The AMAZING She Drew the Gun return to York in October!
Every day, around the world, inspiring individuals risk their lives to fight for and defend the human rights that many of us take for granted. Their commitment to the causes they defend, despite the risks they face, is deeply inspiring. Join us for a day of creating art in celebration of inspirational human rights activism. Some materials will be provided, but feel free to bring your own as well.
It’s been a whole decade!!!
Thank you to everyone who has been with us along the way- whether helping out, performing, or more than anything, coming down and having a dance- you have made it what it is, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
**This event is now SOLD OUT**
Now settled in fertile east London, Snapped Ankles maintain the feral energy of the forest. Fight or flight. Primal motorik rhythms, the rush of white noise and post-punk angles; an aural onslaught played out on homemade log synths, electrified guitars and sticks beating hell on taut animal skin.
Their work, from their earliest performances as a psychedelic band who were contemporaries of, and shared stages with, Syd Barrett’s Pink Floyd and the Jimi Hendrix Experience, all the way to being one of Europe’s best known ‘fusion’ groups, has influenced several generations of bands, and continues to be name-checked by today’s hip experimentalists.
Come and celebrate The Strawbs 50th Anniversary with Dave Cousins alongside longtime band members lead guitarist Dave Lambert and the astonishingly versatile Chas Cronk, who together formed the front line of the classic 1970s Strawbs.
**RESCHEDULED DATE** and **SOLD OUT!**
Powerful Irish post-punk band The Murder Capital are a blistering live band who’ve already more than held their own on stages opening for big hitters IDLES, Fontaines DC, Slaves and Shame. Their debut album has been gathering rave reviews across the board.
Delighted to be celebrating 4 years of The Crescent Community Venue. Thank you all for supporting us! We’ve invited special guest DJ Artwork along for the party! Legendary selector, absolute party starter, and all round top guy. Expect anything from house, disco and techno to bass and garage from this incredible crate digger. Bring a party hat.
As a drummer, composer or artist, Richard Spaven is one of the world’s most exciting and genre-defying. His career has seen him play for many of music’s most innovative artists both on stage and in the studio: Jose James, Flying Lotus, The Cinematic Orchestra, Guru’s Jazzmatazz, Gregory Porter to name but a few.
Savage Mansion AKA Glasgow-based purveyor of scuzzy slacker guitar pop Craig Angus released his debut album ‘Revision Ballads’ earlier this year on Lost Map Records.
Legendary former Amen Corner singer and guitar player for the stars, including stints alongside Roger Waters, Eric Clapton, George Harrison and Bill Wyman, Andy Fairweather-Low brings his band to The Crescent in September!
Before it touches your lips prepare your chakras for total combustion. The Sweet Berry Elixir is here and is ready to share with you their unique brand of psychedelic carnival folk. Fronted by Yorks very own curly haired busker, Charlie Swainston, and featuring an elite assortment of multi talented musicians.
The modern-day leaders of Ghanaian highlife music are back!
Theri new album ‘Obiaa!’ is a deep and soulful journey into the heart of Ghana’s indigenous highlife music celebrating the timeless and iconic voice of Pat Thomas, the 72 year-old “Golden Voice of Africa”.
Multi-award winning Korean indie-pop band Say Sue Me pop back to the UK for a handful of autumn dates to finish another fine year gathering loads of new fans including new friends The Beths, Yo La Tengo, The Ravonettes and Snail Mail!
Two legendary names on the British folk and acoustic music scene share this very special evening in tribute to Roland Walls, who was the lead organiser of York’s award winning Black Swan Folk Club for over 30 years, promoting many hundreds of shows in that time.
The golden age of the Northern straight white male comedian has gone the way of the dinosaurs. How will he adapt if he wants to survive? What next for this Northern Joker?
A charity live music event showcasing the talent of York’s railway community, featuring Limited Edition, The Cable Thieves, Vintage, The 102’s and Kan O Wurmz! Running order tbc.
Rob Delaney is an American comedian, actor and writer. He is widely known as the co-creator and co-star of the critically acclaimed comedy Catastrophe. Rob was nominated for a Primetime Emmy in 2016 alongside his co-creator, Sharon Horgan, for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. In 2018, Catastrophe was nominated for a BAFTA TV Award for Best Scripted Comedy and in 2016 won the BAFTA TV Craft Awards for Best Comedy Writing.
In December 2017, Shut Out The Light’s documentary about Labour stalwart Dennis Skinner, Nature of the Beast, played to a sold-out audience at Redhills – The Miners’ Hall in Durham. Having filmed at the Gala for Nature of the Beast and then being exposed to the history and aura of Redhills, Shut Out The Light approached the Durham Miners’ Association about the possibility of making the first official feature-length documentary about the Gala.
Encouraging The Loony is a highly unique instrumental duo featuring Karl Mullen on piano and Neil Scott on drums. Focussing heavily on entertainment, high level musicianship, and improvisation, the band gleefully reimagine and combine anything and everything from the worlds of pop, rock, jazz, blues, reggae, and classical music.
Man founded in 1968 are a much loved “progressive” rock band formed in Wales. Sometimes called the UK equivalent of the “Grateful Dead” due to their ability to go into spontaneous “jam” sessions. The band are currently working on their latest album at The Coachhouse Studio in Hesdin, France.
The Buster Keaton Picture Show sees acclaimed instrumental group Haiku Salut perform an original, contemporary live score to Buster Keaton’s 1926 comedy classic The General.
The Furrow Collective is an English/Scottish band consisting of four talented and individually prominent performers: Lucy Farrell (viola, voice & saw), Rachel Newton (harp, fiddle, voice), Emily Portman (banjo, concertina, voice) and Alasdair Roberts (guitars, voice).
Dan Webster plays an accessible mix of Folk/Americana and has been building loyal fanbase ever since breakthrough album ‘Diamond Land’ featured on the likes of Hollyoaks, BBC Radio 2 and BBC 1. They finish the summer with a home town show at The Crescent!
After a few trials over summer, we are delighted to announce a permanent partnership with York’s best Sicilian Cafe: LA TRINACRIA.
Beppe is going to rustle together a special launch party buffet… and it’s ONLY A FIVER. AND YOU GET A BEER.
Lockeland is straight-up contemporary country with a throwback twist; the trio’s blend of talents complement one another to “go down smooth” naturally and instinctively. The group’s polished, easy-does-it dynamics, intricate three-part harmonies and simplistic, meaningful storylines are its signature.
Auger are very excited to return for a 3rd show in York, after previous storming shows in the City at both Fibbers & The Fulford. Support is from Momento Mori UK & Rain Children.
A fantastic triple bill. Charlie Parr returns and this time he’s hooked up with JD Wilkes of the Legendary Shack Shakers and local legend Boss Caine to bring the house right down. This is our kind of party!
Ravin’ Rascals in the new family-friendly event hitting York this summer, providing the ultimate rave experience for children and parents alike!
We’re delighted to welcome back this charismatic Scottish pair. Aidan Moffat’s deadpan delivery and humourous poetry has been instantly recognisable ever since Arab Strap emerged in the mid-nineties. Aidan has teamed up with (fellow SAY Award winner and) percussive guitarist RM Hubbert a few times over the years and recorded two excellent albums.
One of our favourite young singer-songwriters, Kitty VR is throwing a big party here in August to launch her new EP ‘All In Her Head’ with a bunch of special guests!
This House Is Haunted are a three piece from York. Zak, Dom and Jenn blend influences from early post-hardcore and metal with influences from Thrice, Alexisonfire and Deftones alongside narratively styled instrumental bands such as Mew, Mogwai and Explosions In The Sky.
Tiny Ruins are a band based in Auckland, New Zealand. Conceived in 2009 by songwriter Hollie Fullbrook to describe her solo output, the group now includes Cass Basil on bass, Alex Freer on drums & Tom Healy on electric guitar. Traversing early influences of folk and blues, Tiny Ruins’ sound draws on ethereal and grungy soundscapes alike.
Imarhan’s tender, soulful, intense vision of a genre of music that was already flooded with talent and exposure still managed to float to the top and be heralded as a pivotal record of the “New Wave Of Tuareg Music”. Record two is a huge leap forward, whereas their debut was anchored in the meditative desert blues tradition, Temet blows clear of any such notions, finding bounce and drive by stirring their sound with funk, fuzz, disco and rock.
FOXHΛUNT are an alternative rock band from York, UK. They infuse traditional British sounds with a unique spin on alt-rock, with influence from Alexisonfire, Linkin Park & Don Broco.
Sam Oliver is a York Based Singer songwriter, he has been playing in bands in York since 2011. Earlier in the year with the help from Young Thugs Studios he recorded his first solo EP. Sam creates dreamy post-pop whilst dipping into psychedelic sounds derived and inspired by his past bands.
A full local billing of some of the great local talent that York has to offer with Flooded taking on another headliner this time at The Crescent. Their youthful indie pop sound which is catchy and toe tappingly great.
Coldharbourstores are a dreamy pop band from London who formed in 1998. Their fourth album Vista was recorded and produced by Bark Psychosis legend Graham Sutton and has just been released on Enraptured.
Three very fun bands from Amsterdam, Glasgow and Manchester plus added Blood’s BAD BABY bingo.
