Gig Scene salutes Harrogate’s BOTB

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It’s hard to rock in Harrogate - not in the sense of local bands finding it hard to get a gig but in how hard it is to set up a regular night which actually makes money for the promoter or the venue while not ripping anyone off, writes Gig Scene Editor Graham Chalmers.

Which makes me think of a meeting way, way back with Harrogate’s famous DJ Trev in Cafe Nero to discuss the “new alternative night” he was thinking of doing. That was ten years ago and the night was Bottom of the Bottle which has proved to be a stunning success.

This Harrogate institution has miraculously bucked the trend thanks to Trev himself who brings his trademark mix of humour, passion and showmanship to every event he organises and hosts - and a nose for picking great rock/metal/punk/alt music.

Trev told me: “It will be great to see the faces who made the night what it is, new ones and the regulars. I owe them a massive debt of gratitude for creating Harrogate’s longest ever-running rock club night.”

This Sunday night’s Bottom of the bottle’s 10th Birthday party at Rehab promises the same high standards and flair for fun Trev has brought to every venue he’s worked in - and this ultimate survivor has been forced to go through a fair few over the years in Harrogate’s ever-evolving club scene.

The birthday show features a cracking live line-up in the shape of metallic but hook-laden headliners The Fallen, the most requested band BOTB has ever had. Support comes from Waking Theo, who will be fresh from playing Bloodstock open-air festival.

Also featured are edgy alt. rock band Dark Days of December plus another promising local group, Thrown to the Bears. Doors open 8.30pm with live music from 9pm-11pm, then Trev himself and party games such as Pantera Pass the Parcel and Slayer musical statues!