Allow us to introduce your ears to Harrogate Alternative Radio …

Curated by a group of like-minded tykes who just want to make Harrogate’s sound waves reet better – culturally and aurally – this here Harrogate Alternative Radio has Andy Backhouse as  station controller and chief noise experimenter extraordinaire, with Allan Smyth Audio Visual as benevolent benefactor and provider of extra-curricular technical wizardry. Plus a rag-tag band of talented contributors and musical raconteurs from the crème of Yorkshire’s night people and fun time folk.

Moving beyond its original specialism in avant-garde Noise, the station’s pallet of offerings now encompasses everything from EDM delights to Hardcore, Folk and all in between.

Broadcasting from a top-secret bunker under The Stray in Harrogate, you can think of us as a local station with a global audience. Visit our ‘Show Pages’ in the menu or for a sampling of our recent shows see the Home Page. Then tell your mates!

In the meantime, there is a stream of the ear-friendly variety transmitting right now! Just click on the play button in the top left hand corner of the home page.

Feel free to email us to see about hosting a show or booking a DJ – all you need to do is contact us at If you are interested in broadcasting on our station – even if you only have the idea for a pilot – all we need from you is commitment and a good music collection that you feel you need to share with the world. For more on how to make a show please click hereWe are actively looking for DJ’s. Simples.

Do you think you have the level of commitment to run, record and present your own radio show? Well, we are on the look out for show hosts! If you are a DJ / Label owner / Mouth then we want to hear from you – please get in contact. If you have a musical agenda that you wish to promote to the town, please drop Andy a message using our Contact Page to tell us what you would like to do with your show.

Whether it is a show a week, a day or a show a month – all we need is your commitment. We are in the process of building a stand-alone studio up near High Harrogate Working Mens Club. So, the technical side of things can easily be taken care of – we just need you enthusiasm …. Well, what are you waiting for – email Andy at

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Artapes Presents

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Guerrilla Dub System


Sound Of Wonder

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Whirling Hall of Knives


The End Of Harrogate Alternative Radio

…. as we know it. See the license for the live stream expires at mid-night tonight. So we are having a self-indulgent reach-around of an evening. The normal schedule has been suspended and The Hip-Op is playing out now. Phil got into radio because of our station... read more

Server Problems – 10th January 2016

We are in a right flap Jack over our new server. Sometimes it weirds out and stops playing the song only to reboot all on it’s own. So, I have uploaded all of tonights shows as a listen again – except this time they could be a listen... read more

Sunday, 20th December 2015

It has been a whirlwind of a weekend, the site has been redeveloped three times (think we have settled on a final design) and new shows have been broadcast. A new server was acquired and these following artists, among others,  have been uploaded to the cloud: Girma... read more