Raptor Releases New Double-Single: Ultraviolet and Haight Street

Raptor

Ultraviolet/Haight Street

Talented bluesy psych-rock trio Raptor return with this new double-single and fans of the band are in for a treat with both songs on this release showing off that Raptor swagger to its full effect. Those of you who have seen the band live before (and that is definitely

Those of you who have seen the band live before (and that is definitely their natural environment – those who haven’t definitely need to rectify this as soon as they can) will know how good a band they are and with this single, they have translated the energy and vivacity of their live show onto record.

Raptor Ultraviolet, Haight Street at the Booth Hall by Grace Biddlecombe

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THE REVIEW

Ultraviolet is an upbeat tune that starts off with a hazy, laid back groove before morphing into a raucous blues stomp that will stick in your head for days and as soon as the vocals kick in, you know you are in for a good time. This is an anthem that is perfect for the summer months, the bluesy feel further adds to the good time involved, particularly the guitar work towards the end of the song before it reaches its finale.

Haight Street is aptly named and is as full of life as the iconic San Francisco landmark it is named after. The song is a simple but extremely effective jaunt that, again, will be stuck in your head for an age and is full of that rousing Raptor charm that we all know.

With summer now in full swing, don’t hesitate and go and check it out now and the upcoming (hopefully) warm months now have an undisputed and sunny soundtrack.

Album Review by Gavin Brown

Cover Photo Credit: Grace Biddlecombe

Hereford Heavy 4 – Generous flow of Metal Music From The Cup Runneth Over

Hereford’s Live Music Promoter Andy Willerton Bringing Metal Music to Hereford From Across the Varied Spectrum.

Friday 23rd June 2017
The Booth Hall

Review by Gavin Brown

For the fourth installment of the Hereford Heavy events, there was a split on the bill geography wise, with two of the bands hailing from right here in Hereford, and two from further afield.

Heading up the hometown bands were powerful metallers The Seventh Circle and Djent metal band Enmerkar, joined by South Wales metalcore mob Conflicts UK and Gloucester death metallers Ascaris heading to The Booth Hall to complete a heady bill that encompasses all different styles of the metal spectrum. Something that all the bands had in common was that they are all heavy, perfect for tonight’s proceedings.

ENMERKAR

enmerkar from Hereford play Hereford Heavy 4

 

We arrive at the venue to find that Enmerkar had already started their set wasting no time in pummeling the crowd with their technical metal, and it was great to see it was going down a storm.

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Help Hereford Music Promoter Kirsty Morris Get To The Great Wall of China In Support of St. Michael’s Hospice

Local Hereford alternative rock and indie music promoter Kirsty Morris is off on an epic journey this year to the Great Wall of China for a fundraising event of a lifetime to support local charity St. Michael’s Hospice.

She has received support from local businesses in Hereford and tickets donations from well-loved summer music festivals around the country to auction off and sell towards raising donations at her next fundraising event taking place at the Booth Hall on East Street this weekend. Kirsty has also received donations from some pretty famous bands around the country. She has been hard at work!

Hereford City Centric wanted to know more about this great trek being taken on by such an admirable woman and how close she is to her fundraising goals.

Political aspects are not something I really think of when I travel, as long as the areas I travel to are deemed as safe, then I really tend not to worry about such things.

THE INTERVIEW

Kirsty Morris Fundraising Trek across Great Wall of China 2017

Hereford City Centric: Hello Kirsty, you are actively involved in music promoting in Hereford with your promotion group Hey Little Monster, can you tell us a bit about the music you put on and what drives this interest?

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James Hickman & Dan Cassidy Played American Blues, Country & Bluegrass to The Wild Hare Set at the Serene ‘De Koffie Pot’ in Hereford

Sunday 21st May 2017

On a beautiful and sunny May evening, the setting of the beer garden outside the Left Bank is definitely the place to be with its scenic views and serene atmosphere, and that, coupled with a nice cold pint in hand, was the setting in which to enjoy the pre-summer good weather and calm vibes before this evening’s entertainment.

The music on offer tonight matched those calm and chilled out vibes, as this was the bluegrass, folk, country and beyond stylings of guitarist and vocalist James Hickman and fiddle player Dan Cassidy who wowed the audience at this gig put on by the good people of the Wild Hare Club.

James Hickman and Dan Cassidy by the Wild Hare Club at De Koffie Pot Hereford

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The Booth Hall Tribute Act Nights: Forever Sabbath & The Youth Within. Where’s The Brummy Accent?

