Haven (band)

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Haven at The Garage, Islington, London, in March 2006
Background information
Origin Cornwall, United Kingdom
Genres Indie rock
Years active 1996–2005
Labels Virgin
Past members Gary Briggs
Nat Wason
Iwan Gronow
Tom Lewis
Jack Mitchell

Haven were a British indie rock band formed in Cornwall, United Kingdom, in 1996, originally called Blew, their new name taken from a local holiday resort.[1]


They were discovered by the former Smiths' manager Joe Moss who took them to Manchester and set them up with a regular slot at the Night & Day club.[1] Through Moss's Smiths connections they also played support slots for Johnny Marr's band The Healers, and others including Badly Drawn Boy.[1] The band's first release was the Til The End EP in May 2001, with further singles following, including the top-75 UK hit "Let It Live" and their top-30 breakthrough "Say Something".[1] Their debut album, Between The Senses, was released in February 2002, and reached No. 26 in the UK Albums Chart.[1] A second album was released in 2004, and the band constantly remained on tour. Their record label merged with another and the band were asked to record a third album. However with the deadline set soon after the tour, Haven did not manage to record enough material to complete what the label wanted. They were subsequently released from their recording contract, and the band split up.

Since then, the band members have toured sporadically, and the lead singer is currently working on courses run for musicians. Gary Briggs and Nat Wason have now formed the band, The Strays, while Iwan Gronow and Jack Mitchell are members of Mutineers.[2]

In 2012, a comprehensive biography of the band was published by Matador Books.[3]

Band members[edit]



  • Between the Senses (February 2002) Radiate/Virgin - No. 26 UK
  • All for a Reason (March 2004) [4]


  • Til the End EP (May 2001)
  • "Beautiful Thing" (July 2001)
  • "Let It Live" (September 2001) No. 72 UK
  • "Say Something" (January 2002) No. 24 UK
  • "Til the End" (April 2002) No. 28 UK
  • "Let It Live" (June 2002)
  • "Tell Me" (July 2003)
  • "Wouldn't Change a Thing" (March 2004) No. 57 UK [4]


  1. ^ a b c d e Strong, Martin C. (2003) The Great Indie Discography, Canongate, ISBN 1-84195-335-0, p.783
  2. ^ Myspace.com
  3. ^ "Between the Lines - A History of Haven - Matador Non-Fiction - Mary O'Meara". Troubador.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-05-22. 
  4. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 246. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.