Brooklyn Brewery deliver the goods with their first foray into rock’n’roll in York.
Sunflower Bean are veterans of the Brooklyn DIY scene, drawing from a wild myriad of rugged lo-fi sounds, psychedelia and hypnotic rock riffs.
Yama Warashi, meaning small child like mountain spirit, are a Bristol based art rock ensemble fronted by Zun Zun Egui’s Yoshino Shigihara. Inspired by Japanese folk dance, free jazz, tribal African music and heavily saturated in psychedelia. Lyrically outlandish and charming, melodically addictive and mythical.
This show has now been cancelled and full refunds are available from your point of purchase. If you’re struggling with that drop us an email via our contact page.
The Stroppies are a four piece guitar-pop band from Melbourne, Australia. Their new album on Tough Love Records recalls the classic eighties Flying Nun jangle-punk of The Clean and The Verlaines; and college rock silliness of Guided By Voices and Pavement.
Join us as we celebrate the launch of York Music Forum Jazz Orchestra’s new album ‘Mist and Reflection.’
The band will play two sets and you’ll have the chance to get your hands on the first copies of the CD!
Brainchild of the Guitarist Al Morrison, (New York Brass Band) The Blues Experience went from a tribute to BB King Band to a original group with its own sound.
The Band is a 10 piece and features, Horns, Guitar and sweet harmonised vocals!
The Band started in 2008 at the Hull Jazz Festival and has played all over the UK, bringing back the Guitar and Horn led Blues popular in the 1960’s.
The gig will feature original tunes and covers by John Mayer, Cream, BB King, Albert King and Ray Charles.
North Yorkshire pop-soul singer John Newman is coming to play a very intimate show at The Crescent. Famous for his number one hit ‘Love Me Again’ as well as working alongside big hitters Rudimental and Calvin Harris. John presents The Out Of The Blue Tour with a special stripped back performance.
As seen on Comedy Central’s Stand Up Central and The Chris Ramsey Show & following a sold-out 2017 tour. Burning Duck Comedy bring Geordie comedian Carl Hutchinson is back to town with a brand new show ‘I Know I Shouldn’t Behave Like This…’.
In 2014, the collaborative melting pot of York’s live music scene conspired to produce Hyde Family Jam. A traditional arrangement of guitar, double bass, accordion, and violin with a mandate to deliver blisteringly subverted renditions of popular songs.
An evening of jazz from York Jazz Initiative’s three ensembles: Big Band, Jazz Choir and Jazz Initial.
We promise fun, flair and a bit of funk!
Chechelos is Argentina’s latest popular music revelation. The cello duo that nationalized the instrument and built a bridge between traditional Peñas and theatre.
Black Rose Events bring us a triple bill of dark, alternative rock headlined by Bad Pollyanna.
Say Owt brings you an opportunity to catch this hugely popular poet in The Crescent. Hollie was the winner of the Poetry Society’s Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry in 2016 and counts Kate Tempest, Pink, Tim Minchin and Benjamin Zephaniah among her fans.
Parker Lee launch their debut album, “if you’re not serious, don’t say it” at the Crescent with a little help from their friends. Indie rock, post-punk, alt-folk genius and an ex-Soul Candy/Black Box DJ to follow – we’ve got what you need, baybee.
After our highly entertaining Mark Wynn & Mark Wynn show in February, we’re very pleased to be able to tell you were all at it again in June. Whilst likely to have some similarities to that grand display, there will definitely be no Timmy The Tiger.
Abstract Orchestra, the all star hip-hop big band return to The Crescent ahead of their new album, and fresh off their tour with Slum Village.
After their last show which covered the Madvillainy album from start to finish, we’ve got them back in, this time delving deep into the Doom back catalogue. 18 incredible jazz musicians taking on Doom’s classics; featuring MCs Micall Parknsun and Joker Starr.
Paul McArthur’s Kings of Cool is a high-quality, eleven-piece band playing a mix of jazz, funk, disco and acid jazz – but with a cool twist.
Counted amongst the top 100 best prog bands of all time, their musical palette is diverse. and while they draw on influences from the golden age of seventies’ rock, they have developed their own unique sound and style that both captures some of the essence of that heady era and yet looks forward into the future.
Let off some steam and get wavey at The Crescent’s SUBMERGE. Our underwater-themed evening will showcase some of the best up-and-coming student artists in York.
Kris Drever, Martin Green and Aidan O’Rourke formed Lau in 2005. A band steeped in traditional Scottish music but with an artistry unwilling to be confined by that. Lau are now four time winners of Best Group at the BBC Folk Awards, they’re new album, recorded by John Parrish arrives next month.
Damon on acoustic guitar, Naomi on keyboard, the two of them alternating lead vocals and singing together in harmony. These duo shows are a stripped back, direct expression of their songs that they have travelled with around the world. Join them for an intimate 21st century evening of song.
Fusing slinky underground disco, deep electronic throbs, shimmering pop moments; this is dance music with a voice, a heart, and soul.
With one of the best live dance music shows on the planet, Crazy P have been leaving their mark on the landscape of British dance music for the last 15 years.
Traditional songs and tunes are given a heavy rock edge with earth shattering riffs, playful arrangements and driving dance rhythms. Blackbeard’s Tea Party believe a live music show should be a spectacle for the eyes as well as the ears. Outlandish outfits, costume changes, DIY props, unhinged stage antics and chaotic choreography all add up to an engaging, high-octane show that frequently leaves audiences cheering for more.
Legendary poet, Benjamin Zephaniah, joins The Crescent Community Venue with his full band, The Revolutionary Minds, for a show of political dub poetry. This is not one to miss!
A special co-headline show from two top-of-their game Americana bands.
A fuzz filled trio of rock’n’roll delights from up and down the A64. Heady garage-punk for all the family brought to you by Trash City. Ace.
Delighted to welcome back explosive London quintet PYJÆN to York, fresh with a debut album, and off the back of sellout shows at prestigious venues like Jazz Cafe and Ronnie Scotts, as well as sessions for Worldwide FM.
A firm favourite of EVERYONE here at The Crescent, Amy May Ellis is getting the band back together for a tour in support of her new EP ‘We Got Fire’. A recent invite to one of the worlds largest emerging band showcases, The Great Escape Festival and a live session for Steve Lamacq on BBC 6 Music will hopefully help a bit more of the world hear this ace singer-songwriter. Top supports too!
Acts include Charlotte Hall, Kraken, and The Vanity Project, with a DJ set from Qwirk to close.
Hot on the heels of a breakthrough year, Bristol based electronic jazz outfit Ishmael Ensemble hit the road for their first official U.K. tour. Ishmael formerly released amazing house records through labels like Church and Wolf Music, and we are really excited to see what the new live band looks like in action! Teasers in the comments.
A Montreal-born Grenadian-Canadian, Kaia’s old-time banjo skills, jazz-fueled voice and deft song craft have garnered acclaim from NPR, CBC, Rolling Stone, BBC Music, and No Depression. Her 2016 release Nine Pin won a Canadian Folk Music Award and sent her on an 18-month touring journey from Ireland to Iowa. Kaia has just released her brilliant new album ‘Greanades’.
A resident of the legendary Leeds party Back to Basics, Ralph Lawson has played in some of the most established places going and done mixes which have earned 5 star ratings from across the board. Ralph brings together a seamless blend of energetic house music which is sure to keep the crowd engaged from start to finish and anticipating his every move. No matter where or when he plays the fire is always brought and needless to say we know that Indigo will be no exception.
A great quartet of York based noise to put a grin on yer mush including the super-smooth styling of The Plastic Palm Trees. Fun.
Robyn Hitchcock is one of England’s most enduring contemporary singer/songwriters and live performers. A surrealist poet, talented guitarist, cult artist and musician’s musician. Since founding the art-rock band The Soft Boys in 1976, Robyn has recorded more than 20 albums. Blending folk and psychedelia with a wry British nihilism, Robyn describes his songs as ‘paintings you can listen to’.
Something special happened to Pip Blom at the tail end of last year. It was a busy twelve months that saw the release of her frenetic EP ‘Paycheck’, two A-Listed singles at 6 Music and support slots to the likes of The Breeders, Franz Ferdinand and Garbage. Capping that off, though, moments before stepping onstage at a sold out Lexington – the London stop-off on her debut UK headline tour – the band put pen to paper and signed to Heavenly Recordings.
Ouroboros are delighted to present a DJ set from the edit master that is Psychemagik. Expect spun out psychedelic grooves, disco madness, and heavy remixes of both classics and digger gems, alongside incredible original productions.
Honeyblood’s third album sees Stina Tweeddale finding her most ambitious form and steely focus yet. Three albums in she has stepped forward to finally claim the mantle of the project she birthed seven years ago as a her sole vision. Stina takes the reigns in collaboration with super-producer John Congleton (Angel Olsen, St Vincent) for the most definitive Honeyblood LP to date.
We’re delighted to be hosting another performance poetry evening curated by York based promoters Say Owt. Jess Green is the 2018 BBC Slam Champion and her poem, Dear Mr Gove, has clocked up over 330,000 views.
Ouroboros and Jazz in York present The Nordanians: An incredibly talented Dutch trio fusing Indo-Jazz with funk and more.
