Made in Chelsea, playing in Harrogate

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THOSE Vida boys (Jason Odle and Ben Davis) from Harrogate are certainly making a splash locally with their Ont’ Sofa music video sessions, writes Graham Chalmers.

They’re just about to take the idea from the studio and online to the ‘real world’ – and with a touch of glamour, too.

Their first Ont’ Sofa concert takes place at the Crown Hotel next Tuesday night with a live show by Made in Chelsea star Caggie Dunlop.

Caggie writes her own songs as well as performing acoustic covers by artists like Rihanna, U2 and Goo Goo Dolls.

The 21-year-old attended The Harrodian School before going on to Wellington College in Berkshire and the Lee Strasberg Film and Theatre Institute in New York.

The local support acts include Farrah, aged 17, from St Aidan’s School, Lily Kerbey, who has received over 150,000 plays on YouTube and attends Ashville College, Lucy Borgen aged 17 of Harrogate Grammar School and Youcef Preston, who has established a strong local following.

To book tickets for Caggie’s Crown Hotel show, email joe@ontsofa.com or call 01423 623 066.

Ont’ Sofa is the idea of Ben Davis aged 25 and Jason Odle aged 24, formerly in the band Kasiuss friends from school days and, now, business partners.

A NEW local promotions company called Cerise Music presents its first gig in a few week’s time. The headliner at Frazer Theatre in Knaresborough on Saturday, April 14 is multi-talented Kiwi-born singer-songwriter Ian Wallace.

Hailing from New Zealand originally (the use of the word ‘Kiwi’ might have given that away), Ian will be playing rock, blues and ballads from his latest, self-penned collection of songs on his new album Swim Over Me.

Support act for the night is talented young singer Isi Dee and Ian’s band will feature Adam Jindra on bass and Patrick Corner-Walker on drums.

Incidentally, you might know Ian from his hosting of the 4X Jam Night in Knaresborough for the last four years.

Tickets costing £8 each are available from Pear Records on the High Street, from 01423 864120 or on the door on the night if any are left.

EXCITEMENT earlier in the week for a couple of young indie/rock bands from the Wetherby area who got the chance to play on stage at the 02 Academy in Leeds thanks to a well-organised local battle of the bands.

In front of an audience of 500, Reason 32 from Boston Spa and The Black Top Clan from Wetherby eventually lost out in the AMP Awards final (Leeds area) to The Aftermath, who hail from Allerton Grange School.

Among the judges were Harrogate band Book of Job’s drummer Luke Nelson and music photographer Stuart Rhodes who is also a contributor to the Harrogate Advertiser and Gig Scene.

WELL-known local musician Ritch Spence has a new website worth having a look at.

If you visit www.ritchspence.com you can not only hear tracks from his new album Era and debut solo album Labyrinth Tracks but also his music video for Tom Sawyer (isn’t that a classic track by Canadian prog-rocker Rush?).

ONE of Harrogate’s most popular musicians of the last 20 years is playing Christies next week.

Singer-songwriter Jason Feddy appears in this bustling boozer at the corner of Cheltenham and Kings Road next Wednesday night.

The bar has been making a bit of a push on the live music scene of late – and it’s worth noting the mighty Kasiuss’s lead singer Biz Denton plays there tonight, Friday.