Out of the wilderness, Loving Palms emerge for Fringe Crawl Day

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As well as The Four 45s , bags of punk and acous tic acts and a band hailed as the new Stone Roses, Sulk, Harrogate’s third annual Fringe Crawl Day tomorrow, Saturday sees the first gig in 20 years by legendary pop band Loving Palms.

Led by former Harrogate musicians James Littlewood and Marcus Wilson, this sophisticated, melodic pop band famously survived the defection of their drummer to North Korea before securing the support slot on the final tour by 80s/90s legends Prefab Sprout.

Sadly, the tour finished them off and the Loving Palms split afterwards with a final, rancorous press conference.

When asked if this was the end, the band’s spokesperson immortally replied thus: “Well, I don’t really think that the end can be assessed as of itself as being the end because what does the end feel like? It’s like saying when you try to extrapolate the end of the universe, you say, if the universe is indeed infinite, then how - what does that mean? How far is all the way, and then if it stops, what’s stopping it, and what’s behind what’s stopping it? So, what’s the end, you know, is my question to you.”

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This year’s Harrogate International Festival Fringe hasbeen organised by music fans in the town, the day will see 60 live acts playing from 1pm to the wee small hours in five different venues across the town centre.

Highlights are set to include:

From London: Sulk play Monteys Rock Cafe. Four-piece hailed as the new Charlatans meets Stone Roses.

From North Yorkshire: Pony and Trap play the Blues Bar. Acoustic-electric duo influenced by post-punk.

From Leeds/Edinburgh: Loving Palms play Harrogate Theatre Circle Bar, 4pm. A historic occasion, it’s this clever and literate pop band’s first-ever reunion since supporting Prefab Sprout in the 1990s.

From North Yorkshire: Bottom of the Bottle and North Yorkshire Hardcore link up for 12 hours of live punk and metal at Rehab.

From Harrogate: The Four 45s play Harrogate Theatre Circle Bar, 5pm. British rock n roll foursome fresh from Monteys triumph a few weeks back.

From Harrogate: Idle Maestro play Monteys in their final-ever show.

From North Yorkshire: 18 live acts play Vanilla cafe on Cambridge Crescent plus DJs CGI and Martin Dodsworth.

From Harrogate: Strangers in Paradise play Monteys Rock Cafe. Led by Steve Mosby, it’s this energetic, adventurous new three-piece’s first big Harrogate show.

From Harrogate: Jed Thomas and the Pete Oliver play the Blues Bar. Keeping fans of high quality rock and blues happy.

From Ripon: AMP Awards winners Purple Mafia play Harrogate Theatre circle bar in the afternoon.

From Harrogate: Idle Maestro play Monteys in their final-ever show.

From North Yorkshire: 18 live acts play Vanilla cafe on Cambridge Crescent plus DJs CGI and Martin Dodsworth.

From Harrogate: Strangers in Paradise play Monteys Rock Cafe. Led by Steve Mosby, it’s this energetic, adventurous new three-piece’s first big Harrogate show.

From Harrogate: Jed Thomas and the Pete Oliver play the Blues Bar. Keeping fans of high quality rock and blues happy.

From Ripon: AMP Awards winners Purple Mafia play Harrogate Theatre circle bar in the afternoon.

Fringe Crawl Day: factfile

Held under the harrogate international festival fringe umbrella.

Saturday, July 28

60 live acts

5 venues

14 hours of music

Venues include Blues Bar, Vanilla Cafe, Monteys Rock Cafe, Rehab, Harrogate Theatre circle bar

Organisers include DJ Trev, NYHC, Lex Lobo, G Chalmers

Entry: Mostly free but check with venues