Why Bottom is tops - and Wayside need a home

WKD. Band Under the Gun perform at Orb Live for Feva. (S).
WKD. Band Under the Gun perform at Orb Live for Feva. (S).

THE phenomenon that is Bottom of the Bottle continues this Sunday with its usual hardcore fun mix of live bands and top metal, rock, punk and dubstep sounds from BOTB founder and all round great DJ, Trev.

Pride of place at the latest BOTB goes to impressive heavy metal band Kernuyk from Cornwall who put the cider in, well, say, the de-cider!

Not that local support acts Waking Theo and the promising Under the Gun are in any way slouches in the rocking department.

The latter group made a good impression at the Orb Live day at Frazer Theatre in Knaresborough on Sunday simply by not trying too hard.

This Sunday’s Bottom of the Bottle also promises the usual brash and zany set of resident entertainers bringing regular fans naughty burlesque and sinister dancing.

ONE of Harrogate’s best bands has contacted Gig Scene to alert us to the fact they are about to become homeless.

Wayside, who played the 02 Arena in London in the final of the national Live and Unsigned contest, say they are about to lose their rehearsal space.

The dance scene-influenced indie band say they’ve searched high and low for somewhere else to practice in Harrogate, are willing to pay rent in return for being left alone to get on with it but have drawn a blank.

It’s not the first time I’ve heard this complaint in the 18 years I’ve been writing for Gig Scene.

I remember some bands in the late 1990s even took to rehearsing in the catacombs of hidden rooms in the massive County pub before it became an Indian restaurant.

I also often hear complaints about the difficulty in putting posters up in Harrogate to publicise shows.

I was lucky that someone unknown to me put up posters all around town on Fringe Crawl Day a few weeks back in Harrogate in all sorts of places.

But more august bodies such as Harrogate Symphony Orchestra and the Deanery Players have also voiced concerns about how hard it is to get posters up in Harrogate.

With Harrogate International Festival now in charge of the posher, fixed boards for posters, I don’t think the problem is so much who is in charge but the actual limited number of potential spaces for posters in the first place.

Must local arts groups always lose out to shop brands in the battle for public space?

THERE was an incredible response from readers to our paper’s Leeds Festival tickets competition last week.

The answer to the question of where festival headliners Muse were from was Devon and the two winners were:

Tracy Leworthy of Cawthorne Avenue, Harrogate and Wyn Wilkins of Second Avenue, Wetherby.

SPEAKING of Leeds Festival, Harrogate nightclub The Viper Rooms is getting in on the excitement with a special Leeds Fest Warm-up Party next Tuesday with a DJ set from hit indie band The Enemy. Also expect mood-setting mock-up tents and a barbecue etc for the party which starts at 10pm.

TALKING of Harrogate bars, Katana, a keen supporter of live music, marks its first birthday with the launch of it vodka bar next Sunday, August 28.

FANTASTICALLY-talented ex-Harrogate singer-songwriter Karl Culley is financing his next album through his fans. If you want to support him, visit www.crowdfunder.com

ALISON Krauss fans should make a beeline for the West Park Hotel in Harrogate tonight, Friday when Union Central make their return by popular demand.

LAST but not least, it’s a real sigh that end of summer is nearly upon us when the JB Big Band swings into action for its final outdoor show of the season at Harrogate’s Valley Gardens, as it’s doing this Sunday from 3pm to 5pm.