Ok, first things first, all bets are off as far as regular listings go this weekend. As you may be aware there is some kind of pushbike race going through town on the Saturday, meaning all manner of chaos will reign.
You CAN confidently expect all of the following to take place:
lots of roads will be closed off (I found this site useful http://letour.yorkshire.com/the-grand-d%C3%A9part-2014/road-closures )
lots of foreigners will clog up shops, with their brows furrowed in a futile attempt to understand what a cup of Earl Grey is;
on street parking will be nigh on impossible, in some cases illegal and in many cases classed as an act of war;
streets will become congested with old people marvelling at “the pageantry of it all”, middle aged people marvelling at the price of drinks these days, and young people marvelling at how “it’s stupid, I can play bike riding on my X-Box without having to even leave home”;
prices will rise and money as we know it will become worthless, with people pushing around bank notes in wheel barrows, only to get mugged FOR THE WHEEL BARROW;
hot snow will fall up and the music of Rihanna will start sounding good.
Evidence of this impending topsy turvey world is never clearer than when you realise The Blues Bar have suspended gigs for the weekend… Usually live music at the Blues is one of the few things you can rely on in this crazy world we call the world, a touchstone for reliability and sanity if you will. However, no doubt aided and abetted by the fact that no one will be allowed to do such silly things as drive equipment to venues, the Blues have just got Sharon Colgan’s Band on Thursday, then the live music isn’t back there until Sunday, when The Matt Goldberg Band headline their live Sunday line up. Not to worry however, as you can listen to one of their regular artist as much as you like this weekend, and indeed forever, by clicking on this link : https://soundcloud.com/isi-dee/the-isi-dee-band-to-the-moon-back . It’s the new single from the Isi Dee Band, and is only available for one week so don’t hang about; it’s a totally free download which is jolly nice of them! Described as “a young artist with a vast experience of live music and playing gigs all around the country… who takes influences from several genres and puts on a highly energetic shows. Her set she showcases songs with influences of Jazz, Pop and Folk.” A popular face about town, Isi teamed up with Harley Daniels and Joey Leyland to create the Isi Dee Band and the single that you can download is really good and called “To the Moon and back”. But don’t worry it’s not a cover of the Savage Garden song.
Back to this weird weekend, most places seem to be taking the “suck it and see” method when it comes to their preparations, every where will be open that’s for sure, and I suspect most places will be doing similar operations to their usual, although perhaps playing Queen’s “Bicycle Race” a little more often than usual. Or that could just be me. Speaking of me, and let’s, I’m at Rehab on Saturday night doing my Rock night Bottom of the Bottle, and I’ve got a “le tour” themed quiz on Thursday at Lure Bar. At some stage on Friday I also have to get over to Leeds to work, which could be exciting. When you are bemoaning the Hard-line Stalin-esque Parking restrictions we have to deal with in Harrogate, it is worth noting they pale into insignificance when compared with the glorious Fourth Reich of traffic policing that will be taking place in Leeds over this weekend. Perhaps I’ve over done the hyperbole in comparing parking restrictions to murderous regimes, but remember, I’m not Bike Racist, I just think we should send them all back to France.
There are some special events on, various parades and a big fan park on the Stray, but I can’t find out much about that other than the fact I know Harrogate’s own Superstar DJ Rory Hoy is paying the stage there immediately after the Sprint finish on the Saturday, which should be pretty cool. Harrogate town are having a Pre-Grande Depart 90’s night with a band on the Friday, however another note I’ve made for this says it’s an 80’s night. So let’s err on the side of caution and say it’s an “old music” night, with none of that new rubbish where you can’t understand the words. Tickets for the Harrrogate Town thing are 5 quid or 8 on the door but entry is free for people who are camping there. On Saturday night Retro Bar are having a “Le Tour Fancy Dress Party” with Stray FM’s Alex B. Cann doing the DJing & The Yum playing live. On Friday however they are going the other direction with a no nonsense Metal Night courtesy of Jamie Bramhall’s Blood and Thunder operation.
If seeing all this crazy racing action gets you into the idea of doing some wacky races of your own, The Harrogate Round Table are holding a soap box derby day on Sunday 25th August at the Valley Gardens. Full Regs and what have you are here on the facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1410655705883120
A couple of weeks ago I played a charity gig in K-Town, and it was well good. Henshaws have actually released a DVD of the event and here’s what they have to say about it: “The 2014 Henshaw’s Bed Fest was another fantastic success with over 20 bands playing throughout the day. To celebrate the event Henshaw’s volunteer David Gordon-Simpson has made a DVD capturing the day’s performances. To help with fundraising for Henshaw’s Arts and Crafts Centre the DVD’s are available professionally packaged for £5 each, for an extra £5 you can also have a t-shirt from the event! Henshaw’s are constantly looking for help from volunteers – if you have any time at all please do get in touch, if you can only spare an hour a week or a fortnight, every little bit of time helps. There are lots of ways that you can make a difference be that by organizing your own event or by sponsoring one that Henshaw’s are running. Even if you can’t volunteer please do come along and join in the Henshaw’s Events, visit our café and visit the “handmade at Henshaw’s” shop, the more the merrier!” They are doing cool things down there at Bond End, their monthly events “The Friday night mix” are by all accounts excellent, so check in with them and see whats going off!