Tenderlonious led jazz quartet Ruby Rushton and their 22a imprint have been at the forefront of the UK jazz scene since the release of their debut album ‘Two For Joy’ back in 2015. They followed that up in in 2017, with two albums — ‘Trudi’s Songbook: Volume One’ & ‘Trudi’s Songbook: Volume Two.’ Both albums were met with mass acclaim receiving award nominations and regular airtime from Gilles Peterson, Jazz FM, BBC Radio 6 and many more.
For our next event we’re going back to our roots and giving you a good old fashioned Herbal Mafia party. All our residents, all night long. Plus it’s Yenz and Moxx’s joint birthday party so it’ll be extra messy! No advance tickets for this one, only £3 on the door before 11pm and £5 after, just like the old days!
The Midnight Hour is a collaborative project between two titans of US hip hop, Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest) & producer Adrian Younge: fusing orchestral jazz, soul, R&B and blues, harkening back to the bygone era of the Harlem renaissance, whilst exploring the roots of hip hop.
Leftfield have a seminal place in Dance Music history, and we are delighted to be graced by a rare DJ set from Neil Barnes, weaving through house and techno. This is not one to miss.
Started as the so called “Krautrock Guerrilla” in 2012, six years later the Berlin combo Camera are releasing their fourth full-length album. Customarily associated with the likes of NEU! and La Düsseldorf it is time to allow Camera to break free of the krautrock tradition and accept that they are very much doing their own thing now. Motto: “It’s not repetition, it’s discipline”
2017 was a terrific year for the red-hot Uxbridge based Bloxx – who arrived ferociously at the tail-end of the summer, with boundless energy and a fresh new charge of grunge-pop that the world was very ready for.
NYBB pack a powerful punch of relentless drums, rumbling tuba and wailing horns… nothing kicks a party into gear like the sound of a smokin’ New Orleans Mardi Gras Jazz Band
Another cracker to look forward to in April when one man electro-psych machine brings his TVAM project to York for the first time after the release of debut album Psychic Data. ‘Hazy psychodramatic atmosphere that brings to mind proto-electro punks Suicide, the swaying noise of MBV, and the brooding nostalgia of Boards Of Canada. Quite simply this is a superb debut album’
Piccadilly Records (#5 Album Of The Year)
A truly singular talent, David Thomas Broughton is coming to The Crescent in April to play a solo show for new promoters Wildfowl. We know this will be an inspiring and unforgettable evening because all DTB gigs are. Do not miss.
Two of the finest singers to come out of the UK folk scene in the last 15 years have joined forces to record a brand new duo album. Recorded at Kate Rusby’s legendary Pure Records studio and produced by musical maestro Damien O’Kane, the album contains a dynamic mixture of revamped traditional material and brand new original songs, and promises to be one of the most exciting records of 2019.
We welcome a new all day event to The Crescent in April with ten blues bands from across the region coming to play from 1pm onwards.
A triumphant return to The Crescent for York four-piece The Howl & The Hum after they spent 2018 busily touring, writing and recording in preparation for the release of their debut album. It’s not here yet, but it’s coming!
Tugboat Captain are a rotating crew of friends and family – recording, rehearsing and releasing music out of a terraced house in South London. The band have spent the last year gathering attention across the DIY Pop community through their relentless touring, homemade videos and bittersweet pop songs.
The Crescent and Please Please You proudly present Michael Chapman, with a full band featuring Bridget St. Cole, BJ Cole and Sarah Smout, who all feature on his newest album True North.
The infamous Haggis Horns hardly need any introduction, having been at the forefront of the UK funk scene since they came to our attention on the legendary album “Keb Darge Presents The New Mastersounds”. They have four funk-fuelled albums under their belt and they have been rocking crowds the world over for years winning fans with their distinctive northern funk sound combining ass-shaking breakbeats, afrobeat, soul and hip-hop.
We’re working alongside Leeds’ finest venue to promote a show for Benjamin Francis Leftwich in YORK MINSTER.
Tickets are on sale from us on Friday.
Oli has never lost the love of the Blues or his appreciation of the Blues fans that have supported him over the years. He has been enjoying the Blues gigs this year so here we have one more! Don’t miss the opportunity to see this young singer, songwriter and stunning guitarist.
The Wave Pictures return with the promised second album of the year, Look Inside Your Heart – a warm, joyous record celebrating friendship, happiness and drunken party times.
Do The Right Thing is the hilarious, occasionally absurd and frequently obscene panel game podcast where comedians try to work out the right thing to do in some weird and wonderful situations. One minute it might be guessing how to escape if they’re buried alive, the next they could be agony-aunting someone whose cat is a bit stand-offish.
The evening will see bands from across York compete to be crowned Best Band 2019. Musicians from the city’s secondary schools will perform a mix of covers and original songs.
Indie folk-pop band Pelico, return with The World Turns, their first release in 4 years. This experienced outfit from York are regularly found playing venues and festivals across the UK, supporting the likes of Roddy Woomble (Idlewild) and more recently John Bramwell (I Am Kloot) and have also featured on Tom Robinson’s BBC 6 Music show as a highlighted band.
Another great comedy show from our friends at Burning Duck, this time featuring Ed Gamble. After a sellout national tour in 2017, he’s back with another bracing flurry of idiocy!
Crossfire Eagles are a Sheffield indie rock band who play a mix of covers and original music
Joe Solo is Scarboro’s answer to Woody Guthrie playing self penned protest songs with passion and a Billy Bragg like commitment
A Joker Among Thieves are a tuneful, riffy heavy rock band from South Yorks
All three are playing to benefit York Stand up to Racism and our campaign fund which is needed now more than ever in the face of a rising threat from the far right and racist groups across Europe.
The Orielles are back in York and have grown another member!
2018 has been some year for The Orielles. Having started it as one of the most talked about new band’s in the U.K. they delivered on the hype thanks to a much acclaimed debut album, Silver Dollar Moment in Feb and their breathtaking live show which saw them sell-out increasingly large venues across the U.K and play festivals from Latitude to Camp Bestival and End of the Road.
Live Art Bistro is back again… gyrating its way to York for one night only.
DRYHUMP is the perfect blend of amusement, carnage and cabaret. A fun, carnivorous cabaret salad one might even say. A salad with glitter boots and tweed jackets, topped to the brim with queer performance, grimy games and dancing shamelessly.
Ouroboros is delighted to welcome Kel Assouf to York. Stoner desert rock from the Sahara: a political Queens of the Stone Age meets Tinariwen. A very different kind of show for us, should be a lot of fun! Support comes from local psychedelic heroes Soma Crew.
Canadian traditionalist Sarah Jane Scouten returns to York on the back of releasing her third album When the Bloom Falls From the Rose. Ranging in style from classic honky tonk to indie-folk rock, Scouten has developed a big, lush sound on the album, coming into her own as a songwriter and performer, drawing from such modern approaches to country music as Sturgill Simpson and Emmylou Harris’ iconic album Wrecking Ball.
A great triple bill of left-of-centre sounds curated by Please Please You. Slacker garage-rock types Cowgirl headline, J Fernandez and his band are over from Chicago performing their offbeat, bedroom pop to Wild Nothing’s crowd most of the month and a rare solo show from Middle Child singer Rory Welbrock kicks things off. Class stuff all round and only a fiver.
Miles and the Chain Gang take their cues from songwriters such as Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison and Neil Young. Add in a touch of country, some new wave influences and a pinch of classic soul, and you have a potent mixture. These are great songs, well delivered with punch and considerable heart. The band includes songwriter and poet Miles Salter (vocals, guitar), Tim Bruce (bass) and Billy Hickling (percussion).
Kate Peters and her Quintet come to The Crescent for a special Valentines show.
Following up her sell out Ella Fitzgerald Big Band show back in December, this is set to be a lovely evening. Expect fun, funky and jazzy takes on some classic numbers!
RAVELINGS OF EARTH, REBEL!
ABSORB THE MUTATED FREQUENCIES OF COSMIC DROSS.
THERE ARE NO EARTH WORDS TO DESCRIBE THESE SOUNDS.
BUT YOU WILL LEARN HOW TO LOVE AND DANCE AGAIN.
THIS IS YOUR FUTURE. PUT DOWN THE WEAPONS.
UNITE. AND COLONISE SPACE.
8th February 2019 will see the release of Rachel’s long awaited 1st studio album named Hours Awake, a collection of Rachel’s very first eleven songs written between 2014 and 2017. The album has been co-produced by Rachel herself and Dan Webster. The launch party held at the Crescent will be the very first live performance of Rachel’s original music as a band.
A prolific songwriter for nearly twenty years, Laura Veirs proves the depth of her musical skill on her tenth solo album, The Lookout., released by Bella Union earlier this year. Working alongside Grammy winning producer Tucker Martine, Veirs also roped in the talents of Jim James and Sufjan Stevens.
NEON AND THE DEONS (Rotterdam) fuse jazz, electronics and a party vibe to explosive effect…
A cosmic jazz rave! Support is a special set from VHB (Vanbrugh House Band)… Only 5 quid for this!
