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Main Stage Friday


A massive welcome to the virtual River Carnival

We’re so sad we can’t be with you in the streets and on the Wye this year.  We’ll see you in 2021.


But we hope we have created the next best thing.  A red-carpet movie night for you to sit back with the premiere of our film Head to the River plus nostalgia from Carnivals past, and music from Nozstock and some great Hereford bands to round off your evening. 


We’ve even got Ali from Babar’s café to help you with instructions on how to make a delicious Carnival cocktail.


Watch the films in order or dip in and out.  It’s up to you.  We hope that we can bring just a little of the Carnival magic into your homes.


There’s much more to come tomorrow between 12 and 4 – and the beauty of a virtual Carnival is that you can watch it whenever you like.



Head to the river

A love letter to Hereford & the River Wye.
From 8.30. Join our six giant heads made by local artists and inspired by great Herefordians of the last 100 years on our whimsical trip through Hereford & down the Wye

Our six Carnival heads are (in order of appearance)

Frank Oz – puppeteer, actor & director (of Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and Star Wars Yoda fame)

Ronnie Radford – Hereford goal scoring legend whose golden goal sank the might Newcastle in the FA Cup

Dora Carrington – creative artist and surrealist landscape artist of the 1920s & 30s – a member of the bohemian Bloomsbury Group

Walenty Pytel – one of the world’s leading sculptors of birds & beasts known for his huge metal structures

Ellie Goulding – Herefordshire’s own international musical superstar

Kiko Matthews – adventurer and environmentalist on a mission to rid our waters of plastic

Mappa Mundi – The Awakening

Back in 2017, our Friday night torch-lit performance released the creatures of the Mappa Mundi into the world.  Our friends at Creative Arcade captured the moment for us.

Mappa Mundi – The Adventure

In 2018, the creatures returned from their travels to tell us all what they had found around the world.

Cocktail Making with Babar Café

Before you settle down for the evening’s entertainment, join Ali to make a delicious Carnival cocktail

Cocktail Making with Babar Café Part 1

Cocktail Making with Babar Café Part 2

The Carnival 2016

A short film showing that we can still have fun – whatever the weather (and it was cold)

The Carnival 2017

Another short with the highlights from 2017.

Nozstock The Hidden Valley 2021

The River Carnival has a long and fruitful partnership with our friends at Nozstock the Hidden Valley.  Sadly, like us they had to postpone their live event this year.

In the next three videos you can find out about what to look forward to Noz in 2021 and watch two great acts Dutty Moonshine and Uncle Dugs & Billy Daniel Bunter who starred in Noztock’s virtual Festival in July.

Dutty Moonshine

Uncle dugs & Billy Daniel Bunter

The Carnival Babar Sessions

To round off this unusual Carnival Friday night we have four short sets from some great Carnival friends freshly recorded on Tuesday 1st September this year.

The Whiskey River Boys and Simon Clarke are followed by El Squid whose music you can hear in the Head to the River Film and local legends The Hey Yahs.

We hope you enjoy it whenever you choose to listen.

Whiskey River Boys

Simon Clarke

El Squid

Hey Ya’s

Thank you for visiting the virtual River Carnival


We hope you have found something to enjoy and that you will join us for much more tomorrow.


We’d like to thank:


Arts Council England, the Community Fund and Hereford City Council for their support, encouragement, and funding.


ABC Print for the support and help with promotional materials.  Our media partners the Hereford Times, Sunshine Radio and Your Herefordshire.


The DM Lab for creating and designing this platform, helping us through the technical complexities and pulling it all together.


Principal sponsors Harrison Clark Rickerbys whose support over the years – and this year in particular – has been invaluable.


And all our volunteers and the groups, bands, artists, performers, makers, and friends who continue to support us.  We’ll be back, bigger, better, and stronger (and on the Wye) in 2021.


Thank you