SO, my colleague Andy turned out to be spot-on in his predictions for this year’s headliners at Leeds Festival, well, in one of his permutations, at least, writes Graham Chalmers.
Usually, I prefer the tents to the main stage but the 2012 music extravaganza at Bramham Park actually looks stronger in its outdoors line-up.
Headliners on Friday are Foo Fighters (okay, they’ve been a few times before but they are great).
Saturday night has The Cure who have such a massive back catalogue I’m looking forward to seeing them live for the first time since the Wish tour back in the early 90’s when I caught them at a brilliant show on Robert Smith’s birthday downstairs in the Mayfair club (I think it was) in the heart of Newcastle.
Sunday finishes with Kasabian who now have enough good tracks to live up to their own self-made classic band myth.
The main stage also includes the terrific Bombay Bicycle Club (A Different Kind of Fix is a strangely under-rated album) and the mighty Black Keys, oh, and Florence & The Machine.
Other great bands I’m excited about seeing in the NME/Radio 1 stage, Festival Republic stage etc include The Maccabees (great recent album), the reformed At The Drive In (but how can on earth they top their 2000 Leeds show?), The Horrors, Two Door Cinema Club and Metronomy (but on the dance stage, huh?).
For ticket information, visit www.festivalrepublic.com www.leedsfestival.com
RIPON’S impressive Great Northern Wine hosts another excellent roots/Americana act this Sunday night in the shape of Wilful Missing, a haunting and inventive young five-piece who had four songs featured in the BBC TV drama Waterloo Road and count radio DJ Steve Lamacq among their fans.
FRIDAYS Live, the weekly series at Harrogate’s Viper Rooms nightclub featuring top tribute acts is headlined by Take That 2 tonight, Friday.
The boys will be live on stage at 11.45pm but, if you’d like to take advantage of their VIP invite, email email@example.com
FOLK legends ahoy! Theakston’s White Bear hotel in Masham is to welcome a true Gathering next Thursday night – that’s the name of the band featuring Ray Jackson, Doug Morter and Jerry Donahue, by the way.
They’re all former members of late 60s/early 70s British folk royalty – Lindisfarne, Fotheringay and Fairport Convention - and their new group has connections to Theakstons going all the way back to 1981 when the brewery last staged its own music festival at Nostell Priory.
Next week’s show is the first of a series of musical events the White Bear is holding as part of its celebrations marking The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
KULA’S latest top folk act to play Frazer Theatre in Knaresborough tomorrow, Saturday sees BBC Folk Award-winning Jim Moray who has been winning plaudits from fRoots and more since his ‘breakthrough’ album Sweet England in 2003 and will be performing songs from his new album Skulk which blends tradition and modernity.
WELL done to local band Royalty 3 whose recent sold-out charity gig at the Frazer Theatre in Knaresborough for the Sadie Rose Clifford Appeal raised a whopping £1, 612.
HARROGATE’S Blues Bar may be famous for high quality rootsy bands but it’s versatile to handle a lot more.
This Sunday night sees a Liverpool-based band called Fieldhouse playing. Reportedly in the same vein as The Wombats, like that hit band, Fieldhouse went to the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts.
GIG Scene hears that Bedale-based band The Conspirators’ launch night for their new single Jekyll & Hyde went really well, buoyed by airplay on everywhere from BBC Radio 2 to Radio Teesdale.
The track is available on iTunes, HMV, Amazon etc.
More information at www.theconspirators.co.uk
FINALLY, the ever-busy Lex of Harrogate rock band Lobo has started what sounds like a good value for money evening for rock and indie fans.
‘3 Bands £3 Fridays’ take place upstairs at The Regency in Harrogate.