Gig venue celebrates NME prize nomination

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A HEBDEN Bridge gig venue is up for a top award from one of the UK’s most famous music magazines.

The Trades Club in Holme Street has made it to the finals for the NME Small Venue of the Year award after votes from local fans secured it the north-west nomination.

Entertainment manager Mal Campbell said: “We’re delighted so many people rallied round to get us into the final at our first attempt.

“Bands tell us they love playing here, but this is an incredibly competitive race so to even make the shortlist is a huge achievement, and now we have a real chance of picking up this prestigious award.”

The nomination recognises the club’s long-standing support for live music over the last 30 years, and a recent run of sell-out gigs.

An upcoming gig by poet and songwriter Patti Smith sold out in minutes.

And the club has recently played host to packed performances by folk royalty The Unthanks, psychedelic rocker Julian Cope and an exclusive solo show by I Am Kloot’s John Bramwell.

The club is also being honoured for supporting local bands and DJs.

Mal said: “We’re on a good run of booking big names which attract hundreds of people from outside the valley.

“It boosts the local economy and those sell-out gigs have helped ensure we remain successful, despite the gloomy economic situation elsewhere.”

He went on: “And we’ve got more great gigs in the pipeline.

“But this nomination is really for the people of the Calder Valley, who through thick and thin, have supported and joined The Trades, keeping us alive when so many other venues have gone under.”

Judges will announce the winner on May 8.