Silvertone come alive on the sofa

Silvertone at Ont'Sofa studios in Harrogate with Vida's Ben Davis and Jason Odle. The band played Alive acoustic and My Hero by Foo Fighters. Watch the results on YouTube.

Silvertone at Ont'Sofa studios in Harrogate with Vida's Ben Davis and Jason Odle. The band played Alive acoustic and My Hero by Foo Fighters. Watch the results on YouTube.

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KNARESBOROUGH-based rock band Silvertone seem to be going from strength to strength after last year’s impressive debut EP.

Playing good out of town gigs as well as local ones (they’re supporting We the Kings at The Cockpit in Leeds on May 7), the band were the latest musicians to visit the Ont’ Sofa studios, run by Harrogate company VIDA, to record a live session online, playing an acoustic version of their own song Alive before launching into a cover of the Foo Fighters’ My Hero.

You can watch both tracks on YouTube.

TALKING of the Foo Fighters, locally-based UK Foo Fighters are in the middle of a run of six gigs in two weeks as their growing success pulls them this way and that.

Their itinerary later in the year includes Tribfest in the grounds of Sledmere House, Driffield in East Yorkshire on August 19. www.tribfest.co.uk

HARROGATE’S family-friendly alternative music festival looks set to be a real local affair on the Jubilee weekend.

As well as a huge gathering of local music talent, Dragongate Festival is also relying on local businesses to keep festival-goers fed, watered and entertained.

Among the people supporting Dragongate Festival are Wetherby-based Trufflehunters, Harrogate’s Butterfingers, PizzaLoco from Kirkby Malzeard, Ont’ Sofa from Harrogate, Matt from Dragondrop and Alex from Magic Muse.

www.dragonfestival.co.uk

FLIPSIDE Music events are promoting a strong four-band gig for local youngsters at Ripon Youth Centre tonight, Friday.

Running from 7.30pm to 10pm, the bands playing include recent AMP Awards winners Purple Mafia, Summer City, Pandemonium and Dark Days of December.

KNARESBOROUGH’S traditional spring fayre has some of the best local bands performing live in the market square tomorrow. Appearing from 4pm are Harrogate’s answer to the Black Keys, Idle Maestro, modern rock masters Kasiuss and rootsy Dan Burnett.

ALEX from local rockers Lobo presents his latest ‘3 Bands £3 Fridays’ event upstairs at The Regency tonight, Friday. Featured live bands from 8pm include Fisher Green, Reason 32 and Pony and Trap.

IF you can make the trek across to The Duchess in York you’re in for a real Americana/rootsy-rocky acoustic treat next Wednesday night.

The impressive bill includes US-based Richmond Fontaine whose latest album The High Country is a cracker, Richard Buckner, Peter Bruntnell and Boss Caine.

IF you enjoy a bit of light acoustic music and jazz standards as you dine, head for the Harrogate Brasserie this Sunday night when local singers Angie Shaw and Vicky Whelan will be taking turns at entertaining you across three sets from 7pm.

FINALLY, something of real importance. Beer and live music go together like British summer time and rain so I was pleased to see not one but two bars in operation at the Royal Hall over the weekend at shows by pop singer Tony Christie and prog-folk legend Ian Anderson of Jethro Hull. The Royal Hall is a staggeringly beautiful venue for sure but, normally, a man could lose his will to live trying to get a beer there. But things do seem to be getting better.

A hearty cheers!