Hi Friend! Recently I’ve found that writing this page has been taking up more and more of my time.
You MAY think that as a “professional Dj” I would have a vast amount of spare time on my hands, as, lets face it, I don’t have a REAL job, so should be grateful of anything that fills the dull gaps in between sporadic bouts of standing in the corner of a room playing other peoples records, occasionally getting shouted at because I have the BRASS NERVE to play something other than Rihanna.
However, whilst you would largely be correct in that summation or my “life”, in fact the demands on my time have recently increased greatly…
For example, as I write this I am “multi-tasking”, not only trying to string interesting sentences together at a rate of 3 to 4 words a minute, I’m also conducting a Text-only argument with my girlfriend, writing a complaint e-mail to Dominoes Pizza (I unreasonably expect a £22.50 pizza to taste better than a frozen £1.99 one) AND am listening to Dizzee Rascals current album, which is seemingly a just terrible compilation of 13 songs about how he doesn’t care and he’s going to go out and get drunk. All of this is making me not care and want to go out and get drunk. Which is what these listings are actually meant to a be a guide to doing.
To this end, I’m going to try to present them in a slightly different way, in the hopes that it’s a little bit quicker for me and also will mean that if you as a reader are in a rush, you can just skip this rambling bit and go to the actual listings. WOH, don’t ACTUALLY skip this bit, I might say something good yet…
To change the format (if you are under 26, that means “reeee-miiiiix” it) I’ll present this bit as a kind of editorial introduction, followed by some simple to follow listings, simply telling you WHERE WHAT WHO without me going into such irrelevancies as whether or not the dj in question once featured as an extra in TV’s Hornblower, which is only true in the case of Sean McGrath (Christies Pub Quiz every Thursday).
I’ll pick out a few things that are one-off’s or events that look interesting, or, I don’t know, monthly events that I put on that I can go on and on and on and on about in a fair and even handed manner. Things that are on every week will always get a listing, but lets face it, there’s only so many times that I can say how totally uniquely awesome my Thursday nights at rehab are before you actually come to it, and realize I’m a lying liar.
There are also certain venues that have music on all the time, naturally I’ll mention them in the listings, but I may also feel that I can get a cheap joke out of for the opening bit. For example, this week on Friday The Blues Bar has “Hoosen” playing there. It’s almost a name I could say “Hoosen” at the Blues Bar, and you can go, “I don’t know, who?” and I could go “Hoosen” and you could go “that’s what I’m asking, WHO IS ON AT THE BLUES BAR,” and I would go: “HOOSEN” only its spelled differently and the joke doesn’t really work. But that’s the kind of exciting and invigorating standard that regular readers have come to expect. You can see why I want to spend less time on this can’t you? I’ll move on.
I suppose I’d like some feedback on this, but as is ever the case with feedback, I’ll only like it if it’s positive, I mean – do you remember ever once agreeing with a teacher at School who said your work was rubbish? Even now, when I look back on my school work, KNOWING it was rubbish, I’m still like “But the teachers didn’t know what they were on about, what with all their fancy schmancy degrees in English and so-called-PHD’s in Physics.”
So here goes with this week’s Dirty Stop’s Out, remix VIP club edit 2.0:
The Alexandra pub has got a month of charitable going’s on there in aid of St. Michael’s Hospice. I dunno what they are doing exactly but doing things for charity is good and to be applauded. Like a dog that can juggle, only more helpful and less likely to have intercourse with your sofa.
One of my favorite recommendations is Knee Deep at Moko Lounge this Friday. It’s a House Night with run by their resident Dj’s Dom Samba, James Moon and Sean Harris and this month they have managed to get Rickie DH on as guest Dj who is a pretty big deal. It’s £4 to get in, trust me, if you went to Leeds for a night like this is would be at least twice that, and you’d also be more at risk of meeting someone from Leeds.
There’s a couple of less regular events on this Saturday: The Empress on the Stray Pub has the amusing looking (that is to say, it looks like it will be funny, rather than it’s funny looking, like the pizza’s you get from Dominoes in Starbeck) “Quizzalot” with Dj Tim Paul, with music and prizes and, cos The Empress is good at that, some nice real ales. Dunno what beer is on there this week as it’s been a week since I’ve been able to find an excuse to drop in for a pint. Still, they are always good as Jarred and Jay who run it are, shall we say, “connoisseurs”. Possibly even “problem connoisseurs”… Also Bilton Working Men’s Club has a Burlesque Review. I would like to research this on line however am aware that if I’m doing that, writing this column will take somewhat longer, as afterwards I’d have to wash my hands.