Hereford City Centric sent our local music wordsmith, Gavin Brown, to check out the Black Sabbath tribute act, taking place at The Booth Hall and supported by Herefordshire Punks on the up, The Youth Within. I am going to assume he really enjoyed it by the enthusiasm in his review.

The Booth Hall have launched a series of tribute-themed nights that have included Chili Peppers and Blink 182 tribute acts in the past. Finding myself in a crowd of super pumped Blink 182 fans a couple weekends ago on the night Blink tribute act One Eighty Two played was a pleasant change for me. The truth is, I have always found bands that do covers the most boring of the lot; especially those “pub” bands. Stale beer fragrance comes to mind. There is a difference between cover bands and tribute acts, although I love it when local bands do the occasional cover.

Tribute acts have something to live up to. They study the musicians/performers they are emulating and really have to put in the effort. There is always something distracting about them though, they never ARE the actual band, and I would hate to be a tribute performer knowing everyone is staring at every detail about me in search of the resemblance to the original person they are mimicking; guess that makes them pretty gutsy and confident too.

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Beer Cocktails and Reggae Pie at Hereford’s Latest Pub for the Craft Beer Connoisseur

The May Day Bank Holiday in the Hereford city centre was taken over by the annual Hereford River Carnival, which attracts tourists from afar with it’s unique and colourful celebrations.

The liveliness and atmosphere of the Carnival carry on into the evening at the various nearby pub restaurants and music venues who offer up an interesting variety of live music and dance music, some until the wee hours of the morning. It seems to have become a tradition, or perhaps more of an opportunity for the pubs to entertain the carnival goers who are wanting to carry on with their merry celebrations and benefit from the trade.

Firefly Hereford, Craft Beer, Local Herefordshire Cider and Ale, Bohemaian and Urban Uk Pub Vibe, Beer Cocktails
The Firely is located at 16 King St
Hereford, Herefordshire  Tel: 01432 358252

 

“Marcin Zachara has recently inherited the position of manager and is working on expanding the cocktail menu by curating his own unique beer cocktails that consist of spirits he infuses on the premises with either fruit, almonds, coffee, vanilla pods and other interesting additives”

I was one of those carnival goers looking to carry on where I left off, which in my case was co-hosting an acoustic live music stage at De Koffie Pot for the carnival. Don’t ask me where I found the energy, but I had compiled a list of various planned stops at all the venues hosting music and decided to begin in the Firefly on King Street. Well, I never left, I stayed until 3 a.m. deploying all my favourite reggae and dancehall dance moves, or perhaps they were ones I had invented in the moment – I really couldn’t leave and I really couldn’t stop dancing.

The Firefly Hereford just celebrated one year of trading and is the second location outside of the original location in Worcester, which is known for its quality craft ales and live music. The Hereford location received a warm welcome from the moment its doors opened and has developed a loyal clientele who enjoy the aesthetic of the pub created by owners, Mathew Pugh and Ray Velasquez, and the continuously fresh selection of incoming craft beers and ciders that make each experience one of inquisitive beer sampling leading to a pint of something to ponder over with your newly acquired craft beer knowledge.

STEERING THE SHIP

Firefly Hereford, Craft Beer, Local Herefordshire Cider and Ale, Bohemaian and Urban Uk Pub Vibe, Beer Cocktails
Photograph: Marcin Zachara

Behind every great pub is an experienced manager and friendly, willing bar staff to support the ideology of the venture. Marcin Zachara has recently inherited the position of manager and is working on expanding the cocktail menu by curating his own unique beer cocktails that consist of spirits he infuses on the premises with either fruit, almonds, coffee, vanilla pods and other interesting additives.

Marcin was fortunate to be given an opportunity to train with some of the countries best bartenders during his time at the Malmaison in Newcastle and is a true mixologist with an expansive imagination and flair for creating complementing alcoholic fusions. Myself along with two very discerning foodie friends were introduced to his beer cocktail fusions one lovely evening last week and I think we all still fondly savour them in our thoughts.

