Past Events

Talisk

Mohsen Amini, Graeme Armstrong and Benedict Morris fuse concertina, guitar and fiddle to produce an innovative, multi-layered signature that has captivated audiences around the globe. At its core, three seemingly acoustic instruments – but in the hands of three master craftsmen; Talisk’s unmistakable, bold sound and a captivating live show.

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Jane Weaver + Jake Mehew

Abusing, evading, and obliterating 20 years of whimsical pop trends, Jane Weaver’s experience as a truly independent and resilient songwriter and sound-carrier commands respect and inspiration in equal measures. As an unshakable figure in the UK’s experimental pop music landscape her self-propelled career has in recent years reached a critical zenith with unanimous praise for her work.

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Mary Gauthier + Jaimee Harris

Roots singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier is celebrating the release of her 11th album ‘Dark Enough To See The Stars’ with a rare UK tour in November.
In 2019 Mary was nominated for a Grammy Award and named International Artist of the Year by the UK Americana Music Association.

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Mr Scruff

Mr Scruff returns for another all night long genre defying set!

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Spooned

A night of some of the best DJ’s playing a selection of the finest underground music going.
Techno, Hard-Trance, Acid Techno, Bangers, Edits and Mashups!
Expect lasers, UV decor, and more. An immersive experience for all the senses!

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Burning Duck Comedy – Glenn Moore – *SOLD OUT*

Edinburgh Comedy Award “Best Show” nominee Glenn Moore is one of the best joke writers of his generation and is back on tour in Autumn 2022. Expect a “comedy masterclass” (The Times) and a high-energy barrage of the most jokes you’ve ever heard humanely fit into one stand-up show.

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Part Chimp, Uncle Bari + Junk-It

Part Chimp have made it their business to shake speaker-stacks, fry brains and induce jouissance and tinnitus alike during their twenty two year, five album existence. It was about time they came to play in York then really!

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plantfood, Gents & Ginger, Anti Growth Coalition

plantfood have been performing across the UK since May 2021, shaking up venues in Leeds, on top of sharing their music with the rest of the country in places like London, Manchester, Sheffield and more! Embracing the fusion of afrobeat, jazz and dance music, there’s no point providing seats at a plantfood gig!

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Burning Duck Comedy – Jen Brister – *SOLD OUT*

If Jen Brister has learned anything in the past 18 months, it’s that she’s no good in a crisis. (Unless you count getting into the foetal position in under 30 seconds.) Has the pandemic changed her for the better or is she the same old pessimistic naysayer she’s always been? I think we all know the answer to that. Let’s just hope she can make it funny.

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The Bug Club, Mock Tudors + Tulpa – *SOLD OUT*

To say that the exuberant appeal of The Bug Club’s live performances and songmanship has been spread by word of mouth is a bit of a contradiction, as you could never sum up the music produced by these three groovy peas in a far-out pod (musically and lyrically interesting, deliciously individual, stripped-back garage pop songs, which shimmy, bounce and slide from joyfully frenetic guitar riffs to melodious harmonies) in anything like one word.

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Irie Vibes meets Operation Sound System

For our next session we are delighted to host the return of Sasquash, representing the mighty Operation Sound System.
This heavyweight sound has been running tings in the NW for the last 3 decades, stringing up alongside other veterans such as Jah Shaka, King Earthquake, Iration Steppas, Ma-Kaya Sound; and hosting legendary artists such as Culture, Little Roy, Conscious Sounds / Bush Chemists, Hollie Cook and many more.

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Niteworks

Niteworks are Innes Strachan (synth/keys), Allan MacDonald (pipes), Christopher Nicolson (bass) and Ruairidh Graham (drums). Childhood friends and long-term fellow musicians from the Isle of Skye, Niteworks blur the lines between Scottish traditional, folk and Gaelic music with contemporary electronica, creating a unique and exhilarating sound.

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Plastic Mermaids

At the heart of Plastic Mermaids is the creative force of two brothers, Douglas and Jamie Richards, sons of a Gurnard boat-builder, who approach life like an art project, putting as much love into their band’s visual concepts and staging as they have into their unique brand of psych-rock and electronica.

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Burning Duck Comedy – Mark Thomas

Mucking about. New ideas and finding HOPE. This award-winning comedian (is there any other type?) asks how did we get here? What are we going to do about it? Who’s up for a sing song? After lockdowns and isolation this show is about the simple act of being in a room together and toppling international capitalism.

