Gig Scene - Win tickets for ‘Beatles’ gala show at Royal Hall

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By Graham Chalmers, Gig Scene Editor

To mark the 50th anniversary of the night The Beatles appeared at Harrogate’s finest venue shortly after scoring the first number one with Please, Please Me, the Royal Hall Restoration Fund is hosting a gala concert headlined by exciting tribute band The Upbeat Beatles on Wednesday, March 27.

Now, thanks to a great Gig Scene competition, you have the chance to be there for free.

Five pairs of tickets are up for grabs to the first correct answers we receive to the following question:

What was the name of The Beatles’ first number one hit?

The closing date for entries is Tuesday, February 12 at noon.

You can also enter online by tweeting us @HarrogateGigs

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Please note, it is also hoped members of Barry Corbett and the Mustangs and Ricky Fenton and the Apaches, two Harrogate bands who also appeared in the original show as The Beatles’ support act, will also take part in the concert.

Tickets for the show are now on sale at the Harrogate Theatre Box Office on 01423 502116 or book online at

My favourite single day of indie music of the entire year has started announcing the acts for this year’s event.

Live at Leeds has been taking place annually on the first May Bank Holiday since 2006 and offers 120 acts playing aross the city in a dozen venues.

Think indie, arty, acousticy, souly and urban, occasionally.

Technically, it runs three days (this year on May 3-6) but the Saturday is always the big day.

Incidentally, Live at Leeds is where the inspiration for Harrogate’s annual Fringe Crawl Day came from, though LaL itself was probably inspired by Camden Crawl.

Anyway, the bigger name acts announced so far for Live at Leeds 2013 include Everything Everything, The Vaccines, Rudimental, The Pigeon Detectives, King Krule, and Tribes.

I have to admit, though I’ve enjoyed the likes of Wild Beasts on the bigger stages like Leeds Met University previously, I usually prefer the ‘smaller’ acts at the smaller venues such as Holy Trinity Church or Cockpit 3.

This year, the ‘smaller’ acts include The Crookes, The 1975, Wave Machines, Jagwar Ma, Swimming Lessons, China Rats, Theme Park, Charles Bruno, Sam Smith and many more.

More information at or follow LaL @liveatleeds2013

One of the more interesting new acts around locally (and I know ‘interesting’ isn’t an interesting word to use but, nevertheless) are playing the Blues Bar in Harrogate this Saturday night.

It will be stylish post-punk popsters Pony and Trap’s first Harrogate gig of 2013 and it’s coinciding with Tom’s 18th birthday, so it really is a special occasion.

The North Yorkshire-based duo of vocalist Sally Rafferty and guitarist Tom Meyer promise some surprises in store, though nothing can surely top the moment they supported Charlotte Church at the Brudenell Social Club?

Hosted by DJ Trev of Bottom of the Bottle fame, heat two of Rehab’s battle of the bands features four excellent local rock bands this Sunday night in the shape of The Tickets, Pseudohympho, Hellfire Jack and These Young Sons.

Kicking off at 7pm, each of the four bands will play a 25-minute set and the evening continues into the wee small hours with a free club night.

Woah – rock n roll classics with a modern edge - new band The Rocketers bring their version of Little Richard, Chuck Berry, young Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis plus the odd curve ball from The Cramps and Creedance Clearwater Revival to the Blues Bar in Harrogate tomorrow night, Friday.

A new music night starts this Friday at what was Vanilla Café in Harrogate, Lex of psychedelic grunge band Lobo is launching Friday Nights Live at The Den from 7pm-11pm.