Music Sunday, November 30th

Gig guide: Live music in Herefordshire this December

Music Sunday, November 30th

Gig guide: Live music in Herefordshire this December

Just to prove it's not all turkey and tinsel this month, here's a taster of gigs and shows coming to a place near you in Herefordshire this month.

You'll find our fit-to-burst full listings over on the What's On section. Think of this as our curated guide. Now go out and support live music! 

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The Underground Revolution present Culture Shock @ The Booth Hall, Hereford

December 1, 8pm. £8 on the door. NUS £5.

From the organisers: The Underground Revolution are chuffed to present Anarcho-punk/ ska band Culture Shock fronted by Subhumans vocalist Dick Lucas calling in at the Booth Hall as part of their UK tour this December. 

After the packed, sweaty success of Subhumans' visit to Hereford, a venue cancellation allowed Dick's other outfit, Culture Shock, to come and show us what they can do. Support comes from Bristolian punk / hardcore band Atterkop and the Shire's own Alvin and the Angry Barrels. 

Blocked Audio @ The Venue, Hereford

December 2, 11pm to 3am. £8. Buy tickets here.

Blocked Audio returns to The Venue in Hereford for another killer night of dubstep. The night includes Kaiju, with a 90 minute set), Sepia, and Sun of Selah. If that's not enough there is also support from Tailored Sound, Lock, Bean, Ali Weighz, Jakebob and Nostalgia.

Check out here for the event's Facebook page or here for Blocked Audio's website. 

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Clive John @ Prince of Wales, Ledbury

December 4, 4.30pm. Free.

Clive John is a Malvern-based singer-songwriter whose blend of country/folk has a strong following in this country and the States. He regularly performs at country music festivals up and down the country and has spent time in New York where he developed a penchant for songs that touch on tales of broken love affairs.

Clive has a rich, deep, emotive voice that when combined with his own songs about life, love and loss, leaves the listener with a wonderful sense of enjoyment. Fast Food Fiasco, from Clive's album Purple Sky, took him to the finals of the UK Songwriting Contest in association with the BRIT Trust.

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Split Prophets @ The Venue, Hereford

December 9, from 11pm 'til late. £6. 

From the organisers: Split Prophets are a Hip Hop collective from Bristol. They came to the scene in 2011 with their EP Scribbled Thoughts. Since this Split Prophets have gone from being an act to watch out for, to some of the UK’s most respected and revered emcees.

Not just as a collective, but also as solo artists, they have collaborated with some of Great Britain’s hip hop heavy weights such as Mystro, Life Mc, Evil Ed and more. Split Prophets have supported hip hop legends, from both the UK and overseas, including Wu Tang. 

This gig will see support from Hereford's own hip hop collective Verbal Highz. There will be DJ support from Rich Riddim', BDS and Mista Bliss.

Toriah Fontaine @ The Globe at Hay, Hay-on-Wye

December 9, 8pm. £10. Buy tickets here.

A truly outstanding artist, Toriah brings powerful, passionate vocals and a dark honesty to her writing reminiscent of old Nashville Blues. Think Amy Winehouse crossed with Etta James. She will be joined by special guests, Lighthouse Fire.

Click here for more information. 

Flatworld Concert @ West Malvern Social Club, Malvern

December 10, 8pm. £5. Buy tickets here.

Flatworld are a five piece world music band that play an eclectic mix of music from Eastern Europe and beyond with rich compelling melodies and tight driving rhythm. Opening the show will be Mary Pitchford and Olly Blanchflower on violin and double bass. 

Check the Flatworld website for more information.

Trafficker @ Prince of Wales, Ledbury

December 11, 4.30pm. Free.

Guitarist, singer-songwriter Tommy Allen, started out working as a sideman to some of the big names in the blues scene such as Mojo Buford from the Muddy Waters Band.By 2001 Tommy needed a band to perform his own original songs so Trafficker was born.

This led to the release of three acclaimed albums over the next four years showcasing his songs which saw Radio 2's Paul Jones describing him as “one of the most talented songwriter guitarists to emerge from Britain in a long time”. After a break by 2015 Trafficker were back in the studio with brand new songs, a new line-up and a fresh hunger for the road ahead.