On Sunday Dan Burnett’s Blues band blues it up at the bluesy blues Bar in the afternoon, and in the evening the Fauns play there, who are, sort of breathy dreamy indie, if you remember some of the stuff Mark & Lard in the 90‘s used to play on radio 1 fondly, this will be up your street.
I’ve been in touch with some very cool people who are shortly going to be opening a bar called Major Tom’s Social round the corner from Monteys. From chatting to them so far this looks like it’s going to be a really cool place. Obviously, it remains to be seen what will actually happen, but if you so wish you can check them out on Facebook, erm, here is an overly long link: www.facebook.com/pages/Major-Toms-Social/471782272917351 and see how
the place is coming along. The talk is of a musical playlist that includes soul, funk, indie, rock n roll, country, new wave, rock, folk , hiphop, electro and more leftfield stuff, that definitely sounds promising, aslo, If you like places that specialize in real ale and craft beers then this will be of interest to you as they have great plans for rotating American craft Beers and Ales. Speaking of interesting beer, I mentioned the Old Bell’s Oktoberfest last week, I went in there last night and had some of the Rauchbeer, a smoked German beer that tastes like smokey bacon crisps and is beersically amazing! But they wouldn’t let me steal a glass. My girlfriend thinks that I shouldn’t have asked nicely at the bar if I could steal it and I suppose she has a point. But stealing is patently wrong, so I didn’t rob it. I mean, if ANYONE ELSE wanted to rob it for me that would be another matter, one for the police, naturally. I would never endorse getting other people to do my dirty sinful stealing.
Of a really night Rauchbeer Glass.
It’s kind of got a scroll design on it.
And would probably fit in a handbag.
Before we get to the less litigious main listings bit, there is LOADS going on at the Harrogate Theatre and associated venues over October because as well as the regular kinds of shows they have on, they are also holding a month long comedy festival. Because of this, at the end of the listings there is a section written by my “on the spot taskforce” Ash Diaz.
Hmm, currently the track in the Dizzee Rascal album has a chorus that goes “lets get into something really bad, love baby love me love me bad”…. If you wish to get into something really bad, I suggest listening to Dizzee Rascal’s album. However, if you fancy something more interesting, here are this week’s ACTUAL listings of what’s going on in town:
THURSDAY 3rd October
Revolution, “Vodology” NuDisco, Electronic 80‘s & House with Dj Disco Dave.
Blues Bar, Live music with the Sharon Colgan band.
The Alexandra, Live music.
Rehab Nightclub, 2 floors: upstairs Flex R’n’B night with Dj Tex, downstairs Party Rock Anthems with Dj Trev, Free entry.
Viper Rooms Nightclub, Y.O.L.O. R’n’B night, door charge applies.
Moko Lounge Y.O.L.O. Pre Bar.
The Regency Pub, live music from Straight Shooter and more.
Christies Bar, Pub quiz with Sean McGrath.
FRIDAY 4th October
The Blues Bar, live music from Hoosen.
Moko Lounge Nightclub, “ Knee Deep” House Music, Dj’s Dom Samba, James Moon, Sean Harris, Rickie DH.
Rehab Nightclub, “Electro Circus” dance Night downstairs, upstairs live music from Humble Scoundrel, Set Sails & Adam Graham.
Viper Rooms Nightclub live music from Yo Preston & Jamie Lee Harrison.
Moko Lounge nightclub, “Frat house Party”.
Zoso Bar, Union Street, “Vibe” House night with guest Djs.
Grape & Graze, Parliament Street, acoustic night.
SATURDAY 5th October
Bilton Working Mens Club, Burlesque Review night with Baker Martini.
The Blues Bar, live music with Jed Thomas and his band.
Moko Lounge nightclub, “Risque”, House music.
Revolution Bar, free entry, front bar Dj Tex (Soul & R’n’B), main room Disco Dave (upfront dance and chart).
Rehab nightclub, Free Entry, Rock music upstairs from Your Dj Pieman, Downstairs, dance music with Dj Wayne.
