Dirty Stops Out – Dj Trev May tell you what’s on in May. He May also get it wrong. (*for “May” read “Will almost certainly”)
I wanted to try a new thing this week and just pick one recommendation per night for you. However it rapidly became apparent this wouldn’t work. Now that I work 3 nights a week in town I would naturally just recommend MY nights to you. This sounds like it has limited journalistic integrity but having spoken to Michael Moore he pointed me to some fair and even handed research which shows that if you come to my nights you will automatically be cooler than at least one person in the room (namely that weird bloke in the corner playing bad music and saying sexist things on facebook). However no one wants this article to just be me telling you to come to my nights, so this week I am going to make a concerted effort to talk about things that interest me other than myself…
Ok, that’s not going to work either.
Ohh, I’ve got it: Bilton Working Men’s Club has a big day of stuff on Saturday, including a 6-a-Side contest in the afternoon down at Granby. I have no compunction about listing this as my team is playing. Now, there may still be places for this I don’t know, but be warned, I have told you my team are playing (I can’t tell you my team’s name as it is quite offensive, someone else must have come up with it) and we have a strike rate of winning every 36th game, so we are due… be warned. The football is followed by a BBQ, and then an evening with Rat Pack & Rock n’ Roll Tribute Acts. Oh, and there is bingo on at the actual Working Men’s club in the afternoon too. Bilton WMC regularly has loads on, if you don’t believe me look no further than the fact that on Sunday they have a family “American Style” wrestling day there starting at 2pm. I’ve been told these wrestling days are really good, though it wouldn’t be my cup of tea as the only events I take part in that involve lots of adults wearing skin tight lycra, rubber and masks are distinctly invite only.
One of Harrogate’s mainstays in the world of Djing is Dj Pieman, someone with whom I have had a healthy hate v hate relationship for some time. He is in the process of moving to America, which is what people in my job do when they are ready for new challenges and general career growth (I am, you will be reassured to know, ready for neither) but before he goes he still has a bunch of gigs lined up. On Wednesday it’s his last “Midweek Madness” night, which has been a popular fixture in town for a few years. Before then he is playing The Den on Saturday nights. Until recently I was playing there and it’s a really nice night at a decent venue. The music is a bit more grown up than you get in some other places, loosely based around rock music but as a dj you get to go a bit deeper, because it’s a bar setting and you don’t have to just cheese it up to cater for a dancefloor… I you want to hear someone cheesing it up:
I’ve just started doing Saturday nights on the top floor at Rehab. I’m running live music there every week (apart from next week when I’m doing it on the bank holiday Sunday, which makes perfect business sense. It does however also makes it really confusing when I’m trying to explain it to people) and this week I’ve got The Wilde boys running the live part of the night. They are supported by Day Old Hate and Red Ocean Nectar and all of these bands have quite the following of hot, single girls. Add to that the amount of weird middle aged men that like to hang around with me and surely we are set for a night to remember. Doors open at 8pm and last week it went on til just after 4 in the morning. It’s free to get in and I have been know to actually play good music from time to time.
There are two good looking events at Retro Bar this weekend. On Saturday they have live music from The Yum. The Yum are a 5 piece indie outfit from Leeds about whom I know little, but no matter, it’s a lovely venue that will be really intimate for a gig on a Saturday night. Before then on Friday it is that time of the month again for the Geek Pub Quiz. I don’t really need to talk this up to you because it’s always really busy, and has a dedicated following of super cool geeks. I wish I knew what makes their quiz so successful as I’d rip it off and do it ay my quiz on Thursdays at Lure. Never the less, if you want to go to the Geek pub quiz at Retro it starts at 7.30pm and you are advised to arrive early to avoid disappointment. Whereas with mine arriving early merely guarantees it.
On Tuesday Major Tom’s Social has a Grub n’ Grog night. They run this once a month on the 3rd Tuesday, which seems somewhat random, but it looks like a really good offer: you get a 5 course meal plus your 1st drink for £25. Major Tom’s is a really nice place for a more relaxed meet up with your mates ( I can only speak for it midweek when I’ve been in) but it’s got a great range of beers on and is a good place to start your night, cos you can have a chat and then, if like me you have less developed social skills, you can challenge your mates to a game of Scrabble and then get too competitive about it.
The Den got a mention earlier what with Dj Pieman on Saturday night, but I’ll also mention that they have Biz Denton there Saturday afternoon. I’ve seen Biz a few times recently and he does a good set and is a lovely chap…. On the other side of the fence of gentlemanly conduct they have Mr. Dan Burnette there on Friday, who is taking time out of his busy schedule of stopping me pulling the bar staff to play music. Musicians (and indeed all people with genuine talent) really annoy people like me when they insist on coming across as better people to hang around with than me. Come on dude, give me a chance! Dan is also playing The Pitcher and Piano on Sunday. Most of the bar staff there are male, but once Dan has schmoozed them I doubt I’ll have a chance there either (not that I normally go for that kind of thing but there is a hot Australian bloke who works there who could go to the land down under for me anytime).
