If you’ve been following our antics on facebook and the like, we’re sure you’ll know by now that our recent jaunt to Paris with TOY, Stealing Sheep, Temples and Charlie Boyer and The Voyeurs was a resounding success. A big thank you to Agnès b, La Maroquinerie, Rough Trade, OUI FM and everyone else for making it so special. Saturday night’s La Maroquinerie show was immense with all bands on amazing form — we couldn’t be prouder.
For reviews of all the shows plus boozy tales of what went on behind the scenes (clue: boisterous coach activity and staying up after hours), check out the NME and The Quietus write-ups below, as well as our own personal highlights. Plus click on the thumbnails below to see a selection of pictures taken by official photographer of the trip, our good friend Mr Neil Thomson. You can also see the gallery in full on our facebook at the link below.
Heavenly highlights and awards
• Vague memories of piling into a bewildered (and very tiny) off licence with TOY, Charlie Boyer and The Voyeurs, Temples and a 30-strong entourage of friends to stock up post-show. We’d hazard a guess as to say business was particularly good that night…
• The similarly surreal sight of said group packing out a carriage on the metro among fellow Parisian late-night revellers. Who doesn’t love a party train?
• Most inventive bring-back souvenir: a chair (yes an actual CHAIR) courtesy of one of TOY’s party. Postcards have had their moment.
• Coach time most creatively spent: Stealing Sheep and their illustrations. Note to self: must bring pen and paper and not just play made-up card games.
• Best show of domesticity: Whoever cheekily ‘liberated’ a vase of flowers from a hotel to set pride of place on the coach. Someone’s been to finishing school.
• Best team effort: Loading four bands’ worth of equipment into one small hotel room. Perhaps not a highlight at the time, but hey — hindsight’s a great thing…
“A wine bottle is opened before label staff have even done a head count. It’s like a school trip without the teachers…“
READ THE FULL NME REVIEW HERE
“They say you can’t escape your past, and for Heavenly’s Record Store Day trip across the Channel to celebrate France’s Disquaire Day, that means retracing an excellently outlandish trip they took Paris-wards with their 1991 roster of Manic Street Preachers, Saint Etienne, Flowered Up! and East Village back then“
READ THE FULL QUIETUS REVIEW HERE