This summer we’re delighted to be returning to On Blackheath to host our Heavenly & Friends stage for the third year. Taking place on Sunday 11th September we can unveil this years stellar line-up.
Celebrating Heavenly’s magical past and exciting present, this years line-up showcases the very best of Heavenly Recordings love for music.
To headline the festival, we have the mighty Saint Etienne, who will play a career spanning set, celebrating 25 years of their classic LP ‘Fox Base Alpha’.
Plus, there will be the Heavenly Jukebox playing records throughout the day too.
Label founder Jeff Barrett shares his excitement about this summers bill:
“It’s great to be back at OnBlackheath Festival which we’ve been delighted to be part of since it began. In September it’ll be 25 years since we released Saint Etienne’s first album — Foxbase Alpha — so it’s great to be celebrating this anniversary at the Festival with them. We’ve got a killer lineup, showcasing the best of Heavenly; from our beginnings to where we are now.”
Tickets for the festival are available on the website with a discount for residents in the area.
Also on the Sunday, the main stage at the festival features sets from Squeeze, Soak & headliners Belle & Sebastian. We can’t wait to return to the picturesque setting and have a wonderful day of great music.
We’re excited to announce that Amber Arcades will be releasing her debut album titled ‘Fading Lines’ on June 3rd. Amber Arcades is the moniker of Dutch musician Annelotte de Graaf, and we’re excited to unveil the new video for the lead single ‘Right Now.’
Directed by Jeroen van der Poel & Anna de Rijk, Annelotte talks us through the videos dreamlike concept:
“‘When we first got to listen to Amber Arcades’ ‘Right Now’ we instantly got the emerging feeling of a dream state; a surrealistic feeling which lacks any straightforward narrative. The cool thing about working with children at this young age (5 and 7) is that they will sabotage any trial to a narrative approach. Their fantasy and energy was a perfect match with our feelings towards the track’.”
Released as a digital single on March 18th, the album ‘Fading Lines’ will follow on June 3rd. The album was recorded at Strange Weather Studio in New York with producer Ben Greenberg(The Men, Beach Fossils, Destruction Unit) and features the previously streamed track ‘Turning Light.’ ‘Fading Lines’ was inspired by time, continuity, coincidence and magic.
Amber Arcades are currently supporting Palehound on their UK headline tour as well as opening PIAS Nites in Brussels tomorrow night. The band have also announced a series of summer festival appearances as well as their first London headline show at The Lexington.
Thu 03-Mar-16 United Kingdom London The Shacklewell Arms (sup. Palehound)
Sun 06-Mar-16 United Kingdom Leeds Headrow House (sup. Palehound)
Fri 11-Mar-16 Netherlands Amsterdam Paradiso — London Calling
Sat 12-Mar-16 United Kingdom London Moth Club (sup. Gwenno)
Wed 30-Mar-16 Belgium Brussels Cafe Bonnefooi
Sat 09-Apr-16 United Kingdom Manchester Gorilla (sup. Nada Surf)
Sun 10-Apr-16 United Kingdom Glasgow King Tuts Wah Wah Hut (sup. Nada Surf)
Mon 11-Apr-16 United Kingdom London Electric Ballroom (sup. Nada Surf)
Sat 16-Apr-16 Netherlands Utrecht Tivoli De Helling — Record Store Day Afterparty
Thu 19-May-16 United Kingdom Brighton Latest Music Bar — The Great Escape
Thu 02-Jun-16 Netherlands Utrecht Ekko — Album Launch Party
Sat 04-Jun-16 United Kingdom Tamworth-in-Arden Lunar Festival
Tue 07-Jun-16 United Kingdom London The Lexington — Album Launch Party
Wed 08-Jun-16 France Paris L’espace B
Fri 10-Jun-16 Belgium Diksmuide 4ad
Sat 11-Jun-16 Berlin, Auster-Club
Fri 22-Jul-16 United Kingdom Abbots Ripton, Huntingdon Secret Garden Party
Sat 23-Jul-16 United Kingdom Thirsk, North Yorkshire Deer Shed Festival
Sun 21-Aug-16 United Kingdom Crickhowell, Powys Green Man Festival
Sat 27-Aug-16 Netherlands Amsterdam Amsterdam Woods Festival
Fri 02-Sep-16 United Kingdom Tollard Royal, Wiltshire End Of The Road Festival
We’re really excited to announce that we are hosting our first SXSW showcase at this years festival. The stage has a fantastic bill of six bands also making their SXSW festival debuts.
