Heavenly Portraits

25th anniversary photo exhibition by Brian David Stevens.

Tuesday 29th September 2015

London-based Heavenly Records was launched in 1990 by Jeff Barrett.

The label has worked with some of the most prestigious artists around, including Edwyn Collins, Manic Street Preachers, Saint Etienne and Doves (Jimi Goodwin pictured below), and more recently, the likes of Temples and Toy, as Heavenly embarks on its well-received psych revival. Now 25 years old, Heavenly is celebrating its anniversary with some extremely exciting projects.

A compilation of artists has recently been released, of which the Quietus stated, "Listening to Heavenly 25, is akin to being gifted a fabulously eclectic, lovingly curated mixtape from an old friend. It's proof that the magic is still very much alive and burning as brightly as ever. In fact, you can imagine Barrett enthusiastically telling all and sundry that this is just the beginning. A great compilation from a wonderful label; here's to the next twenty-five years."

Following Rough Trade Shops' release of the Heavenly 25 double CD compilation, September sees a very special takeover of the Rough Trade East Store with the photography exhibition Heavenly Portraits, by photographer and friend Brian David Stevens.

The exhibition features every artist signed to the label in their anniversary year up until the start of the summer. Accompanying the exhibition will be a Heavenly 25 yearbook with all the portraits presented within which will be freely available from Rough Trade shops and the Heavenly web shop. View a sample of the portraits below.

Following Rough Trade Shops' release of the Heavenly 25 double CD compilation, September sees a very special takeover of the Rough Trade East Store with the photography exhibition Heavenly Portraits, by photographer and friend Brian David Stevens.

The exhibition features every artist signed to the label in their anniversary year up until the start of the summer. Accompanying the exhibition will be a Heavenly 25 yearbook with all the portraits presented within which will be freely available from Rough Trade shops and the Heavenly web shop. View a sample of the portraits below.

Panda from East London psych quintet Toy.

James Bagshaw is Temples' frontman The Kettering quartet performed at an exclusive Fred Perry Sub-Sonic Live gig back in June 2014. Watch live footage from the event here.

Stealing Sheep's singing drummer Lucy Mercer.

A dedicated Heavenly fan with a tattoo of the logo.

H Hawkline is a Cardiff-born, LA-based songwriter. He recently performed at Dot to Dot Festival.

Originally in The Pipettes, cardiff singer Gwenno Saunders recently released her debut 'Y Dydd Olaf', in Welsh language, after signing to Heavenly.

The photograher, Brian David Stevens was born in Cambridge of Welsh parents and brought up in Yorkshire as a cruel genetic experiment. He is currently finishing his first book, 'Brighter Later', a portrait of Britain looking out to sea. Brian has completed and exhibited a ten year project shooting war veterans entitled 'They that are Left'. His most recent exhibition at the Heavenly Social was Notting Hill Sound Systems. His portrait of Wilko Johnson is in the national collection.


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