IT was 20 years ago today, sort of. It started as an independent DIY magazine, then became a gig, then an event, bringing acts such Wild Beasts, Gruff Rhys, Field Music and I Like Trains to Harrogate, as well as always showcasing the best local acts.

Now Harrogate’s long running, not-for-profit promoter Charm is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a special ten-act feast of music in the upstairs room at The Regency, Bower Road, Harrogate on Sunday, December 9 from 4.30pm.

Original Charm supporters Graham Chalmers, James Littlewood, Jeremy Grove, Jonathan Goodwin, Richard Blackburn and Jem Henderson will present live music, recorded music, poetry and more.

Making the headline appearance will be York musician Dan Webster, of Birdman Rallies and Flowered 3rd fame, with the first-ever live performance of his new group.

Taking part too will be Gigantelope, starring Dave Cooke of John Peel favourites Landspeed Loungers and Being 747; top Leeds and Harrogate rapper Lence; post-rockers The Tea Towels; avant-acoustic duo Hawthonn; Leeds noise merchants Legion Of Swine and poets Heath Common and Emma Nicholson.

"Charm, as a magazine, gave the likes of Kaiser Chiefs and Corinne Bailey Rae their first ever reviews in print before venturing into a diverse range of not-for-profit gigs and, later talks and multi-media events," says Chalmers.

"Over the past two decades Charm has not only presented the cream of Harrogate acts, it’s also brought bigger names such as The Wedding Present's David Gedge and, in conjunction with Harrogate International Festival Fringe, Field Music and Super Furry Animals' Gruff Rhys to the town and gave birth to Harrogate Fringe Crawl Day for three years."

Picking out further highlights, Chalmers says: "In the past, our gigs at the Blues Bar, The Tube and Major Tom’s Social and more besides have pioneered themed evenings, from folk and psychedelia to ambient noise samples and anti-corporate punk.

"Last year, Charm presented Harrogate electronic duo Litany at Bilton WMC and in June it had a big success at the North Bar in with its hip-hop night.

December 9's 20th anniversary concert would not be complete without an appearance by legendary veteran Harrogate pianist Derry Jones. Tickets are available in person from Harrogate Theatre or at

Charles Hutchinson