Tim Burgess, best known as lead singer of The Charlatans, has also recorded three solo albums and one collaboration album with Peter Gordon. He’s bringing his band The Anytime Minutes to play an intimate show in The Crescent as part of Independent Venue Week on Feb 3rd.
Whether he be ragging his guitar, delivering a dead-pan rant, dancing along to classic rock on his mobile cassette player, dancing around to himself playing on his mobile cassette recorder, draping himself over a wheelie bin, dancing around a mop bucket or humping a monitor speaker – a Mark Wynn show is generally an unforgettable experience.
Taking donations of £3 or more on the door, all money goes towards the fund for much needed heating at the venue! We’ll be doing more fundraising shows soon, stay tuned…
A special charity show supporting Karl Mullen’s mission to take a digital piano to the school he is visiting in Ethiopia! There will be a raffle, special guests and more! This gig is part of Independent Venue Week at The Crescent.
After the roaring success of Quizmas, we are bringing back the MEGAQUIZ on a regular basis!
Last Sunday of every month!
We’ve been bringing bass culture to York for 13 years now.
Come and celebrate in proper Herbal Mafia style as we bring one of the biggest, most renowned and most prolific drum & bass and electronic music producers in the world.
The one and only, CALIBRE!
M*A*S*H*E*D is back in The Crescent Front Bar in 2019 bringing you some serious sunshine to brighten up a cold, grey January. For our first session of the New Year we are having a little reunion get together bringing you a massive lineup of some of our favourite acts from our extended Mashed Family.
Two of York Theatre Royal’s 16-19 Youth Theatre groups present a new site-specific theatre piece inspired by The Crescent, and the stories that may have happened inside.
We welcome another live female vocalist for our January session!
Live PA from Leeds’ own Royal P!
A veteran performer with a warm stage presence and mature vocal style. Join us for a special evening!
Irie Vibes Sound System’s resident selectors running the riddims before and after.
Come and drink away the January blues with Dan Webster and his cracking band.
‘Dan Webster played an impressive set at Maverick… performing under his name a permanent band… well honed, the mandolin of Polly Bolton, violin of Emily Lawler and cello of Rachel Brown weaving interesting lines and counter melodies… incorporates British and Celtic Folk and bluegrass but also draws on Springsteen…’ Country Music People Magazine
Kieff are a band from the Netherlands embarking on their first trip as a band to the UK. They play pysch punk math mind melt rock. They are a bit like xtc. They’re really good and really nice!
“I’m so thrilled to have the amazing Edwina Hayes, Dave Keegan and Simon Snaize join me in an evening of music and fun. Come along!”.
Street Cleaver and The Crescent are teaming up to feed the homeless and anyone who is in need of a good hot meal, made with love and care. Meat and Vegan options available.
A rollicking four band indie-rock’n’roll show celebrating a cracking year for Honours being a band together with Violet Contours, THE FEENS and Honey Smugglers.
Come and join the brassiest band in town for a big Christmas knees up.
New York Brass Band are North Yorkshire’s only contemporary New Orleans inspired Brass Band. NYBB pack a powerful punch of relentless drums, rumbling tuba and wailing horns… nothing kicks a party into gear like the sound of a smokin’ New Orleans Mardi Gras Jazz Band.
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A special Christmas show with progressive folk-rock outfit Mostly Autumn.
Gomez singer and songwriter Ben Ottewell released his third solo album, A Man Apart, in May. It’s a record that crosses musical genres such as Americana, blues and folk backed by Ben’s unmistakable gutsy and gravelly voice. Co-written with childhood friend and former Tunng member, Sam Genders, and recorded in Los Angeles and Sheffield, the latter with Martin Smith (Richard Hawley).
We’re happy to welcome Blackbeard’s Tea Party back to The Crescent with their brand of gutsy folk rock. A mix of traditional and self-penned songs and tunes are given a heavy rock edge with playful arrangements and driving dance rhythms. This is all mixed up in an engaging, high-octane stage show that frequently leaves audiences cheering for more.
This will be their annual Christmas Show so expect some festive shenanigans!
Starting at 1pm from the Tap York Railway Station progressing in a 1920s route and venues through York featuring filming and photographs finishing with a live performance at The Crescent between 4pm and finishing at 7pm in a Peaky Blinders themed Ballroom with vintage cars as used in the new series.
YORK ZINE FEST 12pm – 4pm FREE ENTRY Come join York’s independant creative community for a special edition of the Zine Fest! Bonus points if you come in a Christmas Outfit.
We invited six-time World Snooker Champion Steve Davis to come and DJ at The Crescent whilst he’s in York working in December and he said yes!
Alongside his esteemed partner Kavus Torabi, they’ll be weaving uniquely through prog and krautrock to electronica and techno deep into the night.
After their triumphant sellout show in April, the Kate Peters Big Band return for another show in the run up to Christmas.
Christmas is around the corner and we’re starting the festivities early with a double headline show featuring firm friends and party legends: Chimpo and DJ Barely Legal!!
Yorkshire trio Drahla have recently signed to American indie Captured Tracks, toured with METZ, Ought and Parquet Courts and been recording with that MJ chap from Hookworms. Pretty good!
‘Blending wiry post-punk with unpredictable art-rock, Drahla found their identity in Yorkshire’s fertile music scene with their minimal yet robust bass-heavy sound.’
Delighted to be joined for a special show by one of London’s finest musicians redefining the ‘jazz’ genre at the moment! His recent critically acclaimed Brownswood album fused jazz, hip hop, soul and dub to amazing effect. We can’t wait to see his band, also comprised of London jazz superstars, put it into action!
After three years constant touring, these genre-defying Geordies are back at it in November when they embark on their biggest tour yet!
Our last show sold out well in advance so get yourself a ticket sorted double quick if you want in.
East London folk band Stick in the Wheel are headed by singer Nicola Kearey, and guitarist/producer Ian Carter. Known for Kearey’s fierce, authentic delivery, this is culturally and politically switched on music with its roots firmly embedded in the genre’s traditional, working-class heritage.
Paul Draper (Mansun) will play his first ever full length acoustic tour this November, accompanied by guitarist Ben Sink. Hear a set of tracks spanning Mansun Official, Spooky Action and solo EP’s PLUS new and as-yet unreleased songs from his second solo album.
Twice winners of Scotland’s Traditional Music ‘Live Act of the Year’ Award (2016 & 2011), Skerryvore have been on a meteoric journey that has taken them from the remote Isle of Tiree on to International tours that have included performances in Central Park NYC, The Ryder Cup Louisville and the Shanghai Expo, China.
Known to many round these parts are one of the blue suits in Hope & Social and fronting his terrific Graceland cover band, Gary Stewart is a Scottish singer/songwriter who now resides in York after cutting his musical teeth on the Leeds music scene over the last 15 years. The Left-hander writes songs about love, paranoia and people’s misfortunes and delivers them with a Celtic flair and earthy guitar style reminiscent of Paul Simon and John Martyn.
Another Crescent Front Bar Smasher
Spinning the Platters that Matter
Come down and eat some awesome home made yummy vegetarian curry for your Sunday lunch!!
One serious record collection. Previously running Soul Jazz’s 100% Dynamite in Edinburgh, and Ninja Tune’s Solid Steel night, he’s now more often found spinning soul shoulder to shoulder with dignitaries of the scene at Soul Provision. But he’s back on the attack for one night only, playing that good reggae music through Irie Vibes Sound System.
We are very excited to bring you one on of the finest drum & bass producers on the planet. We’ve been wanting to book him for years and are pleased to announce his York debut! The mighty Lenzman will be coming over from the Netherlands to grace our decks. Representing Metalheadz and his own label The North Quarter.
Luna Rossa bring their stunning 21st Century Acoustica to York this November, as part of a major UK Tour to promote their new studio album. Luna Rossa are Anne-Marie Helder and Jonathan Edwards – the same Award-Winning songwriting team behind the epic rock anthems of Panic Room.
Devon folk singer John Smith returned to the limelight last year with his 5th album ‘Headlong’ which he dedicated to his late mentor, John Renbourn. He returns to York with upright bass and acoustic guitar accompaniment and the brilliant Rachel Newton in support.
Doncaster garage-punk trio The Blinders set out on their biggest headline tour to date in the autumn and make their debut at the Crescent on the 2nd.
Sex and death are common themes from Aidan Moffat; since his early days with Arab Strap, he has explored these subjects with a grace and grit that plunges deep into the human soul. But this is no re-hash of the past, rather a further leap forward for Moffat, now teaming up with fellow Scot, singer and guitarist extraordinaire, RM Hubbert.
Like a hazily remembered dream, U.K. duo the KVB blend reverb-soaked shoegaze with minimalist electronic production to create their delicate and ephemeral sound. Working alongside such luminaries as Geoff Barrow (Portishead) and Anton Newcome (Brian Jonestown Massacre) the pair have recorded two albums of lush, gothy krautrock.
This show is now SOLD OUT.
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Rough Trade Records have just released the self-titled debut album by Goat Girl. Produced by Dan Carey (The Kills, Bat For Lashes, Franz Ferdinand) in his South London studio, the record already has the press hot under the collar and has helped the four piece secure a rather sweet US tour with Parquet Courts and a bunch of fine festival slots in the summer.
