Gig Scene - ‘new Stone Roses’ at Cockpit

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Is the world really waiting for the “new Stone Roses”? Afterall, the real bunch reformed last year to great public acclaim.

So why would we bother with hot indie band Sulk who play The Cockpit this weekend - despite being described by The Guardian as being “like The Stone Roses if they’d signed to Creation.”

Well, there’s a few reasons, three to be precise.

London-based Sulk contain two members originally from Harrogate (lead singer Jon Sutcliffe, rhythm guitarist Andy Needle).

As their sellout performance at Monteys Rock Café for Harrogate Fringe Crawl Day last year showed, they’re rather good.

They’re 20 years younger than the Stone Roses and no mere carbon copies.

This shining five-piece, who release their debut album shortly, specialise in a spectacularly energetic mix of British attitude and swagger, upbeat Britpop tunefulness and rippling Madchester psychedelic guitar majesty.

This Saturday’s double show with Exit Calm is Jon and Andy’s first Yorkshire gig since that packed out Monteys gig last summer and they’re sure to play tracks from their forthcoming 10-track album Graceless, out on Perfect Sound Forever on April 15.

Also look out for their new single Flowers which sounds as brilliant as previous releases Wishes and Back in Bloom both of which won airplay on BBC Radio 1 and BBC 6Music.

The 23rd annual Harrogate Round Table Beer Festival starts today, Thursday, February 28, at the Crown Hotel.Running until Saturday night, it’s got a great live music line-up this year to enjoy, too, in the shape of live music from Harrogate Brass Band (Thursday), The Directors (Friday) and White Man Van (Saturday).

There’s also a top quality daily acoustic stage run by those go-ahead people from music website Ont’ Sofa.

The event opens at 6.30pm, except for Saturday when it starts at 4pm.

For tickets, visit www.harrogatebeerfestival.co.uk

Another great music event worth checking out tonight, Thursday – Harrogate’s answer to Led Zeppelin and Mars Volta (with a few soulful curve balls), the mighty Strangers in Paradise play The Alex in Harrogate tonight.

In addition to Steve Mosby’s spectacular guitar heroics, also expect guest appearances from rapper Tre plus Soul Deep.

With the re-release of Rumours riding high in the charts and a new world tour announced, Fleetwood Mac are back in the limelight again, nearly 40 years since Rhiannon was first a hit.

For fans of the band who’d like to know the inside gossip on the band from someone who genuinely knows, an event at a small record shop in Northallerton this weekend is the place to be.

An evening with John Courage will take place at the Betterdaze Record and Juke Box Shop on Zetland Street this Saturday.

Courage was Fleetwood Mac’s manager for more than 30 years and is set to reveal his stories of the band on tours for classic albums such as Tusk, Mirage and Rumours.

This exclusive event will also feature some of John’s personal memorabilia from his years with Fleetwood Mac making it a one-off experience for fans of one of the world’s biggest-selling bands of all time. There will also be a question and answer session.

For tickets, visit the shop in Northallerton or its sister outlet in Ripon in the Hand Picked Hall.

You can also book by phone on 01609 773475 or email better.daze@virgin.net

One of the area’s most talented singer-songwriters is launching the video for his brilliant new single at Jakes in Harrogate tomorrow, Friday.

Lewis Fieldhouse will perform the lovely The Water’s Fine at this Oxford Street cafe-restaurant at 7.30pm - and a host of other great tracks.

This thoughful, intelligent musician will be supported by two other acts, Feelix and Pip Mountjoy.

Bottom of the Bottle’s Battle of the Bands reaches heat five this Sunday night at Rehab in Harrogate. Helmed by DJ Trev, this high-quality competition featuring truly local rock and indie bands will see the semi-finals on the weekends of March 17 and 25, then the grand final on Easter Sunday.

A medal of longevity must be owing to Harrogate’s longest-standing electronica/dance outfit 601.

The boys have their new album wrap up part as part of Vigilance DJ night at Zoso bar this Saturday night just behind Debenhams on Union Street.