BEER COCKTAILS

Beer Cocktails at the Firefly hereford
Snail’s Cup Cider Cocktail Photograph: Catherine Jennings

We began with a ‘Snail’s Cup’ Cider Cocktail. Marcin combined gin he infused with lemon peel and cinnamon, the very tasty Herefordshire Snail’s Bank Pineapple & Pink Grapefruit Cider, (regularly available on tap), and topped it off with an extra crisp Prosecco. This cider cocktail was reminiscent of the summers one spends sipping on Pimms & Lemonade, but this cocktail has a bit more zest and edge to it. It receives a definite push as a summer favourite. This cocktail was priced at £5.

Beer Cocktails at the Firefly hereford
Kentucky Wonderland Photograph: Catherine Jennings

Then we bravely went on to try the ‘Kentucky Wonderland’ Porter/Stout Cocktail. This already looked like a proper gentlemen’s drink served in an old-fashioned bar glass with an orange peel. For this rather snazzy concoction, Marcin infused Woodford Reserve Bourbon with orange peels, coffee beans and vanilla pods. What a beautiful marriage of flavours! He then adds Thornbridge Brewery’s popular Cocoa Wonderland Porter  and tops it off with a splash of Coke.

The Cocoa Wonderland Porter has fast become a favourite of many and has a creamy chocolate taste with a hint of coffee bitterness. This cocktail was stunning and was not as rich as I expected it to be – it was balanced by the Bourbon and Coke. The selection of Beer Cocktails on the menu will change regularly, which in a way gives them an aire of exclusivity. I recommend you pop in soon to try one.

REGGAE PIE

So of course, on this River Carnival evening, I joined in on the Reggae Pie DJ Night and was mesmerised by the selection of reggae albums being played and the dancehall and ska that had me busting out my one of a kind dance moves (laugh with me readers). Reggae Pie is a collective of DJ’s who come together with their unique personal vinyl collections of previously mentioned musical styles and put on a pretty fierce night.

Early on in the afternoon, there were sets from Dr. Nico Demus Puffalot and Ally Baba in the beer garden, followed by live music from singing electronic keyboardist Regor followed by a beatboxing session from General Jams with whom audience members Mark Turner and Leo Bell joined in for some brilliant impromtu rapping. Once the music was moved inside due to cooling conditions, Owen Culture took over on the decks followed by BDS of Last Tree Squad. Finally there was the Idris Sound System trio with AshberB who came over from Aberyswyth.

The music carried until 3 a.m. and the Firefly soon was filled with like-minded punters joining in on the dancing, many who I recognised and realised were in a similar jolly state. Hereford has found its heart again and it is beating strong thanks to talented promoters like Reggae Pie and new establishments like the Firefly who bring their own kind of investment into our local culture, in this case, a pub with an urban and bohemian vibe that caters to people from the ages of 18 to 80. I don’t know if that is because Hereford is so isolated but young and old mix beautifully which is a sign of an intelligent, friendly and forward-thinking community. Who knew!

Happy drinking and dancing!

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The River Carnival Brings Hereford Alive With Music – Tomorrow’ Music Roundup

Another weekend full of festivities is upon us. The Hereford River Carnival has arrived and we are elated to share this roundup of music events for your convenience. There is a real festival vibe for all the family to enjoy, as well as, pubs hosting live music gigs adding to the energy the city emanates through channels of live music. Some of the county’s best local musicians volunteer to perform and there is no shortage of talent.

You won’t be able to avoid the buskers, music stages, venues hosting music events and all the other colourful festivities on offer. This is a carnival I look forward to every year with great anticipation, unless the weather disappoints, but even then the weather stops us not.

 

RIVER CARNIVAL WEEKEND, SATURDAY APRIL 29TH

 

RIVER CARNIVAL INFOGRAPH

The Hereford River Carnival Infograph is the most useful bit of kit to get you around the carnival

This infographic is one of the most useful bits of kit you will need to get you around the different events and music stages the Hereford River Carnival has on offer.

BISHOPS MEADOW music stages will include the Music Pool Live Music Stage, h.Energy Village Live Music Stage and Harrison’s Bar

CASTLE GREEN will be hosting NOZSTOCK’S first ever River Carnival Live Music Stage

THE LEFT BANK & DE KOFFIE POT COURTYARD will be hosting the second annual Underground Revolution Live Acoustic Music Stage.

Underground Revolution Acoustic Live Music Stage at the Hereford River Carnival 2017

Line up times for the Underground Revolution Acoustic Stage at De Koffie Pot Courtyard featuring some of Hereford’s most exciting local acoustic talent. This is a Free Event from 10:30 am to 7:00 pm.

Bridge Street, HR4 9DG Hereford, Herefordshire

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