We’re delighted to be bringing quite brilliant young Mancunian Kiran Leonard, along with his full band back to York. He has announced a brand new album to be released in October and its lead single “Paralysed Force” is up to stream here now.
Young indie-rock trio YAK are on the verge of releasing their much anticipated second album.
The band have previously toured with The Last Shadow Puppets and King Gizzard and recorded with members of Spiritualized, Pulp and Tame Impala.
Mercury nominated, Leeds based Jazz rockers Roller Trio return to York with a new lineup and a new sound. Support comes from local avant garde talent, Stocker/Eyes.
Say Sue Me are a Surf inspired Indie-Rock/Pop act from Busan, South Korea and cited as one of 2018’s ‘break-out bands’. Childhood friends Jaeyoung Ha (Bass) and Byungkyu Kim (guitar) met drummer Semin Kang and played in bands together since winter of 2012, when they met Sumi Choi at a tea shop in Nampo-dong. They liked her speaking voice and immediately offered her a spot as the vocalist in a new band that would become Say Sue Me.
Following five years of cyber-silence, York human, Epilogues has rebranded and recorded a new array of heart breakers for public consumption. Epilogues (now miles.) will be releasing Beauty for Ashes with their band at this gig. Expect ethereal landscapes under twiddling guitars over dulcet vocals about heart stuff. Definitely for the faint hearted.
Celebrating sound system culture in York every month for 9 years! Come and raise a glass with us. Thank you so much to everyone who has come down and supported reggae music.
We’re proud to present the unique songs of John Bramwell, the frontman/songwriter of I am Kloot. A Mercury Music Prize nominated musician, John has penned many critically acclaimed songs and the session will feature many new songs from his first studio solo album “Leave Alone The Empty Spaces”
Turin Brakes don’t hang about. The estimable London 4-piece released their eighth studio album through Cooking Vinyl in January and now they’re coming to play it for you including this intimate show in York.
Hampshire trio Blaenavon announce a run of intimate shows across the UK where they’ll be showcasing the new material live for the first time, taking in towns and venues that the band has never visited before.
The closing party of York Mediale will be another club show hosted once more by Ouroboros and Bad Chapel, this time with Joy Orbison aka Joy O, a week on from our party with Pearson Sound.
Armed with only 2 simple ideas, to bring the best dance hits from this seminal decade back to the masses – and to perform them FULLY LIVE! This 7 piece band have found themselves in the eye of the 90’s nostalgia whirlwind and this last 18 months have seen them take the UK by storm.
Critically acclaimed comedian and host of Viceland’s Hate Thy Neighbour, Jamali Maddix is embarking on his first World Tour. He’ll be bringing brutally honest and unflinching material on the state of society along with personal tales from his travels around the world of hate and moral confrontation.
With a sample-hunting, studio-meddling mindset, Skinny Pelembe’s music roams hazy afro-tipped soul with psychedelic tangents. Born in Johannesburg, growing up in Doncaster, he’s a sparkling multi-instrumentalist who blends his production, guitar, singing and MCing to tap into a unique, influence-weaving sound.
York Mediale 2018 opening party brought to you by ace local promoters Ouroboros and Bad Chapel.
All aboard the Last Train to Skaville! Leaving Kingston, Jamaica 1963 arriving in Coventry 1979. From Studio 1 to 2 Tone, join us on the musical journey of ska. Led by frontman Sam Thornton, this fantastic 9-piece band will play all the ska hits from The Skatalites, Desmond Dekker, Jimmy Cliff, Toots and the Maytals and Prince Buster through to Bad Manners, Madness and the Specials.
Join a friendly bunch of zine lovers in the next of our monthly socials.
Last Thursday of every month!
Rainbow Heart, the new one-woman musical show from The Bleeding Obvious endeavours to describe the experience through songs and tales of joy, grief, happiness, loss and defiance.
***UNFORTUNATELY THIS EVENT HAS NOW BEEN CANCELLED. ALL TICKET PURCHASES CAN BE REFUNDED FROM YOUR POINT OF PURCHASE.***
A record fair with books and ephemera. 15 stallholders with a wide selection of collectable vinyl records and secondhand books. There will be three fairs at The Crescent in 2018, on 23rd June, 22nd September and 17th November.
Another forward-thinking jazz show for you with two great bands from Leeds.
Previously as a live member of Field Music and having Peter & David Brewis collaborate and produce his debut album as SLUG, Ian Black is proving his chops on eagerly anticipated follow-up HiggledyPiggledy. For this show SLUG will be a six-piece version.
Ian Svenonius – of groups The Make-Up, Chain & the Gang, The Nation of Ulysses, XYZ and Weird War – brings a drum box, a guitar, a cassette player, and a single slobbering, sinful voice singing out…for a way out.
A long overdue return to York for wonderful American indie-folk singer, Willy Mason.
We’re extremely pleased to be working with genius guitarist Steve Gunn once more when he and drummer John Truscinski are briefly in the UK with near-exclusive Gunn-Truscinski Duo shows at Golden Lion in Todmorden and The Crescent in York.
Storyteller extraordinaire, tour guide in BBC Documentary ‘Searching For The Wrong Eyed Jesus’, dishwasher, landscaper, lifeguard, cook, surfboard laminator, road builder, and New York City taxi driver; Jim White is also a genius songwriter. He returns to York after releasing the best received album of his career in October, ‘Waffles, Guitars & Jesus’.
It’s not enough Amy and her band get together for a live concert. A shame given their shows are beautiful experiences; the vocals float and soar above a gently ebbing, folk-infused backing of rolling bass, sensitive percussion and wandering electric guitar.
Dan brings his full band to The Crescent to celebrate the release of his fourth album ‘Devil Sky’.
Join a friendly bunch of zine lovers in the first of our monthly socials.
There’s only one existing document of a summer 2013 recording session between Ambulance/Avenging Force brotherhood Adam and Graeme Bell, friend and sessions knob twiddler Andy Donovan and Meg from Hiroshima. It’s twenty-three minutes tumble passed in wild abandon, with a big hectic nod towards a mid-Nineties Bob Pollard watching closely on.
We made them play with Royal Blood last time.
We’re still incredibly sorry about that.
Last August the venue was bouncing the the sounds of Paul Simon’s classic album, as re-created by Gary Stewart (Hope & Social/Rosie Doonan) and his talented band. So much fun was had that everyone is planning on reconvening one year on. Expect the infectious South African rhythms and melodies of these timeless songs and a generous handful of other Simon classics for good measure!
Caroline is back in the UK to play at End Of The Road Festival and also to celebrate the release of ‘Two People’, her new record with longtime friend Robby Hecht. The album really highlights both of their amazing songwriting skills and what is also immediately obvious, is what a perfect match vocally, these two are together. These shows will be Caroline and Robby performing together, as well as play a few of their own songs together.
And… they’re BACK. Probably with a vengeance but definitely with a fresh load of big old Oasis / Verve / Pistols / Clash tunes and a whole lot of attitude. Skylights might not have been the most fashionable of bands – hipster they ain’t – but try telling that to the hordes of folks coming to their shows; the last run ending in 2013.
Award-winning Californian country star Sam Outlaw is back in the UK in August to play a handful of shows with his band. His debut was recorded by Ry Cooder and he’s touring the states opening for John Prine!
For lovers of Classic Rock – Jimi Anderson, born in Lanark, now York based, takes inspiration found in bands such as Whitesnake, Deep Purple and even Foreigner and Journey. His album “Longtime Commin” was released in 2017 through Pride And Joy Music, sold out in Japan and the band will showcase the original tunes with a sprinkling of covers at The Crescent for a night that will bring great drive and some serious vocals.
Dream Nails are 100% DIY feminist punk witches. They like eating chips and hexing dicks.
Crumbs are a post-punk pop party pack from leeds/york. They like pets and puns.
Beginning life in the 80s out of the rallying cry of punk and still a call to the wild at heart, Theatre Of Hate fronted by Kirk Brandon / Stan Standard / John Lennard the frontline commandos of sound.
Ripley are a three piece alternative rock band with a powerful, anthemic and emotional sound rooted in the tradition of classic rock, compositionally fused with a life-long love of Hollywood film scores, delivered with absolute conviction. Godson are a new band formed by singer-songwriter
Damien & Ron, sidemen extraordinaire with Kate Rusby and Allison Krauss respectively, will be joined by a band of wonderful musicians and together will play material from their debut album, due for release July 2018, as well as a few signature pieces of their own.
It is with great regret that we have to announce Ashley Kingman , the guitarist with Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys has suffered a heart attack. Ashley is in a stable condition but will go into emergency surgery later today. Subsequently, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys July 2018 European tour has been cancelled. All tickets will be refunded at point of purchase.
Our new Rock’n’Roll / Rockabilly night opens up with an ace trio… THE RHYTHM ACES! Support from Echoes of the Past DJ.
Yorks very first Zine Fest, bringing together paper lovers and celebrating DIY publishing.
‘When Hayseed Dixie discovered in a drunken epiphany that the Lost Highway of Reverend Hank Williams and the Highway to Hell of Bishop Bon Scott were indeed the same identical stretch of tarmac, they were well and truly prepared to document this revelation!’