Martha Tilston @ The Globe at Hay, Hay-on-Wye

December 16, 8pm. £12. Buy tickets here.

World renowned and much-loved folk artist, Martha Tilston will be joining The Globe for a cosy winter Friday Live session. She has a pure voice that will send a shiver down your spine, lyrics that captivate and inspire and the power to draw an audience into her world. 

Martha and band have built a large worldwide following and played on some of the world’s most prestigious stages and festivals. She has recorded and released several critically acclaimed albums, gained a nomination for BBC best newcomer, appeared as a guest vocalist for Zero 7, toured internationally and played with some of the world’s most inspiring musicians. 

Manchester DnB djs North Base @ The Venue, Hereford

December 16, 11pm to 3am. £6. 

From the organisers: The North Base boys took the roof off The Venue back in February and they are coming back for a big phat Christmas skank. They have played at some of the top music festivals and clubs worldwide including Glastonbury, Fabric, Warehouse Project, Creamfields, Ultra, Metropolis, Soundclash, Snowbombing and more.

North Base continue to tear up each and every club, festival and dance floor. Their unique cutting edge productions have already gained support from the heavy weights of the DnB world with DJs such as Andy C, Matrix and Futurebound, Fred V and Graffix and others, regularly supporting their tracks. There is DJ support on the night from: Manuscript, Province, Advocate UK and Ben Robey.

Music Night Christmas Dance Party with Red River Blues @ Linton Village Hall

December 17, doors open 7pm, band on 8pm. £8. To buy tickets call 07974 48 41 41.

From the organisers: Back by popular demand. Red River Blues are an exciting five piece band with their own special blend of blues, rock, jazz, funk and country.

Sam Dowden @ The Globe at Hay, Hay-on-Wye

December 17, 8pm. £7. Buy tickets here.

Sam thrills audiences with his stunning guitar skills and melodic pop songs. He combines his percussive strumming style with his gentle yet powerful vocals. With support from local sibling duo, Gwyn and Kate, a feel good evening of guitar pop beckons to warm the cockles.

Steve Ajao’s Blues Giants @ The Prince of Wales, Ledbury

December 18, 4.30pm. Free.

Steeped in blues and jazz all his life, Birmingham guitarist Steve Ajao and his Blues Giants (Mike Hatton – Bass, and former Au Pairs drummer Pete ‘Washboard’ Hammond) have been amazing audiences for more than 30 years.

Steve is regarded by many as one of the hottest blues guitarists in the UK. Close your eyes for one moment and you’d think you were listening to a band direct from the Mississippi Delta, and the next, to Jimi Hendrix.

Few players around offer this kind of guitar genius and this powerhouse three-piece remains a must-see act, especially when the band wander off, New Orleans marching band style, and mingle with the crowd.

Launch night for new house/techno takeover Discotek @ The Venue, Hereford

December 21, 11pm 'til late. 

House Every Weekend has, for a while now, been nothing more than a pipe dream for most of Hereford's clubbers.

And technically they may have to wait a little longer as the launch night for Discotek - "Discotek_Lift Off" - is on a Wednesday. But it's the Wednesday before Christmas so you're probably going to be rolling in to work on Thursday hungover anyway so you might as well do so having spent the night dancing to a team of big-city house and techno DJ's.

There is a degree of mystery around the house collective behind Discotek but among those spinnning on the 21st will be Hereford's-own Ross Powell - formerly of Mi Casa in Cardiff. The group's stated mission is to "throw incredible nights that offer an introduction to and a platform for underground dance music in our city."

Fabio and Grooverider @ The Venue, Hereford

December 23, 10pm til late. £8. Buy tickets here. 

Godfathers of the DnB scene Fabio and Grooverider are still going hammer and tongs a quarter-century after creating one of the club scene's most successful partnerships. They'll be taking over the Venue the Friday before Christmas, with support from UNseen Force and MC KP. 

From The Venue's Ed Lindsay: "Fabio and Grooverider are the Godfathers of Drum and Bass and legends of modern music who are idolised worldwide. Industry heavyweights, fans and artists regardless of genre, will readily respect and praise the on-going influence of the two." 

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