Here at Heavenly, we have really enjoyed reading John Doran’s (co-founder & editor of The Quietus) memoir.

John Doran Author Three credit Al Overdrive

Jolly Lad is a memoir about the recovery from alcoholism, habitual drug use and mental illness. It is also about the healing power of music, how memory defines us, the redemption offered by fatherhood and what it means to be working class.   
Jolly Lad by John Doran 
John Doran says: “I was determined not to write a ‘my drink and drug hell’ kind of book for several reasons – the main one being that I had, for the most part, had a really good time drinking.True, a handful of pretty appalling things have happened to me and some people that I know or used to know over the years. But I have, for the most part, left them out of this book as they are not illuminating, not edifying and in some cases concern other people who aren’t here to consent to their appearance. Instead this book concentrates on what you face after the drink and the drugs have gone.                   
“In my experience, being an alcoholic is debt consolidation for your life. Drink becomes the only thing you care about – eventually to the point where you don’t even care if you live or die. So when you stop drinking… well, that’s when the real trouble starts. Everything you drank to avoid dealing with — which in my case included mental illness, debt, depression, the impulse to self- harm, the impulse to commit suicide, anxiety, social dysfunction, body dysmorphia, stress, anger, violent rage and hypochondria — suddenly comes back into focus the second you stop. 
I started drinking when I was 13. I was drinking every day by the time I was 15. Then I stayed constantly drunk until I was 37. When I stopped I had no idea what I would be like as an adult.” 

As fans of the book, we encourage you to purchase a copy in the Caught by the River shop here.

Caught by the River writer Roy Wilkinson has also reviewed the book, which you can read here. 

Plus, on Wednesday 24th of June, there is a special launch at Foyles flagship store.

The author will be in conversation with David Stubbs. Grumbling Fur are playing a full set and performing a space and time warping ritual with Doran. Luke Turner and Sophie Coletta aka The Hamburger Ladies are DJs for the evening.



King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard are returning to EU

We are very excited to have King Gizzard back for a string of dates in Europe this summer. British shows include Glastonbury in June and London, Manchester, Leeds, Nottingham and Liverpool in July.

You can purchase their last album, Quarters, via Rough Trade or iTunes.

Here’s what Stu Mackenzie from the band said about the release in a recent interview with The Guardian:

“I wanted to make a record where I didn’t have to yell,” says Mackenzie, “as well as exploring some longer, repetitive song structures.” Four tracks, four quarters, each one precisely 10.10 minutes long, each one an extended jam teeming with melodies, the occasional trickle of water, space funk, laughter like Pink Floyd and deliciously unfussy grooves. “I also didn’t want to use any brutal guitar pedals or sing through blown-out guitar amps as I usually would.”

“What is psych?” asks Stu Mackenzie. “Is it psyche? Is it psychedelic? If it’s an exploratory approach to music then perhaps we are. If it’s about creating huge walls of glistening, phased-out guitars then we are not. I’ve always felt more like a garage band than anything. We don’t write songs about space, either.”

“Music is exploratory for me,” says Mackenzie, whose dad would sing him to sleep with Neil Young and Paul Kelly songs. He later graduated to 1960s psych garage compilations such as Pebbles and Nuggets, and on to “weirder, 1970s eastern stuff” like Erkin Koray and Flower Travellin’ Band. “I feel like there are a million ways to make music or make a record that I haven’t explored yet. Not to mention so many instruments to learn, music to hear, cultures to explore.”

“Language to me is music and there is a lot of rhythm and melody in the way people talk. Music and lyrics are one and the same. I’m not sure where the lyrics come from but, for me, it is surely the same part of the brain as the music.”

Heavenly summer festivals

It looks it will be a busy summer for us at Heavenly – we have got artists performing at the following festivals. Hopefully see you at some of these:

Glastonbury: June 24th – 28th 

Secret Garden Party: July 23rd – 26th

Port Eliot: July 30th – August 2nd

Caught by the River Teifi: August 10th – 17th

Green Man Festival: August 20th – 23rd

End of the Road Festival: September 4th – 6th

On Blackheath: September 12th – 13th

Good Life Experience: September 18th – 20th

Heavenly 25th anniversary all-day Kazimier show in July

We are very happy to be hosting an all-day show at Kazimer in July to celebrate our 25th anniversary.

For more information, see a feature on GIT website or buy your tickets via Kazimer here.

Enjoy our Spotify playlist below:

Bad Breeding to play The Social for ‘The Deep Hum at The Heart of It All’

Were pleased to announce that our weekly night of new music, ‘The Deep Hum’ has the wicked Bad Breeding down to play on July 1st.


Bad Breeding at The Social

In association with Heavenly Recordings and Clockwork promotions, this weekly night celebrates it’s 1 year anniversary in July.

Previous acts have included H.Hawkline, The Parrots, Hooton Tennis Club, The Magic Gang,  Secret Fix, Big Sister, Playlounge, Best Friends, FEWS, Gwenno, Ex’s, Big Sister, Kid Wave, a one month Bohica’s residency + many more.

Check out our ‘Deep Hum’ FB page for updates & events. 

‘Herbman On Holiday’ mix – Heavenly Jukebox Summer #1

Danny & Carl - The Heavenly Jukebox

The Ransom Note are premiering a Heavenly Jukebox mix in time for festival season.

Plus, they speak to the man behind the mix: one part of the Heavenly Jukebox, Carl Gosling.


Read the interview. 

Full track listing:

Jock Scot – All Over The World Girls Are Dreaming
Pastor TL Barrett – Like A Ship
Sister Nancy – Bang Belly
Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band – Gyae Su
Joy Orbison and Boddika – TMTT
Aphex Twin – 8 Utopia
Dr Alimantado – Gimmie Mi Gun
Drinks – Hermits On Holiday
Fake Glasses and Noddleman – Dancehall
Sugar Minott – Herbman Hustling
L Double and Younghead – New Style
Chaka Demus and Pliers – Tease Me
M Beat feat General Levy – Incredible
Stealing Sheep – Deadlock (M.Ruthers remix)

The Heavenly Jukebox are on tour at several festivals this summer, they kick off proceedings at Field Day this Sunday.

Stay tuned for more mixes from behind the decks.

We Love Records – An Antidote To Indifference Issue 12

We all love records.

We all love records

Caught by the River have produced a fantastic fanzine for all your music loving needs.

An Antidote to Indifference Volume 12
Guest editor: Richard King
Cover art: Matt Sewell

“The word ‘fanzine’ suggests a certain type of pathology, as if the act of publishing one’s monomaniacal interests might justify or legitimise them. This edition of An Antidote to Indifference explores how an obsessional love of music enriches life and absorbs time to such an extent that the listener is often defined by both their record shop purchases and the record shop’s location.”

Read the full scoop on this fanzine over at Caught by the River. 

Purchase the fanzine here.