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Dj Trev’s guide to valentines dates, ego deflates, going out with mates, getting into states

This week is one of my favourite weeks to write about. Not because there is anything in particular on that I like – there IS, but we’ll get to that in a bit – but because when it gets to the actual listings part of this page and I’m updating it, this is the one week of the month where I don’t have to change the surfix’s on the date. IE: from last week’s 7th February to this weeks 13th I only have to change the two numbers, not the “th” bit. Imagine the time I’m saving!! I know this seems like a small thing, but when you are a person like me you have to make do with small things to make you and indeed others around you, happy. However, I’ve just invested all the time I saved by having a grand total of 14 letters less to change on this column by telling you about it at great length. Well, easy come easy go. And as anyone will tell you, I am really easy come.

This Friday is Valentines day which, if you are a “big time successful dj” ,usually means crushing disappointment as you realise that actually NO ONE knows your name or thinks you are fit. The growing sense of discomfort increases as you go onto every dj stand you work on, casually – desperately – looking for any kind of valentines card. Usually the night ends with a pathetic cry of gratitude when a drunk member of bar staff writes one out on a napkin for you, just so that you stop playing Radiohead records mixed with The Human League’s “Don’t you want me”.

If you are one of those people who chooses to hate Valentines day, there are plenty of things on to take your mind off it. Likewise if you are one of those couples who chooses to make everyone else hate valentines day, there are plenty of options for where you can go for your nauseating public displays of affection. But try keep it above the navel ok?

The Geek Pub Quiz is at retro bar this Friday for some Valentines geekery, and if you are in Ripon it’s actually on tonight (Thursday) too, at The Curzon, as The Geek pub quiz continues to take over the planet. Well, they did say the Geek shall inherit the earth. Or was it the Greek? I couldn’t hear.

On Saturday The Groves Pub in Knaresborough has got live music from Liam Grey, Liam is really good and is suitable for both the loved up and people who are in the dog house for forgetting about V-day….

In other news, on Tuesday at the Blues Bar Matt Evens Band is playing. Now please note that that is EVENS not EVANS, EVENS… imagine how annoyed he is for not being called Steven, cos if Mr. Even’s band was made up of other men all called Steven, or even Stephen, then his band name could have been something like, erm, The Early November Fall Whilst My guitar Gently Weepz Bizcuit or something really hip like that.

If you fancy seeing me, I’m at Lure Bar tonight with my Pre-Valentines Antidate (antiDATE, I’m particularly proud of that one) pub quiz, I’m in Leeds Electric Press on Friday and back in my old stomping ground of Driffield on Saturday then down the ol’ Rehab on Sunday. I still need to find time to get into Major Tom’s too…

And cos I realise that this is a bit of a brief one, here is a link to a review I did of a gig this week just gone, and very good it was too (the gig, not writing in the review, as you will no doubt see if you can be bothered to read it)

… anyway, here’s this week’s listings – Happy Valentines day if you are into all that:

THURSDAY 13th February

Curzon Ripon, Geek Pub Quiz.

Lure Bar, Quiz night with Dj Trev, 8pm £1 entry, free after quiz with Dj Trev playing foolhardy party music til 2am.

Viper Rooms Nightclub, R’n’B night.

Rehab Nightclub, free entry, £2.50 drinks all night with Dj Tex.

Blues Bar, Live music with The Resonators, Free entry.

The Alexandra, Live music, free entry.

Christies Bar, Pub quiz with Sean McGrath.

FRIDAY 14th February

Lure Bar, “Shuffle” Breakbeat, Funk & house night with Dj Toby Skinner. Free Entry.

Rehab Nightclub, “Electro Circus” dance Night downstairs.


Moko Lounge nightclub, “Frat house Party”.

SATURDAY 15th February

The Blues Bar, live music with The Jed Thomas Blues Band, free entry.

The Groves Pub, Knaresborough, live music from Liam Grey.

Moko Lounge nightclub, “Drop Out”, house night. Robert Amllinder & Alex Simmons, main room, house and electro. Leon Hithchen, VIP Room, R’n’b.

Revolution Bar, front bar Dj Tex (Soul & R’n’B), main room Disco Dave (upfront dance and chart) free entry.

Rehab nightclub, Rock music upstairs from Your Dj Pieman, Downstairs, dance music with Dj Wayne & James. Free entry.

Vipers Rooms Nightclub Dj Angel Lee & The Legendary Neil Jaques playing tunes for upfront clubbing upstairs, Harvey Westwood downstairs, free entry before 11pm.

Christies Pub, Sean McGrath’s Cheesy disco, free entry.

SUNDAY 16th February

Rehab nightclub, Dj Trev 10pm til late, free entry, drinks offers, average Dj’ing.

Pitcher & Piano, live music, Free entry.

The Alexandra Pub, Live music at the Sunday Soundcheck acoustic night. Free entry.

Viper Room’s Nightclub, Peek-a-Boo Urban night.

Blues Bar, live music from Too Well Worn plus not one but TWO appearances from the mighty TBC around tea time and into the evening. Basically it’s live music all day there. And Free Entry. What more do you want of a Sunday? Free Entry.

Fat Badger , Cold Bath Road, Pub Quiz.

MONDAY 17th February

The Alexandra Pub Quiz, with Dj Pieman.

The Harlow Inn, Otley road, Pub Quiz.

Zoso Bar, Dj Max & Rum Chaser, house music.

Blues Bar, open mic session with Pete Oliver including Aaron Bertenshaw acoustic, free entry.

Moko Lounge nightclub, Karaoke..

TUESDAY 18 th February

Zoso Bar, Union Street, Electro Jam, open decks sesh.

The Tap n’ Spile pub, folk night.

Pitcher & Piano Re:Session cheap drinks night.

The Blues Bar, live music with Matt Evens Band, free entry.

Moko Lounge Nightclub, “Skint” 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.

Coach and Horses Pie and Peas night with proceeds to Martin’s House Children’s Hospice.

WEDNESDAYS 19th February

Pitcher & Piano Quiz night from 8pm. Free for new teams or £1.50 PP.

Rehab nightclub, Dj Pieman playing party music.

The Blues Bar, live music from the Paul Middleton Angst band .


Thanks for reading, drink responsibly and don’t be loose with your affections.

Trev x x x

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