Mal Campbell

Hebden Bridge

Name, where are you from?
Mal Campbell - Hebden Bridge

Describe your style in three words?
Someone described me as looking like an Emo Alan Bennett, that’s pretty funny.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
Curtis Mayfield at Dingwalls in Camden 27 July 1988. I was doing a bit of work for Dingwalls at the time, working in the cloakroom, doing the lights for some of the bands. Knowing I was a big Prince fan, someone from the club told me that Prince was going to get onstage and jam that night. I made sure I was in the front row when the show started. Prince’s guitar was by the side of the stage, but he never showed. The first time I ever heard 'Freddie’s Dead', 'Pusherman', 'Don’t Worry If There’s A Hell Below', all those great songs, were from Curtis Mayfield singing two feet in front of me. It was just transcendent.

Which subcultures have influenced you?
Most of them - apart from Casuals. Still no love for them, sorry.

If you could book a line-up of any two bands in history to play the club?
I’ll go for Savages and PJ Harvey. I don’t want to bring any old bands back - they all hated each other, anyway.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history? 
It’s been ten years, and we all still miss Tony Wilson around here. I’ll have an hour with Tony, please.

Of all the venues, aside from your own, which is your favourite?
I had a soft spot for The Astoria in London. I saw the Cramps there, which was one of the wildest Rock n’ Roll shows I think I will ever see. At one point Lux Interior pulled Ivy’s wig on and was swinging on the stage curtain pretty much naked while she abused him with one of her stilettos. At least I think that’s what was going on; I wasn’t wearing my glasses.

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
A Girl Called Eddy. Her album is a lost classic.


Mal Campbell is the manager and booker at the respected independent venue, The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge.

The Trades Club is just one of the clubs taking part in Independent Venue Week 2018. The week of events brings together Britain's independent venues along with breaking and established artists, promoters, labels, media, bloggers and tastemakers to create a nationwide series of gigs at the end of January. Find out more at www.independentvenueweek.com

Read our Subculture Uncovered feature on The Trades Club here.

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