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Vieux Farka Touré & NikNak

Ali Farka Touré is well known as one of the most influential and talented guitarists that Africa has ever produced. His legacy and impact are hard to overstate. Ali’s sound merged his much-loved traditional Malian musical styles with distinct elements of the blues, singing in the local languages of Fulfulde, Tamasheq, Songhay and Bambara. The result was the creation of a groundbreaking new genre, now well known as the ‘desert blues’, earning him three Grammy awards, widespread reverence and the nickname of the ‘African John Lee Hooker’. Though he transcended in 2006, Ali’s musical legacy lives on through his son, Vieux aka “the Hendrix of the Sahara,” an accomplished guitarist and champion of Malian music in his own right. Vieux joins us fresh off a new collaborative album with Khruangbin, hot off the heels of a solo album earlier in the year.

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Workshop: How to shut down an Israeli arms factory

Join Palestine Action for a workshop cover Direct Action strategy, tactics and potential legal consequences. We will explain how we have built sustained pressure on Elbit Systems, Israel’s largest and most notorious arms manufacturer. We will provide context for the outsized role Israeli weapons play in repression worldwide, from Kashmir, to the US/Mexico Border, to Gaza. And we will tell you how YOU can take part in some of the bravest, most principled solidarity activism being done in the world today.

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Lowkey with Yusuf Yellow, Henry Raby, Simone Yasmin & Lo.Pan

Lowkey is a hip-hop artist and political campaigner. He has worked with Immortal Technique, Wretch 32, Akala, Dead Prez and Outlawz. He is part of the super group Mongrel alongside members of the Arctic Monkeys, Babyshambles and Reverend And The Makers. The band released their album Better than Heavy in tandem with the Independent newspaper, whilst Lowkey himself is fresh off a tour with Lupe Fiasco.

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Personal Trainer

Our fave off-the-wall Dutch party animals Personal Trainer return to the UK for four shows this November.

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The Family Shambles presents: Snatched From Hell

York’s favourite drag family present a ghoulish cabaret full of surprises. Tonight we have gathered the most hauntingly spectacular drag and burlesque performers from far and wide to put on one hell of a show. Hosted by Bodie Snatcher, production by the family shambles, we are also joined by York LGBT forum who are supporting our night.

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Say Owt Slam – Feat. special guest Malaika Kegode

Since 2014, Say Owt have been hosting raucous poetry slams where performers get 3 mins to wow an audience. They’ve become the mainstay of the York community. Whether you love the written (and spoken) word or are just curious, this high energy event features a host of poets each with a unique style. Highly Commended in the York Culture Awards, this will be a mega night out of humour & heart, personal stories & politics. A true poetry party!

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Herbal Mafia presents: Breakage

Calling all bass heads! York’s longest running underground night is back for the new season of raves and we are very excited to bring two next level legends to the city for the first time, this is guaranteed to be a madness!

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Burning Duck Comedy – Nick Helm

As the survivors of a global pandemic crawl from their fortified boltholes and begin to rebuild society, what is left of them and who amongst them dares to lead them to the light? Join critically acclaimed and multi award-winning comedian Nick Helm as he embarks on a show so insightful, so honest, so legitimate that it will fix all of society’s problems and lead the way to a new plane of existence.

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Penetration

Pauline Murray is still in fine voice – and attitude – and the band kick ass with raw performances of virtuosity, energy, poetry and passion that, frankly, leave many younger bands in the shade.

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BODEGA + Bull

New York City art-punks BODEGA visit York for the first time in the autumn!
Tickets on sale Friday 29th April.

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When Rivers Meet + Nati Dredd

British husband and wife duo have a unique harmonic vocal-led approach to song writing, dirty electric guitar, slide resonator mandolin and fiddle create a unique distinctive and contemporary blues rock sound that echoes classic rock with hints of the blues that inspire them.

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Wolfgang Flür (Kraftwerk) + Peter Duggal

A member of Kraftwerk during the group’s golden era, Wolfgang Flur was the band’s electronic percussionist from 1973 to 1987.
In 2022 Wolfgang released a monster new album called Magazine 1 featuring contributions from a host of expert musicians including Peter Hook, Juan Atkins, MAPS, Midge Ure & U96.

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Totally Hammered: A charity art auction in aid of York Food Bank

BombSquad present Totally Hammered, an unconventional charity art auction. Amid a cost of living crisis, Totally Hammered brings together artists from the street and contemporary art worlds to raise urgently-needed funds for York Food Bank. Hosted by award winning comic Danielle Ward.

