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Enter Shikari.

Enter Shikari.

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ONCE again Leeds Festival has sold out all its weekend tickets.

The annual musical behemoth which starts today (or last night if you’re doing the whole camping thing properly), seems to get more popular each year.

It could be part of a broad socio-economic trend, it could be the big name headliners (Muse, My Chemical Romance, The Strokes and Pulp this year) or it could actually be the underlying tone of rock and emo and punk on the bill each year giving Leeds Festival a quietly steely core.

This Friday, Saturday and Sunday you’ve got the likes of The Offspring, Deftones, Rise Against, The Bronx, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Enter Shikari.

Talking about Enter Shikari, the ever-youthful post-hardcore (good sub genre!) quartet from St Albans, appear on the main stage in the lovely outdoors at Bramham Park tonight at around 5pm.

Stars of the Warped Tour and all things loud and manic, the band are sure to play recent single Quelle Surprise, though there seems to be no hope of a new album entering anytime soon.

Personally, I love Leeds because of the incredible variety of bands, from The National to Miles Kane, The Horrors to Tom Vek, which tend to work best in the more intimate (sort of) indoor stages.

So bring me Crystal Castles and Metronomy and Odd Future and Patrick Wolf and Bombay Bicycle Club and Death From Above 1979 and, well, bring me everything except the head of Alfredo Garcia - or a rail strike or wet weather!

A select number of day tickets are still available from www.festival republic.com and the usual outlets.

RED HOT Chili Pepper fans can see their heroes play their brand, new album I’m With You, live next Tuesday as the Harrogate Odeon broadcasts the show on the big screen.

IT’S a big seven days for Katana bar in Harrogate which celebrates its first birthday shortly. Tonight, Friday sees a live rock music double bill featuring headliners, psychedelic rockers Lobo and Foul Mouthed Outburst whose name speaks for itself.

Then Sunday night sees it actual anniversary which main man Craig Gerdes is marking with the launch of a vodka bar.

Katana is also running a Battle of the Bands which should reach its finale in October.

GIG Scene hears from busy indie band 9Bar that last weekend’s Glastonbilly Festival in Ripon was a rip-roaring success, raising more than £1,000 for charity thanks to the regulars at the King Billy pub. You can catch 9Bar, by the way, at Limetree Festival at Grewelthorpe this Sunday at 3pm approx.

ANOTHER success recently was the live music at Knaresborough’s feva festival.

Reportedly, ska covers kings Badness pulled a crowd of more than 150 people to the working men’s club, catching the regulars slightly by surprise. Baggy trousers!

PROMOTERS RipleyBlues have been quietly proving for more than ten years that it is possible to bring quality acts to the area outside of middle of the road or classical music.

Next up at Ripley Town Hall will be The Stumble who’ve been hailed by Blues in Britain with the line “there is no better blues band in Britain.” The Chicago-style r’nb six-piece’s show is next Saturday, September 3. www.ripleyblues.com

IT was a great shame about the cancellation of the Beacons Festival the other week at Skipton but, if you’d seen pictures of the flooding, you would have known why.

LAST but not least, who would have thought it? Markington may be a small village but it’s got a live ‘scene’ - of sorts. Playing the Yorkshire Hussar tomorrow, Saturday at 7pm will be Close to the Bone, a covers band who specialise in the hits of classic 60s bands, 70s rock bands, across the decades all the way up to recent indie pop hits.

Not the Sex Pistols as well, though, surely?!