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July 9, 2015



A nine-day celebration of live music will take place in Hereford from 25th July until 2nd August 2015, to complement the prestigious Three Choirs Festival – which also celebrates its 300th anniversary in Hereford this year. Local community group Hereford Live will present ‘Sounds Of The Shire’; nine events taking place at a variety of venues, showcasing the very best in local talent.

The Festival commences on Saturday 25th July at The Venue, with the Hereford Live Showcase, featuring a vast array of styles from indie group Linerunners, electro-acoustic singer-songwriter Bren Haze, young punk rockers Fault Line, acoustic solo artist Jak Raven, popular local duo Meg and Mog and folk artist Mark Stevenson.

Shack Revolution hosts the second night of the festival, ‘Shackoustic Sunday’, on Sunday 26th July, which will feature some of the most promising female singer-songwriters in Herefordshire, including Natalie Holman, Claire Perkins, Ellen Coombe and Meg & Mog. They’ll be joined by the ladies of ‘Bang on Drums’.

Monday 27th July sees Sounds Of The Shire move to Lichfield Vaults for ‘Monday Blues’, featuring Puma Creek, playing a blend of emotionally charged music fuelled by blues, groove and soul. They’ll be supported by Ian Jackson and Bob Evans.

On Tuesday 28th July, Beer in Hand hosts ‘Uptown Folk’, featuring live music from Christina Kulukundis and Ben Church. Christina made a critical impact with her debut album, having it played on Radio 2 and Radio 4 and achieving a coveted 4 stars from Mojo Magazine. The album was also BBC Radio Scotland’s Record of the Week, followed by a live spot on BBC Radio’s Loose Ends.

Sounds Of The Shire returns to The Venue on Wednesday 29th July. ‘Live-Shred-Die’ will feature metal, rock, punk, industrial and everything in between, with loud and energetic performances from Skinhorse, Negative\Mindset, Hindbrain, Brocken Spectre and Terminal Rage.

On Thursday 30th July, Hereford Live will join The Beefy Boys at their weekly pop-up at The Left Bank to host a music quiz with Red Room Therapy. The rock band, who released their debut album earlier in the year, will play a rare acoustic set.

The Victory hosts the festival on Friday 31st July, with performances from Raptor, Niente and Nova. With a sound inspired by many of the classic British rock bands of yesteryear, Raptor have won fans across the Midlands and South-West with their electric stage performance and thunderous riffs. Support comes from Malvern-based Niente and Nova, a band of students who met on the renowned Hereford College of Arts Extended Diploma in Music, who are just starting out on their musical careers.

On Saturday 1st August, The Courtyard welcomes Heymoonshaker, the unlikely pairing of two art forms that are decades apart; grit-your-teeth, raw, blues guitar from Andy Balcon and expansive, heart-pounding beatboxing from Hereford College of Arts alum Dave Crowe, whose performance on Britain’s Got Talent went viral.

The duo’s unique and energetic take on the blues has also been snapped up by fes-tivals around the world. Having just returned from a US tour and multiple show-cases at SXSW 2014, Heymoonshaker now look toward a busy European touring schedule and another hugely busy summer of worldwide festivals, not to mention the release of their debut album later this year on Difyrecords.

Sounds of the Shire Festival closes with Hereford Live’s first ever gig at Hereford Skatepark. The line-up mixes the best of local rock, punk and hip hop artists including The Delinquents, Glue Foot, Rope & Field, Another Band and Gio. The event is aimed at all ages, and skaters are encouraged during the performances.

We’ve planned a busy few days, featuring the very best in local talent,” said Rich Lovell, Hereford Live Chairman. “We have also ensured that we have a mixture of events, some of them being open to music fans of all ages and free of charge. Here-ford Live has worked really hard over the last 18 months to develop live music op-portunities for artists and venues, and we trust that ‘Sounds Of The Shire’ will really showcase what our wonderful county has to offer.”

Sounds Of The Shire has been kindly sponsored by Hereford City Council, Hereford College of Arts, Oliver’s Cider, The Beefy Boys, The Handmade Scotch Egg Com-pany, Wyvern Business Systems, Thorne Widgery and Nuffield Health.

For full details of each event, visit You can also follow the Festival on Facebook ( and on Twitter; search for the #SOTSHereford hashtag or follow @HerefordLive.


We will shortly be featuring an interview with Rich Lovell to find out more about this highly anticipated event. Be sure to check the site for this.

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