After a 6 year absence, a ‘Vinyls Revival’ became a DVA reinvention

Earlier this month, The Terrace participated in Independent Venue Week. As the name suggests, this is a national celebration of independent performance venues. You can read more about it here. One of the criteria for participation was to put on a show featuring original music. We knew straight away who we wanted to perform but the artists themselves were a little reluctant initially.

Dirty Vinyls was an extremely popular local band who played regularly in our pubs and in the wider West Yorkshire area. They had a loyal following and always went down a storm when playing for us, with their brand of riff-filled, dirty rock n roll. However, they hadn’t played together for over 6 years and had no plans to reform.

Tempted back to the stage for a special appearance

Despite some early reluctance, they recognised what we were trying to be a part of with Independence Venue Week and two members, Al Cleverly on vocals and Daz Haley on guitar/vocals, agreed to play one night only. Or at least, that was the plan…

Despite some trepidation returning to the stage after such a long time away, they rearranged their songs for a two-piece acoustic set, and were rehearsed and ready for the show on 2nd February.

From one-off to come-back

As most artists will tell you, there’s no thrill like performing and that spark was well and truly reignited that night. Here’s a clip of the show and just look at what they said afterwards on their Facebook page:

Massive, massive thanks to everyone who came down to the The Terrace last night to watch us play our first acoustic gig in 6 years. Your support and engagement last night made it into a very special night for us. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. Massive thanks to John Hetherington aka JustJohn for a great warm up spot. He’s one of the good guys is JJ and we are lucky to have him in the area, doing what he does for the local music scene. Also massive shout to Jay on the decks for the after party. Banger after banger…it was just one big party and we thoroughly enjoyed it.

Also big big thanks to Clare and Sarah for having us on, the bottomless rider and all round genuine hospitality and kindness. If it wasn’t for you we wouldn’t have done it….so on that note…

We go again


That’s right, now rebranded as DVA (Dirty Vinyls Accoustic), Al and Daz have embraced their renewed love of performing and plan to start playing around the local area again – much to the joy of Dirty Vinyls fans and, of course, venues like us who love hosting them.

We think this captures the spirit of Independent Venue Week perfectly!

Independent venue Week