Gig Scene June 30-July 6

'POST rock' band iLIKETRAINS have gone from strength to strength since blowing out all the power halfway through their headlining slot at Charm at the Blues Bar in May.

The moody and loud five-piece, who record for leading indie label Fierce Panda, had their recent single Terra Nova played on several national radio shows, including Radio 1, XFM and 6Music.

iLIKETRAINS, whose mini-album Progress Reform has just been released, also toured France where they shared the stage with the infamous Brian Jonestown Masscare.

Known for their award-winning videos, their latest one was shown on MTV 2 plus the Times, The Sun and the NME also seem to like them (but who cares about that?!).

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Incidentally, thinking back, to the Charm night, the Blues Bar repaired the entire electrics system within 24 hours to make sure live music continued at the venue!

THE excellent series of top tribute acts hosted by RipleyBlues’ continues tonight, Friday at Ripley Town Hall with Blondie/Debbie Harry tribute act Once More Into The Bleach. (Tickets 9/7).

Looking further ahead,tickets for the George Fame date on November 23 have just gone on sale. Support comes from Sam Payne and tickets cost 17 members, 22 non-members.

RipleyBlues is ealso xpanding beyond its Ripley Town Hall home to put r’n’b acts on at Coopers in Guiseley and members will be entitled to a huge range of discounts and offers for gigs at Coopers.

Tickets for all RipleyBlues gigs can be purchased on or by sending a cheque payable to Ripley Blues and s.a.e. to Andy Herrington, 1 Foundry Gardens, Knaresborough HG5 8BB.

PANICK! Monday is the apt name for Harrogate’s biggest punk and metal gig of the year.

Next Monday’s night of live metal/punk etc at Cardinal Sins nightclub stars the incredibly heavy Danish progressive hard core band The Psyke Project who’re taking time out of their European tour to visit little ol’ Harrogate.

Organised by DJ Trev of Taking Back Tuesday and Bottle of the Bottle fame, the other bands on this amazing bill should please fans of proper thrash, metal, punk and emo.

Supporting The Psyke Project whose last album Daikini was reportedly stunning (I was too scared to listne to it!), will be **** With Fire (of NYHC fame), Drowned in Flames (melodic post hardcore) and Your Fatal Error (emo thrash).

Doors open 10pm-3am next Monday, July 3 and entry costs 3.50.

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MORE bands have been announced for the three-day Thornborough Music Festival, which will be held at a farm close to Grewelthorpe (near Masham) from July 14-16.

Among the new acts are top Leeds art rockers Farming Incident who will be playing the Pumpleton Sonic Landscaping stage on Saturday, July 15 at 1pm approx.

Among the other host of live acts are Paul Middleton, Vatican Jet, Fran Rogers, Karl Culley, The Sloths, Ben Wetherill, Toyshelf, PTSFP, Bass Culture Soundsystem, Croak Ditch, Lyn Geddes and Purple Mushrooms.

The first day of the festival will be mainly DJs while the Saturday and Sunday will see three stages of live bands hosted by Pumpleton Sonic Landscaping, Ripon City Music and FIRE maestro Allan Smyth.

Everyone attending must be a member of Henge Warriors, which is free. The festival will cost 10.00 and tickets/membership can be obtained from the orgainsers’ website or be bought from Ripon City Music in Ripon and Rock Steady Music in Harrogate.

“We are still looking for fringe acts for the festival” said organiser Matty Jacobs, “there are still slots for sponsors and in addition we need volunteers to help set up and run the festival”.


HARROGATE’S award-winning Blues Bar has popular rock band Knievel playing live tonight, Friday, June 30.

Other gigs at the Blues Bar this week include mellow jazz funk from Groovelicious on Sunday afternoon and a funky rapper from Canada called Green Tara next Wednesday, July 3 .

The Blues Bar also welcomes back its favourite son Jason Feddy at the end of July, which is a ticket-only event.

IT seems we got a little bit over-excited about the opening of the new HMV record store in Harrogate.

Located on Cambridge Street, our sources told us Journey South were to perform their new single at the shop’s opening last week but workmen were stilll bevearing away inside the shop when last week’s Harrogate Advertiser Series went to press.

HMV joins Music Zone as the second dedicated rock music shop in town.

TWO classy singer-songwriter will brighten up The Old Courthouse in Thirsk shortly thanks to a new local events company, In The Dock.

Yorkshire-born Roger Davies and Devon-raised Dan Arborise will play acoustically in the Thirks venue’s intimate confines on Wednesday, July 19.

Roger’s latest single Northern Trash sounds like a mix of Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen and George Formby”

Dan has a captivating voice with shades of John Martyn and Nick Drake. His debut album Around In Circles is released on August 7 on Just Music.

It’s a bit of a coup for the new events company securing these two for such a small location.

