Gig Scene: Leeds Fest, Pony & Trap, Engine Shed and more

Tame Impala
Tame Impala

By Gig Scene Editor Graham Chalmers

I always associate the ‘end of summer’ with the final night of Leeds Festival.

Watching the headlining band in the fading light, the first cold winds of autumn sweeping across myself and the giant throng of people standing on a hill in Bramham Park like a lost tribe, it’s always a bitter-sweet moment.

Usually, it’s only a symbolic, as ‘summer’ can’t really end when it never really began, such is the nature of normal British weather, at least.

After the unbelievably nice weather of the past two months, however, it may be different this time.

The only issue will be making my mind up what to watch on Sunday night - rapper Eminem on the main stage, Harrogate’s Mercury Prize-winning Alt-J on the NME/Radio 1 stage or British Sea Power on the Festival Republic stage.

Undoubtedly I will do what I always do – attempt to see a bit of all three.

To be honest, what I’m really excited about seeing is one of the lesser-known bands - Aussie psychedelic kings Tame Impala. That’s right – Tame Impala live, in the flesh, right in front of me!

There may still be some weekend tickets left, so it’s worth having a look online at

It’s sad, in a way, to hear that hot local indie-rock duo Pony and Trap are leaving the area to move to London.

I say ‘in a way’ because vocalist and percussionist Sally Rafferty and guitarist Tom Meyer aren’t splitting up, they’re going to develop their music over the next three years at TechMusic School while continuing to play together. It’s good to see such real ambition from the talented twosome and they’ve promised to come back to play gigs ‘up north’ in the future.

Fans can give them a good send-off at their final gig at Harrogate’s Blues Bar on September 14.

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The latest review for your reading pleasure online is the new EP, For The Love of the Poor by Harrogate blues act The Pete Oliver Band.

Being a bank holiday this weekend, there’s quite a few special gigs on round the district.

RipleyBlues play host to impressive multi-instrumental Area 40 who will be performing tracks from their critically-acclaimed debut album One Small Step plus an eclectic mix of cover versions on Saturday night in Ripley Town Hall. If you like I Am Kloot and folk-rock. . .

DJ Trev hosts his traditional Bottom of the Bottle bank holiday party at Rehab on Sunday with live sets from Black Anivls (heavy, bluesy rock), Humble Scoundrel (more blue rock, the popular Your Illuminations and headliners Book of Job who are ‘The Beatles of metal’. The whole rockin’ shebang runs from 8pm-4am and entry is free.

Fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe, the well-travelled and incredibly lively Irish ‘rhythm and groove’ outfit Odd Socks unveil tracks from their new EP There’s Something Going On at the Blues Bar on Sunday night as part of a major UK tour. Well worth a look, I’m told, all Hammond organ, funky guitars and vocal harmonies and oomph.

The Engine Shed in Wetherby has a big night for Northern Soul fans on Saturday with DJs Jeff Kid and Andy Carling.

The same night sees a blend of rock and blues with burgers and steaks at the Crown and Anchor in Sowerby near Ripon when live band DVD Rock & Blues headline.

Last but not least the Viper Rooms in Harrogate is hosting the Marbella Sessions through Ministry of Sound on Saturday night from 10pm to the wee small hours. Featured DJs include Nilesh Parmar and Neil Jacques. Dress glamourously, we’re told.

Finally, a plug for a couple of releases by local acts. Knaresborough DJ Rory Hoy has his new single with Kitten & The Hip called I’m Ur MF on general release from tomorrow, Friday.

Meanwhile, rockers Pseudonympho’s debut, full-length album Eponym is out now.

If you don’t want a download etc, visit Jumbo Records in Leeds.