Heavenly weekend in store for celebration

Heavenly star; Jimi Goodwin
Heavenly star; Jimi Goodwin

It’s bound to be sheer heaven fans of the best independent music.

Founded in London by Jeff Barrett, record label Heavenly, which brought the world releases by Saint Etienne, Flowered Up, the Doves and a brace of key singles by Manic Street Preachers turns 25 this year, and they are heading north to celebrate.

The venue is none other than Hebden Bridge Trades Club, which over the - long - weekend of January 22 to 25 will host a series of gigs, talks and film specials by some of the label’s stars and leading lights.

A Heavenly Festival features a very strong list of acts and some of the gigs - the Temples on Thursday, January 22, Mark Lenegan Band on Saturday, January 24, and Cherry Ghost on Sunday, January 25 - have sold out already.

But there is still plenty to go at with tickets available for the TOY and The Voyeurs double bill on Friday, January 23 (8pm, tickets £16 for members/£18 non-members), for Doves front man Jimi Goodwin and Kid Wane on the Saturday, January 24, matinee show (1pm, £14/£16) and for the trio lining up on Sunday, January 25, Stealing Sheep, H Hawkline and Hooton Tennis Club (8pm, £14/£16).

And there are also tickets available at £6 for a film-and-chat event which looks sure to be another highlight of the day on Sunday, January 25 (4pm). Two Heavenly produced films, How We Used To Live and the acclaimed biopic of indie legend Lawrence of the band Felt, Lawrence of Belgravia, will be screened, and the session will also include a question and answer session with film-maker Paul Kelly and Bob Stanley, also of the band St Etienne.

l The festival is the centrepiece of a bust start at the Trades to 2015, beginning tonight, January 8, with a community quiz, raffle and auction for Overgate Hospice (8pm, £5).

Tomorrow night, Friday, January 9, Calder Valley indie pop band Campersand will be joined by poets and other musicians (8pm, free entry but a £5 donation towards the cost of putting the evening on swould be welcomed), while on January 15 writer and brodcaster Stuary Maconie hosts “The People’s Songs” (8pm, £13/£15).

A disco for Central Street School is on Friday, January 16 (9pm, benefit gig).

January then closes out with an indie week into February, with ex-Only Ones star Peter Perrett on Thursday, January 29 (8pm, £12/£15) and light pysch Manchester band Blossoms and Made Made on the bill on Friday, January 30 (8pm, £6/£9).

The gig - with strings - by I Am Kloot front man John Bramwell on Saturday, January 31, is already sold out.