Carnival Reggae Fundraiser

With an eye on next year’s Hereford River Carnival, we have organised a fundraising event that’s sure to get Hereford folk jumping by the Wye.

On Saturday 30th September, the Carnival comes early to the Left Bank, Hereford with a fantastic evening of reggae courtesy of some UK reggae legends and some rising local stars.  Doors open at 8.30 with the Gabbidon Band, playing from 10pm.

The Gabbidon Band is the latest creation of Basil Gabbidon, founder of Steel Pulse and lead guitar/ singer on their first four albums including the massively popular Handsworth Revolution, which helped to define the British Reggae music scene at the time and exported it to an international audience.


He is joined by Colin Gabbidon, who also appeared with Steel Pulse & Bass Dance, on the drums, Paul Beckford on Bass, who played with Burning Spear amongst others; Candice Gabbidon (Jah Wobble & Black Symbols) on Vocals & Errol Smith whose career has included playing the horns with Horace Andy, Freddy McGregor, Gil Scott Heron, Macka B & Black Symbols..

Their music is eclectic, a mixture of Roots and Reggae with bass lead melodies a hint of rock and a twist of modern dance. Their aim is to keep Reggae music alive, international and accessible to all with finely crafted reggae beats and chilled grooves.

Cut La Vis

On the decks will be Hereford’s very own DJ Dave Lavis, now Brighton-based Cut La Vis.  He has made a name for himself with his brand of skanking, bass-heavy productions, remixes, mash ups and DJ sets. Combining influences from his Hip Hop background with soundsystem culture, dub, reggae, dancehall, ska and afrobeat, his music has moved crowds at festivals and venues in the UK and abroad, Including Boomtown, Shambala, Nozstock, Secret Garden Party & Bestival

His debut album One Step Forward,released through NICE UP! Records in 2015, saw some of the most respected artists in the UK reggae/hip hop scenes riding his productions. Featuring Tippa Irie, Eva Lazarus, MysDiggi, Peppery, Lotek and more it led to two tours of Greece in 2015 and 2016, including a headline slot at Secret Sound Festival.

He is joined on the decks and on the mic by local musician and M.C B.D.S who was a founder member and bass player with ‘Dub Merge’ and now fronts the up and coming ‘Last Tree Squad’.

According to event organiser and  River Carnival co-ordinator Leo Caithness, “This will be a real treat for Hereford with some of the best reggae sounds around from some great artists and DJs.  Plus everyone coming along will be helping to support next years’ Hereford River Carnival as all the proceeds will go towards the event.”

Hereford River Carnival has also been shortlisted for two local awards.  The Hereford Times announced last week that it was a finalist in the first Hereford BID Awards in the ‘Outstanding contribution to the city category’.  And for the second year running the hugely popular event which attracted 15,000 visitors at the end of April this year is shortlisted for the Best Community Festival award in the Visit Herefordshire Awards (a category it won in 2016).

Tickets cost £8 in advance and £10 on the door and can be bought from Rocket Cafe or Left Bank of online at the Left Bank website


Don’t forget to duck…

If you haven’t bought one already there’s still time to buy a ticket for the City of Rotary Club Duck Race and the chance to win £1,000 cash as well as some other fabulous prizes.  Watch out for the Rotary Duck sellers on Bishops Meadow, Castle Green and dotted around the site.  All the proceeds go to some fantastic local, national and international charities including SHYPP, St. Michael’s Hospice, Hope Support Services, REMAP HFD, the Tear Fund and Polio Eradication.

Let’s make ‘Hereford River Carnival’ happen

For the past three years, a bunch of almost bonkers and largely unfunded volunteers has put on The Hereford River Carnival and drawn crowds of up to 12,000 people to our free to enter event.

This year promises to be even bigger and better:-

  • We already have around 20 organizations promising to put floats and boats on the water,
  • Street Carnival through high town – channel your inner Mythical Beast – Mermaid or Minotaur
  • Noztock are bringing their music to Castle Green,
  • Music Pool Tent on Bishops’ Meadow
  • Underground Revolution Stage at The Left Bank 
  • Foodie Village,
  • Mass synchronized paper airplane fly-past,
  • Fun Dog Show
  • Maypole Dancing
  • Strictly Hereford Dance Tent
  • Circus Skills, face painting, and drumming workshops
  • Sports area with taster sessions for all kinds of activities,
  • Wild swim,
  • Rotary Club – Duck Race
  • Friday night Spectacular – all new performance that will see The Mythical Beasts on The Mappa Mundi set free from the Cathedral over Hereford’s Old Bridge and onto Bishop’s Meadow for music, food, drink and a fire garden while a torch lit flotilla of mythical beasts processes down the Wye.

We don’t charge anything for all of this. We are totally reliant on donations on the day and any grants and sponsorship we can drum up. But it’s getting harder and harder and more and more people are coming.

So would you consider making a donation? Just £1 from everyone who comes would make an enormous difference.

We need to raise about £30,000 in total. So please give generously so that the Mayor doesn’t have to drag the floats upstream again this year. With your help, we’ll have a pontoon upstream to set the floats off from.

And that doesn’t allow for any marketing costs, printing posters or leaflets, or any of the activities on Friday Night. So please give and share and come on Friday and Saturday for a great party in, on and around the River Wye.