After last Saturday’s “right up there with the millennium night and that weird day after 9/11 where people stayed at home scared” bizarrest Saturday night ever because of the football, I am sure I don’t know what to recommend you do for watching the game tonight (though I do know that Montey’s have some pretty cool drinks offers on for the game, whilst Rehab’s big screen as actually a very good, very big screen). But like I said, Saturday was weird, by all accounts the place to be was The Alexandra, but it was not exactly a bonanza night accross town. Indeed, I toyed with the idea of not posting this column at all today and just doing it tomorrow, but then what would I do with all this free time? And I know that for my 3 loyal readers, skimming casually through this article to see if they are mentioned is as much a cornerstone of their Thursdays as not going to my quiz is. As it goes, my quiz isn’t on tonight, I got told yesterday that I was having the night off, which was nice; with a bit more notice (say, more than 36 hours) I definitely ‘couldn’t’ have got a one-off gig in Leeds paying 3 times what I earn at my Thursday residency. Not even slightly annoyed about that, don’t know why you brought it up.
My quiz is back next week, but if you genuinely feel you are going to miss my quiz like you would a lung, I would suggest you go to the Geek Pub quiz at Retro on Friday, and see how a successful quiz is run.
Staying with quizzes:
Town Center Pub quiz Watch
I’m lead to believe that the Pitcher & Piano has moved their quiz to Mondays, whilst The Alexandra are keeping their pub quiz going, even without Dj Pieman, but with a new bloke doing it. I don’t know who he is or if indeed any of this paragraph is true, but since neither venue – and I like both of THEM – cares enough about ME to let me know, I’m going to leave it out of the listings until the matter is resolved. I could, to be sure, chase them on facebook to try find out, but frankly I already send out enough messages to certain people that get “seen at 6pm yesterday” with no reply. Perhaps I should stop opening my enquiries with “what are you wearing”? Still, when it comes to listings feel free to drop me a message facebook.com/djtrev and if you are a single girl feel free to not reply to my messages, I’m not bothered I don’t fancy you anyway, those 15 comments on your photo were a typo.
I also want to mention that the Empress on the Stray have a Pub Quiz every Sunday, after they finish their Carvery; every time someone asks about a Carvery on Facebook the Empresses’ one always gets mentioned loads and form weight gain experience I can confirm it really is good.
Rock & Live Music & even a bit of open air theatre
Bedfest was an excellent affair on Saturday in Harrogate, and I’d like to thank Rufus and all the crew at Henshaws for letting me be part of it. I’m really looking forward to the second of my “doing it for free/for the kids” summer gigs in Knaresborough, which is Feva’s Pic-nic in the park. They hold this every year at Knaresborough House on the sloping grounds at the back, and this years line up is really good: The Matt Goldberg Band are supplying reggae fun, The Detail from York will be giving it with some Ska, and two bands about whom I know little, except that they are called Alister’s Theory & About Town are also on. I’m told they are well good and that’s, well, good enough for me. I’m djing in between the bands and I think I’m actually compering it this year too, which means I am practicing not bally swearing, starting from just then. It’s free to get in and is part of the Feva Festival that runs in Knaresborough from Friday 7th August until Sunday 17th August. The Picnic in the park is on Saturday 16th August, so you’ve plenty of time to prepare your picnic. I like anything apart from processed meat.
This weekend there is a big “covers” type gig on at Ripley Castle with a Queen tribute and a Madness Tribute. Ripley Castle is a great venue for these kind of things; since I am massively highbrow however, I am hanging on for Sprite’s Outdoor Shakespeare there this year, which starts on Wednesday. This year they are doing A Midsummer Night’s Dream; I really can’t recommend these shows enough to you, you can take a picnic and bottles of Champagne and what have you (mmm, Pepperdew stuffed peppers). They are an excellent night out either as a couple, or if like me you can’t get anyone to reply to you on facebook unless its “just as friends”, with friends. The show moves around various outdoor settings and the performances are always superb. I’m not kidding, I don’t get free tickets for writing this (I don’t get free anything for writing anything, apart from occasional abuse on facebook), these shows are something you should definitely make an effort to go and see. They are presented in full-on Shakespearean dialect, which takes a scene or two to adjust to, but are so entertaining you suss out what is going on in no time, even if the closest to Shakespeare you normally get is Shakin’ Stevens.
I had a great night out at The Blues Bar this Tuesday seeing Hannah Aldridge – a superb country singer who I am assured will be returning in October. Being there served to remind me what a great venue it is. This week there is as always a swathe of great acts on. My pick would be Red Ocean Nectar who play there on Sunday around tea time. They are a superb young band and if you go see them NOW you can say you “saw them before everyone else got into them”, as I’m sure everyone who sees them will get into them. They’ve got stage presence beyond their years and the tunes to go with it. Worth a mission on a Sunday!