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Warner E Hodges Band & Ryan Hamilton Band

Jason & The Scorchers and Dan Baird guitarist Warner E Hodges is one of the most instantly recognisable guitarists around. Joined here tonight by Ryan Hamilton, “Just fantastic!” – Adam Duritz (Counting Crows) and “…this generation’s Tom Petty” by Michael DesBarre. Signed to Stevie Van Zandt’s label, Wicked Cool, Ryan has toured with Ginger Wildheart, Jesse Malin, Counting Crows and our own The Alarm of whom Mike Peters said, “This young man is the future of rock n’roll”.

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LoneLady + Mayshe Mayshe

‘LoneLady’s infectious mix of kinetic drum rhythms, thin and funky, picked guitar lines and completely distinctive vocal style has proven a winning formula for lovers of post-punk, (any)wave and electro-indie hybrids alike. Her intrepid DIY approach sees her writing and playing all instrumental and vocal parts herself, furthering her credentials as an all-in-one modern studio songstress.’
Piccadilly Records

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Joshua Burnell & Band + Fran Lusty

Revamped with a new sound, look and album, Joshua and his incredible band eagerly return to the stage.
Having cut his teeth playing the folk festivals of the UK and releasing two albums of traditional songs, Joshua now returns to his original songwriting, exploring themes from traditional folk fused with his dynamic brand of retro pop-infused folk.

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The Escape Club

We are back for our post summer party!

The Escape Club residents will be spinning cross-genre classics to help you move yer feet among our fun loving audience.

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Jake Xerxes Fussell (Afternoon Show)

Singer, guitarist, and folk music interpreter Jake Xerxes Fussell has distinguished himself as one of his generation’s preeminent interpreters of traditional (and not so traditional) “folk” songs, a practice which he approaches with a refreshingly unfussy lack of nostalgia.

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Chameleon & Ouroboros: Pangaea

Chameleon & Ouroboros collaborate to bring you a special party across two rooms featuring a founder member of the legendary Hessle Audio label, Pangaea, whose pacy sets are renowned for touching all the bases between techno, house, and UK bass music. 

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Tankus The Henge + New York Brass Band

Tankus the Henge have built their reputation on unforgettable song writing, spectacular live performances and relentless hard work.
Their funk-fuelled repertoire is wildly eclectic, ranging from New Orleans inspired swing to heavy rock riffs, and since their beginnings in the ratty alleyways of London’s Soho, the band has evolved into a wild groove machine.

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Daoirí Farrell – *AT THE NCEM, YORK*

Singer and bouzouki player Daoirí (pronounced ‘Derry’) Farrell is described by some of the biggest names in Irish folk music as one of most important singers to come out of Ireland in recent years. Six months after releasing the album ‘True Born Irishman’ Daoirí won two prestigious BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017 for Best Newcomer and Best Traditional Track, and performed live at the awards ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

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bdrmm + Fehlt + Pennine Suite

After releasing their excellent and very well received debut album ‘Bedroom’ just prior to lockdown, this Hull-via-Leeds band have had a whirlwind year touring, culminating in tours opening for heroes Mogwai & Ride.

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Shaku, Joshua Zero + Quantitative Teasing

Shaku fuse prog-jazz-rock sounds of the past with prog-jazz-rock sounds of the future, they love the music of Zappa, Gong, Caravan and Parliament/Funkadelic and weave these influences together into their own unique sound they call “Frog Rock”.

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Laurence Jones – *CANCELLED*

This show has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. All tickets will be automatically refunded from your point of purchase. Hopefully Laurence will appear in York again in 2023.

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Irie Vibes 13th Birthday

It’s birthday time!
To celebrate bringing sound system culture to York every single month (that we have been allowed to!) for the last 13 years, we welcome Professor P from Manchester’s Original Dub Advertiser; FREEDOM MASSES SOUND SYSTEM! Joined on vocals by Alexis.

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Absolute Bowie – Greatest Hits

Multi-award winners at the National Tribute Awards 2018 welcome to their Greatest Hits show with incredible attention to detail, costume changes galore and excellent musicianship.

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Bull + Captain Starlet + Eugene Gorgeous – *SOLD OUT*

Come and celebrate your beloved Bull in The Crescent as part of our run of £1 entry gigs, an effort to make live music as accessible as possible in these financially stressful times.
They released their brilliant new EP ‘Stuck’ in August and will be supporting Jeffrey Lewis & The Voltage and the mighty Pavement in Leeds very soon. Ace.

