Artist Update: Tiny Minds


We’re really excited to welcome local band The Tiny Minds to the festival bill this year.

The Tiny Minds are a 3 piece band from Hebden Bridge, whose folk, blues and psychedelia soaked pop reflect their tranquil and unique surroundings.

Described by DNA festival as ‘dreamy pop rock’, with ‘influential swoon’…

Artist Update: The Lottery Winners

Lottery Winners

“Born in Salford and raised on romance, The Lottery Winners can be found at the exact midpoint between the North West’s dual musical Meccas of Manchester and Liverpool. Though Liverpool and Manchester have claimed many a legendary artist as their own, more often than not they hailed from somewhere betwixt the two, somewhere beneath Blake’s ‘dark satanic mills’, somewhere in Lancashire, somewhere called Leigh. The birthplace of Georgie Fame and the Buzzcocks’ Pete Shelley, Leigh has done it again, spawning the best live band to emerge from the North-West in a generation:The Lottery Winners.”

We’re fantastically excited to be able to announce that The Lottery Winners will be joining the bill for a headline set at Heptonstall Festival this year. If you haven’t managed to catch these guys yet, you’re in for a real treat as this indie- pop quartet blend momentous melodies with wistful and insightful lyrics.

“The songs are the most important thing in the world to me, if they’re ever even a tiny fraction as important to other people, I’ll die a very happy man.” Thomas Rylance, frontman and songwriter.

Although the band have played extensively live, supporting the likes of The Futureheads, Jamie Cullum, The Charlatans and The Enemy, building up a loyal family of fans in the process, they’ve kept studio releases to a minimum. A very limited edition debut EP, Somebody Loved You, was released in April 2013 and those lucky enough to get their hands on a copy were rewarded with five nuggets of perfectly formed singalong gold, every lyric and guitar hook lovingly crafted with microscopic precision.

Have a listen for yourself:

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Alison Grant, artist and architect

Alison Grant Underwater world
Alison Grant enjoys all things creative and produces artwork in a range of media including felt and textiles, charcoal and ink. Her studio features in the annual Open Studios event.

Alison is also an architect for her own practice Alison Grant Architect

Studio address:  5 Northfield, Heptonstall HX7 7NW
Telephone:  01422 843678
 Alison Grant meadow

Open Studios Event

grant-alison-imageHeptonstall artists are taking part in the Hebden Bridge Open Studios event between 5 and 7 July.

Nicola Wheeler, of Weavers’ Square, Mike Pemsel, of Northgate, and Alison Grant, of Northfield, are opening their Heptonstall studios, while Debs Paine will be exhibiting work in Northlight, Hebden Bridge.

Mike Pemsel works in linocuts and mixed media, Nicola Wheeler is a costumier, textile and watercolour artist, and Debs Paine explores the natural world using ceramic and oil paint.

Alison Grant’s studio will host  a joint family exhibition including life drawings, felt and textile works from Alison; oils, mixed media and line drawings from Bill Grant, and craftwork from Isla, open on Saturday and Sunday with refreshments available.

Ron Mitchell, watercolourist

Lumb Bank

Artist painting mainly landscapes in watercolour, many of which are inspired by the local Pennine area. Ron occasionally exhibits as part of the Hebden Bridge wide Open Studios tour.

Address : 1, Waterloo House,

Slack Top,


Hebden Bridge.


Telephone: 01422 844097

Hebble Hole

Shoreline Trees

Simon Smith

Simon is a practicing artist, art tutor and Director at ‘The Artworks’, an Independent Art school in Halifax.  He is passionate about making art accessible to all and is a firm believer in the idea that anyone can learn to draw; he is willing to prove this to anyone! He teaches drawing and painting to independent learners of all ages, he runs an art club for children, and also works with schools, colleges, universities, and the NHS among many others in all arting related matters.

Simon works out of his studio in Shaw Lodge Mills, Halifax and also has a tiny studio perched on the hilltop at Colden above Hebden Bridge where he  lives. This is sometimes open as part of the annual Open Studios event.

If you would like to contact Simon to discuss all matters art, he can be contacted at

Rowena Beaty: Sculptures in Stone

I work from my garden studio, and carve figurative sculptures in stone, mostly inspired by the human form. I use a variety of types of stone, usually local gritstone, or Lincolnshire limestones.

Address : Waterloo House, Slack Top, Heptonstall, Hebden Bridge.   HX7 7HA


Telephone: 01422 842853

All pictures courtesy of Rowena Beaty.