On Saturday I’m running Bottom of the Bottle’s annual Pirate Party. This is a ROCK NIGHT (no Rihanna, PLEASE stop asking), with Fires Over Broadway (Universal Atlantic Records), Modern Day Dukes, Hell Fire Jack & Little Drafts. The bands play from 8pm and then after the live music finishes I play Hard Rock, Punk, Metal, plus the odd bit of crazy dubstep and jungle, even dipping into Hip-Hop, Folk, Hardcore, Classic Rock and really whatever is clever. I’m enjoying my Saturday residency, though as I mentioned I am STILL getting asked for Rihanna all the time, and despite polite requests I am still getting bought too many Jager Bombs. I’m not joking, I really DO WANT a neat Morgans Spiced rum. And hey, this week I’ll be dressed as a Pirate so it makes much more sense. Usually afterwards I’ve found my self heading to Moko Lounge; they are open 2 hours after I finish at 4-in-the-god-damned-morning. I have to say the new guys they’ve got playing in the main room are excellent. I have no idea who they are but they have been playing some great house music, mainly stuff I don’t know, which is what I am after by the time I’ve been DJing all weekend, and I genuinely mean it when I say the music policy, certainly by the time I get there, is up there with some of the better clubs I’ve been to in Leeds and Manchester. It does kind of mean Sunday are a write off for me though, as anyone who’s come and seen me shivering in the corner of rehab on a Sunday may have noticed.
I need to mention The Pit, which is set to be Harrogate’s latest addition to the bar scene. It opens next week, and pretty much everybody I have ever been friends with, worked with, known by association or met fleetingly at a wedding in Croyden are going to be working there. But not me. So that’s something to look forward to for you all. As far as I know it is going to be similar to the one in Leeds which is a quality venue, doing a really good range of beers and some smart food PLUS ping pong! We are finally catching up with bigger towns and citys when it comes to the range of places we have to go, and if you check through the following listings you’re sure to find something worth doing, if you think life is worth living at all. And if you DON’T think life is worth living, why not try go out and find a reason to make it, unless you think it is more likely that good times are just going to walk through your door.
THURSDAY 19th June
England V’s Uruguay, Kick Off 8pm
Blues Bar, live music from Scapegoat Kelly, Free entry.
Viper Rooms Nightclub YOLO R’n’B nigh.
Rehab Nightclub with Dj Tex. “Urban R’n’B”.
Montey’s Rock Bar, Drinks offers on for the footy.
The Alexandra, Live music, free entry.
Christies Bar, Pub quiz with Sean McGrath.
FRIDAY 20th June
Lure Bar, Shuffle with Toby Skinner. House, Breaks & Funk.
Retro Bar, Geek Pub Quiz
Blues Bar, Live music with The Hexmen. Free Entry.
Moko Lounge, Shakalakaboom club night with a weird name.
Rehab Nightclub, “Electro Circus” dance Night.
SATURDAY 21st June
Ripley Castle, Queen B & Ultimate Madness tribute double header.
The Blues Bar, live music from Jed Thomas Blues Band, Free entry.
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’s Pirate Party ROCK NIGHT, with Fires Over Broadway (Universal Atlantic Records), Modern Day Dukes, Hell Fire Jack & Little Drafts from 8pm then Dj Trev ‘til 4am.Downstairs: Dance music with Dj Wayne & James. Free entry.
Moko Lounge, Drop Out house night.
Viper 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 22nd June
Blues Bar, live all day: Superset 3pm, Red Ocean Nectar 6pm & Adam Franklin & Miss Rhythm 9pm.
Empress on the stray, Pub quiz every week.
Viper Rooms. Peek-a-Boo R’n’B night.
Rehab nightclub, Dj Trev’s Sunday Social.
Hales Pub, live acoustic night.
Fat Badger, Cold Bath Road, Pub Quiz.
MONDAY 23rd June
The Harlow Inn, Otley road, Pub Quiz.
So! Bar, Otley Road, Pub Quiz.
Rehab, late bar.
Blues Bar, fully hosted fully entertaining open mic session, hosted by Pete Oliver.
Moko Lounge nightclub, Karaoke.
TUESDAY 24th July already
The Blues Bar live music acoustic session, Free entry.
The Tap n’ Spile pub, folk night.
Pitcher & Piano Re:Session cheap drinks night.
Rehab, Open Deck Session.
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, Half Price Drinks with Toby Skinner.
Coach and Horses Pie and Peas night with proceeds to Martin’s House Children’s Hospice.
WEDNESDAYS 25th July
The Harlow Pub “Midweek Madness” pub quiz with Dj Tim Paul.
Sprite Productions present A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Ripley Castle.
The Regency Pub, big screen quiz.
Rehab nightclub, Dj Max Czernic. Harrogate’s next big hair?
The Blues Bar, live music from the Paul Middleton Angst band .
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Should you wish to hear me do some Dj’ing, this weekend, as I’ve probably (certainly) already mentioned, on Saturday I’ve got bottom of the Bottle Rock night on the Top floor at Rehab. On Friday I play in Leeds at Revolution Electric Press (next to Millenium Square) playing House, Party Rap and Guilty pleasures, than on Sunday I’m at Rehab again, because I can’t get enough of trying to “get with” their bar staff, who are frankly not interested.
Thanks for reading, drink responsibly and don’t be loose with your affections.
Trev x x x