Taking place on Wednesday 16th March at the Barracuda Club, the event will go on until the early hours of the morning on Thursday 17th March.
The stage times for the showcase and event details can be found here:
1.15am — Night Beats
00.15 — Stealing Sheep
23–15- Hooton Tennis Club
21.15- The Parrots
20.15- Amber Arcades
We will have HVN339 Heavenly SXSW showcase patches for all who attend.
Believe In Magic…
Towards the back end of last year Memphis band Nots made their European live debut with a series of shows and festival appearances. The group played our Heavenly 25 show at The Garage. You can watch the band perform ‘Shelf Life’ from that night here:
We’re delighted to reveal that the band will follow up their previous album & debut ‘We Are Nots’ with an as yet unannounced new record due to drop later in the year. First, the band are returning to Europe for a series of new shows, including their own headline date at The Lexington.
The band are playing the following shows this spring:
20th Kortrijk, De Krreun
21st Brighton, Bleach (6pm)
21st Brighton, Sticky Mike’s (1am)
22nd Manchester, Soup Kitchen
23rd London, Lexington
24th Cologne, King Georg
25th Hamburg, Hafenklang
26th Berlin, Monarch
27th Madrid, GetMAD! Festival
28th Paris, Villette Sonique
29th Geneva, L’Usine
30th Zurich, Bosch Bar
“A great debut then, and one that offers further proof of the robust current state of the US underground” — Q Magazine 4/5
“Dark, angry and out-there, ‘We Are Nots’ is an impressive, if punishing, introduction.” — Uncut 7/10
“They’ve created a surefooted, aesthetic defining opening statement.” — Pitchfork 7.8
Taking place on the weekend of the 6th & 7th of August, ‘Caught by the River Thames’ have revealed the first acts on an eclectic bill of music, poetry & nature. This unique event will be one of the most exciting to attend this summer.
Caught by the River poets-in-residence Will Burns and Martha Sprackland will curate their own programme in the Faber Poetry Chapel, whilst Pete Fowler, Matt Sewell and Nick Hand will run workshops for the artistically-inclined of all ages.
“Caught by the River Thames is a remarkable new music, arts and nature festival. Bringing together a truly inspirational gathering of bands and brewers, authors and artists, thinkers and drinkers, Caught by the River Thames will be part gig, part literary gathering and part nature symposium. Over two days, it will bridge the previously un-spanned gap between psychedelic high-summer rock’n’roll concert and Springwatch. It will unearth archival London audio-history and provide poetry in the total serenity of a Victorian chapel; play host to jump-up party music from the four corners of the world while holding a low-impact, locally sourced Ten Mile Beer Festival.
Fulham Palace sits the northern banks of the Thames, right where the dirty old river begins to roll out of the city. It’s a best-kept secret in a city that’s not got many unturned stones left; a shortcut to a verdant green space just to the west of the metropolis. Situated an idle ten minutes walk from the tube, its somewhere that makes you feel you’ve stumbled out of the city and into the countryside with the very minimum of effort. It’s the perfect place to host a festival.
This August, Fulham Palace will do just that.
Drawing on nearly a decade of experience promoting stages at events such as Port Eliot, Festival No 6, Field Day and the Good Life Experience, Caught by the River Thames promises to be a unique highpoint of the London festival season – a ready made escape plan for a two-day inner city musical road trip that explores the natural world and a multitude of mind-expanding spaces beyond it.”
