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Haven = Between The Senses
"Manchester has played the biggest role in making Haven what we are." - Gary Briggs

A record shop in the sleepy Cornwall town of Penzance is the unlikely venue for the creation of one of Manchester's brightest new bands. However vocalist Gary Briggs, from London, met Nat Wason, a guitarist, when they were both looking at the same Quiksilver Messager Service record.

They started hanging out writing songs together and introduced bassist Iwan Gronow, from London, and Mancunian drummer, Jack Mitchell, to form Haven - the name taken from the UK holiday park.

Playing the local Cornwall circuit, news of the boys soon travelled upto Manchester and, following a tip-off, Joe Moss (ex-manager of The Smiths, Marion, and Northern Uproar) interrupted his holiday to check them out and sign them up.

In 1999, they relocated to Manchester, at first all four sleeping in a room in Joe's house, before sharing a house together in Levenshulme. They jammed with Johnny Marr and played regularly on the Manchester circuit, including a weekly residency at Oldham Streetıs Night & Day.

It wasn't until they all moved to Manchester that Haven decided to have a proper go at it. Popular amongst the vibrant music scene here, they now refer to the city as their home and biggest influence on their career.

Haven recorded their debut album "Between The Senses" at Johnny Marr's Manchester studio inviting the guitar legend to produce it. Described as one of the best albums of 2002, the album also spawned the brilliant single, "Say Something", which received heavy airplay in Manchester.

Following, Doves, Elbow and Starsailor, Haven have been touted as the next-big thing from Manchester. The band though are firmly keeping their feet on the ground, taking each day as it comes and enjoying it whilst it last... which, with music this good, will be a very long time.









haven - between the senses

Haven = Between The Senses

the debut album (Feb 2002)'






haven - say something

Haven - Say Something

Feb 2002 single'






haven - poster

HAVEN -  Beautiful Thing poster

Beautiful Thing poster











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