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Ye Vagabonds + Alain McFadden

Brothers Brían and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn grew up playing music together around their hometown of Carlow, a small town in the southeast of Ireland. After moving to Dublin in 2012, they quickly became a staple of the live music and session scene in Ireland, playing their own original songs as well as folk songs from Ireland, Scotland, England and America.

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Mark Peters – *CANCELLED*

*Unfortunately our show with Mark Peters has been cancelled due to illness. All tickets will automatically be refunded and we hope to have Mark and his band back here in 2023.*

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Crescent 7th Birthday: ft CRAZY P (DJ Set) – *SOLD OUT*

It’s been 7 years since we took over The Crescent! We’re celebrating with a Crescent Community Disco, and this time we have very special guests Crazy P joining us! And it’s still an inflation busting £5 ticket. We don’t expect them to hang around long. Come celebrate with us!

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Breabach – *AT THE NCEM, YORK*

Securely ranked among Scotland’s most skilled and imaginative contemporary folk acts, Breabach unite deep roots in Highland and Island tradition with the innovative musical ferment of their Glasgow base.

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Beardyman

Beardyman is an award winning musician, a digital superstar, one of the world’s best beatboxers, a multi-instrumentalist, a groundbreaking live looping pioneer and a musical comedic talent championed by the likes of Tim Minchin and Jack Black.

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John Bramwell (I Am Kloot) – *AT ELLERTON PRIORY* – *CANCELLED*

The team behind our recent shows with Gruff Rhys & Steve Mason in Stockton On The Forest are presenting a super intimate show in Ellerton Priory with John Bramwell. The Parish Church of St. Mary (which replaced the original Gilbertine Chapel) is a beautiful, small, 16th century church in the village of Ellerton in the East Riding, between York, Selby and Pocklington.

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Limehouse Lizzy – *SOLD OUT*

Renowned for an action-packed explosion of a show, LIMEHOUSE LIZZY continue to keep the spirit of Celtic rock icon Philip Lynott and Thin Lizzy alive.

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Burning Duck Comedy – Mark Watson: This Can’t Be It

Spiritual enquiry meets high-octane observational comedy as the ‘Taskmaster’ survivor, multi-award-winner and “No More Jockeys” cult leader attempts to cram a couple of years of pathological overthinking into an evening of stand-up. Maybe we’ll even solve the huge problem. Doubt it, though.

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Burning Duck Comedy – Jessica Fostekew

A show about sexy things (awkward), private things (oh no) and a woman trying to sit on the face of time to keep it still (hot, right?). You’ve seen Jess on Live at the Apollo, QI and on Harry Hill’s Clubnite amongst other TV shows. She’s a regular co-host of The Guilty Feminist Podcast, the host and creator of The Hoovering Podcast and you hear her regularly on BBC R4’s News Quiz and Now Show.

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Jasmine Myra

Emerging from the burgeoning Leeds jazz scene, Jasmine Myra (fka Jasmine) is one of the brightest burning talents that looks set to take over the UK Jazz scene following her signing by Matthew Hallsall to his Gondwana Records label. After previously visiting with Tete De Pois, she returns to the Crescent to tour her new album Horizons.

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Burning Duck Comedy – Dom Joly

Dom Joly is best known as the creator of Trigger Happy TV. And now the writer and broadcaster is undertaking his first UK tour since 2011, giving fans a rare opportunity to see him live. Dom will be talking about his exploits as a serial globe-trotting and seeker of dangerous travel spots.

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Tide Lines + Katie Spencer

Tide Lines formed in Glasgow in 2016 but are deeply rooted in rural Scotland. Originally from the Highlands, their roots run from the Hebridean Islands to Lochaber; through Alness and Lossiemouth to the West End and South Side of Glasgow.

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Rosali, Zandra + Missing Kids

With a long Philadelphia based and intwined in that city’s experimental and D.I.Y. community, Rosali released her third album, No Medium, in May last year and it was one of our very faves of the year. A generally loose and alive, country-rock feel, well balanced with sparser, folkish numbers. Rosali’s voice sounds amazing all through and the songs are heartfelt and relatable. It’s proper good.

Previous collaborators include Mary Lattimore, Sarah Louise, Mike Polizze (Purling Hiss), Mike Sobel, Jayson Gerycz (Cloud Nothings) and Charlie Hall from The War On Drugs who along with J Mascis and The Weather Station Rosali has opened for on tour. A collective stamp of approval right there.

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Ukraine Fundraiser

The Imaginarium & Upside Your Mind host a day of DJs and a silent auction to raise money for Help Ukraine Centre and Action Aid DEC Ukraine Appeal.

