Bay City Roller at The Regency in Harrogate

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By Gig Scene Editor Graham Chalmers

With John Cooper Clarke it was heroin. With Midge Ure alcohol. Thank goodness I decided not to bother to bring up any possible bad stuff when I talked to ex-Bay City Roller Eric Faulkner a year or so ago.

Delving into musician’s dark periods is about as enlightening as asking me why I went out with a particular girl who was clearly wrong for me 20 years ago.

But I digress. The reason for this ramble is Eric Faulkner is returning to play here shortly,

Having Shang-a-Langed to success with a sellout gig at the Black Bull in Kettlesing, he’s about to bring his roots and all show An Evening With Eric Faulkner to The Regency in Harrogate on Saturday, June 1.

Expect acoustic thrills and spills, some folk and the occasional Rollers hit in his charming live show.

Support comes from talented local singer-songwriter Ade Payne.

Tickets are going fast but can be had from Janey on 01423 564058 or book online at

This Bank Holiday weekend fans of metal, punk, emo have an annual treat in botyh Harrogate and Leeds

Harrogate has Bottom of the Bottle all-dayer on Sunday at Rehab with North Yorkshire Hardcore for Harrogate Fringe Crawl Day.

Leeds , meanwhile, the Slam Dunk Festival at Leeds University tomorrow, Saturday.

Among the bands playing are Kids in Glass Houses, Cancer Bats, Deaf Havana, All Time Low, Pierce The Veil and an awful lot more.

Back closer to home, Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre in Knaresborough has a charity fundraiser tonight night, Friday when The Wandrin Chords will be entertaining from 7.30pm with a wide mix of classic covers (rock, indie, punk, metal, toe-tappers, easy listening).

With a licensed bar, it’s only £5 to get in on the door for this event in a good cause.