Interview: The Lounge Society

There must be something in the water, or the ale, in West Yorkshire’s Calder Valley these days, judging by the surfeit of young musical talent emanating from the craggy moors and valleys around Hebden Bridge. Other factors that play a part are a clued up, supportive network and a handful of local venues willing to…

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Heavenly weekender at The Trades, Hebden Bridge

The Heavenly Weekender has been postponed and will take place the weekend of 11th December. Baxter Dury to perform in October. Please refer to possible changes on the Trades website So far on the lineup are Doves, Baxter Dury, Cherry Ghost, Confidence Man, Katy J Pearson, Raf Rundell and Heavenly Jukebox DJs. Gourmetgigs was at…

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The Orielles added to Heavenly Weekender at The Trades

Great news: young West Yorkshire three-piece The Orielles have just signed to Heavenly recordings. The band – Esme Hand Halford on bass, sister Sidonie on drums and Henry Wade on guitar, are known for their lush garagey sun-drenched sound  – a Californian vibe by way of Halifax (the Califax sound, perhaps). Since the band got together they’ve been gigging…

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A Heavenly January on its way in Hebden Bridge

The Trades, Hebden Bridge 2017. Dreary old January. Dark rainy nights, empty bank account, buddies off the alcohol… is there anything the wretched first month has going for it? Well, yes! A Heavenly weekend at The Trades in Hebden Bridge, where the esteemed venue hosts a mini fest of musical delights. Last January 2016, we saw…

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Review: Seamus Fogarty, Meilyr Jones, Field Music; Gwenno, LoneLady

Seamus Fogarty, Meilyr Jones, Field Music Friday’s lineup at The Trades Hebden Bridge consists of three acts who one might not initially think, ‘Well, these three are going to work well together’. What actually transpired was a evening of thoughtful and challenging music, each act complementing the other in such a way to create a satisfying…

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Hebden Bridge: cozy cafés, cool cuisine

  I’m reposting this piece about Hebden Bridge from December 2013. Muse Music and Love Cafe record shop in Hebden Bridge is currently closed as it was devastated in the floods – it reopens sometime in the future thanks in part to a vinyl sale held at The Trades Club in January. There are plenty of places to eat and…

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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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Event: The Second Breath. Take to the streets for a mystery tour

The Second Breath will be happening for one day in May, bringing together clubbing culture, circus skills, a mystery tour and climate change stories. The Second Breath is a walking mystery tour of Leeds, with dazzling circus acts and daring stunts, projections, stories and psychedelic dance music. The soundtrack was especially written for the performances by local DJ, KWAH and the projections are by…

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The Orb 25th Anniversary, The Trades Hebden Bridge

The Trades in Hebden Bridge I decided would be the right place to experience The Orb for their 25th Anniversary Show. It felt appropriate to be somewhere intimate and immediate, friendly and just a bit off the wall. The Orb are scheduled to play near me at The Forum in Kentish Town, which is a…

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