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Les Filles de Illighadad – *CANCELLED*

Les Filles de Illighadad’​s music draws from two distinct styles of regional sound, ancient village choral chants and desert guitar. The result is a groundbreaking new direction for Tuareg folk music and a sound that resonates far outside of their village.

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Weetwood Mac

Weetwood Mac are a Leeds based Fleetwood Mac covers act, paying homage to the greatest band to ever form, split up… and the rest of it. Featuring members from Hope & Social and Ellen & The Escapades.

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Della Mae – *CANCELLED*

With their new album Headlight, this all-female, Grammy Award nominated band have boldly broken genre convention, pushing beyond their bluegrass roots to embrace the album’s potential as a platform for change. They’ve delivered a collection of songs at turns fearlessly personal and powerfully resonant.

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Holiday Ghosts

Holiday Ghosts, quit your corporate job, put laptop in shredder, walk away, go outside, remember what the Clean, the Go Betweens and the Modern Lovers once promised you: a life cracked open with fresh new possibilities.

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Jaubi & Tenderlonious

Back in April 2019, 22a label founder and multi instrumentalist Tenderlonious travelled to Lahore in Pakistan to take part in some improvised recording sessions with a Pakistani instrumental quartet called ‘Jaubi’. Two albums came from those recording sessions that have been met with mass acclaim. The music has been described as East meets West – Spiritual, Indian jazz-fusion and psychedelic ragas with nods to golden era hip hop. Part of the Music Venue Trust Revive Live tour, with buy one get one free tickets available.

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Colosseum

The progressive rock group will feature original members including legendary lead singer Chris Farlowe, alongside lead guitarist Clem Clempson and bass player and vocalist Mark Clarke. But it will also introduce exciting new musicians Nick Steed (keyboards), Kim Nishikawara (saxophones) and Malcolm Mortimore (drums)

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Iguanodon, Mumbles + Weather Balloons

£1adv entry!
Apocalyptic local heavies Iguanodon and ace Manchester weirdo-punk trio Mumbles and gonna hold this down.
Both bands are wicked and will appreciate your support.

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Some Voices

York’s most exciting new choir, Some Voices, brings you the ultimate summer soundtrack, Surround Sounds. Enjoy tracks from Lorde, Kate Bush, The Beatles, Gregory Porter and more like you’ve never heard them before. Get ready for a solar-powered performance with dazzling harmonies and original arrangements of the coolest summer tunes.

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The Complete Stone Roses

That’s right, now featuring the SECOND COMING tour set and GREATEST HITS!
One of the UK’s best known and successful tributes to one of the UK’s most influential bands – selling out venues across the UK year after year. The Completes, as they’re affectionately known to fans, play to acclaim not only from fans and press, but also original Stone Roses band members.

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The Slambovian Circus Of Dreams + STAN

A rootsy rockin’ psychedelica, the Slambovian Circus of Dreams has been expanding the borders of the Americana genre with their fantastic stories and performance since forming in Sleepy Hollow, New York. The band visit The Crescent for the first time in support of their just-released new album, “A Very Unusual Head”.

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The Rumjacks, Shanghai Treason + Mistakes

From heavy Celtic roots to driving punk, ska/reggae to well-oiled sing-alongs and choking ballads, The Rumjacks’ are from Sydney and do the type of Celtic Punk that will satisfy fans of Ferocious Dog, Levellers, Dropkick Murphys, Anti Flag, Gogol Bordello…

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We Are Not Devo + Indignation Meeting

Performing choice cuts of gonzo mutato classics from throughout Devo’s career. A labour of love and Devotion bringing the message of Devolution to all the good folk of York and beyond.

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Swim Deep + Malady

Birmingham indie-rock five-piece Swim Deep return to York as part of Music Venue Trust’s Revive Live Campaign.

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Yorkshire Day: A Night Of Arts

Yorkshire Day is celebrated on the 1st August (we know we’re a little early!) and was founded by the Yorkshire Ridings Society in 1974 as a way to defiantly celebrate the county’s history and heritages. Come to Yorkshire Day: A Night of Arts to learn more about Yorkshire Day.

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York Zine Fest

Yorks Zine Fest brings together paper lovers and celebrates DIY publishing.
It’s also free entry so come say hi!

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Kieff, Eugene Gorgeous + Rory & The Nature Kids

Where there is smoke, there is fire. And where there is KIEFF, there is jubilation. This four-piece is defined by its intriguing presence and their ability to raise eyebrows. Love for sonic onslaught, chaotic harmonies and the unusual appears to be the formula for creating mesmerizing and boundless orchestrations.