I went to see Sprite’s Production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” last night and it was truly superb. There are still some shows left and I recommend you try go (if they even have any tickets left). I, however, slightly over did it afterwards and went to Rehab where new kid on the block Max Czernic played and excellent set, with the only negative being it kept me in there drinking until 4-in-the-god-damned-morning.. So I am now feeling as rough as dirty bottoms, so I’m going to go back to bed now; here are this weekends slightly sketchy listings.
Listen though, in all seriousness, this is going to be a very mental weekend with lots of people hitting the town from all over, make sure you enjoy it, but take an extra bit of care ok?
THURSDAY 3rd July
Blues Bar, live music from The Sharon Colgan Band, Free entry.
Lure Bar, “le tour de Farce” themed quiz with Dj Trev and perhaps as many as two teams taking part.
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 4th July
Harrogate town FC, 90’s night with band. Entry is free for people camping there.
Retro Bar, Blood and Thunder HEAVY Metal night. Free Entry.
Lure Bar, Shuffle with Toby Skinner. House, Breaks & Funk.
Moko Lounge, Shakalakaboom club night with a weird name.
Rehab Nightclub, “Electro Circus” dance Night.
SATURDAY 5th July
Retro Bar, Le Tour Fancy Dress Party with Stray FM’s Alex B. Cann doing the DJing & The Yum playing live
Revolution Bar, front bar Dj Tex (Soul & R’n’B), main room Disco Dave (upfront dance and chart) free entry.
Moko Lounge, Drop Out house night.
Rehab nightclub, two floors of music: Top Floor : Bottom of the Bottle ROCK NIGHT, with Dj Trev ‘til 4am.Downstairs: Dance music with Dj Wayne & James. Free entry.
Guardians EP launch at a secret venue. Who knows?
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 6th July
Blues Bar, live all day: TBC 3pm, TBC 6pm & The Matt Goldberg Band 9pm.
Empress on the stray, Pub quiz every week.
Rehab nightclub, Dj Trev’s Sunday Social.
Viper Rooms. Peek-a-Boo R’n’B night.
Hales Pub, live acoustic night.
Fat Badger, Cold Bath Road, Pub Quiz.
MONDAY 7th July
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 8th July
The Blues Bar live music with Raoky, 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.
WEDNESDAY 9th July
The Harlow Pub “Midweek Madness” pub quiz with Dj Tim Paul.
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 .
NOT The usual SHAMELESS SELF PROMOTION
Dj Trev’s BIG Literary ting
The Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival (which is in itself part of the Harrogate International Festival) is coming to town for the 17th to the 20th of July. Here are some of the main highlights, plus something that seemed like a good idea when I agreed to it some time ago, whilst possibly drunkened by strong liquors.
J.K. Rowling in conversation, on writing as Robert Galbraith at The Royal Hall. (Tickets SOLD OUT); Lynda LaPlante book signing and in conversation at a prestigious mystery town center venue. (Tickets £13); Peter May, author of the “Lewis” series, in conversation with Anne of Cleves, presumably talking about her time as one of wives of Henry VIII. (Tickets £12); Best selling author Mark Billingham doing a crime quiz; DCI Banks’ star actor Stephen Tompkinson in conversation with author Peter Robinson at the St. Georgre Hotel.(Tickets £15)
….. and me, Dj Trev (plus his Holmes) sitting Oxfam Bookstore Window dressed as Doctor Watson, reading books and looking at the evidence against him. (Strangely, this is a non-ticket free event).
If you have any listings you can message me on facebook, though please allow me time to reply as I will have to wade through the tones of messages from hot single girls asking me to leave them alone. This is also a good way to get in touch if you want to cunningly trick me into doing something bizarre for charity, such as sitting in a shop window for 3 days dressed as Dr. Watson. I’m not really sure HOW that is going to raise money for charity, perhaps there will be some stocks and you can pelt me with rotten fruit; frankly that would be an improvement on the majority of feedback I get for my output, still, I’m told with certainty that I will get free Latte’s all day, so that’s a start.
Thanks for reading, drink responsibly and don’t be loose with your affections.
Trev x x x