Harrogate gigs galore in Jubilee weekend

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I’ve always been more of a God Save The Queen (Pistols version) man than a God Save The Queen (traditional arrangement) bod but one thing is for sure about the forthcoming Diamond Jubilee weekend, writes GIG SCENE EDITOR GRAHAM CHALMERS , it’s sparked a huge explosion of music events locally.

From a host of the district’s best musicians at the three-day outdoors Dragongate Festival in Harrogate near Harlow Carr Gardens to Elton John at the Great Yorkshire Showground, there really is something for everyone, as the well-used phrase goes.

The strength of the local scene can be judged by the fact that, while local musicians such as The Birdman Rallies, Kasiuss, Becky Mills & Patsy Matheson are appearing at Dragongate this Saturday night, at exactly the same time local musicians such as Idle Maestro, Lobo and Lence (hip hop Grime MC) are appearing at an event called Alternagte Festival at Vanilla café in Harrogate.

Running from 6pm ‘til late, it, again, has something for everyone from dubstep and drum n bass to metal punk, acoustic pop and alt-blues.

Elsewhere, live music for the Diamond Jubilee weekend include the following:

A big weekend at Monteys Rock Cafe in Harrogate sees rock covers kings MFOR playing Sunday night and Kasiuss performing an acoustic set on bank holiday Monday.

The appropriately entitled True Brit promise all the British pop and rock classics you can handle at The Alexandra in Harrogate this Sunday night.

Covers duo Sounds Like Us and Serenity appear as part of the One Eyed Rat in Ripon’s annual beer festival which offers 30 real ales from Saturday to Monday.

There’s live music at Christies in Harrogate every night this weekend from disco DJs to a rare show by the ever-popular Dr Thirsty on Monday night.

Folk troubadour DICK Gaughan has been at the cutting edge of Celtic folk, political folk and a lot more for the best part of 40 years. Now there’s a chance to see him up close and personal in the intimate setting of top venue Frazer Theatre in Knaresborough.

Presented by Kula Prodiuctions, the giant of Scottish and Gaelic music will take the stage in this wonderful theatre next Friday, June 8.

This winner of a Lifetime Achievement Award at BBC Radio 2’s annual Folk Awards is a guitarist, songwriter, actor, musical director, composer, arrange, producer and engineer. Dick is also a stunning singer with a wonderfully expressive but controlled voice full of passion and the knowledge acquired on a long and fascinating journey in music.

Tickets are on sale at Pear Records on Knaresborough, Rock Steady Music in Harrogate or online at www.kula-productions.com.