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The Escape Club Summer Party!

Come and celebrate the start of the summer holidays with on The Crescent dancefloor!
The Escape Club residents will be spinning cross-genre classics to help you move yer feet among our fun loving audience.

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perspex, Trueman & The Indoor League + Captain Starlet

perspex released their ace debut album to absolutely zero fanfare back in May so we thought we’d belatedly throw a party to celebrate. Trueman & The Indoor League are back with a reshuffled line-up featuring one of the guitarists from Captain Starlet who open. So there you have it. It’s a party. We’ll likely have some DJs in the front bar and there will be refreshments available.

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Irie Vibes feat. Forward Fever

Irie Vibes resident selectors and MCs playing the finest in roots, reggae, dancehall and dub, powered by our custom-built, Yorkshire-coloured sound system, heavyweight and crystal clear.
Very special guests this July with Forward Fever joining the session!

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The Smyths – **SOLD OUT**

Formed in 2003 because of pure Morrissey/Marr & co. passion, The Smyths “didn’t just want to be a tribute band – we wanted to play the music of The Smiths and recreate what is was to see and hear The Smiths live”.

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Mostly Autumn

Mostly Autumn’s latest album ‘Graveyard Star’ released late 2021 has been very highly acclaimed and follows on from the nomination for best UK band, and best album in the Progressive Music Awards 2019.

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Homer to Hip Hop: A People’s History of Spoken Word

Former National Poetry Slam Champion, Pete “the Temp” Bearder, brings to life the poetic movements that have shaped history. Find out why wordsmiths have always been vilified, feared and revered, from the ballad singers and Beat poets, to the icons of dub, punk and hip hop.

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Chameleon Summer Party ft. Breaka & Tom VR

Chameleon brings you a Summer Party of astronomical proportions…

Gracing us with their vast array of sonic goods will be two of our favourite artists: Breaka & Tom VR.

With releases on countless renowned labels, we couldn’t sit on this any longer. Not only is this our biggest lineup ever, we’ll also be migrating over to the Crescent Community Venue to accommodate for what will be a humongous evening.

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Stick In The Wheel – *CANCELLED*

Unfortunately Nicola is too poorly to sing and will not be able to perform this weekend. Stick In the Wheel will come back to play again in York soon but as we do not know when that will be just yet we thought it best to refund your tickets.
We’re all disappointed. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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Wolfgang Flür (Kraftwerk) – *CANCELLED*

Due to current travel difficulties, Wolfgang Flür has not been able to make it to the UK for his shows this weekend.
We’re really sorry for the inconvenience, we were excited too.
All ticket purchases will be refunded automatically.

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Martin Barre – *CANCELLED*

Martin Barre was Jethro Tull’s guitarist for over forty three years, his sound and playing a major factor in their success and an important part of classic rock history.

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Eric Gales + Dom Martin

Critically acclaimed blues rock guitarist Eric Gales returns to the UK in June 2022 following the release by Provogue of his studio album “Crown” produced by and featuring Joe Bonamassa.

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Pariah, Fizzy Milk, Godeth + Breathing Below

Local York Metal Militia “Pariah” come back to the Crescent for their 5 Year Anniversary in 2022. Bringing an explosive live show and the heaviest of riffs, they’re definitely not one to miss.
For the headbangers, by the headbangers!

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Carioca Soul

Inspired by the music of Sergio Mendes and Brasil 66, Carioca Soul perform an eclectic mix of Bossa Nova/Samba, contemporary Brazilian music mixed with original tunes in a melting pot of latin/funk and soul. Having already supported US Sax star Harry Allen, Carioca Soul have been wowing audiences at festivals and jazz clubs around the country.

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The Unthanks – *AT YORK BARBICAN*

The Unthanks return to live touring after two years off the road, with the rich and colourful sound of their eleven-piece ensemble, showcasing forthcoming new album, Sorrows Away, alongside favourites such as Magpie, The King Of Rome and Mount The Air.

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The Lovely Eggs, Thick Richard + Arch Femmesis

Buzzing from the release of their much loved 2020 record, ‘I’m A Moron’, Lancaster duo Holly Ross and David Blackwell finally make it back to York. Outsider, lo-fi punk with plenty of weirdness and great pop songs to boot!

