Battling with biggest for top venue award

The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge
The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge

Hebden Bridge’s Trades Club is taking on the world famous 02 Arena in the race for Music Week’s live venue of the year award.

Music Week is the industry’s bible and the Trades Club won the nomination to take on the 20,000 capacity 02 Arena and a handful of other well-known venues thanks to votes from acts who have played the club and their promoters.

Trades Club promoter Mal Campbell said: “Although it is brilliant we have made the shortlist for one of the industry’s most prestigious awards the real pleasing thing is we are there thanks to the support from acts that play our venue, which is owned and run by its members.

“We have invested heavily in a new PA, and we always make a real effort to look after the acts when they are with us, but the real reason we have been nominated is because of our brilliant audiences who the bands love playing to because they create such a great atmosphere.”

The majority of awards will be decided by hundreds of judges in senior positions across the industry and the winner announced on Thursday, April 24.