Hot Lists Tuesday, April 10th , pictures by: Tile image by Herefordshire Live/TuffLondon

Your weekend essentials: live bands and steamed buns.

Hot Lists Tuesday, April 10th

Your weekend essentials: live bands and steamed buns.

In lieu of our fully-loaded What’s On section – still enjoying an increasingly-long, Gap Yaaah-like hiatus (but soon to return) – here’s another essential guide of what’s happening this week/weekend in Herefordshire.

Spoiler alert, there's basically no films out at the moment as the industry hits that lull between Oscar season and the summer blockbusters, but there is loads of live music on around Herefordshire and Hay this weekend.

Rock on. And be safe out there...

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Food & Drink

Thursday sees Hobson's Brewery taking over Gilbies for a tasting session - their Ruby Porter will keep the cold out - and then the other side of the weekend, it's Dumpling Time. The pop-up asian supper club that is The Secret Dumpling Club is back with a knockout menu. And there are still a few tickets available if you hurry.

 

Film

Like we said above, things are kind over quiet this weekedn when it comes to the silver screen. The pick of flicks is probably Michael Caine's walk through 60s London and the generation that changed everything, in the doco My Generation'. It's on at the Courtyard at the Richard Booth's boutique cinema in Hay. Also in the non-fiction category is the sequel to Al Gore's groundbreaking environmental film An Inconvenient Truth, aptly-named An Inconvenient Sequel - it's on tonight at the Courtyard.

And for little ones who need a calm atmosphere to enjoy a cinema trip, the theatre also has a 'relaxed screening' of the new Peter Rabbit on Sunday. 

If you prefer the stage to cinema, there's two nice listings at the Conquest Theatre in Bromyard - with screenings of the NT Live performance of Julius Caesar tonight and a performance from the NY Met (opera) on Saturday. Both are on a cinema screen, though.

Music

Here we go. There's one helluva double-header at the Globe in Hay this weekend - Friday Live hosts Canadian Chris Antonik and his face-melting guitar solos and general blues-rock mastery, and then on Saturday Sam Green and the Midnight Heist are in town. They might look a little bit like that band your mate 'discovered' when he was backpacking across Australia - but they've got a great sound, and you've got to respect a band that can nail their harmonies while performing on the side of a dock. Without doubt our pick of the weekend. Especially if you like the John Butler Trio. 

Things are getting a little funky at the Grapes on Sat, with local funk-soul superstars Le Freak, while one of the county's best cover bands - and best-named cover bands - the Goldblums are at Gordon Bennetts on Friday, starting your weekend off. I'll tip my hat to anyone who can work Cee-Lo Green and the Undertones in to the same setlist.

 If that all sounds a little loud to you, the Ludlow Jazz Collective are playing the Courtyard's regular jazz café slot this month - it's lunchtime at the restaurant, just get yourself a brew and settle in for some smooth grooves. Or, also at the Courtyard on Friday, the brilliant London Mozart Players have a show consisting entirely of Sex Pistols covers. Just kidding, they'll be playing Mozart.

Last, and by no means least, you're going to want to check out the beardy bluesman playing at De Koffie Pot on Friday night. Pistol Pete Wearn looks like a guy that might own one (until you hear him talk) but he has some serious chops on the actoustic guitar and throws out some Younger, Better Looking Seasick Steve vibes.

Comedy

There's a four-act stand-up show in an old electric shop in Hay on Saturday night. What, you want more? They now cafe/retro clothing store also serve some of the best cocktails the side of the Mississippi. Sarah Breese, Huge Davis and Dan Thomas are on the bill.

On Friday it's that Curry And Comedy time of the month at the Courtyard with Adam Hess headlining and Heineken served in jugs. Tickets here.

Sport

Luctonians are the highest-ranked major sporting team in the county, by some way. They're fighting for their National 2 survival in Kingsland on Sat and going to want as many people up there banging on the boards as possible. 

Also on Saturday the brilliant Green Spider Climbing Centre (formerly The Send) have a bouldering competition.

Kids

It's the last weekend of the Easter Holidays, so you're probably scraping the barrel when it comes to ways to keep the rugrats happy/occupied/out of trouble. On Friday, the London Mozart players, in town for their own performance at the Courtyard, team up with a story teller for a unique version of Roald Dahl's Little Red Riding Hood, and then - also at the Courtyard - the CBeebies show Sarah & Duck is brought to life through the magic of puppetry. That's on Sunday.

There's also a craft-y Frozen Fun workshop, with activities based on the wildly-popular film, while at the Odeon there's the brilliant, PG-rated animation Isle of Dogs from Wes Anderson.

Misc

Zen up at the rural retreat that is Hellens Manor with a day of 'Yoga Flow, Functional Medecine and Lunch', create your fabulous River Carnival outfit at a Tutus and Fascinators workshop or give your take on 'why Herefordshire's a great place' at a pop-up in the Old Market on Friday, that's part of county-wide project to help support the arts and culture in the area. 

Nightlife

The scene's a little quieter than last weekend's antics with the Lost Ruins takeover at Play topping the bill - but head to the Firefly for Ill Behaviour, and the best music (funk, soul, hip-hop) that will be pumping out of any speakers anywhere that's not Khaled's house.

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