Teenage sensations

Crafters. (Picture by Mihai Tufa)
Crafters. (Picture by Mihai Tufa)

TEENAGERS rock! There’s a formidable array of up-and-coming young indie/rock bands at The Club, tonight, Friday from Harrogate and district, writes Graham Chalmers. The Station Parade venue (ex-Cardinal Sins) has four leading teenage bands headlined by Crafters who have recently made appearances on BBC Introducing and Stray FM.

Also appearing at this 14+ age group gig are last year’s AMP Awards winners Summer City from Ripon, Pandemonium, Isi Dee and Purple Mafia whose amazing new video She Thinks It, shot superbly in various locations round Harrogate, is on YouTube now.

Doors open at 7pm tonight for this youthful affair and tickets costing just £3 are available from 07595 052580. A DJ set follows the live bands.

SLIGHTLY more mature rock can be found tonight at the West Park in Harrogate when the Pat McManus Band makes a welcome return.

Led by the former Mama’s Boys member McManus, support comes from Paul Miro, the ex-Apes, Pigs and Spacemen front man, playing an acoustic set, plus The Southern Rogues.

Tickets cost £8 in advance or £10 on the door. For tickets, telephone 01924 481052 or visit www.neonpinkish.com or www.seetickets.com

MANY congrats to Bedale indie band The Conspirators whose new single Bubbles is number three in the UK Independent Text Charts. More next week.

GHOSTOWN SOLDIER’S singer-songwriter evening is back at its high class location tonight, Friday at Grove House on Skipton Road which recently featured in BBC’s Who Do You Think Are, if I remember correctly.

Held in the Penfold Lounge from 8pm, as well Matt Anderson himself (aka Ghostown Soldier), there’s also acoustic music from Soundstorm, Vicky Whelan, Dave Dowson and Joe Flanagan. Entry is free.

A MUSICAL feast of some of the most creative names in indie music takes over Leeds tomorrow, Saturday at the university’s various small venues.

Constellations Festival’s eclectic mix of interesting indie acts includes The Antlers, Three Trapped Tigers, Wild Beasts, Trophy Wife, Yuck, The Big Pink, Stephen Malkmus, Antlers, Dutch Uncles and more. Here are the main events. . .

Saturday, Leeds University


15.00 Spectrals

16.00 Dutch Uncles

17.00 Summer Camp

18.15 Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks

20.00 Yuck

21.30 Wild Beasts

Riley Smith

14.00 Hookworms

15.00 Big Deal

16.00 Zulu Winter

17.00 Islet

18.00 Givers

19.00 Vessels

20.30 The Antlers

22.00 The Big Pink


14.00 Fear Of Men

14.45 Outfit

15.45 Exitmusic

16.45 Gardens & Villa

17.45 Spector

18.45 Braids

19.45 Vondelpark

20.45 Ringo Deathstarr

21.45 Three Trapped Tigers


GOOD luck to Harrogate Jazz Club which christens its new venue next week having said farewell to its home at the West Park Hotel after nearly four years.

The club’s opening night at its new home takes place next Tuesday at a venue called Balcony which is located at Harrogate Cricket Club on St George’s Road.

Playing live from 8.30pm will be Frank Brooker (sax/clarinet) and the Kevin James Quartet.

THEY’VE been quiet for quite a while but there’s something stirring about one of Harrogate’s most original bands who can be quite stirring at times, as well as boasting a dark sense of humour and a certain acidity.

Arc of Manapples have finally made their 2007 album Ego Manapples available on iTunes and Spotify.

HARROGATE covers band Palinka Dragons will be returning to the Regency on East Parade Harrogate tomorrow, Saturday. The four-piece will be on from 8pm playing a retro set of cool tunes from everybody from T Rex to Muse.

Admission is free but there will be a collection on the night for St Gemma’s Hospice which the band’s chosen charity.

FINALLY, calling all trumpet players who fancy being on stage with a member of The Futureheads.

The latter band’s Dave Hyde is currently touring the UK with ex-Golden Virgins drummer Neil Bassett in a duo named, imaginatively, Hyde & Beast.

It seems they need a talented trumpet to join them briefly on stage at each gig to accompany them on their recent single Never Come Back.

Their latest show takes place this Sunday at Fibbers in York. If you are interested, email hydeandbeats@hotmail.co.uk with confirmation that you have a trumpet and you can use it.

You couldn’t make this sort of stuff up. . .