The holiday’s often catch us by surprise, and put us in a spin trying to buy last minute gifts, while trying to decide what to wear to the long list of holiday shin digs coming our way.
Even if this is the one time of year you doll up, this guide has you covered no matter what your style preference or event, making sure your look is top notch, even if it is just sitting by the fire opening presents with the family on Christmas morning.
Grab a glass of champagne and make sure you enjoy the excess…and look good doing it. You deserve it!
If you are cruising along Bath Street, you will notice the entrance to Bastion Mews alongside our local African beauty’s shop Coco T. Turn in there and your eyes will behold another enclosure the city has tucked away, which is home to various establishments, such as popular newcomer, The Shack Revolution.
You immediately notice that alongside The Shack Revolution, stands another building with a cosmic facade that has ‘intergalactic appeal‘. Temple Recordsis a Hifi retailer that specializes in refurbished and customized Secondhand Hifi/Audio equipment to keep the party going all
Determined to solve the mystery that looms over the place like a layer of space dust, I decided to pop in and meet Guy Davies, owner of Temple Records, while carefully sipping a hot cappuccino perfectly brewed by an always gracious Shack Revolution staff member.
So Let’s Talk
HCC: So you have a pretty impressive facade going on with your shop front. What inspired the design?
GD: I commissioned the Bastion Mews artist in residence, Simon Rogers, who I gave creative free reign while maintaining a street art and music culture theme. My shopfront was safe in his hands.
HCC: Impressive work Simon! How long have you been here? We all remember your previous location on Eign Street. This is definitely much cooler, yet it seems you would have less foot traffic and visibility. How is that working out for you?
GD: (Flashing a devious smile) Foot traffic isn’t an issue for Temple Records, I established this business in 2005 and have built up many loyal customers throughout the years. I must point out that we work from this location as more of a Headquarters. The majority of my trade happens on the website http://www.templeofbass.co.uk, but everyone is welcome to pop in, we have lots of vinyl and cd’s to rummage through.
We stock a small selection in the shop of Hi Fi equipment, CD’s, films, as well as, Reggae and Dub vinyl. Often customers will request something I don’t have and I will do my best to source it for them. We also do DJ Packs which really help those starting off in a DJ career.
HCC: Online trade seems to have shut down many businesses like yours. Having both a premises and online business is invaluable.
I hear you have a bit of a legacy in the city of Hereford. Mind sharing? (Must mention Guy is rather timid with a wicked sense of humour)
GD: I worked around the city DJing in venues like The Crystal Rooms where I launched a Breakbeat night called ‘Temple of Bass’. I also DJed the Jailhouse and other venues around the city.
My more memorable events were bringing several well-known DJ’s to Hereford for the first time, such as DJ Fresh, Chase & Status and DJ Netsky . It was a different time then, Hereford was a different beast.
HCC: Well you can definitely say I am enlightened and will happily send friends over to you looking for good deals on DJ or Sound Engineering equipment. The concept of upcycling technical equipment is something to be pleased about.
We like what Guy Davies is serving up and the mystery is solved. Another young entrepreneur has made his mark on the city.
Wednesday evening marked the end of the 23rd annual French Film Festival UK at The Courtyard in Hereford with a most stereotypical French tale of young love, ménage à trois, lesbian lovers, affairs, deceit and of course, a beautiful setting that feeds ones appetite for French cityscapes.
For the next couple days Hereford’s premier Centre for the Arts, The Courtyardis partaking in the nationwide French Film Festival UKevent, bringing us rare films from across the Channel in true Art House style. The French Film Festival UK is in its 23rd year proving that French Cinema has a dedicated audience in the UK. I certainly noticed this last night at The Courtyard.
Exhibiting artists from the Ledbury Artistree group
Brian Richardson Jan Thompson Alice Shield Paul Jillard Bill Denny Toni Muckle Valerie Jillard Rachel Padley Caroline Green Philip Weaver Paddy Hannigan Ed Mustafic Nicola Jedrzejczak Alan Richardson
It was a warm, welcoming affair last Wednesday at the Artistree exhibit in Ledbury’s Weaver Gallery, which ran from November 23-29, and so it should be. Art collectors from afar came to view artists’ exhibiting works in search of that emotional connection for a work of art.
Various artists engaged with Willow and took her through the stories behind their exhibition pieces. She was very keen and enjoyed the popularity.
Beautiful Pagan inspired ceramics and sculptures made from raw or recycled materials brightened the room and pulled you into their earthy appeal. The mix was very eclectic featuring photography by Edoardo Mustafic whose profits from sales would go to Herefordshire Mind and many different gifted painters, authors, textile and book artists from around Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire. Ledbury’s Artistreegroup has a popular following due to being based in one of Herefordshire’s cultural meccas that is the home of the Ledbury Poetry Festival.
Last night we drove up to Cardiff to see two great live bands play at Clwb Ifor Bach, a great, little music venue in the centre of Cardiff.
First up were Traams, a 3 piece band who play an addictive mix of UK post-punk and US noise rock. Opener ‘Costner’ set the tone for their awesome set with swirling distorted guitar squalls and a hammering rhythm section and singer Stuart Hopkins barking out the lyrics with the song ending in controlled feedback.
The guitar, bass and drums intertwine powerfully with lots of heavy riffing and kraut rock influences with choppy, repetitive guitar, melodic bass runs and forceful, propulsive drumming. This is very evident on ‘Flowers’ another crowd-pleasing tune from their excellent debut LP ‘Grin’.
This band is totally recommended, if you haven’t heard them yet, check out their new LP ‘Modern Dancing’and go catch them live.
For fans of : Sonic Youth, Wire, Gang Of Four, Joy Division…
Headliners The Wytchesare a 3 piece Garage Psych / Doom Surf band from Brighton.
This band have a unique sound pitched somewhere between Nirvana grunge and garagey surf rock with explosive energy and loud doom rock freak-outs.
The band played songs from their debut LP ‘Annabel Dream Reader’ and new material. Songs like ‘Beehive Queen’, ‘Digsaw’ and the brilliant ‘Robe For Juda’ soon had the crowd going wild in the moshpit down the front as The Wytches cast their spell over an enthusiastic audience building to a crescendo at the end with reverb-drenched guitar and clattering drums.
We could really do with a venue like this in Hereford or Worcester and attract these kinds of bands as it took an hour and a half each way to travel which was the only downside to a great night of music…
For fans of : Nirvana, The Birthday Party..
Article by John Rose, Music Photographer, Artist and Frontman to Pablo Alto