Wedged in-between Halifax and Rochdale, along the confluence of a river, a small town gets turned upside down thanks to A Heavenly Weekend, Getintothis’ Joe Giess has the news.
Independent label Heavenly Recordings returns with an all-embracing line up to the cobblestoned and smokey Hebden Bridge, hosting at the iconic Trades Club, found at the post-industrial Pennine town’s centre.
The socialist headquarters was built by trade unionists in 1923 and was previously hailed as the “hippest venue of the North” by The Guardian. The four-day festival brings the best of Heavenly from the dates of 19-22 January.
Opening up the bill is the soft balladeer with his soaring strings and tentative melodies M. Craft, headling the night is the gruff minstrel Duke Garwood who debuts a new arsenal of songs, releasing his sixth album early next year.
Friday sees the stage turned over to boys-who-made-it-big Hooton Tennis Club, with their first album on the label Big Box Of Chocolates. With rowdy Spanish rock and roll cohorts The Parrots also on the bill, it’s set to be a foot stomping, beer swilling riot.
Penultimate night, and it boasts the London quintet TOY who come loaded with their new album; with comparisons to Comus and Fairport Convention on this Psilocybin-tinged offering, it should be a dreamy set, especially with support from the swaggering oddpop multi-instrumentalist H. Hawkline and his cracking solo set of seductive of baroque pop.
The closing night gives the stage to the Temples, who push the new frontier of new-psychedelia and playful space rock, gifted indie label Rough Trade‘s tastemaking Album of the Year gong in 2015, they’ll certain raise the roof with Heavenly DJs letting the nights continue on each respective day.
A Heavenly Weekend in Hebden Bridge takes place at Hebden Bridge Trades Club, Thursday 19 to Sunday 22 January 2017. Tickets are now available here.
UPDATE: The Orielles have been added to A Heavenly Weekender to celebrate signing to Heavenly Recordings. More good news coming from the band is the announcement of The Orielles Weekender taking place in Manchesters Fallow Cafe on November 25 and 26.