Win live tickets to see Thin Lizzy at Barbican!

The new line-up of Thin Lizzy.
The new line-up of Thin Lizzy.

WHO would have thought it -Thin Lizzy still playing live and still getting rave reviews?

As their performance at Download festival earlier in the year showed, Phil Lynott or no Phil Lynott, the legendary rockers are still a helluva live band decades after the likes of Jailbait, Rosalie, Don’t Believe A Word were first released.

And you can catch them for free when they play at The Barbican in York on Tuesday, January 24 - or rather two lucky readers who win the following competition can.

The first two correct answers out of the hat will win a pair of tickets each to see phenomenal new singer Ricky Warwick (ex-The Almighty) with original Thin Lizzy members Scott Gorham, Brian Downey and Darren Wharton plus guiatrst Damon Johnson and bassist Marco Mendoza (ex-Whitesnake/Ted Nugent).

Simply complete the following song title The Boys Are Back In ----- and email your answer to by next Friday, December 16 to be in with a chance of winning.

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ON a practical matter, Kula Productions’ Mike Addison has been in touch after the tragic passing away of the local promotions company’s co-founder John Haxby last week.

Gig Scene isn’t sure what’s happening with the shows Kula had already booked before the very sad news about John broke but Mike says that one show will definitely not be happening now, though it seems out of Kula’s hands.

Chris Difford of Squeeze fame has been forced to cancel his planned Frazer Theatre concert in Knaresborough after being asked to appear with Jools Holland on his Hogmanay Show on BBC 2 - the recording date is the same as the original gig.

Mike adds that tickets already purchased will, of course, be refunded.

If you bought online you will receive an email shortly.

If you purchased via Pear records or Rock Steady you are advised to claim your refunds from those shops directly from next week.

He adds that anyone with any questions should feel free to get in touch at

A TALENTED young student from Wetherby, Isi Dee has wowed the judges at the Open Mic competition auditions with her impressive vocals. Dee now goes through to the regional finals. More information at

HARROGATE prog rock legends have a track on a new high-profile compilation album.

The Old Grey Whistle Test Country album sees Wally’s gorgeous song Your Own Way alongside classics by the likes of Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, The Grateful Dead and a whole slew of big names.

BAD news on the live music front in Harrogate as Katana bar, which seemed to be ready to become a live music venue, has actually closed its doors. Reportedly it will reopen soon with a new tenant, the owner informs Gig Scene.

BETTER news comes from brilliant local promoters RipleyBlues who say they’re enjoying a strong finish to the year after a sellout gig with Martin Harley and news that their traditional New Year’s Eve party is already sold out.

Demand is also high for their annual Christmas gig at Ripley Town Hall with r’n’b legends Nine Below Zero which will be the band’s penultimate show with bassist Gerry McAvoy on the eve of his 60th birthday.

The bassist veteran of the Rory Gallagher band, too, helped RipleyBlues at its very outset, agreeing that NBZ should play Ripley back in 1999 for its launch night.

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HAREFIELD Hall Hotel in Pateley Bridge has an amazingly experienced live act performing tomorrow, Saturday.

Singer-songwriter Dan Donnelly will be in stage from 7.30pm at this Dales venue fresh from support slots with the likes of The Levellers, The Oyster Band, Seth Lakeman and Duke Special.

As if that wasn’t enough, his CV also includes being a backing musician for the likes of the afore-mentioned Levelelrs, and, in complete contrast, cult American indie act Joy Zipper.

Donnelly has also performed on the UK summer festival circuit, including the Leftfield stage at the Glastonbury Festival.

RECENTLY signed to Italian metal label Wormholedeath Records, hot Harrogate rock band Book of Job play their first show in five months at Monteys Rock Café this Sunday night.

Kaya Tarsus, Luke Nelson and Michael Liburd will be headlining Monteys’ Redemption hard rock/metal night which also includes Waking Theo on the bill.