Revival of Dragongate Festival on the cards

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HARROGATE’S only outdoors rock music festival Dragongate looks set to return next year.

Local organisers Allan Smyth, Matty Jacobs and Blake Sanders hope to host the weekend of live acts at Bluecoat Meadow on Otley Road.

It was last held there in September 2009 having evolved from the Thornborough Henges festival which ran for several years at Lime Tree Farm near Grewlethorpe.

Next year’s event will take place in June and the intrepid trio are already appealing for stewards and sponsors to help make this important event a success.

If you’re interested in helping, email Allan Smyth at

CONGRATULATIONS to local singer-songwriter Elliot Long who is within a whisper of making it through the regional final of the Open Mic UK competition.

After a good live performance, the resident musician at the Pitcher and Piano bar in Harrogate is now reliant on your votes to secure a place in the next stage.

Back the lad by texting Wildcard466 to 84222. Lines close on Wednesday, November 2.

A FORMER member of local acoustic super group Waking the Witch played a warm-up gig in Knaresborough at the weekend. A favourite of BBC Radio 2 presenter Janice Long, Becky Mills performed the low-key gig at the Cross Keys last Sunday in preparation for a 30-date UK tour.

Her new album Dandelions features guest appearances by local musicians Biz of Oceans fame and his former band mate Jason Odle.

AMONG the many exciting events taking place this weekend as part of Masham Arts Festival, one of the most enticing is a show starring one of the district’s best bands.

The Birdman Rallies, who impressed the Super Furry Animals’ leader Gruff Rhys on a support slot during Harrogate International Festival Fringe, play Masham Town Hall tonight, Friday from 7.30pm.

CLASSIC Harrogate rock band Wally may be no more but two of their key members are hoping to make their live debut together.

Lead singer Roy Webber and guitarist and famed producer Will Jackson, are working on new songs together under the snappy moniker Jackson-Webber.

One of the fruits of their studio sessions was aired last weekend on where, incidentally, an interview with Wally themselves will be broadcast next Friday, October 28 at 8pm.

CHRISTIES wine bar on Kings Road is dipping its toes fully in the live Harrogate music scene with a fortnightly acoustic night on Wednesdays featuring guest singer-songwriters from 9pm..

The first one happened earlier this week and the bar also plays host to live music from the Blowflies tomorrow, Saturday at 9.30pm.

THERE’S a rare chance to see the internationally-known tribute band the UK Foo Fighters (not bad for a bunch of guys from the Harrogate district) play locally at The Alexandra in Harrogate next Thursday, October 27.

I RECENTLY bought Pink Floyd’s Animals for the first time, woah it’s depressing but really good. . .eventually. To enjoy the Floyd in a happier way, visit the Crown Hotel in Harrogate next Friday night for a big screen presentation of the band’s concert movie Pulse.

Filmed during the Roger Water-less band’s soldout Earls Court show of 1994 when Messrs Gilmour, Wright and Mason were joined by a plethora of backing musicians to create something special, this charity screening for Saint Michael’s Hospice features 20kW Dolby 5.1 surround sound and a 16ft projector screen avec bar et snacks. Shine on you crazy diamonds from 7pm. For tickets, go to

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