It’s the brainchild of local mum Kate Webster-Jones who has extensive experience of the music biz in London, having managed the likes of Mike Scott from The Waterboys, Beth Orton and Republica.

Tickets are available from Kate at In The Dock Productions on 01845 595152 or from White Rose Books in Thirsk Market Place.

INDIE-pop band The Call who’ve become regular fixtures on Radio 2 and BBC’s Raw Talent in the last year, are back in their home town of Ripon tonight, Friday, June 30 for a show at The Royal Oak.

THE live band at the Rat & Parrot in Harrogate next Thursday, July 6 are the Red Hot Chilli Beans (a Red Hot Chilli Peppers tribute band, obviously).

CARDINAL Sins nightclub in Harrogate continues to support live rock music with its Live @ 11 slot tonight, Friday with truly excellent indie band Tigerbomb led by Danny Webster.

Bands are still sought to play Cardinal Sins. If you’d like to appear at the venue, please email

GOOD time covers outfit The Alison Raven Band will be delivering modern classics by the likes of KT Tunstall and Madonna this Saturday, July 1 at The Skipton in Harrogate.

The band’s wider range of styles also includes rock,. pop and 70s funk disco.

ACOUSTIC music fans should get themselves along to the Little Wonder in Harrogate on Wednesdays for the weekly Acoustic Jam session hosted by Ian Smith.

Their live band tomorrow, Saturday, July 1 are Medicine Men, who specialise in folk pop rock.

There’s also a new karaoke night each Wednesday from 8.30pm and don’t forget, the weekly Jam Night is still happening every Sunday from 8pm hosted by Jim Tomlinson.

PLAYING the Worlds End in Knaresborough tonight, Friday, June 30 are the Dan Webster Band while this Saturday sees The Angie Shaw Band live.

RIPON’S Magdalens plays host to The Fog tomorrow, Saturday, July 1.

This retro rock covers band play tracks all the way from the 60s to the present day from The Who, The Jam, Oasis and the Scissor Sisters.

ROCK n roll keeps rollin’ along at High Royds Sports & Social Club in Menston with another Rock n Roll Dance Night this Friday, June 30.

The live band is the Class of 58 while DJ Flashback Billy spins the classic platters. Doors open at 7.30pm and admission is 6. You can now drive straight to the club through the Bingley Road entrance as the alterations are complete.

GUITAR wizard Adam Gauton plays live at Kork’s Piano Lounge in Otley this Saturday, July 1. Entry costs 4. For tickets, tel 01943 462020.

HARROGATE Youth Jazz Orchestra have continues with the Grassington Festival at 10am tomorrow, Saturday, July 1 and a concert the same day at Harrogate Grammar School in memory of Tom Mansfield.

HARROGATE Jazz Club continues its successful run at The Harwood in Pannal next Tuesday.

THE Harrogate Brasserie’s jazz weekly series continues tonight, Friday, June 30 when there’s easy listening sounds from the Bob Mason Trio. This Sunday the live act is the DBK Duo, a guest singer accompanied by guitarist Darren Dutson.

We also hear that Sharon Colgan is now appearing with Simon appear at the Brasserie every Thursday.

THE live act at the latest Jazz in the Spa event in the Trustees Hall in Boston Spa tomorrow, Saturday are The Watermelon Men.

Entry costs 6, doors open 7.30pm, bring your own bottle. Visit

LIVE music returns to Leeds Jazz Club at Upper & Lower Wortley Liberal Club next Tuesday, July 4 when the live act are the Jim Wilkes Stompers.

SACRED Ledge, semi-finalists in the recent Stray FM Knock Out Rock Out competition, have reached the regional final of the UK Battle of the Bands organised by Emergenza.

The big night takes place at Leeds University’s Stylus night on Sunday, July 16.

For tickets costing 9, email Norm: or phone 07835496679.

IT turns out American power-pop band Fooled by April, who’s first-ever CD release in the UK is available only at The British Heart Foundation Book and Music Shop in Harrogate (!), are doing pretty well in their home country.

Sounding a bit like Jet and The Strokes meets The Cars, one of Fooled by April’s tracks has recently been featured in ABC’s promotion for its new TV launches and the band also appeared at the South by Southwest Festival in Texas.

This four-piece’s impressive 13-track eponymous albumis selling for 3 with all proceeds going to the charity thanks to 61-year-old superfan Charles Page who fell in love with this upbeat band’s music by internet and sought out the band to give their music some exposure over here.

HARROGATE’s longest standing (just!) alt dance act 601 are making one of their occasional step forwards.

It all sounds good for Sam and George as their recent track Five0 was chosen by Jay Cunning as the unsigned track of the week on Kiss100 Breaks Show on Kiss FM.

That turns out to to be a bit of a misnomer as 610 now appear to have been signed to Epidemic Recordings run by Influenza.

