Dj Trev’s guide to dark nights rising and darker nights with Riesling.
So last week I was feeling a touch sorry for myself. I’d lost a nights work and I kind of went on about it; almost to the point where I thought “no one is going to want to read this”…. Then I realised that was already the case so to hell with it and I carried on venting my spleen like an enraged drunk shouting at the sky. They do say it’s good to get things off your chest (ladies, bra’s, etc etc) and that was definitely the case with me as after writing the column I went on to have perhaps the best 4 days of the year so far. Naturally therefore, I am sorely tempted to try and stick with that trend by just turning this column into a Trev-whinge-fest (I realize some of you already thought that was what it was) in the hopes my run of good fortune continues…
BUT, try as I might, I can’t really find much to complain about as this week. It so far has been thoroughly enjoyable for me and, as importantly, the coming 7 days are a total doddle to write about (Please note, normal miserable service will return as scheduled next week) :
The reason it’s easy to write about is because I’ve a night on with the amazing NYHC crew. Regular readers will not think that is particularly unusual, indeed you may well now be bracing yourself for me to give it a disproportionate amount of coverage, whilst trying to camouflage it with faintly ironic references to how uneven handed I am being; however THIS week’s event is for charity, so really I can go on and on and on about it as much as I like and there’s not a damn negative thing you can think!
Ok, you CAN actually still THINK stuff like: “here he goes again, lining his own pocket, how many Star Wars themed Ivory Back scratchers does one man need?” but if were to think that you would be wrong, as ALL the door proceeds (the only money I usually get my grubby hands on) from this Sundays Bottom of the Bottle will be split between Cancer research & Brain Tumor research. All the bands that are playing – and there are 5 (F.I.V.E.) of them – are playing for free, Sy “Connive” the photographer and Ozzy the sound tech are giving up their time for free too, so I shouldn’t REALLY have to give this the big hard sell.
Nevertheless I will.
We do one with the NYHC guys around about this time each year with them running the bands section of the night, and they’ve really pulled out the stops. Headlining are F**k With Fire who, as well as having a rude name, have got some great tunes and a loyal fan base of people who will hug everyone, wave their hands in the air and sing every word; before them are Reputed who have swiftly built up a strong following, plus Pseudonympho who do their best to put people off liking them by being louder than 10 Armageddons. Hung are a new outfit opening the night who I think will be well worth turning up early for; however it is only fair to say that a lot of the buzz about this gig is about the band who are on second, called Death of the Sun. That’s because they are the new project of some of the Harrogate Heavy Scene’s leading lights, thinkers, tinkers and drinkers… I’ve purposely not listened to any of the songs they’ve been leaking onto the net, cos I want to see them live before I decide that they are without a doubt my favorite band and that I was into them before you were. Doors for all this open at 8pm and we party til 3am; it is, as mentioned, 3 quid to get in and it’s going to charity so please don’t try blagging it in for free by saying “I know that Dj Trev, I punched him in his self-promoting face once for not playing a song for me and he say’s its cool for me to get in for free so I can have another crack” as that almost certainly won’t work.
If you don’t fancy it heavy on Sunday, there is also a new night starting on Sundays, down at Hales Bar. It’s an acoustic night with Ghost town Soldier & Ade Payne. I was in Hales the other week and it really is a cracking pub, so this will be a nice addition to Sunday nights and is set to run every week.
Still on Sunday, the Blues Bar has a triple bill of bands, during the day and into the evening, starting with Vintage in the afte, whilst in the evi Pips & Hell Fire Jack play; The Alexandra pub still has it’s Sunday Soundcheck every week… Look, basically what I am saying is there are plenty of things to do on Sunday if you fancy live music, so get out there and support it. If you don’t like live music – that’s fine, I’m not judging you, that is for God and to a lesser extent, NME to do – there are also plenty of other nights; check out the listing for Sunday and see the numerous pub quizzes and R’n’B nights and what have you. Or you could stay in and watch, I dunno, songs of praises or something. But remember, that technically counts as live music and – hey – what if you’ve picked the wrong god? Every week you are just making him more and more angry.
