Such a shame about CultureShock

Purple Mafia on stage at CultureShock.
Purple Mafia on stage at CultureShock.
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It seems that this appalling rain has cost us this year’s CultureShock Festival, writes Gig Scene Editor .

I’m not surprised but it’s a big blow - and not jus becauae itmakes my Gig Scene coumn which follows below out of date. Not at all.

Anyway. Here’s what I did write before the skies opened and the deluge began. . .

There’s never been more talented young bands in Harrogate and North Yorkshire than now and, if you don’t believe me, consider the following.

This week the Great Yorkshire Showground has been welcoming an estimated 6,000 children for the annual CultureShock festival.

Organised by North Yorkshire County Council, the four-day event has featured a wide array of the arts performed by youngsters.

The day that really interests Gig Scene is Saturday where a host of mainly teenage indie and rock bands will be performing from non to 10.30pm.

As always, it’s been tricky finding out exactly who’s playing and when but two things I do know is that AMP Award-winning teenage sensations Purple Mafia are on the main stage at 7.20pm and a band called Tweak are launching their freshly-recorded new EP at Cultureshock as they play.

Oh, and I think fantastic local rock band Silvertone are on, too, though I may be wrong.

From a festival of bands of the future to one of those that have ‘made it’, this year’s Leeds Festival keeps on announcing extra acts with the Festival Republic stage, in particular, shaping up very nicely.

Joining the line-up at the latter from August 24-26 at Bramham Park are the likes of the excellent S.C.U.M., Toy, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Lucy Rose and Feeder.

Foo Fighters, Kasabian and The Cure are reliable enough headliners for the main stage.

Key questions remain. Can the reformed At The Drive In possibly top dance? And will LA rappers Odd Future actually turn up this year after last year’s no-show?

The big album launch show for Samantha Smith at Harrogate’s Lure Bar next Friday, June 29 is about more than this talented singer-songwriter.

On the bill of this evening promoted by Ont Sofa is a stellar cast of musicians operating outside rock and indie clichés – DJ Ras of boy band Damage, Harrogate’s hip hop star Tre and soulful singer-songwriter Ricky Fleming.

Finally, Gig Scene wishes good luck to young Harrogate punk band Old Day Hate who play the prestigious venue The Cavern in Liverpool tonight, Thursday.