Vipers Rooms Nightclub, Chart & house music, Dj Jay Collins upstairs, downstairs Dj Angel Lee playing guilty pleasures and feel good music, free entry before 11pm.
Christies Pub has Sean McGrath’s Cheesy disco.
SUNDAY 6th October
Rehab nightclub, Dj Trev taking time out from writing poorly to dj badly. Requests and stuff.
Viper Room’s Nightclub, “Peek-a-boo” R’n’B night.
Blues Bar, live music, Dan Burnett Band (afternoon) Fauns (Evening)
Fat Badger , Cold Bath Road, Pub Quiz.
The Empress on The Stray, Pub Quiz.
The Alexandra Pub, Live music at the Sunday Soundcheck acoustic night.
MONDAY 7th October
The Alexandra Pub Quiz, with Dj Pieman, roll over jackpot £425
Zoso Bar, Dj Max & Rum Chaser, anything goes set.
Blues Bar, open mic session with Pete Oliver.
Moko Lounge nightclub, Karaoki.
TUESDAY 8th October
The Tap n’ Spile pub, folk night.
The Blues Bar, Live music, Pete Oliver Band.
Moko Lounge Nightclub, “Spent” main room upfront dance and electro, VIP Room Rock Box Rock night Dj Jaye Selway.
Revolution Bar, “Back to Rev’s” House Night, Dj’s Tex & Sixus.
Zoso Bar, Electro Jam, open decks sesh.
WEDNESDAYS 2nd October
Rehab nightclub, Dj Piemanplaying party music.
The Blues Bar, live music from the Paul Middleton Angst band .
And now it’s over LIVE to our Reporter in the field, theatre correspondent Ashley who has some listings for Harrogate theatre associated venues…
Hello Ash, Can you hear me???:
Hello Trev, great to hear your voice and see your face, you are as attractive in real life as I had imagined. Here is what we have this week at the Theatre:
This Sunday we have Folk-inspired, multi-award winning singer-songwriter Seth Lakeman at The Royal Hall starting at 7.30pm. Ticket rices are between £19 & £24.
Kick starting our Harrogate Theatre Comedy Festival this year, we have An Evening with David Nobbs. The man behind TV series “The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin” looks back on 50 years as a comedy writer. Starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are £12 each.
On Monday in our Main House we have Alexie Sayle, The godfather of alternative comedy in his first full-length stand-up show in 17 years following two sold-out London seasons. Starting at 8pm and tickets available at £17.50 each. I hear that local celebrity idiot Dj Trev is going to watch it. I guess this would be an ideal opportunity for anyone who likes his column to buy him a beer. Or just give him five pounds or something.
Tuesday has, in our Main House: Paul Foot, described by Chortle as “Inspired, surreal and incomprehensibly funny”, he is a true original, challenging comedic convention at every turn and delighting his connoisseurs. Starting at 7.30pm £12.50 tickets. Meanwhile in our Studio Theatre we have Morgan And West, Time Travelling Magicians. No future is left unseen and no timeline left unaltered as this pair of temporal tricksters bring a show brimming over with baffling magic, unparalleled precognitive powers and a totally genuine ability to travel through time! Starting at 8pm with tickets still available at £12.
Wednesday see’s Hal Cruttenden in our main house. Hal’s comedy is simultaneously warm and catty, straight and camp, it’s a lovely mix that has made him a regular guest on John Bishops’s Only Joking (Sky1) and led to not one, but two sitcoms being produced this year. Starting at 8pm with tickets still available at £12 each. In our Studio Theatre we have Matt Richardson. The new host of ITV2’s The Xtra Factor and winner of the Leicester Comedy Festival’s Best New Show award brings his much anticipated debut tour to Harrogate as part of the Comedy Festival. Tickets still available. Starts at 8pm and tickets are £10 each.
I’ll get started on something for next week as there is so much going on for the comedy festival. Thanks man. You are without a doubt the best looking most ruggedly sexual person I know after my husband. Obvs.
…ooooh-kaaay thanks Ashley, more from her next week.
SHAMELESS SELF PROMOTION
As well as this, sometimes when I can be bothered I write stuff at facebook.com/djtrevuk and even less regularly I post online “radio” style shows at mixcloud.com/djtrevuk but please be very aware that I am neither big nor clever, and therefore I swear unnecessarily on both of those sites.
Thanks for reading, drink responsibly and don’t be loose with your affections.
Trev x x x