Gig Scene: Harrogate area does rock!

DJ Trev helps promote Frightfest music festival. (Picture by Stuart Rhodes)
DJ Trev helps promote Frightfest music festival. (Picture by Stuart Rhodes)

By Gig Scene Editor Graham Chalmers

What would the rock scene do in Harrogate without DJ Trev? Not that much, probably. Unlikely as it sounds, the town has had its own ‘DIY’ rock scene for quite a while – even if, unsurprisingly, it’s not as big as, say, Leeds’s.

This weekend sees Trev in action twice, once hosting the Bottom of the Bottle stage at Frightfest at Henshaws in Knaresborough this Saturday night (see interview with headliners Hawk Eyes on page 4), then hosting his traditional Bottom of the Bottle Pre-Hallowe’en Party on Sunday at Rehab.

The line-up for that one is meant to include hot local rock band The Wilde but I’m pretty sure they cancelled a gig at Monteys the other week because of an injury, so I’m not sure what will develop with that one.

The support acts for Sunday do seem more settled: Pips, Pacific Drive, Fires Over Broadway plus special guests A Jokers Rage.

After last year’s great success, Harrogate Christmas Market is back. Running from Thursday, November 28 to Sunday, December 1 at the bottom of Montpellier Hill (I remember the site being a bit over-crowded), the organisers Harrogate Chamber of Trade are looking for local musicians to ‘busk’ on the Thursday and Friday, in particular.

So far, lots of musicians from local schools such as Harrogate High Ukelele Group have signed up but it is open to acoustic acts and rock acts, so it’s worth applying.

If you’re interested, email or visit

The era of the beat group comes back to life this Saturday at Frazer Theatre in Knaresborough in a Merseymania show starring The Fabs.

The band specialise not only in early Beatles material but classics by most of the great 60s British groups from the days when rock was young.

For tickets, visit Pear Records on the High Street in Knaresborough or see

Local rootsy rock outfit Area 40 had a song from their current album played on the Alan Raw Show on BBC Radio Leeds recently.

The rousing track in question, Boston, is the second major highlight of said album, the other being the incredible opener Where Are You Now.

It’s never long until there’s another great gig at Ripley Town Hall courtesy of long-running promoters RipleyBlues, this one is on November 14 and features the brilliant Eric Bibb.

He promises to bring a selection of tracks spanning the full 35 years of his incredible career.