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Virtual Insanity Festival Line-Up


Virtual Insanity Festival Line-Up shows

Virtual Insanity Virtual Festival

Harrogate's Virtual Festival

Virtual Insanity is the brainchild of Rory Hoy & DJ Trev – Rory set about contacting the cream of the local scene to provide a set. Due for a one-off broadcast on 25th April 2020 at 1pm-6pm, Virtual Insanity is the brainchild of Rory Hoy and DJ Trev. They wanted to bring together the town’s finest to entertain you during lockdown.

Harrogate Community Radio is pleased to broadcast Virtual Insanity, the virtual festival for Harrogate, North Yorkshire. It will be broadcast on Saturday 25th April at 1pm and feature…

DJ Trev

Born at a young age, Dj Trev has spent over twenty years confounding and astounding critics, fans and basic mathematic and economic principles, by making a living playing other people’s records, and occasionally talking between them.

Working mainly in the North of England, from Manchester to Leeds, Blackpool to York, and through Manford Thirty-sixborough to Lower Upper Wabznasm, Dj Trev has impressed crowds wherever he has played – with prompt time keeping, an acceptable appearance, and the fact he always has a pen or tissue should you need one.

Acting as compere for the “Virtual Insanity” festival, Dj Trev will be called to use all three of his talents, by talking more or less coherently, being able to read the names of the other acts from a piece of paper, whilst simultaneously continuing to breathe.

Other than Djing and talking about himself in the third person, Trev’s other interests are Star Wars.

Rory Hoy

Rory is a DJ on the station – tune in on the second Saturday fo the month to see why he is making waves. Just click HERE. Rory is a local chart-topping producer and acclaimed DJ. Rory Hoy is a multi award-winning Music Producer/DJ, Film Maker and Author. His music career has seen him producing 7 critically acclaimed albums and numerous EP’s, Singles, Remixes and Collaborations with other artists worldwide on various worldwide labels. Rory covers many genres including House, Funk, Hip-Hop, Big Beat, Breaks, Chillout and many more. He has also produced tracks for Film, TV and Adverts including tracks for Disney, Sony BET TV, Fox TV, Audi, Costco and the Tour De France Documentary and is constantly working on new syncs.

Rufus Beckett

Rufus Beckett is one half of the acclaimed duo ‘The Paper Waits’. The Paper Waits most recent single Contours was chosen as Jericho Keys BBC Introducing record of the week last month. The Paper Waits also performed as part of BBC Introducing’s Solitude Sessions.

Rufus has been playing music live in Harrogate for the best part of the last twenty years and is also part of the entertaining indie rock band The Four45s. As well as writing and performing he also organises popular local music events at Henshaws Arts and Crafts Centre such as Bed Fest.

Mike Atkinson

Mike Atkinson is the resident DJ at STRUT YA STUFF, playing old-school disco/soul/funk on vinyl every Friday night at Six Poor Folk in Knaresborough, from 9pm to midnight. He also co-hosts The Sunday Soul Selection at the Cross Keys in Knaresborough, playing mainly Northern Soul and Motown on the first Sunday of every month, from 4pm to 8pm. For this half-hour mix, Mike has drawn inspiration from his original DJ-ing roots in Nottingham in the late Eighties, when uplifting deep house with a strong message brought his dancers together. The mix then travels forward in time, before concluding with a couple of all-time anthems from the Seventies.

Diesel Keys

Diesel Keys is a songwriter and composer based in Harrogate. He works in the crossover areas between rock, jazz and funk, where his music has already won two semi-final places at the UK Songwriting Contest. His debut album ‘Underdog Spirit’ came out in March and he’s donating all royalties to The Salvation Army to help them deal with the effects of coronavirus on the most vulnerable people across the UK. (https://dieselkeys.bandcamp.com/album/underdog-spirit) Artists and producers looking for original material, please check him out at dieselkeys.com.

Graham Chalmers

A long-time journalist at the Harrogate Advertiser, Graham Chalmers has championed and been involved with the region’s music and arts scene for more than 25 years.

As well as promoting scores of local acts, he’s also brought the likes of Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals, Wild Beasts and Field Music to Harrogate.

He ran Charm music magazine from his bedroom for four years and was artistic director of the Fringe for Harrogate Festival for three years.

Recent times have seen him host Q&As with legendary figures including Beatles producer Ken Scott and filmmaker Tony Palmer, often in collaboration with RedHouse Originals gallery and Harrogate Film Festival.

He also gives a monthly talk on classic albums at Harrogate’s monthly Vinyl Sessions for Harrogate Hospital charity.

DJ Scooby

A world music DJ and Charity fundraiser, Scooby has raised tens of Thousands for MSF/Doctors Without Borders. He host the radio show Sound Of Wonder on Harrogate Community Radio and he can often be seen trawling for exotic gems in Evil Eye Vinyl. For more about DJ Scooby, please click HERE.

Moon On A Stick

Former cruise ship singer Jody and guitarist Dave met at an audition in London in 2008. They did a one-off gig together at the NEC in Birmingham but then went their separate ways. After chatting on Facebook five years later, Dave audaciously asked Jody on a date and to his surprise she came all the way from Aberdeen down to North Yorkshire for dinner. They got married in September 2015 and while they both have busy teaching schedules these days, they still perform at weddings and events during the year, usually being asked to play Disney songs!

Guerrilla Dub System (Andy Digits from HCR)

Andy Digits (real name: Andy Backhouse) got sick of being mistaken for the Andy Backhouse who worked on BBC Introducing in North Yorkshire. People would come up to him and ask “… what, the Andy Backhouse? As in the radio’s Andy Backhouse?” So he took this as a cue, figuring if you can’t bet them then join them, and set out with Allan Smyth & DJ Scooby to start Harrogate Community Radio.

As a DJ, Andy had a No1 hit on Beatport Mixes (when it ran) with a Roots mix and, with Allan Smyth, he is part of Guerrilla Dub System. Guerrilla Dub System have have had five top five hits in the Reggae Charts. They are joined by DJ Scooby to present Roots Conversation.

Andy also present The Parish News. But for this festival, he figured nobody wanted to hear a forty-five minute recording of someone screaming in a chimney – Art, eh?

Jonny Skinner

Jonny Skinner, local Harrogate singer-songwriter fortunately enlightened enough to realise he hadn’t got “it” so now plays guitar for free for the most part quite likes getting beer for his efforts, Jonny has been singing around Harrogate for many many moons, in many different guises, currently clinging to band life in The Omega Era but even that’s starting to wear thin! Painfully realising that old singers become soloists mainly because they are tragically hooked on the dopamine released by people clapping and making them feel like useful members of the music scene they used to dominate Jonny has started releasing some of his own solo music from local studio Homerfire Record’s however they’ve even stopped returning his calls!

DJ Trev Bangface Set

Dj Trev kindly took five minutes out of his busy day of writing this bio and walking round his home slightly moving some of his Star Wars collectible miniature figurines, to give this message to people who are excited to hear what set he will come up with at the end of the festival:

“I recently played Bangface festival, and originally had a 45 minute time slot. Just before I went on, I got asked to fill in for the dj after me too, so I ended up playing a rather different much longer set… Since the original set was pretty full on, I thought it might be fun if I played that set, for Virtual Insanity. It’s a 45 minute break neck journey through all aspects of rave music, with only one swear word, and since all the people with actual talent will have already played, I’ve kind of got nothing to lose.”

Before the great 2020 Lockdown, Dj Trev was booked up for the next three years; he is now, however, open to all offers. Seriously.



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