Head over to the festival website for all the details & the line-up announcements thus far: http://www.caughtbytheriverthames.com/
Plus, if you haven’t visited the Caught by the River website already check it out here for daily posts on nature,films, poetry, Jeb’s jukebox and a mix of everything from festival announcements to ‘Spoken word & Nature Disco’ mixes.
If you we’re un-aware, Caught by the River was founded by Jeff Barrett of Heavenly Recordings as well as Andrew Walsh & Robin Turner. It’s a vision and a daydream shared between friends one languid bankside spring afternoon.
It was conceived as an online meeting place for pursuits of a distinctly non-digital variety: walking, fishing, looking, thinking. Birdsong and beer. Adventure and poetry. Life’s small pleasures, in all their many flavours. It was – and still is – about stepping out of daily routines to re-engage with nature. Finding new rhythms. Being.
“Amber Arcades’ previous single “Turning Light” was one of the best we’ve heard so far this year, and today she follows it with another strong track called “Right Now.” This one trades the prior song’s fast-paced rush for a retro Euro-pop jangle but keeps the incandescent glimmer. Project mastermind Annelotte de Graaf shared some background on the track:
The words for the chorus in Right Now popped up in my head almost immediately and I built the rest around it associatively. Even now the precise meaning is hard for me to pin down and can shift over time, but generally I’d say it’s about the billions of different views there are to this life and whatever we’re doing here with our time and how all these differing views are probably equally true and false. I guess that’s kind of everything and nothing. And I think that might be the point.”
‘Right Now’ was recorded in New York with producer Ben Greenberg (The Men, Beach Fossils, Destruction Unit). Amber Arcades are due to release their debut album in the Spring.
The band will also be supporting label mates Palehound on their UK tour in addition to their shows with Nada Surf. Plus, the band have been added to the bill for a Heavenly all day event at The Moth Club on March 12th, where the band will supporting Gwenno.
Saturday 30th January — Ekko. Utrecht, NL
February 7 Grasnapolsky Festival, Kootwijk NL
Tuesday 1st March — Gullivers, Manchester *
Wednesday 2nd March — Start The Bus, Bristol *
Thursday 3rd March — Shacklewell, London *
Friday 4th March — PIAS Nites, Beursschouwburg, Brussels
Saturday 5th March — Rough Trade, Nottingham
Sunday 6th March — Headrow House, Leeds *
Monday 7th March — Sticky Mike’s, Brighton *
Saturday 12th March – Moth Club, London, Heavenly night w/ Gwenno, Britain
March 15/20 SXSW, Austin, Texas, USA
Saturday 9th April — The Deaf Institute, Manchester ^
Sunday 10th April — King Tuts, Glasgow ^
Monday 11th April — Electric Ballroom, London ^
* with Palehound
^ with Nada Surf
“The video offers a sort of physical manifestation of these layers, as Gwenno appears through various camera filters and guises, draped in red silk, a paisley wrap, even cling film, each incarnation superimposed over the next, or doubled up as if through a drunken, psychedelic haze.
“I made this video with photographer and film maker Jacek Davis,” Gwenno says. “Jacek’s imagery evokes pure glamour in the most DIY sense, and since Fratolish Hiang Perpeshki is about dancing in a dystopian future where robot overlords have taken over the world and we’re all rapidly being turned into clones, we thought we’d make a video of me dancing — as a final wave goodbye to freedom.”
The single is from her debut album “Y Dydd Olaf’ which was released to great critical acclaim last year:
“Y Dydd Olaf is at once spooky and playful, romantic and angry… Mixing an ancient, bucolic language with otherworldly dance music is a genius move.”
Mojo – ★★★★
“Saunders immediately commuincates a sense of fracture and collapse, the dying fall of Golau Arall or the chaotic pop static of Stwff unfolding against an ominous deep red horizon… This record demands what’s left of your time.”
Q Magazine – ★★★★
“A record so effortlessly coherent, consistent and engaging as to be almost perfect… A fabulous voyage that delights at every unexpected turn.”
Record Collector – ★★★★
“A neatly devised tribute to 1970s electronic pop, all vintage synthesizers and propulsive krautrock beats, with echos of Goldfrapp and Stereolab.”
