Those block rockin’ beats

DJ Loz Contreras.
DJ Loz Contreras.

NOW, I’m not going to pretend to be a dance scene expert, writes Graham Chalmers. There was that single visit to Back to Basics in Leeds, and that outdoor Rave at Madrid and those late nights at Planet Metatron club in the Harrogate Arms in its late 1990s heyday and I’ve seen the likes of Orbital and Chemical Brothers live and I love electronica like Four Tet and Mount Kimbie (or is that ‘dubstep’?) but when it comes to the dance scene in Harrogate, well. . .

I mention this only because the names of certain locally-based DJs who’re clearly doing well keep popping up.

Names like DJ Loz Contreras who recently appeared at a new club night in town called White Noise at Moko which featured dubstep, electro and drum n bass sounds.

Loz, who specialises in all the above, has DJ-ed the campsites at Leeds Festival, though he’s probably best known for having one of his tracks aired on the Fabio & Grooverider Show on Radio 1 a couple of years back.

His new EP called Saravejo is currently available on iTunes.

ANOTHER local DJ doing great things is Rory Hoy whose new EP on the legendary USA label Funk Weapons reached number three on the Juno Breakbeat charts recently.

The EP shows the youngster’s love of Big Beats, Ghetto Funk, House music and Moombahton (I‘m not even going to pretend to know what the means).

More importantly, it also includes a collaboration Rory did last year with dance music guru Freddy Fresh.

Rory’s new album, his fourth to date, is out soon.

KATANA Bar on Union Street in Harrogate is the location for club night Phunk’d tomorrow night, Saturday. It’s a special first birthday night with music such as House, Disco, Jackin’ and Funky from DJs Gavin Lampitt, Marc Wilkie, James Moon, Oli Hodges and Adi Powell. It runs from 9pm to 3.30am and entry is free.

TALKING of Katana, its weekly acoustic jam nights on Tuesdays now have a new host in the shape of likeable singer-songwriter Chris Lawrence.

AND the DJ action continues. . .Tonight, Friday sees the launch night of Love 2 Groove at The Clock nightclub in Knaresborough.

Expect House, Disco, Deep House and Techno from 10pm to 4am courtesy of the following Djs - James Moon, Jamie Lindsay, Michael Morritt, Jim Pearson, SY-B and Dave Mooney.

AFTER another big live appearance for leading Harrogate band D’Nile last weekend at Tadcaster alongside the likes of Shed Seven at the Foxtonbury Festival, Liam Gray and the boys are currently heading for Liverpool where they appear at famous Beatles-associated venue The Cavern tonight.

I suspect it’s too late to get tickets, though it might be worth a try at

Liam is also offering much-needed rehearsal space for local bands at The Club on Station Parade in Harrogate. If you’re interested in booking space is 07979 154830.

OUR recent Jimi Hendrix competition attracted a huge response. The winner of the goodie bag courtesy of cutting edge Harrogate art gallery RedHouse Originals is Alan Croucher of Hookstone Chase, Harrogate who correctly answered Electric Ladyland.

IT was a shame to hear that 80s hitmaker John Parr had to pull out of his show at Frazer Theatre in Knaresborough but promoters Kula have plenty of goodies coming up at this great little venue shortly (though not The Goodies, you understand).

Lovely singer Beverley Craven makes her return by popular demand on October 15, while Mary Coughlan appears on October 29.