Happy birthday BoTB - and onto Crawl Day!

Play with Fire.
Play with Fire.

BY Graham Chalmers

HAPPY birthday to Bottom of the Bottle.

It’s this Harrogate rock institution’s nineth anniversary this Sunday under the trusty direction of DJ Trev who is marking this remarkable achievement with some special plans at Rehab bar.

This Sunday night’s BOTB not only has live bands like hardcore punkers New Aggressive Aethism, hard rockers Crave and black metallers Sanhedrin but also a cornucopia of entertainment from the likes of Ms Bella Peel’s Burlesque, the Sinister Dancers and Lit’ll B Magic’s upclose magic box. Not to forget Trev himself playing the finest in metal, punk, rock and alt dance floor.

Fancy dress of all kinds are welcome.

Trev is also back in action next Saturday, July 30 when Bottom of the Bottle plays its part in the second annual Fringe Crawl Day.

Featuring five town centre venues and 40-plus acts from Harrogate, Leeds and beyond, among the all-day live action will be Ryan Spendlove, (ex-Blueskins), Sketches, Oceans, Croak Ditch, Idle Maestro, Play With Fire, Dan Cope, Samantha Smith and much, much more.

The seperate stages see a punk all-dayer with North Yorkshire Hard Core at Rehab, two acoustic stages at Harrogate Theatre circle bar and Harlow Gata, Monteys Rock Cafe and, of course, the Blues Bar.

AN amazingly talented 15-year-old from Harrogate will be featured on BBC Radio York tomorrow, Saturday.

Electro-pop singer Robbilie Gilson has been writing lyrics since he was eight and now produces his own songs such as Mother Nature in conjunction with Iain Bolton and Sam Holdstock. You can catch him on the BBC Introducing Show from 6pm-7pm.

HARROGATE singer-songwriter James Sant and harmony vocalist Angeline Bjerregaard, (who’s playing the Womad festival later this month) bring their nice mix of Americana-ish songs and folk-fable pieces to a show with highly-fancied Naymedici at Milo in Leeds this Sunday.

They’re encouraging fans to join them at this important gig and show your support.

Tickets for the show are available at www.ticketweb.co.uk

James will play a solo show at Harrogate Theatre circle bar along with the likes of Ryan Spendlove, Dan Cope and Graham Parry as part of Fringe Crawl Day on the afternoon of Saturday, July 30 before Julian Cope of Teardrop Explodes and Modern Antiquarian fame plays on the main stage.

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IF Harrogate was impressed with Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals at Harrogate Theatre on Monday, Gruff himself was very impressed with Harrogate.

As well as loving the beauty of this Edwardian venue, he was also impressed with Harrogate support band The Birdman Rallies.

I know this because he told me so backstage in my capacity of chief co-ordinator of Harrogate International Festival Fringe - without me prompting him. The loveably dishevelled Welshman said he was very impressed with the band’s harmonies in particular, so much so, in fact, that he took a couple of their CDs away with him at the end of this splendid show.

What he made of my leading of the audience in a rendition of happy birthday (for he had travelled from Cardiff on his big day) he remained strangely tight-lipped about.

DESPITE the success and excitement of that show with Gruff (a terrific audience, too), there were a few ‘Spinal Tap’ moments behind the scene that I won’t go into here.

Speaking of which, the real This Is Spinal Tap movie is showing next Friday, July 29 at Ripley Town Hall as part of RipleyBlues’ Pie and Pea Supper Movie series.

For tickets costing £5/£6, visit www.ripleyblues.com