2016: The Year Hereford Culture Blossomed

“The scene is starting to settle now (in a nice way). People are beginning to ask what music is on this coming weekend, rather than ‘Is there anything on?’ which is a massive change and a great reflection on the venues, the quality of the acts and the local promoters who have taken the risk in time and money to have a go this year. 2017 I hope will continue with that support from music lovers. I also hope people will take the plunge more and go to see acts they’ve not heard of before. After all, live music is a great night out whether or not you can sing along” – The Underground Revolution Music Director, Rich Lovell

From the day I set foot on Hereford turf I felt a special magnetism to its quiet green fields, open air city centre unobstructed by big heavy concrete monsters you find in places like Birmingham, its proximity to Wales and a view of the Black Mountains in the distance that at times seems like a mirage. There were perks like its reputation for cider making – witness the many orchards around the county – a magnificent Cathedral and history that just keeps on giving, such as, the remains of a Saxon child discovered in a lottery-funded Cathedral excavation project that unearthed many ancient artefacts revealing even further details of its war-torn past and how people lived all those years ago.

Pink Elephant Circus, Sin Palace and The Booth Hall Circus Performers and Masquerade Ball

pink elephant circus, the booth hall hereford, sin palace, masquerade ball

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WILD SOUNDS FROM THE GARAGE! A BRIEF HISTORY OF PSYCHEDELIA

“The term ‘garage band’ literally means the space where many bands rehearsed. LSD and marijuana played a big part in the music with widespread use among America’s youth across its colleges and cities. This led to some of the wildest and most demented records ever put to vinyl as sounds became….”

Article by John Rose, Pop/Collage Artist and Frontman for Pablo Alto. Featured Artwork by John Rose.

Fuzz, Acid and Flowers

MY FIRST ENCOUNTER

Psychedelia is back!…in fact it’s never really gone away as each new generation turns on and freaks out to a new revamped version of those groovy 60’s sounds. It all started for me after taping an hour long Psychedelic radio show special in the late 80’s (possibly on Radio 1) which I still have featuring wonderful psych gems from The Seeds (Satisfy You), The Chocolate Watchband (No Way Out), Nobody’s Children (Good Times), The Bees (Voices Green And Purple) and the fuzzed up brilliance of The Third Bardo’s ‘Five Years Ahead Of My Time’.

There was also a strange track by Dave Diamond & The Higher Elevation called Diamond Mine with a weird voice over and sinister lyrics and howls (the six foot narcissus and peanut butter fudge angel of love) and a cool, hypnotic song called ‘Cellophane Wrapped Woman’ which will always remain a mystery. I’ve never heard it since and have no idea who its by. Anyway, my mind was suitably expanded and I rushed out to get the Best Of The Pebbles on yellow marble vinyl, a great place to start.

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The Rock n Roll Food Review: ‘Mad Snacks Street Food’ Brings Popular Multi-Cultural Dishes To The New Firefly Pub In Hereford

Perk reviews the new Firefly Hereford Mad Snacks menuA Hundred Suns front woman, Claire Perkins, also known for her solo performances as Perk, reviews our latest #Trending Foodie and Craft Beer destination in the city, the Firefly Hereford, brought to us by Matthew Pugh and Ray Velasquez. Matthew established the original Firefly in Worcester and the super chic 5 star rated Hand in Glove Cocktail Bar which are popular landmarks of the thriving Worcester scene.  

They are off to a great start in Hereford by partnering with the Mad Snacks Street Food company which also runs a much anticipated food truck bringing Hereford into the 21st Century and exposing us to Fish Tacos. We are eternally grateful. 

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