Bottom of the Bottle’s bands battle nears final

Summer City - winners of Battle of the Bands 2011 - Ben Reynard, Benji Adams, Kit Parker, Alasdair Simpson.
Summer City - winners of Battle of the Bands 2011 - Ben Reynard, Benji Adams, Kit Parker, Alasdair Simpson.

By Gig Scene Editor Graham Chalmers

From what I’ve heard, the Bottom of the Bottle’s Battle of the Bands at Rehab in Harrogate has been a success with a terrific selection of many of the district’s best rock and indie bands taking part.

Helmed by DJ Trev, the competition reaches its second semi-final stage this Sunday night with the grand final scheduled for Easter Sunday.

This weekend’s line-up features, in the good words of Trev himself, the following:

Summer City – “highly polished electro rock outfit/power pop punk” who famously won the AMP Awards in 2011.

Pseudonympho – “progressively proggier and positively ambitious, Wolfgang Bailey has really come into his own vocally.”

The Wilde – “comprising members of defunct Knaresborough bands Santa Rosa and Silvertone, their sound is very current UK rock and is great.”

Last Sunday’s first semi-final saw funk-groove rockers Pips narrowly beat swaggering lads rockers The Superlatives to first spot (both qualify for the final).

Out but not down are blues-rockers Hell Fire Jack, melodic indie band The Idea (playing for honour only, as they weren’t available for the grand final anyway),and the long-haired pop n rollers with attitude called Modern Day Dukes.

What a week for Beatles fans young and old. The 50th anniversary of the Fab Four’s concert at the Royal Hall in March 1963 takes place next Wednesday, March 27 with brilliant tribute band The Upbeat Beatles playing all the hits. There’s also a brief reunion at the show involving members of two local bands who supported The Beatles at the same venue a half century ago – Barry Corbett and the Mustangs and Ricky Fenton and the Apaches.

Tickets for the 50th anniversary show are on sale at the Harrogate Theatre Box Office on 01423 502116 or book online at

The Blues Bar in Harrogate is looking for young, originals bands to play its already highly successful Tea-Time Showcase on a Sunday which so far has featured AMP winners About Town, Albion and the Sherlocks.

Talking of young groups, a couple of great, young blues-rock outfits are playing the Blues Bar tomorrow night, Friday. See our What’s On listings for more.

From one set of greats to another. If you’re fans of the Rory Gallagher Band, don’t miss a gig this Saturday night at Ripley Town Hall when Gerry McEvoy’s Band of Friends play for promoters RipleyBlues.

Billed as a celebration of the life and music of blues-rock legendary guitarist Rory Gallagher, the band features two original members – bassist Gerry McAvoy and drummer Ted McKenna.