The man who made British indie music Heavenly again….

Jeff Barrett

Ahead of Port Eliot festival at the end of this month, The Cornish Guardian have interviewed Caught by the River and Heavenly founder Jeff Barrett.

With anecdotes about his time at a local Plymouth record shop, putting on shows with the likes of The Jesus &  Mary Chain and Primal Scream and the excitement building up to this years Port Eliot festival; it’s a great read.

Head over the The Cornish Guardian’s website and read here.

This year at Port Eliot, Caught by the River have a broad range of artists, speakers & guests gracing their stage including Heavenly bands Stealing Sheep, Gwenno & Hooton Tennis Club. 

For the full line-up and tickets visit the Caught by the River website. 




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.




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. 


Oblique Strategies project

Cities and Memory: Oblique Strategies sees more than 50 source field recordings from 19 countries all over the world reimagined using only the Oblique Strategies cards to define their direction and inspiration.


Cities and Memory takes its name and original inspiration from Italo Calvino’s bookInvisible Cities, which explores how people can experience the same place in dramatically different ways.

“As this wave from memories flows in, the city soaks it up like a sponge and expands. A description of [the city] as it is today should contain all [the city’s] past. The city, however, does not tell its past, but contains it like the lines of a hand, written in the corners of the streets, the gratings of the windows, the banisters of the steps, the antennae of the lightning rods, the poles of the flags, every segment marked in turn with scratches, indentations, scrolls.”

– Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities.

More information on this project can be found on Caught By The River.

Read Here.

The Cities and Memory: Oblique Strategies project launched on 10 April 2015


Caught By The River Teifi

Introducing a festival of music, outdoor living and adventure. In two parts. Taking place at Fforest Farm, Cilgerran from 10th – 17th August

Caught By The River - Forest

Curated by Wales Arts Review, Nyth, Caught by the River and fforest:

This summer, Caught by the River heads to the wild west of Wales for seven days of music, talks, workshops and blissful outdoor living at Fforest in Cardigan (10th and 17th August 2015). We’ve never attempted anything like this before – a family-friendly week of live music, workshops, readings, DJ sets and good times.





Caught By The River at Port Eliot Festival 2015

Our sister site Caught By The River have made their first announcement for this years Port Eliot Festival.

“The days are getting longer, the birdsong is getting louder and the buds are on the trees. If there is any question that the seasons are on the change then today’s post will surely put paid to doubt. It’s time to make our first Port Eliot announcement of the year.”


Check out the line-up + information on all the artists here.