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Kris Drever w/ special guest Rachel Baiman – *AT THE NCEM, YORK*

On the heels of their respective new solo albums, Scottish folk star Kris Drever (LAU), and Nashville-based Americana artist Rachel Baiman present a joint tour of the UK and Scotland in the Spring of 2022, featuring solo sets from each as well as unique collaborations drawing on their respective original material.

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James Taylor Quartet

One of the pioneers of the Acid Jazz scene, JTQ have taken their distinctive trademark howling Hammond sound to the masses for over 30 years; still famed for their upbeat, energetic live shows with no sign of slowing down. The band’s relentlessly entertaining tunes take inspiration from the rare-groove style funk, and boogaloo funk of the 60s and 70s.

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The Everly Pregnant Brothers

The Everly Pregnant Brothers were formed after a drunken dare by Pete Mckee and Richard Bailey in 2009. The success of the dare prompted the pair to draught in a bunch of disparate chaps who had three things in common, the love of beer, ukuleles and having a laugh.

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Trash Boat, As Everything Unfolds + Beauty School

Unfortunately Tobi is still testing positive for Covid-19 this morning, so we’ve made the decision to postpone tonight’s show in Hull along with tomorrow in York; now hoping to restart the tour in Sheffield on Wednesday. We aim to announce new dates for these shows as soon as possible alongside the already postponed Wolverhampton, Huddersfield, Edinburgh, Liverpool and Stoke dates. TB x
Trash Boat come to York for the first time in March.

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Grace Petrie + Jasmine Kennedy – *SOLD OUT*

A folk singer, songwriter and activist from Leicester, UK, she has been writing, recording and touring relentlessly for ten years. Her unique takes on life, love and politics, and the warmth and wit with which they are delivered, have won over audiences everywhere, across the alternative, folk, political and comedy scenes.

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Katie Spencer, Iona Lane + Chris Brain

A big friend of the venue here after supporting our special Michael Chapman live-stream and performing some great support slots, Katie Spencer comes to The Crescent for a headline show as she prepares to release her second album ‘The Edge Of the Land’.

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A Slow Education w/ Snapped Ankles, Pip Blom, Modern Woman, KEG + more

After a righteous celebration of alternative party music at A Slow Education in October, we’re at it again in May!
A great bill of left-field rock’n’roll bands play on Friday night, our buddies Pip Blom headline, then again all day Saturday, with foliage loving, kraut-ish post-punks Snapped Ankles topping the bill.

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Newen Afrobeat

Newen Afrobeat is a 13-piece Chilean orchestra that makes music inspired by the legacy of the Nigerian musician Fela Kuti. With a particular Latin stamp, they unify the African rhythms with a colourful and energetic staging, embedded in a deep social message that talks about their roots and social movements in their territory.

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The Klittens, Bull + Mumbles

The Klittens are five musicians on a mission, untrained but unbothered. A band for those who have a knack for happy songs and sad sentiments. Their music is a surprising mix of indie-fuzz and DIY. The result: a repertoire that reaches from dark post-punk to danceable songs about grandma’s.

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Andy Irvine + The Richmond Hillbillies

Andy Irvine is one of the great Irish singers, his voice one of a handful of truly great ones that gets to the very soul of Ireland.
He’s enjoyed an amazing 50-plus-year career as a solo performer, his duo with Paul Brady, as founder member of Sweeney’s Men and Planxty and loads more. A real legend.

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Drawsome 2022

The penultimate night of Drawsome, a five day celebration of music and art in York. Local guitar band Bull are joined by dreamy electronic trio Haiku Salut, Bristol’s Japan-influenced trippy jazz collective Yama Warashi and soulful pop from Afiah Achi. An exhibition from Yama Warashi, and free Recycled Robot making and York Zine Fest workshops make up the the day from 12pm.

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Irie Vibes LIVE: State of Satta

Irie Vibes and Ouroboros are collaborating to present a special LIVE gig, with a 7 piece jazzy dub band!

State of Satta are a 7 piece Uk Reggae band based in the north of England brought together by a collective love of dub and reggae. The band fuse the rhythms of one-drop and steppas, bone shaking bass lines and resonant vocals to create a distinct groove driven sound.

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Burning Duck Comedy: Matt Forde – *SOLD OUT*

There are wallies everywhere and half of them are running the country. The other half are trying to. Matt Forde (Spitting Image, Have I Got News For You, The Last Leg, The Royal Variety Performance) lashes out right, left and centre. And chucks in some funny voices.

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Robert Jon & The Wreck + Laura J Evans

Robert Jon & The Wreck are a double shot of southern rock with a blues chaser. Roots rock jams, whiskey drenched lyrics and fervent stage shows only scratch the surface of what makes RJ&TW one of the best live bands to emerge from Southern California in years.

