Climax of Rehab Battle of the Bands battle

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By Gig Scene Editor Graham Chalmers

It’s been fun but all good things come to an end eventually.

This Easter Sunday, Bottom of the Bottle’s Battle of the Bands reaches its grand final at Rehab in Harrogate.

Hosted by organiser DJ Trev, the successful bands battling it out for some great prizes are newKnaresborough rock-punk band The Wilde, funk-rock groovers Pips, the swaggering lad rockers Superlatives and newish Harrogate indie band Recovery.

I’m looking forward to being one of the judges at the big occasion, too.

Doors open at 7pm and the first band are on at 8pm.

The Harrogate area is a lot more rock n roll than it’s given credit for. And if you think you’ve heard me playing thatparticular tune before, you’re right, you have. But now I have some new evidence to submit.

To whit, I’m sure I read recently that not only is Thom Green, the drummer of top indie outfit Alt-J, from Harrogate, so is their keyboards player, Gus Unger-Hamilton.

As this most intelligent of bands whose excellent An Awesome Wave album won last year’s Mercury Prize, is a four-piece, this technically means Alt-J are 50 per cent from our area, which means officially Alt-J are a Harrogate band!

Admit it, you didn’t see that coming?

PS The band are also playing Glastonbury this year.

More good news, a popular annual roots music and real ale festival at Pateley Bridge is back this Easter weekend and it has been expanded from one day to three days.

Harefest, which is held at Harefield Hall, traditionally features musical luminaries from classic British bands The Levellers and the Wonder Stuff.

This year’s event is no different - except it starts tomorrow, Friday and now runs until Sunday.

Live acts will include Mark Chadwick, Miles and Erica, Dan Donnelly, The Big V, New Groove Foundation, 3 Daft Monkeys, Kath and the Kicks, Kimpergill WIlly, In Echoes, Steve Wilson, Spiral Scouts and more – plus there will be facilities for caravaning and camper vans.

It’s been fun but all good things come to an end eventually.

This Easter Sunday, Bottom of the Bottle’s Battle of the Bands reaches its grand final at Rehab in Harrogate.

Hosted by organiser DJ Trev, the successful bands battling it out for some great prizes are newKnaresborough rock-punk band The Wilde, funk-rock groovers Pips, the swaggering lad rockers Superlatives and newish Harrogate indie band Recovery.

Doors open at 7pm and the first band are on at 8pm.

Gig Scene recommendsfour gigs we reckon are worth looking out for this Easter weekend in particular.

First off, The Four 45s bring their exciting brand of classic British rock n roll to The Alexandra in Harrogate on Good Friday.

Top local covers band MFOR play an Easter Sunday night special at Monteys Rock Cafe in Harrogate.

High-energy swing and jive outfit The Jive Aces are set to rock Wetherby’s Engine Shed venue on Saturday night.

Finally, an electro pop/rock band from Starbeck in Harrogate made up of three brothers is playing at Bilton WMC this weekend.

Royalty 3 will be joined by Gail on lead vocals on Saturday night who will be adding some powerful cover versions to the boys’ original material.

Starting at 8.30pm, the band will be playing a two hour set so fans will really be getting their money’s worth. Oops, it’s free entry.

It’s good luck to talented youngster Natalie Tuvey who is competing in the regional final of the national TeenStar competition in Sheffield on Easter Sunday.