Praise the makers of the Gregorian calendar! The depressing wet freeze yawnfest that is February is nearly over!
I don’t know if I read this somewhere – but is it true that people who are born in February are technically accursed evil spawn of the damned? Thinking about it my old exes birthday was in a month that began with M, I can’t remember which one, so maybe I just made that fact up.
Anyway, February is nearly over, the Spring equinox is getting to be more than just a blurry idea of warmth on the horizon and things are going to start looking up!
Already good things are afoot: This Friday see’s the return of Henshaw’s Arts and Crafts Centre’s “Friday Night Mix” – and fair play to them, they are setting out their stall with an excellent line up. Set Sails headline, who are like an awesome 90‘s grunge band but with a really hot lead singer. Support comes from Pips who are like an awesome early Red Hot Chillie Peppers but with a bizarre Brian Blessed voiced maniac lead singer. Also playing are Red Ocean Nectar, but I don’t really know them well enough to make any sexual suggestive / Brian Blessed remarks about them.. And there is an acoustic support. Fine. All proceeds from these nights go to the Henshaws society for the Blind and it is a great venue; they have a bar with liquors to drunken you and I think they do food when gigs are on too, but I’m not Dietitian so don’t take my word for that. Or indeed anything. Apart from that Hannah out of Set Sails is fit. That has the Cast Iron Dj Trev guarantee.
Speaking of fit, on Sunday there is a fun/fit/dance thing on called Zumbalicious. It’s ran by “Zumba with Ula” who is another fit woman I know (such is life) and for the uninitiated Zumba is a South American dance style, to crazy latin rhythms that you dance to lead by an instructor (indeed they have like 5 on the night so it keeps things interesting AND very energetic) and it always looks like a right good laugh. Regrettably I am not able to dance, as, as anyone who has seen me dance in Moko at 4.30am will know, I dance SO good that sometimes I make the world spin in the wrong direction and cause gay marriages and other things that the silly-bobs in UKIP think are natural disasters.
Into the future and NEXT week on Sunday Harrogate’s Battle of the Bands starts at Rehab. To be honest, if you read my output (facebook.com/djtrev etc) and are not already heartily sick of hearing about it, you probably will be by then, so instead I’m gonna talk about something that is on in Leeds in a few weeks.
I don’t usually cover Leeds stuff because, well, the website IS called Harrogate-news and Leeds has just plenty of those things. However this event has got some Harrogate DJ’s and promoters involved and I’ve worked with several of them and they are really cool. Indeed, if I wasn’t working in Leeds myself on Friday 8th March I would be going to REMEDY – Out of the Darkness. It’s at a place called the Beaverworks but the guys who put it on put so much effort into the decor of the night that the venue is largely irrelevant as the place gets completely transformed. Bam is playing in the hard techno room and I’ve DJ’ed with him before, he is a really good dj riding close to the hardcore /Hard Dance style, and headlining that room is a guy called Mark EG who has been a big name in the harder styles of dance music for a long time… I seem to recall seeing him at the Doncaster Warehouse when I was 18 but I may have been smoking banana skins at the time so that might not have happened. There are 4 different
rooms of dance music, including live bands and they go for the whole “festival vibe” with live fire performers and chill out lounges and all sorts of psychedelic idyllics. Definitely one for the harder dance crew, I reckon Remedy is worth the trip.
Also next month and further afield even than Leeds… Asomvel, Harrogate’s answer to Anvil, are supporting another great band called Grand Magus. They are most of their UK dates on the European tour: 12th March in Manchester, the 13th at the Voodoo Lounge in Dublin (Ok I realize I’m pushing it listing THAT on a Harrogate News website) and the 14th March in Wolverhampton. Grand Magus are an excellent Power Metal outfit. Asomvel, who many of you may just remember for having that big black weird TRUCK OF METAL that used to be parked up on Skipton road before Dj Pieman took it and drove it to Neverland (that is how I remember it going down, Banana skins again probably) are a great band who eat sleep and bleed Metal. It is quite quite traditional, when talking about them, to mention that they sound a bit like Motorhead, so I won’t bother, but this really looks like a good tour for headbangers and long haired muthers alike.
I feel I’ve written plenty for this week because, well, to be honest, I’m still in a bit of a mood with all of you as I didn’t get one, NOT ONE, Valentines Card. If you feel sufficiently bad about that, I would like to remind you that I play every Thursday at Lure Bar doing my “comedy” pub quiz, this Saturday I’m at the Den and Every Sunday I’m at Rehab too, and that wearable X-Wing helmets are available on Ebay from as little as £80 (plus postage and packaging).
THURSDAY 20th February
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, R’n’B night.
Rehab Nightclub, free entry, £2.50 drinks all night with Dj Tex.
Blues Bar, Live music with Scapegoat Kelly, Free entry.
The Alexandra, Live music, free entry.
Christies Bar, Pub quiz with Sean McGrath.
FRIDAY 21st February
Henshaws, Knaresborough, Set Sails, Pips, Red Ocean Nectar plus acoustic support.
Lure Bar, “Shuffle” Breakbeat, Funk & house night with Dj Toby Skinner. Free Entry.
Rehab Nightclub, “Electro Circus” dance Night downstairs.
The Blues Bar, live music from The Robin Robertson Band, Free entry.
Moko Lounge nightclub, “Frat house Party”.
SATURDAY 22nd February
The Blues Bar, live music with The Jed Thomas Blues Band, free entry.
The Den, Dj Trev’s weirdy rock, 80‘s and miscellaneous Saturday splash.
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 23rd February
Rehab nightclub, Zumbalicious Zumba Party from 8pm followed by a more general Sunday party night with Dj Trev from 10pm til late, Entry Charge for Zumba, free after.
Pitcher & Piano, live music, Free entry.
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 from Rodina in the afternoon, Ward Thomas around teatime and Adam Franklin at night.
Fat Badger , Cold Bath Road, Pub Quiz.
MONDAY 24th February
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, free entry.
Moko Lounge nightclub, Karaoke..
TUESDAY 25th February
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, acoustic session. Free entry.
Moko Lounge Nightclub, “Skint” main room upfront dance and electro, VIP Room Rock Box Rock night with 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 26th February
Pitcher & Piano Quiz night from 8pm. Free for new teams or £1.50 PP.
Rehab nightclub, Dj Pieman playing party music.
The Blues Bar, live music from the Paul Middleton Angst band .
SHAMELESS SELF PROMOTION
Thanks for reading, drink responsibly and don’t be loose with your affections.
Trev x x x