Reopened in late 2015 by pocket rocket team Arran and Willow Vidal-Hall, The Booth Hall on East Street has become the go-to place in Hereford revered for its friendly welcoming atmosphere, live music and alternative entertainment.
Over the last twelve months it has played host to punk-rock legends TV Smith, Subhumans and Steve Ignorant, supported up and coming artists of all genres from all over the world and has become the home for sell out charitable festivals and fundraisers.
Landlady Willow, a performer in her own right, came to Hereford wanting to make a difference to the existing live music scene and says:
“We wanted to come to Hereford and become a real part of the music scene here, but we had no idea how many talented musicians there were!
We are proud to say we have had a huge number of local bands and musicians on our stage and we hope that this plays a positive role in their journey, we can’t wait to continue supporting and showcasing local talent at The Booth Hall for many years to come”
As well as supporting well rehearsed and gigging musicians The Booth Hall offers a huge leg-up to those a little further down the live music ladder with weekly Open Mic nights hosted by long standing local musicians and promoters.
Maddy and Ben, Freeborn Rising, Ali and Esk Forte and The Underground Revolution team are on hand to offer support and share knowledge on a four week rotation- each experts in their own particular field.
What makes the Booth Hall a little different to other Open Mic venues is their unrelenting drive to help musicians succeed, no matter what genre or level of performance- they offer a full PA system with professional sound engineer, in house drum-kit and, here’s the exciting bit, the offer of live recording for each and every artist wishing to get a hard copy of their best number.
The Booth Hall have teamed up with Ryan Jordan of AR Studios to offer one free live recording per artist or act at every single Open Mic session. That’s recording, mixing, mastering and hard copy of one song for absolutely nothing. Nice one!
As well as all this love and support, all Open Mic performers receive a free drink at The Booth Hall and selected drinks are discounted with a valid Student ID.
The new look Open Mic launches on Wednesday 22nd February at 7:30pm at The Booth Hall, East Street, Hereford and runs on every following Wednesday.
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Cover photo by Nick Vidal-Hall for Booth Hall Photography
Article by Nickie Bates, Writer and Photographer