Bad Saloon – Heavily influenced by the usual suspects – Muddy Waters, Elmore James, Jimmy Reed, Freddie King and the like – but with it’s own distinctive, attacking sound, Bad Saloon delivers a cool no-nonsense, vintage blend of Chicago blues and Texas rock.
Josh Rouse releases his new record ‘Love In the Modern Age’ in April returning to the road in the UK playing a number of places he’s missed of late including here in York.
We’re delighted David has decided to celebrate his 60th birthday with a concert at The Crescent. Please come shower the boy with attention and compliments!
A night of fuzzed up glorious indiepop from Sarah Records favourites’ Boyracer and St Christopher alongside City Yelps and We Went to School.
A really good and eclectic selection of singer-songwriters from across Yorkshire including Fawn performing as a full band, Amy May Ellis and Crake as duo’s and Laura on her lonesome. DJs after the bands for fun in the front bar.
‘London Astrobeat Orchestra’ perform songs from the iconic Talking Heads’ ‘Stop Making Sense’ movie, live. Focusing on tracks from the cult classic albums ‘Remain In The Light’ and ‘Speaking in Tongues’ the ‘London Astrobeat Orchestra’ are a funky, rhythmic, hypnotic, anthemic, uplifting, groovy, percussive, smack on point, earth-shatteringly tight, live band.
OUR.JAZZ presents… Dinosaur at The Crescent Community Venue, York Wed 20th June 19:30 Laura Jurd – trumpet, synth Elliot Galvin – synths Conor Chaplin – electric bass Corrie Dick – drums Tickets: £10 / £12 http://www.seetickets.com/event/dinosaur-york-our-jazz-/the-crescent/1202320 Available from SeeTickets, Earworm Records or the venue —– 2018 sees […]
After an incredibly successful 2017 world tour with his band Spock’s Beard supporting their most recent epic masterpiece ‘The Similitude of a Dream,’ Neal Morse is embarking on a rare, up-close and personal solo acoustic tour spotlighting some of the music behind his new singer-songwriter album, ‘Life and Times.’
A Collection of Pieces for Toy Instruments is a suite of recordings for toy pianos, slide-whistles, plastic accordions, melodicas, and a miniature brass band plus The Tiny Desk Songbook, a work for eight performers sat at individual wooden desks. Performed and devised in collaboration with ‘The Assembled’, an inimitable ensemble based at the University of York.
Absolutely delighted to be joined by a special show from the UK Ambassador of Afrobeat: Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra. Dele was the musical director for the original innovators of Afrobeat, Fela and Femi Kuti, and recent releases and remixes have been a mainstay in record bags. This promises to be an electric live show!!!
From his years spent with Old Crow Medicine Show to his collaborations with Laura Marlin, Robert Ellis, The Felice Brothers and their ilk to touring with Ben Harper, Justin Townes Earle, Bruce Hornsby and many more, Gill is somehow still flying under the radar.
The Louisianan’s four solo albums have been beautifully crafted, somewhat gothic, country music of the top tier.
Wussy have evolved over the last decade to become forerunners of New Midwestern Psychedelia. The band are known both for their songwriting and varied sonic palette, often drawing comparisons to admitted heroes, Television, Velvet Underground, Crazy Horse and Yo La Tengo.
BBC Folk Awards ‘Best Group 2018’ winners Lankum (Lynched) are a four-piece traditional folk group from Dublin, Ireland, who combine distinctive four-part vocal harmonies with arrangements of uilleann pipes, concertina, Russian accordion, fiddle and guitar. Their repertoire spans humorous Dublin music-hall ditties and street-songs, classic ballads from the Traveller tradition, traditional Irish and American dance tunes, and their own original material.
The York leg of Musicians Against Homelessness’ Royal Bedding event, which will see towns and cities across the country host gigs in a bid to raise cash for the homeless community. The exciting bill so far consists of Lost Trends, Pura Vida, The Receivers, Naked Six and our headliners Faux Pas! Some of the finest local talents with more names set to be added to the bill over the coming weeks.
Legendary Liverpudlian songwriter John Power is coming back to York in May to perform an intimate acoustic show at The Crescent.
Tickets on sale now!
Canshaker Pi are an incredible intelligent attractive young rock band from the Netherlands. Their new album ‘Naughty Naughty Violence’ will be with them on their UK and European tour this Spring and features SMASH HIT ‘Pressure from Above’. Their debut was produced my Stephen Malkmus.
Former CAN vocalist and genuine krautrock legend drops into York to play a show with crack-pot bunch of local musicians hand selected by us just for the job.
A proper Canadian band, The Deep Dark Woods wear their music-history influences on their sleeves whilst creating utterly unique and ageless records again, and again, and again. Country rock, haunting folk, trippy wigouts and top songwriting. Lazily likened to The Band and Neil Young but understandably so, how else can you explain to people how good this band are.
Beans on Toast brings his ‘Sitting On A Chair Tour’ to York. The enthusiastic performer is promising a unique evening of stories about his travels and songs from his huge nine album back catalogue. Love songs, protest songs and drinking songs are intertwined with the stories behind the songs and the random adventures they’ve led him on.
Hans Theessink, is one of the fiercest acoustic players in Europe and one of the top acoustic blues stars worldwide, a man who has played with the best and is one of the best, American or European, black & white, old and young, since The 1960s.
Brooks Williams hails from Statesboro, Georgia, he’s a mean finger-picker and a stunning slide guitarist with a beautiful voice. Not one easy to pigeon-hole, Brooks’ music is the love-child of country-blues and Americana.
Formed in the early 1990s by Jake Wherry and Ollie Teeba, The Herbaliser became an integral part of a unique, British hip hop sound, helmed by Ninja Tune and Mo Wax. With their five classic albums for the imprint, they helped redefine Ninja Tune as an artist lead label.
They roll into York in support of a brand new album, ‘Bring Out The Sound’.
This spring will mark the tenth anniversary of the death of York drummer Howard Sparnenn, prompting his family to stage a charity memorial concert. Mostly Autumn, Flight, Smart Move, Freeway and Rocket3 all perform in aid of Brain Tumour Research.
Joshua Burnell & his 6-piece folk-rock band have shaken the world of folk music with their epic fantasy ballads and fiddle tunes bolstered with the swirling distortion of the Hammond organ. Join them for the launch of the brand new album: Songs From The Seasons. Joska de Langen in support.
Forming way back in 2011 as a means to play as many gigs as the duo humanly could without the restraints of exclusivity thrust upon them as part as the highly acclaimed HECK, Haggard Cat originally intended as a sideline has now evolved into its own beast that the pair have decided to finally unleash into the world.
Since their inception nearly 8 years ago, the genre defying Submotion Orchestra have moved seamlessly between deep electronica, jazz, soul and ambient downtempo, mesmerising audiences from India to Iceland.
We are delighted to announce this York show for the incredible Alfa Mist, an integral part of the new generation of Jazz emerging from London at the moment. Now with the added bonus of Barney Artist in support too!
22-year-old British musician Isaac Gracie has the world at his feet. Growing up in Ealing, the son of poet, Judith Gracie, Isaac wrote his first songs at the age of fourteen, inspired by familiar greats in the Buckleys, Radiohead, Leonard Cohen, and Bob Dylan.
Come and help Blackbeard’s celebrate will celebrate the release of their brand-new EP ‘Leviathan!’. This 5-track record takes the band to bigger, bolder and more raucous territory than they’ve ever been before and the live show has been revamped to follow suit.
Taking influences from the likes of The Clash, Billy Bragg and The Jam through to Soul, Reggae and Ska, The Spitfires are a young band from Watford who’ve already made friends in high places opening shows for The Specials and Paul Weller and having their records played by DJs Gary Crowley to Steve Lamacq.
Cabbage are a neo-post punk band from Manchester, whose drum beats a different beat and whose musical axis free-wheels along its own off-centred path.
Scottish singer-songwriter Siobhan Wilson wowed many with the release of her debut album proper last year and it’s mix of shoegaze, sparse, grungy guitar and delicate introspection. Much praise followed including helping Siobhan to winning the Green Man Rising Award.
The Kate Peters Big Band will present an evening of music celebrating the work of Ella Fitzgerald. Featuring classic arrangements from Ella’s collaborations with Count Basie, Nelson Riddle and others, The Kate Peters Big Band will pay tribute to one of the great ladies of song.
New York City indie-folk hero Jeffrey Lewis brings his band back to York in April. His albums for Rough Trade have helped bring a certain kind of outsider music, weirdly known as anti-folk, to a wider audience alongside peers like Kimya Dawson, Adam Green, The Mountain Goats and Daniel Johnson.
The Crescent Community Venue‘s bi-annual beer festival returns! Featuring New York Brass Band, Mashed – March Edition 2018 (CatchAFire) and much more! 🌟 ALL BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND!!! 🌟 🌟 OPEN MIDDAY TO 1AM EVERY DAY! 🌟 🌟 MUSIC! LOCAL ALES + SPIRITS! RETRO GAMING CHALLENGES! BOARD GAMES! POOL! […]
After a triumphant return to York action in December, Hello Operator are back with us once more and this time we’ve the brilliant BlackWaters joining the fun. Honours open up after a top show here in February.
