Sascha Kindred OBE: A Hero’s Welcome

Hereford Paralympian hero Sascha Kindred OBE was treated to a warm homecoming celebration along the picturesque River Wye which flows through the middle of the Hereford City Centre 

Hereford Mayor Welcomes Sascha Kindred
The Hereford Mayor welcomes paralympian hero Sascha Kindred, his wife Nyree and daughter Ella to a grand fireworks display

I popped over to the Left Bank on Saturday (albeit a bit late) expecting the party to be over. The honour guard from Hereford Swimming Club had been and gone, the speeches had finished and all the carnival crafts from the Hereford River Carnival organisers had been crafted and put away. But what I found was a busy and vibrant courtyard outside De Koffie Pot with wonderful live music emanating from the Bandstand Stage courtesy of Sam Huffer and a plethora of happy children having a good jig thanks to the ever impressive organising efforts of John Steven Hales.

Hereford Mayor Jim Kenyon gives Sascha Kindred grand welcome home
Hereford Mayor Jim Kenyon. Praised as Mayor of the People.
Freeborn Rising playing folk music for Sascha Kindred welcome party in Hereford
Freeborn Rising playing folk music to the welcome party.

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Sounds From The Sofa: Mass Intrusions, Donald Trump, Jeremy Corbyn, Fidel Castro, Curry Houses & More With Young Feminist Punks – The Delinquents

The term “Feminist Punks” might possibly seem like a contradiction to those unaware of what PUNK actually is all about. The average lost soul often generalises punk as debauchery without a cause…please say it isn’t so! With this movement in its 40th year, it is finally receiving the respect it deserves.

The term “Feminist Punks” might possibly seem like a contradiction to those unaware of what PUNK actually is all about. The average lost soul often generalises punk as debauchery without a cause. Please say it isn’t so! With this movement in its 40th year, it is finally receiving the respect it deserves.

Granted at the time of Punk’s origins, the world was in quite a state, and the only way to make a point and break up an establishment that had us saying “yes sir and no sir” and living life under their candy coated values, was to stand up for yourself and fight back. Not so simple.

If you think about it, you really had to be an intelligent, brave individual to stand up to authority, and even more so to stand up for women in a society that is very condescending to them for shits and giggles and to stroke the male ego. Things have progressed somewhat in that respect, but society is in chaos again and The Delinquents are just not having it.

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Squatting in true Delinquent style

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The Underground Revolution presents Friday 13th Dark Entries Night @The Booth Hall, Hereford. A Guide For Beginners.

A couple of lost souls have approached me recently and asked, “What is the Dark Entries Friday the 13th night all about at The Booth Hall?”   I began my replies with “Well you don’t want to miss it”  But here is a more comprehensive explanation. It’s underground, alternative, dance, with a touch of industrial, goth post punk edgy, delirium infused tunes that push the boundaries of your inner freak, poetic, music loving, uncontrollably exuberant, morbid but totally pleasant and sexy self.  Do you get it now?  I really hope so because this kind of night doesn’t happen everyday and may not happen again….so be there!

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Building Festive Childhood Memories at the Hereford River Carnival 2016

Hereford River Carnival 2016

As a child growing up in Pasadena, California I attended the annual Rose Parade New Year’s Day celebrations without falter.  It began as a child and carried on until my later years when I was able to camp out on the street during New Year’s Eve so that I could have the best view of the parade in the morning, and party like a rock star all night long whilst nearly freezing during my mere 2 hours of sleep. Nonetheless, I was able to watch the parade in all its majestic glory, even if it was with one eye open and one eye shut. People generally wake up in a tent full of friends they don’t recognise, yet partied with the night before…it is just how it is. I have never forgotten this grand event that as a Pasadena native I am extremely proud of and support any time I am there.

The tradition carries on with my oldest daughter, and so and so forth. Here’s to hoping that Hereford adapts this same enthusiasm for our unique local carnival that kicks off the Wye Valley River Festival and is buzzing with entertainment for our children and adults alike. Certainly a family affair in a gem of a location. There are puppet foot processions, float competitions on the river that people genuinely pour their heart and souls into to create, a children’s carnival section, lots of live music, stalls selling food and crafts…and the usual Carnival festivities.

I took my daughter along and asked her what she thought. Here is what she said:

“I enjoyed it…it was fun, I would like to go again.  The Fun house was my favourite and the floats were my second favourite. I would like to be a cheerleader in the parade next year”

And there you have it.  As simple and straightforward as they come.

 

 

There were two live music stages being hosted by the Music Pool Charity and The Underground Revolution in the beautiful river view courtyard between the Dutch-inspired De Koffie Pot and The Left Bank Venue which was holding another Hereford Rocks featuring Deborah Bonham, and had a surprise visit by Robert Plant.  Here we capture some of the acoustic acts which included Tobion, Mark Stevenson, Shannon Walker, Kaptive 8, The Boondogz, DJ ‘Jus Jay, Nick Davis and Robin Shaw.

It’s All Free Love And A Lot Of Music Makin’ With SKINHORSE

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Left – Ben Davies Right – Andy Williams, Skinhorse

Sitting by the inglenook fire with Skinhorse during The Underground Revolution’s gig at The Victory Pub & Brewery, headlined by Hereford Art College band Silverfield, felt pretty rock n roll.  It was a buzzing Friday evening, and the weather was on point, making for a very relaxed and fun interview, regardless of the live grunge tunes ruling the sound waves over our voices. Continue reading “It’s All Free Love And A Lot Of Music Makin’ With SKINHORSE”

A night of Punk and Space Rock April 21 2016 @The Booth Hall, Hereford

Get ready for another night of amazing bands belting out the power vocals….and one who doesn’t have vocals at all but has riffs and beats that pulse right through you…a night to remember from The Underground Revolution.  The Youth Within are on the Rebellion bill for 2016 which is no easy task to achieve, so you should definitely see them, they are playing first.  We don’t believe in head liners because all the bands are great and we don’t do hierarchy being revolutionaries and all.

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