The Fall to headline at Trades Club

02 Shepherd's Bush Empire, London 7 May 2010
02 Shepherd's Bush Empire, London 7 May 2010

Punk veterans The Fall are the latest big name booking for the Trades Club, Hebden Bridge on Sunday, May 12.

Singer Mark E Smith has been challenging his audiences with his idiosyncratic lyrics over 29 albums and numerous line-up changes since he formed the band back in 1976.

“There is no-one quite like Mark E Smith as a live act and I’ve made it my mission to get him to Hebden Bridge and we’ve pulled it off,” says Trades Club Ents Manager Mal Campbell. “This is the smallest venue he has played for years which will make it an extraordinary as Mark loves it when an audience is up close and personal.

“All I can say is when you come along expect the unexpected.”

Smith formed the band in Salford, quickly making a name for himself as a brilliant lyricist. He soon found favour with Radio One DJ John Peel who said of The Fall that ‘They are always different, they are always the same.’ This led to a record 24 Peel sessions and annual appearances in the legendary Peel Festive 50.

A Fall album is always a challenging proposition, but Smith has been an unlikely hitmaker, covering R Dean Taylor’s Motown classic ‘There’s a Ghost in My House’ and The Kinks’ ‘Victoria.’

Mark E Smith is also one of music’s most demanding band leaders regularly sacking band members, including Radio Six DJ Marc ‘Lard’ Riley, and even engaging in fisticuffs with musicians on stage.

Tickets for The Fall gig - a maximum of four - are now available from The Trades Club or from