Following that headline, I’m now thinking about being on a horse. As a serious Journalist AND professional Disc Jockey, lets face it the chances are any horse I would be on would be a “high horse”. Frankly, the prospect of riding a stoned horse around as it lurches in an ungainly manner between petrol stations looking for munchies and talking about the cosmos is totally unappealing to me. I don’t know why you brought it up.
In my trusted roll as a serious journalist, when not tapping phones, hacking emails or trying to bait celebrities into assaulting me, I like to try and make note of events that are happening in the town. Naturally, as I am writing a guide to what’s on, that makes sense right? Unfortunately, since like most journalists I spend most of my time drunk, I often miss out on key details. To that end: I can tell you with some confidence that this Sunday there is a charity Fire Fighters Christmas Ball and Carol Concert. Unfortunately I cannot tell you where it is being held as the writing on the bit of paper I just found screwed up with the blue fluff at the bottom of my (bizarrely soggy) jeans pocket is barely legible at best. Thus I have no more info on the event, other than that I surmise it will be a good community event for a great cause, held at a lovely venue. But just don’t ask me where, or ask me for my sources.
There are however a couple of events that I DO know a little more about. One of them is the metal gig and club night I’m running on Sunday, so if you want to scroll through this paragraph you can, as it’s essentially just me selling my product. To try keep you interested however, I will cunningly insert the double barreled word “peregrine-falcon” somewhere in it. If you spot correctly where it has been inserted and leave a comment on facebook or something, you can win, er, a badge? This Sunday I am running Bottom of the Bottle’s Pereguin-Falcon Christmas Party at Rehab. There are 5 bands playing, all of whom are really good and very attractive, plus there are drinks offers on all night and I am djing until 3am. Now listen, it IS £3 to get in ok? That is because given the state of the music industry, records sales, holding account, HOLDING ACCOUNT? Blah blah where’s my money? It starts at 8pm.
Moving on to an event I’m not involved in, this Friday Lure Bar has a chap playing called Ghosts of Venice. I personally know Ghosts of Venice” (or “Ghosty V” as close friends are allowed to call him). He started Djing about 10 years after me and – just for fun now- lets compare our careers to see how he’s doing: I started Djing in Harrogate some years ago, my first paid gig was when I was 20, I dj’ed mainly in black and white and the biggest tune I dropped was “The Charleston”. I have continued doing that to date. Ghosts of Venice meanwhile similarly started Djing at about the age of 20 (in fact I actually believe his first paid gig was playing an event I organised and promoted). However, HIS biggest tune was a remix he had done of something much cooler than the stuff I was playing at that time. He played in and around Harrogate for under 2 years, before getting signed by Strictly Rhythm records, one of the coolest record labels on the planet. The song they signed got played lots on BBC Radio 1 by people like Pete Tong and Kissy Sellout. Around this time I did actually get to play a gig with Radio 1‘s Daniel P. Carter, however, this only spurred Ghosts of Venice on; so whilst I was feeling I’d at least achieved SOMETHING, he moved to Chicago to open his own record label. For the last 4 years, he has been djing and hanging out with people like Armand van Helden, Derek Carter and Lil’ Louis Vega. I, meanwhile, dj’ed with 2 of the people of of Funeral for a Friend. They didn’t like me. Ghosts of Venice has released a slew of singles, plus remixes of HUGE names like Todd Terry and The Mighty Dub Katz, as well as compiling mixes for household names such as Hed Candi. Whilst he was, lets face it, wasting his time mucking about with dance music, I have done a series of mixes for Mixcloud.com/djtrevuk some of which have had over 6 listeners. In the live arena, Ghosts of Venice has played gigs in Poland, Russia, all over America and Japan. Let’s not get carried away though, as I like to travel also and in the last year alone I’ve attending gigs in Bridgend and Scarborough, to name but a few. So really as you can tell, we’ve got a lot in common, as I found out recently when I went for lunch with him (get this, I paid, oh yeah – I can afford two sandwiches sonnyjim) and we had a lovely catch up that was only made a little bit weird by the fact that I had to keep going to the toilet every 4 minutes to cry. So why not go down to Lure Bar this Friday to see what Ghosts of Venice is like. OR you could go there Tonight (Thursday) to watch me do a pub quiz…. On Friday Ghosts of Venice is supported by the excellent Dom Samba (who’s career is looking like it may well be as rocket fueled as Ghosts of Venice’s) and the jolly good Toby Skinner, whilst on Thursday my support act is the in house sound system that plays some songs before I start at 8pm. “Harmless fun” aside, go check out Ghosts of Venice on Friday, someone who’s done it the right way and deserves the success he’s had, this will be a night of quality house music and disco, I actually think ‘cos it’s a “homecoming” gig entry is free, but don’t quote me on that. Or anything.
