Club vows to bounce back after NME snub

The fat lady has not sung on Hebden Bridge Trades Club’s hopes of winning a top national award.

Staff have vowed they will be back next year after narrowly missing out on the NME small venue of the year award.

The members-run club made the final shortlist as North West club of the year, but despite impressing the judges the top prize went to the Tunbridge Wells Forum

Manager Mal Campbell said: “We think The Trades were the first club to make the shortlist at the first attempt, so although we are disappointed not to win it was always going to be tough given the calibre of the other finalists.

“The Trades is grateful to everyone who voted for us, and we will be calling on that support again next year because we are determined to win this award.”

Clubs in the competition are judged on a number of factors, including the quality of their bookings, and the Trades has already announced a roster of gigs for the rest of the year. The highlight is a intimate performance by legendary New York poetess Patti Smith ,but other big name bookings include chart toppers Scritti Politti, folk legend Eliza Carthy and the Jim Jones Revue.