The calm after the metaphorical storm (the actual storm is still kicking off outside as I write this)
After a mental couple of weeks I am more or less caught up on the day to day business of being a dj: my various dirty old waistcoats are cleaned and pressed, I’ve bought some cool new music that I won’t get to play and have plenty of rubbish records by Rihanna and Beyonce ready for the hen parties.
I’ve had a really awesome couple of weeks, which started with the Harrogate Big Bike Bash.
As my role at that involved opening things up on a grey Friday afternoon, a rainy Saturday lunchtime and a hazy and far too early in the god-damned-morning Sunday morning, I got the full range of DJ experience. I got to take the field from actually one man and his dog in the rain through to 8,000+ people on the sunny Saturday afternoon, with another thousand people riding their bikes and loads of people watching them. Overall I would say between 8,000 and 12,000 people we involved in some way over the weekend which is a great result, and whilst there a couple of teething problems I certainly hope the event will happen again. Certainly the soft start on the Friday was a strange experience, I’ve never warmed up for Paddington Bear before, but in the end about 800 people watched the film whilst I made the crossing to my nighttime gig in Manchester, which made for a nice family atmosphere (the film showing, not my drive to Manchester; there was someone in my car swearing like a sailor at the other motorists on the road… but then, they shouldn’t hog the middle land and annoy me so).
Saturday was the big day really and by peak time the whole event village was full, the sun was out and I got to play some nice party tunes in-between some mad-decent artists. I was only sad I had to leave at 4pm really. Likewise on Sunday, whilst it was a bit more laid back (once the church bells had finished waking up god) it was a really nice day and cool event to be a part of. There is already talk of next year; certainly a forum to coordinate with town center traders is a good idea and is on the table, plus a family orientated headline act, but really at a first run, I think the Big Bike Bash was a great success and I met and worked with some great people who I am really looking forward to working with again!
A week after that I played at the Lightwater Valley Country Festival. This was slightly smaller than 8,000 people but was almost as much fun; I never thought I would be announcing things like “the sheep show” and by the time I was presenting the second Donut Eating contest of the weekend I couldn’t have been more Alan Partridge if I was originally from Norwich, middle aged with a girlfriend much younger than me… Over that weekend I saw a load of artists who I have never seen before and whilst it feels tight to pick out just one for you to check out, if I list a load of them you’ll just switch off… so I am gonna go for the youngest band as the kids need help from us in the older generation; at the end of the day, they are the future an I require them to make good music for my retirement. BackYard Bisons (https://www.facebook.com/BackyardBisons) are a very contemporary sounding band, with elements of folk, classical harmonies and hints of Kate Bush-weirdism that at their best moments really create something beautiful. To pick them out isn’t to diminish any of the other acts I saw over the weekend, they are really interesting and they shone out from an ace array of acts that were expertly chosen, so I’d like to thank Rufus Beckett (who runs the regular Friday nights at Henshaws and all the live events there) for helping me be a part of it and coming up with such a good line up.
Speaking, as I was, about the next generation and me retiring, the future of DJing in these parts, Rory Hoy, has recently recorded a show for the legendary Craig Charles for what is rapidly becoming my favorite digital radio station, 6music. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05zpt3z#auto is a link to it but there are only a few days left to listen to it before it is lost to the ether. If you haven’t yet seen Rory DJ he is wicked, both technically and with his selection of tunes, so check him out now as his trajectory is up, whilst my trajectory is trajic.
This Friday Retro Bar, who always push the boundaries, are hosting a Grime night. A Grime Night! In Harrogate!
Called “Low End” this is one of those nights that I frequently hear people saying “needs to happen in Harrogate” so it is VITAL people who say “Harrogate needs a…” go and actually support this! It is bold promoters putting on something really underground, and these type of nights are hard work and will only run if people support them. Get involved if bass music and the UK underground bass scene in general is your thing. Or alternately you could sit on facebook complaining that no one represents the underground round here and there is nothing to do; that’s really helpful.
Finally, FEVA festival is rapidly approaching. This is a really great community arts and performance based festival that happens every year in and around Knaresborough. Last year I managed to attend several events and was involved in the Pic-nic in the park which is always a highlight of the year, so check out http://feva.info for all the information, over the next couple of weeks I will pick out some hightlights I think particularly worth checking out. I will, of course, give an unbalanced amount of column inches to the events that I am involved in, so that is something for you to look forward to.
Next week’s column will be about Scarecrows, as there is currently a Scarecrow Trail up at the Pinewoods (www.pinewoodsconservationgroup.org.uk) and I am making one as one of the stands has been left empty by a late cancellation, so go have a look at the scarecrows now before I spoil the trail with mine that will offensive to the eyes, ears and quite possibly even noses of passers by. It’s what I do.
Cheers for reading, and here’s the listings for this week and beyond. Trev x x x
Saturday 4th July
Blues Bar, The Jed Thomas Blues Band.
Viper Rooms, Birthday Party with Angel Lee & Neil Jaques upstairs, Harvey Westwood Downstairs. Door charge applies, or contact the venue for guestlist before 11pm.
Moko Lounge, Main Room DJ Max Czernic playing upfront house, electro and disco. Door charge applies, or contact the venue for guestlist before 11pm.
Rift & Co. Entourage Saturday Session.
Rehab nightclub, two floors of music: Top Floor : Rock Party Scissors 10pm ‘til 4am.Downstairs: Electricity upfront dance night, doors open 8pm with Pop & Dance music from Djs Wayne & James. Free entry.
Sunday 5th July
10 Devonshire Place; Quiz night, live music round from Jonny Skinner, questions and idiocy from Dj Trev, free entry
Blues Bar, full day of live music with Free entry. Dave Formula & The Finks in the afternoon, TBC in the evening and the Matt Goldberg Band in the night time. VERY approximate, obviously.