In other sacrelicious areas, Christmas is coming and I meandered up Cold Bath Road recently and noted with ever mounting joy at how nice an area that is becoming. Seriously, if you’ve not been up that way in a bit there is a load of cool little shops selling the type of thing you won’t find on e-bay, plus some decent coffee shops and that for when you need a rest. Alas, I had no money on me (just because I’ve been in a good mood this week doesn’t mean people have started paying me simply for smiling when I walk down the street… If anything, it seems to make them more suspicious of me) but I had a browse and got some great ideas for my Christmas list (NB: I do actually mean MY Christmas list, not other peoples, they will get what they are given. As for me, I have a list of megalomaniac like demands, each gift more elaborate than the last. But listen, if you don’t want to be friends with me you don’t have to get me anything. Seriously. I’ll still probably brake if I see you crossing the road).
I know I kind of went on about Sunday, but there’s actually a whole bunch of live music on this Friday too, from Dan Burnett at Christies and Gav Dickson at The Den, to
the whole entire MG Band playing Monteys, or for something much more mainstream, some dude from X-factor at Vipers. So, whilst it is no doubt a bit nippy out there, there will be a bunch of places all this weekend with a good atmosphere and nice things happening in. Why not stick on that ironic Christmas jumper you bought a couple of weeks early and head out there. If you are single, you never know, you might still find someone to take you to disneyland in time for Christmas. Or if you are in a happy relationship, you will have all the entertainment that is watching single people scrabble around at ten to 3 in the morning for someone not covered in sick.
Here are this week’s ACTUAL LISTINGS:
THURSDAY 21st November
Viper Rooms Nightclub, Y.O.L.O. R’n’B night..
Rehab Nightclub, 2 floors, free entry, £2.50 drinks all night with Dj Tex
Blues Bar, Live music with The Dan Burnette Band, Free entry
The Alexandra, Live music, free entry.
Christies Bar, Pub quiz with Sean McGrath.
FRIDAY 22nd November
Montey’s Rock Cafe, MG Band live.
The Den, live music with Gav Dickson, 8pm, free entry.
Christies Bar, live music from Dan Burnett.
Viper Rooms, X-Factor Finalist Sam Callaghan. Entry £5 or £8 VIP meet & Greet.
Retro Bar, Geek pub quiz with bonus dr who round.
Rehab Nightclub, “Electro Circus” dance Night downstairs. Upstairs Dj’s James Jaymal, Elliot Bowman & Gregory Metcalf, House, Techno & Drum n’ Bass. Plus Gavin
Dickson acoustic, 10pm.
Grape & Graze, Acoustic Night with Aaron Bertenshaw, biz denton, Toby, James Hughes + more.
The Blues Bar, live music from The Mighty Revolators. Free entry.
Moko Lounge nightclub, “Frat house Party”.
SATURDAY 23rd November
Grape & Graze, live music every Saturday, 8.30pm. Followed by Dj Paul Brez.
The Blues Bar, live music with The Jed Thomas Blues Band, free entry.
Moko Lounge nightclub, “Risque”, 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, Chart & house music, Dj Jay Collins upstairs, downstairs Dj Angel Lee playing guilty pleasures and feel good music, free entry before 11pm.
Christies Pub, Sean McGrath’s Cheesy disco, free entry.
SUNDAY 24th November
Rehab Nightclub, Bottom of the Bottle & NYHC annual C.E.T.A. & Cancer research party. £3 entry, all to charity. 5 bands & That Dj Trev, 8pm til 3am.
Hales Bar, acoustic night with Ghost town Soldier & Ade Payne.
The Empress on the Stray, pub quiz.
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 in the afternoon from Vintage and in the evening from Pips & Hell Fire Jack. Free Entry.
Fat Badger , Cold Bath Road, Pub Quiz.
MONDAY 25th November
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 26th November
Zoso Bar, Union Street, Electro Jam, open decks sesh.
The Tap n’ Spile pub, folk night.
The Blues Bar, acoustic session, 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 27th November
Rehab nightclub, Dj Pieman& his sinister apprentice Max Czernik playing party music.
The Blues Bar, live music from the Paul Middleton Angst band .
SHAMELESS SELF PROMOTION
I’ve run out of ways to try and make the fact that I have some old mixes and radio style shows on mixcloud.com/djtrevuk and I’ve not really had anything interesting to say on my blog facebook.com/djtrevuk for some time now, as anyone who has read it will tell you. Nevertheless they are still there and will – if nothing else – eat up some time whilst you are waiting for your taxi to arrive to take you into town on Sunday, cos you ARE coming aren’t you?? Because I take rejection poorly. Almost as poorly as I write, blog and Dj.
Cheers for reading, drink responsibly and don’t be loose with your affections, Trev x x x