Collective returns to Hereford after six years

As if a day of revelry and community vibes at Hereford River Carnival was not excitement enough, this May London/Bristol D&B collective talent GUT (Grand Unified Themes) return to Hereford for the first time in six years.

The D&B/electronica hotshots are set to host an after-party to end all after-parties at The Speakeasy – at Hereford’s premier venue, Left Bank Village – as part of Hereford’s biggest community event.

The collective, born out of London under the motto “if it can be mixed, we’ll mix it”, come from a variety of musical backgrounds including disco, hip-hop, D&B and garage and have hosted a multitude of events from intimate basement venues to the prestigious Lightbox Club.

Spokesperson for GUT, Sam Herrera can’t wait to return to the city, “I am feeling particularly honoured to be hosting another event in Hereford since the first ever event that I hosted at the former Jailhouse 6 years ago.

Hereford, in my eyes, is a promising ground for music and nightlife, especially since the new development in the Old Market has encouraged more restaurants and bars to open later into the night. The Hereford River Carnival is one more sign that the city is taking pride in its history and culture. I am delighted to see it growing each year and also looking to expand on its nightlight after-parties that I think will attract a younger crowd and create a festival-like atmosphere.”

He’ll be bringing with him Bristol based D&B producers Dialekt and Imba, CL:19 and Praxis and Medic MC.

Advance tickets are available from the Left Bank website priced at just £6.50 or on the door at £9.50.



Pillars of Hercules selected as name for 2018 Carnival Ale from a strong field of 250

Hereford River Carnival and Wye Valley Brewery have selected a mighty name for this year’s limited-edition Carnival ale. The brew will go by the name of ‘Pillars of Hercules’ one of the many myths featured in Hereford’s world famous Mappa Mundi which is once again a focus for the Friday night street theatre performance at this year’s Carnival on 4th and 5th May.

Two Hereford Times readers suggested the name as part of the competition run in collaboration with the Carnival’s media partner, the Hereford Times.  Over 250 ideas were suggested but it was Ian Nichol of Belmont and Owain Connors of Luston who came up with the winning name Pillars of Hercules, featuring the legendary strongman of Greek mythology.  The lucky pair spent the day at the Wye Valley Brewery in Stoke Lacy creating the ale with Wye Valley Brewery’s master brewers on Thursday 5th April 2018.

The Pillars of Hercules are depicted on the Mappa Mundi and can be found – as they can in reality – on either side of the Strait of Gibraltar at the mouth of the Mediterranean Sea.  In Greek legend, Hercules created them during the tenth of his twelve labours when, with a single blow of his sword, he split the mountains that joined Africa to Europe.

According to Abbie Gadd, Marketing Manager at Wye Valley Brewery, “We are really pleased with the name Pillars of Hercules.  It sits well with the Wye Valley Brewery family of beers and is an excellent successor to last year’s Thirsty Mermaid. We look forward to welcoming the competition winners to Wye Valley Brewery to work with our head brewer to create a truly special ale for the River Carnival.

“Wye Valley Brewery has been pleased to support the River Carnival since its return in 2014 and we hope that the proceeds from Pillars of Hercules help to make this year’s carnival just as successful as last year’s.”

The Hereford River Carnival will take place on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th May 2018 and promises to be bigger than ever, with even more music, great food and drink for all the family, and all the usual Carnival favourites.