Retro Bar, open deck social.
Viper Rooms. Peek-a-Boo R’n’B night.
Hales Pub, live acoustic night.
Fat Badger, Cold Bath Road, Pub Quiz.
Monday 6th July
The Harlow Inn, Otley road, Pub Quiz.
Rift & Co. 50% off all food until 9pm.
So! Bar, Otley Road, Pub Quiz.
Blues Bar, fully hosted fully entertaining open mic session, hosted by Pete Oliver.
Moko Lounge nightclub, Karaoke.
Tuesday 7th July
Coach and Horses Pie and Peas night with proceeds to Martin’s House Children’s Hospice.
The Tap n’ Spile pub, folk night.
The Cross Keys Pub, Knaresborough, 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.
Rift & Co. Bar, “Rift-Raff” (taking over back to rev) as the Tuesday industry session Toby Skinner plus guests. 50% off drinks 8pm til close.
Blues Bar, swamp Candy live.
Wednesday 8th July
The Den, Salsa; beginners 7.30pm, intermediate 8.30pm, social dancing 9.30pm £5 per class, two classes for £8
The Blues Bar, live music from the Paul Middleton Angst band .
10 Devonshire Place, The Residents Association; acoustic night with regular performers and guests. This week: Special guest local hero Biz Denton
Rehab Nightclub, Dj Jaye Selway
Moko Lounge, Dj Max Czernic’s request night.
Thursday 9th July
10 Devonshire Place; Funk n’ Fodder, with Martin Dodsworth supplying the full-fat-funk tunes and Jamaican Street Food from Jah Zipper. 10% off at Bar for CAMRA members
Blues Bar, The Resonators Live.
Rehab Nightclub, Flexorama with Dj Tex
Viper Rooms, YOLO Club night.
Christies Pub, Sean McGrath’s Pub quiz.
Rift & Co. JagerRocks – £1 jager bombs all night
Friday 10th July
Retro Bar, Low End, Grime and Bass night.
Blues Bar, Crosscut Saw live, free entry.
Rift & Co. Live lounge from 6pm til 9pm, then Dj Tex brings the weekend from 9pm.
Moko Lounge, #Fridays.
Rehab Nightclub, “Electro Circus” dance Night.
Saturday 11th July
Wetherby Engine Shed, 80s School Disco.
Wednesday 15th July
10 Devonshire Place, Residents association presents Chris Helme of The Seahorses live. Free entry.
Friday 17th July
The Den, Majesty live, free entry.
Saturday 18th July
Henshaw’s Knearesborough, Highway to Hull, AC/DC tribute plus support from Modern Day Dukes.
The Den, Latin Fever salsa party.
Sunday 19th July
Major Tom’s Social, Geek Pub Quiz
Thursday 23rd July, 10 Devonshire Place, Scrabble Clud Yorkshire Cup. Register 6.30pm kick off 7pm with real trophies!
Thursday 30th July
Curzon Theatre Ripon, Geek movie Quiz.
10 Devonshire Place, Reggae, Rum n’ Records with Martin Dodsworth, bringing to a close the 2 month residency of Jamaican Street Food, bidding Jah Zipper a fond farewell until next time!
Friday 31st July
Henshaws Knaresborough, Friday Night Mix with Greenshaw’s MoodHook plus support.
Saturday 1st August
The Project at The Den. Help The Homeless charity night with buskers.
Starbeck working Mens Club, Northern Soul, Motown and Ska night with DC (Teenage Kicks Soundsystem)
Sunday 2nd August
Fairytale Family Day at Henshaws
Tuesday 4th August
Curtis Eller’s American Circus at The Blues Bar.
14th August – 23rd August
Henshaws Knaresborough, Urban Beach with a host of live events.
Henshaws Urban Beach, Saturday Night Feva, hosted by Lily la Belle
Monday 17th August
Henshaw’s Knaresborough, “Dj Trev presents Porkies Prime Cuts, vinyl only open deck(chair) beach party / Tropical Beach Cocktail”, whatever that is.
Saturday 22nd August
Knaresborough House, FEVA Pic-Nic in the Park. All day open air music party. Dj Trev plus four live bands, free entry BYO Pic-Nic
Sunday 23rd august
Henshaws Knaresborough, Craft Fair ont’ Beach.
Saturday 5th September
Harrogate Ladies College (Sports Centre) Spa Town Roller Girls National Championship Fixture. Full contact sports with commentators, DJ and refreshments.
11th to 13th September
Release The Hounds poetry and spoken word festival, Knaresborough.
Wednesday 14th October, 10 Devonshire Place, Tom Hingley (Inspiral Carpets 1989 – 2011) Live. Free Entry.
Saturday 17th October
Fighting Epondymoma’s annual Huge rock gig!
1st Sunday of the Month, Cross Keys in Knaresborough David Cranes Teenage Kicks Soundsystem presents “The Sunday Soul Selection”, an afternoon of Sweet Soul Music.
1st Tuesday of the month, Major Tom’s Social “Craft Club”. Art attack for grownups!
2nd Sunday of the month, Major Tom’s Social, Dj Scoobies Big Band Selections.
2nd Sunday of the month, 10 Devonshire Place, Folk afternoon.
3rd Wednesday of the month, Tap & Spile “Poems Prose & Pints” spoken word group.
Last Friday of the month, Jakes Café Bar, Oxford Road, Wine Club.
Fortnightly Tuesdays, 10 Devonshire Place, harrogate Story Tellers in the back room.
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If I don’t know about your night, please don’t send me a message telling me off for not listing it.
Trev x x x