Snakes alive! Let’s rock the Commons. . .

Alice Cooper concert at Sheffield Hallam Arena
Alice Cooper concert at Sheffield Hallam Arena

“SCHOOL’S out forever”, Alice Cooper once sang while toying with live snakes and fake executions.

Now, 40 years on, he’s a patron for a battle of the bands competition run by, no, your eyes aren’t deceiving you, the Houses of Parliament.

Rock the House gives young bands and solo acts across the nation the chance to win great prizes in front of a panel of big name music experts.

In an age of crisis, it’s easy to mock the idea of MPs spending time helping to pick future indie and rock stars.

But the thought of the eventual winners kicking up a racket on the Terrace of the House of Commons does have a certain appeal.

Harrogate and Knaresborough’s own MP, Andrew Jones will shortly be nominating a solo artist, a band, an under-18s act and the best small live venue from his constituency.

If you’d like to put yourself in the running, email Mr Jones at by March 16.

But no snakes, okay?

FOR true indie fans, the best day of the year isn’t Leeds Festival at the end of August but Live at Leeds at the beginning of May. The all-day event sees hundreds of indie acts, some famous, many not, playing across the city in a million venues from noon to midnight and beyond.

Some of this year’s line-up was announced earlier in the week and the news is the headliners include Example, Marina and the Diamonds, Ladyhawke and Los Campesinos are playing.

I’m more excited by the news that also on the bill are S.C.U.M,, Adult Jazz, I Like Trains, Spector and This Many Boyfriends.

THE last two bands to make the grand final of this year’s AMP Awards are The Idea from Harrogate Grammar School and Purple Mafia who are representing Ripon Grammar School and Outwood Academy in Ripon.

Both are five-piece teenage groups – The Idea claim the influence of Two Door Cinema Club, Bombay Bicycle Club, The Strokes, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and more while Purple Mafia have already achieved some fame with the video to their recent single She Thinks It which has achieved 5,000 views so far. The AMP Awards final takes place on Thursday, February 23 at the Royal Hall.

THERE’S good and bad news about musical fundraising events for the Sadie Rose Clifford Appeal.

It looks like the Wish Upon A Star concert at Knaresborough’s Frazer Theatre on February 25 is off, partly because one of the acts, Danielle Pedel has been called away from Yorkshire then.

But definitely on for Sadie Rose is Sadies Groove 2, a night of DJs at Lure bar in Harrogate next Friday, February 10 featuring big names and top local names in the shape of Coley Luv* Jam (We Love Space Ibiza resident) plus Jamie Lindsey, Jim Pearson, Craig Cameron and James Moon.

IT’S good to see this June’s Dragongate Festival in Harrogate being pushed by a series of ‘warm-up’ gigs. Rock band Lobo play The Regency tomorrow, Saturday in the company of Foul Mouthed Outburst and RFG, a new band featuring such minor stalwarts of the ‘Harrogate scene’ as Adam Graham, son of local musician Mike Graham; James Blackwood, Stuart Harris-Jones and Nathan Green.

GOOD luck to local rock band Silvertone who play a launch gig for their new release, Alive at The Cockpit on Leeds tomorrow night, Saturday. And I can’t wait to hear what ace guitarist Steve Mosby has been up to musically with his brother Andy in their new project called Strangers in Paradise.