Blow for Harrogate's live rock music scene as roadmap causes delays for gigs - and in Ripon and Ripley

As Harrogate’s dormant live music scene in bars and clubs keeps it fingers crossed for the end of lockdown on July 19 as part of the Government’s roadmap, some gigs are already being delayed.

Friday, 25th June 2021, 2:35 pm
Updated Friday, 25th June 2021, 2:46 pm
Dalmas - The young rock band have rescheduled their Blues Bar gig in Harrogate.

Up-and-coming Dalmas, the BBC 6 Music-supported exciting young rock trio who hail from Manchester but who have strong Harrogate connections (ie their singing drummer George Farrar is from Harrogate), are rescheduling their planned appearance at the Blues Bar on Sunday, July 18 to Sunday, September 12.

Described as "pretty much the future of rock and roll", check out Dalmas's recent EP Stay to hear just how good they are.

Another band playing it safe are one of Harrogate’s longest-standing and most popular rock and pop covers bands.

Led by vocalist Paul Kettley, MFOR had hoped to play Monteys next Thursday, July 1 but will now appear on Friday, July 23.

Meanwhile, a key figure in Ripon’s live gig scene is also staying cautious.

Independent promoter Nick Thompson says he plans to return on December 4 with a show by Son Of Town Hall duo.

Nick recently visited the Ripon Amateur Operatic Society Hall, now known as Ripon Community Hub.

He reports the hall has gone through the first stage of refurbishment and is “looking great”.

As for brilliant local promoters Ripley Live, their determination to bring back live gigs to Ripley Town Hall has been undermined by Government restrictions again or, rather, their failure to be as predicted.

The Jazz, Blues & GIN with Eugene Farrar Band planned for July 3 has been cancelled.

But, as of the moment, the show with the Snake Davis Band on July 24 is still on. In fact, tickets are sold out.

And tickets are now back on sale for the Guy Tortora Band in the main room at Ripley Town Hall on August 7.

The Doghouse Doctors are set to play in the garden for Ripley Live on August 15.

Martin Harley is set to play on September 4 while Andy Fairweather Low & The Low Riders are scheduled for October 9.

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