The Orielles at The Trades for IVW week

The Orielles played at The Trades in Hebden Bridge as part of IVW. As a local outfit – and the one who ostensibly kickstarted the ‘Calderfornia’ plethora of local bands, there was a supportive atmosphere, with plenty of their friends out in the crowd, singing along, word perfect. I’ve probably seen The Orielles more than…

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Cherry Ghost at The Trades for IVW

Cherry Ghost appeared at The Trades back in 2015 as part of the Heavenly weekender. It‘s been a long wait to see them again, especially with Covid causing a couple of frustrating delays. But here we are, on the final night of Independent Venue Week, with Simon Aldred and – for this gig – Christian…

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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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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. Amber Arcades…

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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 an evening of thoughtful and challenging music, each act complementing the other in such a way to create a…

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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

REPOSTING FROM 2015! 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 adding matinee performances as well as the usual evening ones. It feels slightly odd and indulgent to leave the snow, busy shops and cafes…

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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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