The Cribs help relaunch Players - return of city centre venue

Ryan Jarman of The Cribs at Players Bar, Wakefield
Ryan Jarman of The Cribs at Players Bar, Wakefield

The Cribs made their mark when a much-loved city music venue reopened last weekend.

Twins Gary and Ryan Jarman, from the indie rockers, were at the re-launch of Players Bar on King Street last Friday.

Gary Jarman of The Cribs at Players Bar, Wakefield

Gary Jarman of The Cribs at Players Bar, Wakefield

The brothers, from Netherton, signed album covers on the wall of the club.

Gary wrote: “Never Forget 98, Love Gary John.

And ” Ryan wrote: “To Players, Keep it Old Skool, Ryan James.”

The club’s entertainment manager Rob Sambrook said: “Ryan and Gary Jarman of The Cribs both visited the opening night, claiming they spent most of their teenage years in the venue.

“Aside from the friendly crowds gathering round to see their local heroes, both of them agreed to sign a vinyl cover with a message to the new Players Bar.”

The club was formerly known as Players Snooker Club, which helped define the city’s music scene of the mid 1980s and 1990s.

It was run by Dave ‘The Captain’ Carney, a larger-than-life figure who died in 2005.

Graham White, who managed the club for a decade, said at the time: “Dave was a great, decent man. Everybody knew him as ‘Captain Carney’ and all the old faces always ask, ‘Where is the Captain. By opening the club he provided a safe haven for people in Wakefield who did not enjoy the Westgate scene.”

Later the club was known as Kube but has now reverted back to Players Bar.

The musical tradition was revived on Friday night with a headline set from local band Allusondrugs, who were supported by Sheffield act Stop Drop Robot.

Mr Sambrook: “The venue itself is looking promising with acts confirmed to play every weekend. “

And 1980s Ska band Bad Manners, who had chart success with Lip Up Fatty and Can Can, will perform there next month.

Mr Sambrook added: “Players Bar has also been confirmed to be one of the few venues playing live music all day as part of the Long Division Festival.”

Clandestine will kick off the club’s festival line up on September 13 and Clown will close the night, nine bands later.

But Mr Sambrook added: “The next headline act in the diary for the Wakefield music scene at Players Bar is a visit from ska legends Bad Manners on Friday, September 5.

Tickets for the Bad Manners gig are available online via

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