To mark 25 years as a record label, Heavenly Recordings are planning to take over the town of Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire for a weekend of gigs early next year. The label's current roster will descend on the town to play a series of intimate shows at Trades Club between 22–25 January 2015. Introducing A Heavenly Weekend in Hebden Bridge in a guest column for Q, label founder Jeff Barrett looks back at 25 years of "believing in magic"...
It’s funny really, sitting at my kitchen table this morning thinking of what to say about an event that isn’t even happening for a few months. Three months is nothing though is it? Twenty-five years however, how did that happen?
How did I get to be so bloody lucky? Who said I was allowed to start a record label in the first place? I can’t even say that this is a childhood dream come true because, well, I didn’t dream it, I couldn’t have. Things like this don’t happen to people like me.
But here we are, about to mark a quarter century of Heavenly and although the time has gone quickly, it hasn’t passed me by.
That blows my mind. I have squeezed every single thrill out of my time in music. No opportunity to celebrate the joy has been missed. It’s been a blast, it still is, and that’s why we are having this weekend in West Yorkshire. We’re still at it, things are good, we have great bands, so let’s shout it from the rooftops. Jeff Barrett @heavenlyrecs
For full details head to Heavenlyrecordings.com, but the A Heavenly Weekend in Hebden Bridge, which go on sale tomorrow (4 November) at 9am (GMT) are as follows:
22 January Temples The Wytches
23 January TOY The Voyeurs Heavenly Jukebox DJs until 2am
24 January Saturday matinee Jimi Goodwin Kid Wave
Saturday evening Mark Lanegan Duke Garwood Pete Wiggs and Heavenly Jukebox DJs until 2am
25 January Sunday matinee Cherry Ghost Eaves
Sunday evening Stealing Sheep Hooton Tennis Club
Sunday in the theatre Heavenly Films present
Lawrence Of Belgravia
How We Used To Live + Q&A with Paul Kelly & Bob Stanley