Dirty North storm it at Fringe launch

Dirty North.
Dirty North.

Even if I do say so myself, Saturday night’s Fringe Launch gig at a packed-out Monteys was an absolute corker, writes Gig Scene Editor gRAHAM Chalmers.

This wasn’t just because headliners Dirty North were fantastic – a bit like if a teenage version of Alex Turner had decided to form a band inspired by The Clash’s upbeat rock-reggae moments - but because the two local support bands were both superb – The Four 45s showing themselves in their Harrogate debut to be the sort of the band Miles Kane wants to be and Silvertone the perfect synthesis of energy and hooks.

But don’t take my word for it, listen to what reviewer Chris Duffy wrote for John Robb’s Louder Than War website.

“Ripping through their set, Silvertone have a bit of everything. melodic, tight, loud, powerful. The Four45s, meanwhile, are a rock ‘n’ roll force. Their catchy, sing along chorus prove an instant hit with the ever increasing crowd.

“What can be said about Dirty North that hasn’t already been covered by Reni, John Robb or Jon McClure?

“They are simply phenomenal, to see a young band so revered by their peers, in such a small venue was really a pleasure. Alongside the two local bands, they absolutely smashed it.”

Harrogate rock legend DJ Trev has been digging through his vinyl collection for his first foray in years into old school rave tracks in preparation for a new night he’s launching this Saturday night at Zoso bar, formerly Katana. Called Vigilance, the new night will also feature dubstep,techno and house and guest DJ Sixus. Oh – and not to forget the sensational superstar DJ Archio Banquerta! Entry is free.

Another great new night. Jason and Ben, the guys behind Ont’ Sofa, have launched a new acoustic session every Friday night at Lure Bar in Harrogate.