Hebden Bridge: After the deluge

I’m reposting a piece from 2012, an account of the floods in Hebden Bridge and the surrounding villages, written by local long-term resident and creator of many community events, Tessa Gordziejko. The Trades, Hebden Bridge’s venue for so many great music nights, was given a boost by Patti Smith who did a gig there and…

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Festivals for 2015: lovely lineups, but don’t dally as tickets are selling fast

Festival planners are busy putting together their lineups for 2015 – and these are just a few of my personally tried-and-tested events. When it comes to festival size, I’m not one for marathon walks from tent to stage (nothing like a trip back to basecamp for an afternoon snooze and a cup of tea) so there’s no mention of…

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Top albums of 2014… and the vinyl surge continues

Year 2013 saw David Bowie and Daft Punk creating a buzz with their new albums, making the world sit up and listen. In 2014, things all seem a bit more low key – well, maybe apart from Pink Floyd’s The Endless River. It’s been more a case of having to go and seek out for yourself what’s around. There’s a…

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Hot tickets! The Trades 4-day Heavenly music event and more

The Trades in Hebden Bridge is playing host to Heavenly Recordings, the London-based record label who are celebrating their 25th anniversary in January with four days of musical brilliance. What better way to cheer up the deepest, darkest month of the year. Jimi Goodwin (pictured below), formerly of Mancs band Doves, will be playing a Saturday…

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Nearly gone… Bowie’s Space Oddity video by Chris Hadfield to be wiped from the internet

Space Oddity, David Bowie’s enduring, sad and wonderful song, immortalised on video by astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield, is to be removed from the internet tonight. There is every chance it will re-emerge here and there, but it may be difficult to find – at present, who knows. There was an agreement with David Bowie that it…

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Music news: Phildel and Metallica (but not together)

Phildel has just won Pop/Top 40 category for Moonsea in the International Songwriting Competition where she was up against over 20,000 entries. A fantastic result from a multi-talented and extremely hardworking performer. This prestigious songrwriting competition was judged this year by such luminaries as John Mayall, Black Francis (The Pixies), Robert Smith (The Cure),  Tom Waits and Imagine Dragons.This is…

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