling is very much from this side of the Atlantic – he’s from Holland – but plays rhythm and blues like he was from the States. He’ll be doing so at the Left Bank this weekend. There’s a Black Sabbath tribute band on at Mamma Jammas (fun) and a duo playing acoustic covers across the road at the Stables (formerly the Stagecoach) is that all gets a bit loud for you. Finally, the Vaga is hosting Music Bingo if you’d rather show off your musical knowledge than expand it.


It’s may be too late to get involved, but this is more of a public service announcement that if you see crowds of women shuffling around own on Friday evening in disco gear, it’s not because the Kerry’s doing two-for-ones on prosecco – it’s the annual Venus Walk raising money for St Michael’s Hospice. The groups will be heading out for the sponsored walk from 11pm in afro wigs and glitter - the theme this year is the Seventies – and like all major endurance events, stopping at various points across town for scheduled pick’n’mix fuelling stations and ‘selfie pods’.

Around the same time Anthony Joshua will (hopefully) be dispatching Povetchkin in London – and if you couldn’t get tickets, all the usual spots will be screening the fight in town. Also – as this weekend is apparently all about sleep deprivation and fitness – there’s a 24-hour Spinathon going on. If you’re not involved, at least get down to the rehydration at the inevitable afterparty (the spinathon features teams of riders splitting up the task from 5pm Friday to 5pm Saturday night, with other exercise classes going on downstairs at the Plough Lane studio).


There’s not much by way of new blockbusters hitting the Odeon, but there are several screenings of the brilliant Puzzle – which sees the Kelly MacDonald’s housewife break free from surburbian banality by, er, entering a puzzle competition – and Lucky, which we picked out in our Movies This Month, in large part due to the standout performance of longtime scene-stealing character actor Harry Dean Stanton finally getting his shot at a major lead, and giving the performance of a lifetime, months before he died.

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