Masterful York based progressive band Mostly Autumn will play an intimate full band show at The Crescent in March. These Classic Rock Society award winners have previously opened for big hitters Richie Blackmore’s Rainbow, Uriah Heap, Jethro Tull and even Bryan Adams!
Boss Caine present their new album ‘Loved By Trouble, Troubled By Love’ with a special big band launch party in The Crescent. Support from York’s finest death punk, rockabilly, garage rock and roll duo, Snakerattlers, and London’s finest old world ragtime, country blues, twangsters, The Swamp Stomp String Band.
OUR.JAZZ is delighted to present a York show on the new album tour of celebrated UK jazz musicians, Tori Freestone and Alcyona Mick, released on Whirlwind Recordings.
The show will be followed by a workshop from 1 – 3pm on Sat 25th March aimed at young students exploring improvisational themes and techniques.
A celebration of the music of Mark E Smith and The Fall group. Impudent selections from special guest renegade selectors playing wall to wall The Fall group all night long.
Having toured the world as frontman of Scottish Indie giants, Idlewild, acclaimed songwriter Roddy Woomble recently released his fifth solo album ‘The Deluder’. Straddling the indie-folk of his homeland and the more riffy noise of his acclaimed band, the album was a triumph and has once again shown Roddy to be an adept genre-hopper.
Police Dog Hogan are a high-energy and eclectic eight-piece, combining fiddle, trumpet, mandolin, drums and guitars with four-part harmonies in an exuberant and genre-defying fusing of country, pop, folk, and rocking urban bluegrass.
Fundraiser for the UCU strike hardship fund.
Featuring: Percy; Rich Hardcastle; Jack Keegan; Small Screen; Henry Raby; Jameela; Vacuum Systems
After lots of cool and fun evenings at the Post Office Club we are very pleased to announce that the next Jazz Lounge gig will be on Sunday 11 March 2018 at The Crescent Community Venue off Blossom Street in York.
Rob casts an introspective eye over the world of hair, underpinned by leaving his head hair and beard to their own devices until he has performed The Hair Show for the final time. Join Rob as he explores the importance of appearance and how people react to someone who looks like he has checked out.
All 3 acts have released incredible albums in 2017 with Richard’s remarkable ‘Peasant’ album in the Top 10 in Norman Records, Uncut Magazine, The Quietus and more. This is a gig not to be missed!
A new night for our Front Bar, celebrating the best of Britpop, 90s UK indie and alternative.
As usual with our Front Bar events, it’s FREE ENTRY!
A real doctor with an axe to grind; black comedy with a political edge. Phil Hammond is a GP, writer, broadcaster and possibly the only comedian to have appeared at a public inquiry. He is Private Eye’s medical correspondent and has appeared on Have I Got News for You, The News Quiz, The Now Show and Countdown. He is rude about everything (politicians, doctors, death, drugs, sex, himself) but in a funny way. Free swabs and sick notes for all.
We’re delighted to be helping one of our favourite York bands launch their new album later in the month. American college-rock inspired noise of the good kind. Two ace supports to boot and all on the dancefloor at The Crescent, should be fun.
The legendary Leeds party heads to The Crescent for a special fundraiser for MAP CHARITY, based in Leeds. All profits to MAP, who are fighting against the threat of developers, in order to purchase their building and retain their inspiring creative educational programme. As music promoters working with an independant venue in a city seemingly increasingly full of luxury developments, we can really relate to their cause, and hope you can too.
Like Sunlight, Like Nightfall – a day of dramaturgy on Sarah Kane’s plays offers the chance to explore the queer drama of the playwright’s work through discussion and experimental theatre practice.
Shake the Dust – Eclectic Electronica: Balearic-Breaks-Beats-Bass First Shake of the year, get down to the Crescent in York on: Sat 17th February, 8 til late, Free Entry Joel Doran / Sam Hudson / Beatroot of all Evil / Belearic Bern Joel Doran (progressive house/melodic techno). […]
Join us for an evening of poetry, comedy, music and discussion with Darren McGarvey (A.K.A Loki), rapper, activist and young author on the subject of poverty; he has also presented various shows for the BBC on the topic.
Returning to The Crescent for a 2nd time this three piece from Leeds have a growing national reputation and are proving to be one of the most interesting, unpredictable, and exciting acts on the circuit. Mik’s lyrical dexterity has the ability to make people laugh, cry, and throw themselves about.
“The best live band I have seen all summer” – BBC 6Music Presenter Gideon Coe
This hotly tipped Macclesfield indie band is the brainchild of production virtuoso Tarek Musa who began the project by replacing a bathroom with a home studio. The resulting demos led to them signing with Island Records! Great support billing now too.
This month we welcome Sammy Dreadlocks from Leeds.
One of the crew once went up to him while he was DJing and asked to know the name of the tune he was playing.
He just laughed, and played another dubplate.
Tony Jameson – Idealist Tickets are £10 advance and available from Eventbrite Idealist (noun) – A person who is guided by ideals than by practical considerations. As the world is slowly starting to fall apart, Tony Jameson has taken it upon himself to try to […]
Three riff-ready York bands set to light up your Friday night including sets from debutante indie-rockers Honours, garage rock five piece Nauseous Skies and young rock band Silvertones who’ve impressed everyone at The Crescent over the last month.
Frontman and creative force behind The Futureheads, Barry Hyde, will be returning to the stage to perform solo acoustic guitar shows of the anthems everyone knows and loves plus a few choice songs from his critically acclaimed debut solo album ‘Malody’.
Heavily influenced by the usual suspects – Muddy Waters, Elmore James, Jimmy Reed, Freddie King and the like – but with its own distinctive, attacking sound, Bad Saloon delivers a cool, no-nonsense, vintage blend of Chicago blues and Texas rock.
It’s that time of year again, where we go sick and put together a huge party to celebrate our birthday!
This year is no exception as we bring one of the biggest names in drum&bass to York for the first time: Dub Phizix featuring guest MCStrategy (Broke’n’£nglish). Also on the bill – a very special guest DJ who cannot be revealed yet but is set to smash 2018… Keep your eyes peeled for clues!
With music and spoken word from both female and male artists let’s try and focus together on eliminating gender stereotypes and work towards an equal society!
This is going to be a big show billing some of our favourite local acts all in one night! The Televangelists fresh from releasing their debut EP headline on the night with Dvsk, Tax and Honey Smugglers all in support! Not to be missed!
M*A*S*H*E*D is back in 2018 bringing you some serious sunshine to brighten up a cold, grey January. For our first session of the New Year we are bringing you three of our favourite acts from last year’s What the….? Festival in Devon. If you’ve been lucky enough to attend one of What the…?’s parties, which are usually private, invite-only events, you will know that they are really, really good.
With politicians from all sides now accepting that a publicly owned railway will be the most economical, and sustainable way to provide this vital public service, the TUC is hosting a special event as part of our 150th anniversary celebrations, to debate how it should be done.
Yorkshire boys done good. Danny T and Tradesman, hailing from Leeds, are a production and DJ duo specialising in Dancehall & UK Steppas. The technical tag team have a solid reputation for producing and mixing innovative and modern reggae music, heavily influenced by the 80’s and 90’s Jamaican sounds. This has led them to play at some of the biggest nights in the UK, Europe and beyond, notably Dancehall Science.
Northern Radar presents The Mallrats, Brooders, Mooselaw + Silvertones
Say hello to 2018 in style.
Irie Vibes Sound System New Years Eve Party.
Guest vocalist T.B.C
A great bill of four young bands to rock yer socks off in this pre-Christmas Northern Radar promoted Christmas party headlined by returning York heroes Hello Operator.
We’re delighted to welcome garage-rock supergroup The Surfing Magazines to York for the first time. Consisting of David Tattersall and Franic Rozycki of The Wave Pictures, Charles Watson of Slow Club and drummer Dominic Brider, the band released their debut album on Moshi Moshi in the summer.
Traditional songs and folk tunes are given a heavy rock edge with playful arrangements and driving dance rhythms. This is all mixed up in an engaging, high-octane stage show that frequently leaves audiences cheering for more.
***THIS SHOW IS NOW AT THE BASEMENT IN YORK.***
A self-styled “intimate yuletide Eigg-nog of Hebridean Casio folk, with stripped back, twisted and blissed out regurgitations of ol’ Pictish Trail favourites” it’ll take in a clutch of dates up and down the UK, and feature Johnny performing as a three-piece together with multi-instrumentalists Suse Bear (Tuff Love) and John B. McKenna from Monoganon, who also be the tour support.
York Music for Refugees are a local organisation who put on gigs and local activities to raise money for Refugee Action York and other related organisations. This particularly show brings together three of York’s best indie/alternative bands for the bargain price of a fiver.
One of our favourite songwriters in this city makes his first show at The Crescent a special one by reconvening his band on December 2nd. Tickets on sale now and flying. “Echoing the fragility of Gram Parsons, while flirting with the rustic side of Neil Young.” Uncut Magazine
Brummie indie band JAWS finally return to York. ‘JAWS always had the potential to turn into a grunge-infested, kicking and screaming juggernaut. They’ve gone from screaming nursery school kids to fully-fledged giants within a couple of years.’ DIY
Mark sets out to find what the future has in store for us by asking the audience what their predictions for the future are, creating a fantastical, hilarious and sometimes accurate vision of the world.
