Heavenly Recordings are celebrating their 30 year anniversary with four nights of live music at the Trades Club in Hebden Bridge next April 16-19, showing us at least seven ways to party* with Doves, Baxter Dury, Cherry Ghost, Confidence Man, Katy J Pearson, Raf Rundell, and Heavenly Jukebox DJs.
*euphoric, psychedelic, proper sexy, depleted but still dancing, loved up, banging, playing snooker in the snug, and more tbc.
Label founder Jeff Barrett says:
“We celebrated our 25th anniversary with a weekender at the Trades Club in Hebden – it was going to be a one-off but it was such a success and so much fun that we’ve had two more weekenders there since. It’s become an accidental tradition.
There’s another connection too, because Jimi Goodwin’s very first solo gig was at the Trades, back in 2014, also the first time I’d ever been to the venue, and now we’ve got Doves playing for our Heavenly 30 weekender. The venue is such a good fit for us and Mal, who runs it, is absolutely part of the Heavenly family now.”
★ TICKET INFO ★
Tickets go on sale on Saturday 9th November at 12pm, Available from the Trades Club website for all parties and the venue box office (for Trades members only) – where the first 30 customers will be given a free Heavenly goodie bag.
Venue Address: Holme St, Hebden Bridge HX7 8EE
★ ONLINE LINK ★
Here’s what’s on the agenda…
★ THURSDAY NIGHT ★
Tonight’s gig will definitely get the birthday party started – CONFIDENCE MAN established themselves as THE good-times band at our Leeds Heavenly weekender and across the summer festivals. They have been spreading their Australian horny-dumb-genius energy across the planet since 2017 and released their banging debut album, Confident Music For Confident People, on Heavenly last year. DJing tonight and bringing us extra bang for our buck will be Manchester rave goddess Kath McDermott, who has created world-class joy on dancefloors from the Hacienda’s Flesh nights to Paradise Factory and Homoelectric.
★ FRIDAY NIGHT ★
DOVES released their four albums on Heavenly between 2000-09 and recently got back together after a ten-year break with a sublime and emotional show at the Royal Albert Hall. They haven’t played a venue as cosy as the Trades Club for well over two decades. Doves have given us truly great songs including There Goes The Fear, Black & White Town and Kingdom Of Rust, and this will be a magical, soul-shaking night. “We don’t miss Heavenly anniversaries,” says Jimi. “It will be ace to play and celebrate 30 years of their fantastic label, and where better than the Trades Club?”
★ SATURDAY AFTERNOON ★
KATY J PEARSON epitomises Heavenly’s love for shimmering songwriting – pure of heart, putting an English soul into country-Americana. Her debut single Tonight was released in October and she’s currently on tour with Cass McCombs. Her debut album will be out in 2020.
RAF RUNDELL makes our Saturday matinee a double bill. Heavenly’s newest signing, he is a longtime friend of the label and co-presenter of Morning Glory on Soho Radio with James Endeacott. He’s half of The 2 Bears (his band with Joe Goddard of Hot Chip), he released his ace solo debut Stop Lying in 2017, and his first album for Heavenly will be out in 2020.
★ SATURDAY NIGHT★
CHERRY GHOST released their three albums on Heavenly, 2007-14, before main man Simon Aldred called it a day and became a songwriter for hire. His beautiful People Help The People from Cherry Ghost’s debut album went on to become a huge worldwide hit for Birdy; more recently Simon was a cowriter on Liam Gallagher’s new album. This will be Cherry Ghost’s first gig in five years – since their set at the Heavenly 25 weekender, in fact – and it’s something to be massively excited about. “I don’t really play live gigs any more,” says Simon. “But this is the perfect occasion to make an exception because it’s such a wonderful venue and for a label I have nothing but love for.” There won’t be a dry eye in the house.
★ SUNDAY NIGHT ★
BAXTER DURY released 2017 album Prince Of Tears with Heavenly, guested on Fat White Family’s newest album, and is responsible for Miami aka the sleaziest, sexiest, most sinister single of the past two years. His new album, The Night Chancers, is out March 2020. Plus, opening the evening Huddersfield postman Kevin Boniface shares notes about his daily round, as published in his book Round About Town.
★ Artwork by Nolan Pelletier ★
We can’t wait to see many familiar faces in the Calder Valley next spring.
BELIEVE IN MAGIC…