A (hard) rockin’ Merry Christmas!

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IT’S quietly or noisily, rather, become as part of Harrogate’s Christmas as the lights on The Stray or the queues at M&S cash tills or, rather, it is for a select couple of hundred of the town’s citizens who are less concerned with holiness and more concerned with an unholy racket.

Yes, DJ Trev’s Bottom of the Bottle Big Christmas Bash is back for its umpteenth year, such is the size of the constituency for metal and hard rock and hard core and punk in this beautiful oasis of civilisation.

This Sunday night’s party at Rehab features four live bands guaranteed not to give you a silent night (that last line copyright of Trev himself).

Playing from 9pm sharp (sharp, mark my words) are party metal headliners The Fallen, new aggressive types NxAxA, stoner rockers Under The Gun (who Gig Scene quite likes) and nu rock n rollers Screaming Eagles.

Doors open at 8.30pm, entry costs £3.

TICKETS are reportedly going well for young, local AMP Awards heroes Dukes of Bevington’s big new EP launch night at The Crown Hotel on December 29.

Expect a truly big night as the band’s lighting and set design are by top local AV company FTAV.

The Deux EP night kicks off at The Crown at 8pm with the line-up including headliners The Dukes themselves supported by Toddie Larkin plus fellow, talented young local group The Tickets, a band formed by three St Aidan’s High School Year 10 students.

The latter have been carrying on the school’s tradition for indie rock success with their single Lead Us To The Dancefloor which is already high in the Reverbnation charts.

If you want to check out a taster single from The Dukes’ Deux EP right now, visit YouTube.

Or book a ticket for the show (£5 online in advance versus £6 on the door) from the band’s website www.thedukesofbevington.co.uk

HIT Bedale-based indie band The Conspirators are back in their hometown tomorrow, Saturday for the first time since reaching number 3 in the UK text charts. Admission for this incredibly melodic and well-written pop band is free at The Green Dragon. The show kicks off at 9pm.

A GLITTERING occasion at Harrogate’s Royal Hall last Friday saw a young Ripon band performing at a film premiere.

Made up of five 14 and 15-year-old pupils from Ripon Grammar School, Purple Mafia played in front of an invited audience of 350 people at the debut of Harrogate filmmaker Ben Derrick’s latest movie, Trendi.

The movie has been shot at locations around Harrogate and Pateley Bridge, including Bettys’ Imperial Room.

Have a look at the trailer at www.trendimovie.tk

LOCAL promoters RipleyBlues have been going successfully for a good, few years now but they can’t quite say they’ve reached the ripe old age of 60, as has Nine Below Zero’s bassist Gerry McAvoy, well, almost.

The r’n’b stalwart will perform at Ripley Town Hall tomorrow night, Saturday on the eve of his sixth decade alongside his legendary blues cohorts for their annual Christmas gig at Ripley - and ticket are going damn fast.

It’s also going to be his last-ever show with NBZ.

As for RipleyBlues’ traditional New Year’s Eve party, forget it, that one is already sold out!

More information from www.ripleyblues.com