Financial Times – ★★★★
“The Welsh-language debut by the former Pipettes frontwoman pairs luscious, breathy vocals and sci-fi themes with funky electronica and industrial clanks – the sound of the M4 meeting the autobahn.”
Time Out – ★★★★
Feb 26 Kunstencentrum Vooruit Gent, Belgium
Mar 10 The Bodeg, Nottingham, United Kingdom
Mar 11 Hare & Hounds, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Mar 12 Moth Club London, United Kingdom
Mar 23 LFSM Festival, Nantes, France
Mar 25 WALES GOES POP! Cardiff, United Kingdom
Apr 01 Laugharne Festival,Laugharne, United Kingdom
May 12 Focus Wales, Wrexham, United Kingdom
May 21 Moogfest 2016, Durham, NC
“Seattle trio Night Beats have gained considerable critical recognition for their brand of psychedelic R&B music, shown off to fine effect on their latest album, ‘Who Sold My Generation’, out Jan. 29th on Heavenly Recordings. Fans of the band compare them to the 13th Floor Elevators at their ‘69 peak, as well as BRMC and Black Angels.”
‘No Cops’ is the bands first single from their forthcoming album ‘Who Sold My Generation.’ The single is released on a 7″ this Friday featuring a new track, the B-side ‘Vultures.’
“Blackwell’s guitar sounds like a peyote vision feels like, all layered swirls and fuzzed out reverb. Vocally, he brings to mind the pinched style of The Cave Singers’, only with a more breathless vibrato.” — Consequence of Sound
‘No Cops’ is a dirty-as-hell pieces of blues-driven psych, reminiscent of T-Rex at their preening best yet filtered through the haze of a bad trip.” — Clashmusic.com
The band release ‘Who Sold My Generation’ on January 29th.
“Toxic neo-psych from Texas…Their third album pulsates in glorious obliviousness to all interim ‘developments’ in rock.” — Q ★★★★
“Who Sold My Generation is bathed in a warm fuzz perfected in 1966 yet fizzes with a 21st century attitude too.” — MOJO ★★★★
“Night Beats deliver a confident third album that, from the opener, ‘Celebration #1’ enfolds the listener in a potent ambience.” – Shindig ★★★★
The band kick off their European tour in Dublin on January 21st and conclude in Amsterdam on February 22nd.
(Photo by Nick Helderman)
We are delighted to be able to announce that we have signed Amber Arcades, the project of Dutch musician Annelotte de Graaf, to Heavenly.
To coincide with this announcement Noisey have premiered a brand new track, ‘Turning Light’, taken from the forthcoming debut LP which we’ll be releasing this coming Spring. Listen below.
The track was written in the early hours of the morning and recorded in New York with producer Ben Greenberg (The Men, Beach Fossils, Destruction Unit) and a backing band including members of Quilt and Real Estate.
“I was heavily jetlagged throughout the album recording process and kept waking up at 5am. One day I went to the studio early and Keven (Lareau, who plays bass on the recordings) was there already too. He was jamming out on this krautrocky bassline and I’d been playing with this melody in my head for a while which happened to fit over it perfectly. We wrote the track in an hour, then when Ben came into the studio we recorded it, also in an hour. I wrote the lyrics the next morning when I was again awake way too early. I think this half awake/half still dreaming energy definitely seeped into this track.”
Amber Arcades will also be doing a number of live shows over the next few months including a few UK dates supporting Nada Surf in April:
Jan 14/15/16 — Eurosonic/Noorderslag, Groningen, NL
Jan 30 — Ekko. Utrecht, NL
Feb 7 — Grasnapolsky Festival, Kootwijk NL
March 15/20 — SXSW, Austin, Texas, USA
April 9 — The Deaf Institute, Manchester, UK (w/ Nada Surf)
April 10 — King Tuts, Glasgow, UK (w/ Nada Surf)
April 11 — Electric Ballroom, London, UK (w/ Nada Surf)