Hot Lists Thursday, July 26th

Weekend Essentials: Wines, war symphonies and woodland raves

Hot Lists Thursday, July 26th

Weekend Essentials: Wines, war symphonies and woodland raves

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

FESTIVALS

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Into the Woods – Sat

Just 12 hours of al fresco vibes. 

The Discotek boys are throwing the party of the year - again - with achingly-cool Mason Collective headlining a day/night festival, five minutes from town. The rolling lineup of house, tech house, disco, house, world, house etc etc features El Dorado kingpin Luke Wolfman, DJs from Mi Casa in Cardiff, Kaleido and a stable of local talent. This year there's even street food and yoga and everything. Dig out your hot pants, and get ready for a boogie.

Before you do, head here to find out more about the top-billed Manchester trio making real noise in the underground house scene - and then scoot over here to get your ticket and event info here (transport, cash/card etc), because good organisation is, low-key, paramount to a good raving experience. Or something like that.

There's also an after party featuring a number of the dj's at the Ketrry, keeping things going in to the wee hours.

 

FOOD + DRINK

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Eclectic Organic Wines tasting - Fri eve

Beefy Boys steak pop-up - Fri eve

Don’t judge me, but I first learned about the majesty of organic wines from Your Favourite Chef’s Favourite Rapper - Action Bronson. I have since learned that I like them *a lot*, and not much further. That could end tomorrow however, as sommelier Michele Longari is hosting an Eclectic Organic Wines tasting in Ledbury at Hay Wines, specifically to enlighten you about a section of the vino industry that’s equal parts cool and controversial. Find out what a ‘natural wine’ is, how it’s different to an ‘orange wine’ and sip away at ten different reds, whites, oranges and sparklings – all for £15. Show starts at 7.30, tickets/info here.g

Want to know what the makers of one of the World’s Best Burgers (#factsonly) can do with a flat-iron steak sandwich? Us too. They’re running a pop-up at the Left Bank to test drive their new creations on Friday, all cooked over Herefordshire oak – message them on FB to make sure there’s one waiting for you, or you might go hungry. And while you’re down by the river, De Koffie Pot is hosting folky/Americana duo the Undying Heads, and I don’t know about you, but we’re a sucker for a double-bass.

Steak sandwiches from 6pm, the music usually starts around 8pm.

 

CULTURE

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Three Choirs Festival - All weekend

The oldest non-competitive classical music festival in the world, the Three Choirs – now in it 303rd year – features far more than just three choirs. The opening weekend alone features piano trios, kids' drumming workshops and lectures shining a light on the role of female composers in the classical world – as well as some of the world’s finest musicians and ensembles performing at venues across town.

Our pick? Sunday night’s performance of The Planets by the Philharmonia Orchestra, led by conductor Elim Chan. You don’t get much more dramatic than listening to Holst’s ode to the planet of war in the gothic spectactle of Hereford Cathedral. Get ready for to hairs to stand up.

Check out the full, brilliant, programme here – and make the most of it, Hereford only hosts once every three years.

 

NIGHTLIFE

Scenic/Nu:Motive takeover @ Play, feat Macky Gee – Fri

Souled Out - Sat

 

Hometown heroes of sorts, promoters Nu:Motive have gone from humble Hereford origins to running sellout D’n’B and bassline shows across Midlands, then across the UK, and recently as far as Budapest and back, with the likes of Deekline, Skeptical and Nicky Blackmarket in their contacts list. Not bad for two years work. They’re back where it all started for an anniversary gig with SCENIC, and Macky Gee is headlining.

Have a listen to his stuff below, and head here for tickets (£5 if you buy in advance).

Otherwise, the following night there's:

1. Smooth Grooves

2. Full-on Funk

3. Big Beats, and if you need it...

4. A new Firefly loyalty card getting you a free pint for every ten you and your mates drink.

The fortnightly funk (dj set) is back at the Firefly, but you know the drill by now. More here.

 

SPORT

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Hereford v Cardiff – Sat

Neil Warnock, Junior Hoilett, Iceland’s Aron Gunnarsson….are just a few of the big names  probably not going to be at Edgar Street this weekend. Still a great pre-season fixture for Hereford FC as they continue their own charge up the leagues, the truth is the Premier League new boys are sending across a ‘select XI’ – no doubt full of young talent – while their first team travel to Burton.

You can’t beat a bit of Anglo-Welsh needle though, and it’ll be a great chance to see how Beadle’s men are shaping up after a midweek loss to Forest Green Rovers.

Info and tickets on the club website here.

 

CINEMA

Mission Impossible/Mamma Mia - All weekend

Gender stereotypes and lazy, and a hackneyed trait of listings sites like this. So let’s just say that if you like camp, sing-a-longs featuring Meryl Streep and Swedish pop classics then the cinematic sequel to Mamma Mia is on at Hereford Odeon this weekend. And if you like Tom Cruise walking away from explosions then the new Mission Impossible also hits the screen this weekend.

There are 5-6 screenings a day for both. Get tickets and check out the trailers here.

 

STAGE

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RSC Encore screening of Romeo and Juliet – Fri

These days Baz Lurhmann and Leo’s ‘modern’ take on Romeo and Juliet feels almost as dated as the original, so the Royal Shakespeare Company give it a shot of 2018 with some gender-fluid casting and oversized tees.

The ‘live’ stage performance is given an Encore screening at the Courtyard on Friday night for anyone who loves love, youth, tragedy, rivalry or just a good turn of phrase. Curtain at 7.30pm - info and tix here.

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