The boys are also currently working on a couple of 601 remixes for release shortly.

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PROMISING Harrogate-based indie rock-pop band The Reckoning are looking for a new drummer. If you think you fit the bill, please talk to Colin by emailing:

IF you’re a fan of well-crafted contemporary, folk-influenced acoustic sounds, Chris Milner now has his own website where you can find out more about him and what his latest live dates are.


THE Friday the 13th Singers and Musicians Night for folk enthusiasts takes place at The Empress in Harrogate on the third Friday of each month, says Bob Barker.

Ray Black launches his Friday 13th Folk Concerts on Friday, September 22with a show by The Witches of Eslwick at The Empress in Harrogate on Friday, September 22.

Tickets will be 8 available from Ray Black, 49 Electric Avenue, Harrogate. HG1 2BB. Telephone: 01423 502875. Email:


NORTH Yorkshire-based poppy punk band Education (not Educated as yours truly put it last week!) follow up their recent terrific three-track demo with a properly recorded single.

The single will feature two songs, Cool As You and Charles.

ART-ROCK four-piece Nothing will be hosting a different line-up monthly at The Atrium from September, the first Harrogate band I can remember doing a residency in the city.

IT’S all gone a bit quiet on the revised date for the postponed RG*8, the major charity concert in the mighty Harrogate International Centre.

It’s supposed to be back rearranged, however, and co-organisers Mark Thomlinson and Geoff Small are hopeful that Glen Matlock will still appear as the ex-Sex Pistol has kindly agreed to work with them on a new date.

But Knievel aren’t available for the new date and there’s been no firm word on the line-up yet.

The aim of the concert is to raise 25,000 to be split between Harrogate Hospital, Saint Michael's Hospice, Harrogate Grammar School, Rossett School, St Peter's Primary School and Harrogate Rugby Club Juniors.

Thomlinson said: “All tickets purchased will still stand and be valid on the new date.”


GREAT news for folk fans!

Friday the 13th Folk Club is being resurrected with a a new format.

It had seemed this Harrogate institution’s days were over when co-organiser Ray Black called it quits last December but he’s back with a new series of gigs - The Friday 13th Folk Concerts.

The first show is headlined by The Witches of Eslwick at The Empress in Harrogate on Friday, September 22. A fabulous female harmony singing group who are as funny as they are musical, they will be supported by Damien Barber who is normally a headline act in his own right.

Tickets will be 8 available from Ray Black, 49 Electric Avenue, Harrogate. HG1 2BB. Telephone: 01423 502875. Email:


RIPON Acoustic Club happens fortnightly in The Golden Lion in Allhallowgate in Ripon hosted by Lyn Geddes from 8.30pm.

All welcome. Free entry.

BREATHING Space have a new member.

The York area band, formed by Iain Jennings, formerly keyboard player with well-known prog rock band Mostly Autumn, now have a new guitarist in the shape of Mark Rowen, formerly of Some Caught Napping.

It’s all a result of the popularity of Iain’s solo album Breathing Space which led to his split with autumn and the formation of this new band which also features Olivia Sparnenn (vocals), Paul Teasdale (bass), Ben Jennings (keyboards) and Andrew Jennings (drums).

The band plan to make their live debut in July, hopefully with appearances in Harrogate and York.

VETERAN Harrogate-based pianist Derry Jones is about to form an easy listening duo in the cause of smooth jazz.

Derry, who’s seen and done most things musically in his time, emailed Gig Scene to remind us of the time when he was nominated pianist of the evening at the Inter-Universities Jazz Contest in the early days of his career before he met the likes of Big Bill Broonzy, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGee and Muddy Waters.

We can’t say exactly when this momentous event was but, put it this way, it was before boogie-woogie supremo Derry played The Cavern in Liverpool which was BEFORE The Beatles made it world-famous!

Incidentally, it’s now 10 years since that other great keyboard player, his son Gwyn, sadly died.

MOKO, formerly Po Na Na, seems to be committed to the Harrogate live rock scene.

Each Tuesday it’s hosting an indie/alternative event called Lost @ Moko which will promote live bands of all persuasions – indie/emo/pun/hardcore/blues/rock/jazz/funk.

The regular DJ is fresh from is own night in Lancaster called Toast.

AFTER the shock news at Harrogate Theatre, a petition campaign has been launched to bring back live music to the Stalls Bar.

Harrogate Theatre pulled the plug suddenly on all live music in this cosy basement venue. Promoters Pumpleton Sonic Landscaping have been left high and dry and without a musical home by the sudden withdrawal of the theatre’s support.

PSL’s Mark Ellis is encouraging everyone to sign a petiton to get music back in the Stalls Bar.

Visit http//,/psl/petition.html

NORTHALLERTON area folk/rock band The Plug have a new video which you can view by visiting their website at