No one outside Harrogate believes you when you claim the town’s got a good music scene. Thanks to the efforts of Harrogate Festival, the Fringe and a bunch of people and venues who care, there’s now strong evidence to prove the doubters wrong, writes Gig Scene Editor Graham Chalmers.
The Divine Comedy and John Cooper Clarke have both appeared in the past two weeks, Niles Rodgers of Chic is about to arrive next week for the Festival and the third annual Fringe Crawl Day is nearly upon us.
Speaking of the latter, from noon onwards on Saturday, July 28 five venues in Harrogate will be serving 60 live acts in a single say - mostly, (though not completely), free of charge.
As always the Blues Bar is at the heart of the day but Rehab has upped its involvement with North Yorkshire Hard Core and Bottom of the Bottle linking up for 12 hours of rock, punk and metal. There’s live acts all day at Vanilla café and a semi-acoustic stage at Harrogate Theatre with The Four 45s, Lewis Fieldhouse, Purple Mafia, Angie Shaw and the long-waited reunion of Harrogate band The Loving Palms who famously supported Prefab Sprout on their final ever tour. Oh – and there’s the little matter of Monteys Rock Café which will host London’s hip new answer to Stone Roses, Sulk (who supported The Charlatans) – plus great local support acts in the shape of Strangers in Paradise, Japanese Fighting Fish and the farewell show by the mighty Idle Maestro.