Hot Lists Friday, August 10th , pictures by: Tile image by HerefordLive/SLanePhotography/Facebook

Weekend Essentials: Waterboys, waterslides and Wye Float

Hot Lists Friday, August 10th

Weekend Essentials: Waterboys, waterslides and Wye Float

Your essential weekend notebook on what's happening in Herefordshire this Friday, Saturday, and, er, Sunday. 


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Lakefest, nr Ledbury, Fri – Sun.

Iron up your Fred Perry polo kids, Lakefest is back at Eastnor. A quick note of warning for the fishermen out there; contrary to its title, this huge three-day festival does not in fact celebrate lakes.

No – rather it’s a weekend-long party championing a time when six-strings ruled the radio waves. Also, a time when there were actual radio waves. This year’s headliners are The Darkness, The Waterboys and the Proclaimers – although it’s a deep lineup which gets less Novelty Act-y by the second line (Peter Hook, Reverend & the Makers, Soft Cell’s Mark Almond). Checkout info on who’s playing, how to get tickets and what to look out for in our Lineup Breakdown here. 

Starry Skies, Usk, Thurs – Sun.

Also, though technically not in Herefordshire, there’s a great family festival going on twenty minutes south-west of Ross-on-Wye, called Starry Skies. Designed specifically for those with nippers and a passion for the wild open spaces, the programme is packed with workshops and activities from the Woodland Tribes playground and waterslides, to baby yoga classes, bison kitchens and foraging masterclasses.

Head to the website here for more info. 



Wye Float, Hereford, Sat.

Started in Denmark – or one of those civilised Scandi countries – the concept of floating through a city on large inflatables while boozing has spread throughout Europe. It’s a genius idea. You buy a lilo, a rubber ring, or one of those inflatable unicorns the England players were racing on, grab your mates and head to a spot on the river whereby you spend the next few hours leisurely drifting downstream and cracking a few cans while you do so.

It’s basically canoeing without the  leg cramps.

Last year Wye Float launched in Hereford – and was massively popular, in spite of the rule that, as we are British, we cannot be trusted to navigate waterways under the influence without the whole affair turning in to a 500-strong stag do.

It’s back this Saturday, with floats setting sail in the early afternoon from the rowing club in Hereford, and being pulled out by the new cycle bridge. Then there’s a big afterparty back at the rowing club with live music until 10pm. You’ve got to bring your own floaties, and – not that we’d ever condone breaking the rules – you can bring food and drink for your voyage, which we suspect might mean that the more creative amongst you may be able to get something stronger than saltwater on board.

There’s FAQs, route plans and ticket info on the Wye Float site here. Have fun, floaters.



5Ps Lemore Manor, Fri.

It’s a lawn party tonight at Lemore – which is basically a great excuse to get an Aperol Spritz and bottomless stone-baked pizza in classically beautiful surroundings on a Friday night.

They’re billing it as the 5Ps – Pizza, Peroni, Prosecco, Popsicles and Popcorn although you do get the impression that their marketing team could have knocked it on the head at three Ps. There are different ticket options – for young people, hot-tubs, levels of Prosecco - and badminton and croquet set up amongst the acres of gorgeous gardens at Lemore. If you have a straw boater, now is the time.

Tickets/info here.


Jack Blackman, Hay, Fri.

A favourite of Whispering Bob Harris, the (quiet) voice of country music in the UK, Jack Blackman brings his searing fingerpicking to Hay for tonight. A cursory internet search reveals some pretty prodigious talent, but also a recent move away from an Early Dylan-style take on the delta blues, and Ryan Adams-y acoustic ballads. Jack’s got a new haircut, a leather jacket and an amp. Check out his new track above, and head to Hay for the live show.

Tickets are only a fiver, and they’re available here.

Jake Of Diamonds, Abbey Dore, Sun.

Jake and his diamonds are a little bit Zutons, a little bit funked-up Parquet Courts and load of indie-rock swagger. They’re also heading up the Sunday lineup at the Gwatkin Cider-associated Down on the Farm mini-festival.

Have a listen to their 2017 BBC Introducing set here, then go check them out and remember why guitar music is still cool. Tickets, and the full lineup – which includes ex-Levellers frontman Mark Chadwick, and a collection of local-ish rock from the likes of Red Room Therapy – can be found be clicking right here.



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Canwood Gallery, all weekend.

There’s two new, major exhibitions on at Canwood for August; 32 paintings, prints and sculptures from the Summerfield sisters, Angela and Caroline takeover the main gallery, while a collab called In the Middle of Somewhere, takes on the idea of home and the what it means to miss it.

Add to both of those, the sculpture park in the gallery’s grounds and you can lose yourself easily for an afternoon, both in the artists’ conceptions of place – and more literally. If you haven’t got out to Canwood yet, go check it out – it’s a brilliant gallery, and pulls in the kind of high-profile works that rarely get an airing in Herefordshire. To top it off, most of the artists behind In The Middle Of Somewhere met more than ten years’ ago at Hereford’s College of Arts.

Click here for directions and info on the gallery’s official website.

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