Before I get on to the actual listings, for those of you who just skip that bit and go straight to google to see if you can find an amusing video of a monkey passing water, I have changed the format of my “shameless self-promotion” section at the bottom of the page and now it is NEW AND IMPROVED and 73% more shameless! Also there are a couple of weekly events that I’ve only just found out about, such as The Harwood Pub in Pannal’s quiz night on Wednesdays, plus a few things I’ve LITERALLY JUST found out as I’m about to send the piece in, that normally I would mention in this pre-amble ramble, but really I’ve got to go and write tonight’s quiz, which I will be presenting at Lure (shameless plug count 003) so please take the time to read this week’s ACTUAL LISTINGS, and be sure to have yourself a magical weekend of nearly Noel related funnage:
THURSDAY 12th December
Lure Bar, Quiz night with Dj Trev, 8pm £1 entry, free after quiz with Dj Trev playing foolhardy party music til 2am.
Viper Rooms Nightclub, “My Party” R’n’B night.
Rehab Nightclub, free entry, £2.50 drinks all night with Dj Tex.
Blues Bar, Live music with The Resonators, Free entry.
The Alexandra, Live music, free entry.
Christies Bar, Pub quiz with Sean McGrath.
FRIDAY 13th December
Lure Bar, Dj set from Ghost of Venice, plus Dom Samba & Toby Skinner.
The Groves Pub, Knaresborough, Live acoustic music from Liam Grey.
Christies Pub, live music from Biz Denton.
Viper Rooms, X-Factor Finalist Entry £5 or £8 VIP meet & Greet.
Rehab Nightclub, “Electro Circus” dance Night downstairs.
Grape & Graze, Acoustic Night with Aaron Bertenshaw, Toby, James Hughes + more.
The Blues Bar, live music from Thieving Lloyd Cole. Free entry.
Moko Lounge nightclub, “Frat house Party”.
SATURDAY 14th December
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, “Drop Out”, 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 Dj Angel Lee & The Legendary Neil Jaques playing tunes for upfront clubbing upstairs, Harvey Westwood downstairs, free entry before 11pm.
Christies Pub, Sean McGrath’s Cheesy disco, free entry.
SUNDAY 15th December
Somewhere, The Firefighters Christmas Ball and Carol Concert.
Rehab nightclub, Bottom of the Bottle Metal night and Gig. Live music from Fires Over Broadway, I Call Mutiny, Death of the Sun, Us Amongst the Rest & The Wilde. Followed by Dj Trev drinking and carrying on until 3am. Entry £3 drinks offers all night.
Pitcher & Piano, live music.
The Alexandra Pub, Live music at the Sunday Soundcheck acoustic night.
Viper Room’s Nightclub, Peek-a-Boo Urban night.
Blues Bar, live music from Matt Woosey in the Afternoon, Wooden Horse at teatime and Poplar Jake at night. Free Entry.
Hales Bar, live music from Ade Payne & Ghost town Soldier.
Fat Badger , Cold Bath Road, Pub Quiz.
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 17th December
Zoso Bar, Union Street, Electro Jam, open decks sesh.
The Tap n’ Spile pub, folk night.
Pitcher & Piano Re:Session cheap drinks night.
The Blues Bar, live music with Heymoonstalker, 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 18th December
Pitcher & Piano Quiz night from 8pm. Free for new teams or £1.50 PP.
Harwood Pub, Pannal, Quiz night.
Rehab nightclub, Dj Pieman playing party music.
The Blues Bar, live music from the Paul Middleton Angst band .
SHAMELESS SELF PROMOTION
I currently Dj Thursdays at Lure bar, running my quiz from 8pm, Fridays I’m in Leeds Electric Press Revolution, Saturdays I could be anywhere, sometimes I’m in Georgie’s Bar in Driffield, perhaps I’m back at The Den if that is open again, maybe you could see me playing a private party (if so, please don’t try talk to me, seriously, I charge EXTORTIONATE rates for those so like to look like I’m actually working), or I could be covering a gig at Rehab or Rev’s… more likely is that you’ll see me in the discount booze aisle of a local supermarket wondering how it all went wrong. And Sunday’s I’m at rehab, making it all go wrong. If you are planning ahead on how to avoid me over Christmas, on Christmas Eve I’m playing harrogate Revolution, and on New years Eve I’m upstairs at Rehab where it’s free to get in, as I’m not worth paying for.
Thanks for reading, drink responsibly and don’t be loose with your affections.
Trev x x x