Amber Arcades review: The Trades and The Finsbury

At the Heavenly Weekender at The Trades in Hebden Bridge back in January, Amber Arcades’ half-hour early evening set was the most engaging of the three days (young Halifax band The Orielles were the other stand-out act). The focal presence on stage is Amber Arcades’ mastermind, the very cool Annelotte De Graaf, vocalist, guitarist, songwriter – although…

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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 puts on a mini fest of musical delights. Last year, 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: 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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Heavenly celebrate at The Trades Club: Jimi Goodwin; Kid Wave

Heavenly Records are celebrating their 25th anniversary by taking over the Trades Club for the weekend with a packed programme of shows. In order to cram it all in, they’re putting on some matinee performances as well as evening ones. It’s a slightly odd feeling to leave the snow, shops and cafes of Hebden Bridge behind and enter the blacked-out…

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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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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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