Blackheart are all set to return the the Trades

Ricky Pilkington and Chrissy Mostyn from Preston vocal rock duo Blackheart
Ricky Pilkington and Chrissy Mostyn from Preston vocal rock duo Blackheart

ON Thursday Hebden Bridge Trades Club welcomes back pioneering Preston-based vocal duo Blackheart.

The arthouse folk pairing of Ricky Pilkington and Chrissy Mostyn was last seen at the venue with the mighty Stackridge but Thursday sees them return as headliners (8pm).

Trades Club spokesperson Paul Clarke says: “In just three years, Blackheart have achieved much.

“They are an incredibly hard-working outfit, playing more than 400 gigs in the UK and Ireland, together with two successful tours of Australia and New Zealand.”

On Friday, August 10, night psychedelic noise rock legends Ashtray Navigations will unleash their acclaimed live show on Hebden Bridge. A total of five bands will be on the bill, including Roman Nose, which sees two generations of Sheffield avant garde united when Jon Marshall from The Hunter Gracchus/Singing Knives meets Charlie Collins of Clock DVA/The Box (8pm).

On Saturday, August 11, Hebden Bridge’s own Drum Machine return to the club to celebrate their first birthday (doors 8pm).

Drum Machine will again be running workshops on the day (£5 per person, booking essential - for more information visit

On Thursday, August 16, Dead Belgian make the trip from Liverpool to the Calder Valley.

The band plays the music of Jacques Brel.

Paul says: “They began life in 2007, inspired to share Brel’s music with all who would listen.

“Each member brought their own influences to the band, stripping the songs to their bare bones and fattening them up again in their own unique way.”