Very quickly before the listings, I’ve just seen a photo of the new “Mega Burger” available at Christies. It looks amazing, but remember I’m no doctor, and just looking at it has made it feel like an elephant is sitting on my chest, I am struggling for breath, and… yes, yes, it’s caused my left arm to tingle.
THURSDAY 15th May
Blues Bar, live music from Skapegoat Kelly, Free entry.
Lure Bar, Dj Trev’s Quiz of crapness. Followed by, of his own invention, the Patented “Crap Disco”, with party, 80’s, pop, Soul and shoddiness.
Viper Rooms Nightclub YOLO R’n’B nigh.
Rehab Nightclub with Dj Tex. “Urban R’n’B”.
The Alexandra, Live music, free entry.
Christies Bar, Pub quiz with Sean McGrath.
FRIDAY 16th May
The Blues Bar, live music from Poorboy, Free entry.
Retro Bar, the Geek Pub Quiz.
The Den, live music from Dan Burnette and his “Stop Dj Trev pulling” Dan Burnette Band.
Lure Bar, Shuffle with Dj Sixus, Funk, House & Breaks.
Rehab Nightclub, “Electro Circus” dance Night.
Moko Lounge nightclub, “Frat house Party”.
SATURDAY 17th May
The Blues Bar, live music with The Jed Thomas Blues Band.
Bilton Working Men’s 6-a-Side contest in the afternoon at Granby followed by a BBQ. Bingo at the club 1pm – 3pm and Rat Pack & Rock n’ Roll Tribute Acts in the evening.
Retro Bar, live music from The Yum.
The Den, Biz Denton in the afternoon and Dj Pieman in the evenight.
The Regency, live music from M.O.A.B. plus guest by invitation.
Revolution Bar, front bar Dj Tex (Soul & R’n’B), main room Disco Dave (upfront dance and chart) free entry.
Rehab nightclub, two floors of music: Top Floor : Bottom of the Bottle Rock night from 8pm with The Wilde, Day Old Hate & Red Ocean Nectar live, and Dj Trev ‘til 4am. 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.
Christies Pub, Sean McGrath’s Cheesy disco, free entry.
SUNDAY 18th May
Blues Bar, live music from Cherry Lee Mewis 3pm, Dragonfly Tattoo 6pm, Strangers in Paradise 9pm.
American Style Wrestling day at Bilton WMC, £5 adults £3 children. Family ticket £15, doors open 20m show starts at 2.30pm.
Pitcher & Piano, live music from Dan Burnette.
Rehab Nightclub, Dj Trev ‘til 4am playing requests that seem hilarious to you and embarrassing to everyone else..
Hales Pub, live acoustic night.
Viper Room’s Nightclub, Peek-a-Boo Urban night.
Fat Badger, Cold Bath Road, Pub Quiz.
MONDAY 19th May
The Alexandra Pub Quiz, with your Dj Pieman.
The Harlow Inn, Otley road, Pub Quiz.
So! Bar, Otley Road, Pub Quiz.
Blues Bar, fully hosted fully entertaining open mic session, free entry.
Moko Lounge nightclub, Karaoke.
TUESDAY 20th May
The Blues Bar, Swamp Candy Live, Free entry.
Major Tom’s Social, Grub n’ Grog night. 5 course meal plus 1st drink, £25.
The Tap n’ Spile pub, folk night.
Pitcher & Piano Re:Session cheap drinks night.
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 21th May
The Harlow Pub “Midweek Madness” pub quiz with Dj Tim Paul.
Pitcher & Piano Quiz night from 8pm. Free for new teams or £1.50 PP.
The Regency Pub, big screen quiz.
Rehab nightclub, your Dj Pieman’s LAST EVER “Midweek Madness” playing party music.
The Blues Bar, live music from the Paul Middleton Angst band .
The exact same bit of SHAMELESS SELF PROMOTION I used the week before last week AND the week before AND aaaaand the week before that. Pretty much since the dawn of time actually. Let’s face it, you’ve stopped reading already. I mean, I’ve said “you’ve stopped reading already haven’t you” for the last 2 months and not one person has commented “yes”. Fine, whatever, NANANANANANA I’m not listening to you either. Should you wish to listen to some of my actual Dj’ing from the comfort of your own home, you can do that at Mixcloud.com/djtrevuk which has the added bonus for you of not having to look at me. I am also playing this year’s Bedfest at Henshows on the 14th of June (Bedrace Day, Obvs) in Knaresborough, and Feva in the Park on August the 16th in K-town too. It’s as close as I’ve had to go to doing community service.
Thanks for reading, drink responsibly and don’t be loose with your affections.
Trev x x x