Concerts will feature Peggy and family members performing her and Ewan MacColl’s most treasured songs from a career spanning over 60 years interspersed with readings from her memoir and plenty of whip-smart banter.
James Acaster is releasing his first ever book this year, James Acaster’s Classic Scrapes, which is going to be a collection of self-deprecating anecdotes about scrapes James has gotten himself into over the years.
Following the phenomenal success of Beth McCarthy’s singles ‘Pretty Lies’ and ‘Lemonade’ earlier this year, the Yorkshire born singer/songwriter has announced seven U.K. dates, kicking off in London on 1st November, criss-crossing the country and wrapping up on the 25th in her home town of York.
The UK’s original 18 piece hip-hop big band present a special showcase of one of the genres greatest albums ‘Madvillainy’ (MF Doom + Madlib). Hot off the heels of their Gilles Peterson tipped debut album, ‘Dilla’, expect a massive show fusing hip-hop, funk and jazz.
Based in Newcastle Upon Tyne, they play their own brand of Western Swing, Blues, Gypsy Jazz and Country, or “North Eastern Swing” as they’ve coined it. The songs are penned by Rob Heron, a crazy fool for country music and a full time dandy-cowboy. His songs are full of character, satire, and good old fashion hollerin’.
Ting – An Evening of Experimental Music and Improvisation Monday 20th November, 7.30pm Tickets for this event are £3 on the door only. Featuring: The Assembled James Whittle qb Triptych Some Kind Of Duo Carmen Troncoso
Ouroboros, Jazz in York and the Basement Jazz Club debut Our.Jazz, focused on improving gender and racial diversity in Jazz, with a series of gigs, workshops and talks around York over the next year. Arun Ghosh (who graced the September cover of Jazzwise!) joins us for our first show, with support from Archipelago, one of the hottest jazz-rock bands in the North, led by the talented Faye MacCalman.
Indigo_303 collective again linking up with London’s longest running underground acid house night I Love Acid.
This upcoming showcase features Altern 8 [Live] and Luke Vibert plus residents, producers and two of the collectives favourite selectors Paul Wise aka Placid b2b Nigel Rogers aka Perseus Traxx.
The Cactus Blossoms bring a new energy and vitality to a classic sound with their blood harmonies and instantly memorable songs — they’re often compared to the Everly Brothers.
Shopping, Gauche + Eureka California
Wednesday 8th November, 7.30pm
Tickets are £6 in advance (more on the door) and available from the venue in person or online via See Tickets.
Blues-y rockers The Temperance Movement embark on a short tour of small venues “as a chance to take our music back to it’s roots in a way, playing up close and personal with some of our fans who’ve been there from the start and in some very special places.”
Music! Comedy! Revolutionary socialism! Join us for a riotous evening with three of the UK’s most joyfully rabble-rousing acts.
Ninja Tune veteran & supreme selector Mr. Scruff will be at the controls for the whole night, serving up a melting pot of jazz, soul, hip hop, funk, disco, deep house, reggae, dubstep, afrobeat, latin, electrofunk and plenty of goodies that don’t fit into any category… Expect fantastic sound, a lovely mixed crowd & great atmosphere.
39 years since they played The Pop Club in York, post-punk legends Wire are finally back in our city. Constantly pushing forward, this inventive outfit have recently hosted multiple inner-city Drill Festivals championing international left-of-centre sounds. Fair play we say.
Following a sell-out show at The Great Yorkshire Fringe, Coquette returns to The Crescent for a fabulous night of burlesque, cabaret and variety.
Following an incredible couple of years on the live scene – with sold-out headline shows across the UK and Europe, festival appearances including a headline set on Latitude Festival’s BBC Introducing Stage, and opening for the likes of Old Crow Medicine Show, Bruce Springsteen and Ward Thomas, among others – CC Smugglers have just released their brand new single ‘Dirty Money’.
The legendary Japanese psychedelic rock five piece led by Kawabata Makoto return to York in October. Heavy, swirling guitars and no-nonsense grooves to the fore!
Sage Francis and B Dolan are award-winning poets, stalwarts of the underground hip-hop scene, and world-renowned hellraisers from Providence, Rhode Island, USA.
‘An intimate evening previewing works in progress and older classics.’
Matthew E. White is in the middle of work on his new album and would like to share and try out some of his works in progress and older classics.
Legendary punk, LGBT activist and great BBC Radio 6 presenter Tom Robinson hits the road with his band to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the classic Tom Robinson Band album ‘Power In Darkness’.
A whopping fourteen band all-dayer to help raise money for Oxfam. A stack of fine acts dedicating their time for nowt and it’s a thoroughly well curated bill so come and show them some love. Something for everyone and only a fiver for a good cause.
Boasting a 4 piece horn section, 5 piece rhythm section, 4 part vocal harmonies, live dubs and electronics Nubiyan Twist deliver slamming melodies, glorious brass and exceptional improv drawing on jazz, hip-hop, afrobeat, latin, soul, reggae and dance music.
We’re still running this show and it’s only ONE POUND entry!
**UNFORTUNATELY PEGA MONSTRO HAVE HAD TO CANCEL THEIR UK TOUR FOR PERSONAL REASONS. THEY’LL BE GUTTED. WE WISH THEM WELL**
Robin Ince; co-star of the acclaimed ‘Infinite Monkey Cage’ and fresh from a huge world arena tour with Brian Cox returns to York with his brand new show.
Live music from post punk bands CRUMBS (who launch their debut album ‘Mind Yr Manners’) and COWTOWN followed by A BIG QUEER DISCO for babes of all and no genders from the Hot Crush DJs til 3am.
Down to earth pop singer from Sheffield who’s latest album ‘I Hope You Mind Me Writing’ went straight into the top 20 in January. Lucy got her big break via some music-audition-TV show but has proved to have more longevity than that selling 12000 tickets for her recent Dear You Tour!
We are delighted to invite you to our 3rd CRESFEST celebrating local music, art and beer! We will also be toasting our 2nd year here at The Crescent Community Venue. We would like to thank everyone from staff to customers for all your support so far!
We are delighted to invite you to our 3rd CRESFEST celebrating local music, art and beer! We will also be toasting our 2nd year here at The Crescent Community Venue. We would like to thank everyone from staff to customers for all your support so far!
Texan Americana singer Micah P Hinson returns with a new double album for 2017 and a new band to play it. Support from hot young London beat-y bandleader L.A.Salami too.
Live Art Bistro gyrates its way to York for one night only of dancing shamelessly and in irregular angles topped to the brim with queer performance, grimy games and gratuitous dry humping.
Amazing heavy-rocking psychedelic jam band from New York City finally make it back to the UK to play at Liverpool Festival Of Psychedelia and a couple of rare headline shows including this one just for us. For riff-lovers only.
A cinematic portrait of the committed socialist and trade unionist who has fought for the rights of the working class for over half a century – Dennis Skinner MP.
In Paul’s first new show in two years, Professor Ketchup and his camembert piglet join forces as he tackles the big issues such as terrorism. Plus Ant ‘n Dec, Immigration X-Factor and breakfast.
Canadian comedy star Tom Stade returns to York performing his new show ‘I Swear’.
A day long celebration of mod, soul, ska and indie featuring The Supermodels, The Mothers, Melting Pot and The Jam Affects.
Brent Rademaker of further, Beachwood Sparks and The Tyde brings his new band GospelbeacH over the UK for the 1st time this summer. The touring band also features ex-Slowdive and Mojave 3 drummer Ian McCutcheon.
Singer/Songwriter Gary Stewart (Hope & Social/Rosie Doonan) and his talented band come together to recreate Paul Simon’s 1986 classic album,’Graceland’. Expect the infectious South African rhythms and melodies of these timeless songs and a generous handful of other Simon classics for good measure!
Highly skillful Philadelphia guitarist Chris Forsyth brings his trio to York for further adventures in psychedelia, krautrock and the spaced-out jam. Will be a cracking show this.
A very rare opportunity to see two legends of Scottish indie music. BMX Bandits shared labels, members and tours with The Vaselines, Teenage Fanclub, The Pastels, Beat Happening and much more. A one off show.
A great double header from a pair of Pacific Northwest artists traveling between UK festivals this summer. Former K Records mainstay Karl Blau and his band will be playing songs from their Bella Union debut, a collection of beautifully orchestrated country covers. Portland singer-songwriter Laura Gibson has been making terrific indie-folk records for years and we’re delighted to be hosting her York debut.
Alynda Segarra’s politically charged roots outfit eventually make their York debut in August whilst they continue to celebrate a career defining year after the release of their heavily praised fifth album ‘The Navigator’.
Steve Earle’s fist son and once member of The Dukes, Justin returns to York for the first time since 2011. Album number seven has just landed, this time produced by Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes) and released by New West,. It maintains Justin’s trademark knack for classic melodies and sharp modern lyricism.
Darlingside plus support from Caitlin Canty Friday 30th June. Doors 7.30pm Tickets are £16adv (more on the door) from the venue and online via See Tickets. Darlingside Bio: After wowing audiences at this year’s Celtic Connections and stealing the show at Cambridge Folk Festival 2016 […]