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Islandman, L’Eclair & Pink Shabab

Born from the musical dreams of Istanbul based musician/producer Tolga Boyuk, Islandman represents a fiction character, a music persona, a dreamer composing the stories of a non -existing place…

Islandman performs on stage as an electro-acoustic live trio format. Their music can be described as a unique mix of mellow electronic structures & dance beats with spacey live guitars, backed up by shamanic rhythms.

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York Houseplant Lovers: Social & Plant Swap

York’s plant swap event, created by houseplant lovers, for houseplant lovers. A chance to socialise with other people who are passionate about plants.

The focus of this not-for-profit event is on all things HOUSEPLANT! Bring along your baby indoor plants, rooted cuttings and houseplant swaps to exchange for new plants. 

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Gigspanner Big Band

Former Steeleye Span fiddle player Peter Knight brings his star-studied Gigspanner Big Band to The Crescent in April.

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Herbal Mafia: Jungle Cakes Takeover ft. Ed Solo, Benny Page & Parly B

This is will be our last jungle and drum&bass event for a while so we’re pulling out all the stops for what promises to be an immense night – presenting a takeover from the mighty Jungle Cakes record label!

Featuring a York debut from bass culture badman ED SOLO alongside another global superstar and old friend BENNY PAGE and hosted by the hugely talented PARLY B. Joining him on mic is local hero Dandy Dizzle. Support from the Herbal Mafia residents.

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Liz Lawrence + Blackaby

Liz Lawrence released really great albums in 2019 and 2021. A songwriter of depth, honesty and humility without forgetting we all need a little pop music in our lives, particularly in these hard times. Genuinely Liz Lawrence is proving to be a cut above and we’re delighted to welcome her band to The Crescent for the first time.

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Anna Mieke + Amy May Ellis

Anna Mieke is an Irish singer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter based in Wicklow, whose anachronistic vocal talent toes the line between folk and vivid dreamscapes.

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Kristin Hersh Electric Trio

We’re extremely pleased to welcome back Kristin Hersh to The Crescent. Definite indie rock royalty, fronting her bands Throwing Muses and 50 Foot Wave. She’s back with her band featuring Fred Abong, bass player from Throwing Muses and Rob Ahlers, drummer of 50 Foot Wave. These electric trio shows are loud, tight and intense, featuring material from across Kristin’s thirty-year career.

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Neue Grafik Ensemble & Floral Pattern

Composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist, Neue Grafik has been building a strong rep for himself over the past few years, releasing records on labels such as Rhythm Section, 22a, CoOp Presents and Wolf Music. His sound is a hybrid of jazz, house and hip hop, all with his unique geographical flavors of African ethnicity, Parisian roots and a love for London sounds like broken beat & grime thrown into the mix.

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Gaz Coombes + Piney Gir – *SOLD OUT*

For nearly two decades with Supergrass, Coombes came to embody the oddball end of British indie and Britpop. But it is through his solo work that he has found himself. With his 2015 album Matador, he presented a new musical identity: wide-screen, emotional, cinematic and full of artistic surprises. It earned him a Mercury Prize nomination.

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Pom Poko

Off-the-wall Norwegian pop-noise sensations Pom Poko are coming to York for the first time in April!

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Theatre Of Hate

Theatre of Hate came to prominence in the early eighties with their post punk charisma, strident lyrics and blistering live shows. Their debut album Westworld (produced by Mick Jones of the Clash) going top 20 and their song Do You Believe In The Westworld becoming a post punk classic “the Hate” were a strong favourite with punks and goths alike.

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Melt-Banana, Cowtown + Mumbles

‘Japanese noise assassins Melt-Banana may well have been thrashing out blistering rockets of screeching, avant garde, hardcore for well over twenty years now, but my gawd do they still feel like a pulverising assault on the senses.’

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Refugee Benefit feat. The Ukrainians, 1919 + La Rissa

Join with us in a show of support for the people of the Ukraine and help us raise as much as we can to help its people, fleeing their homes and communities. All the money raised will be going to refugee charities and those helping in the conflict such as Disasters Emergency Committee. Hosted by the incredible band ‘The Ukrainians’ who combine traditional Ukrainian folk music with Western rock and punk.

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Peggy Seeger & Calum MacColl

Making a very welcome return to The Crescent on her rescheduled ‘First Farewell Tour’, the charismatic Peggy Seeger – singer, songwriter, feminist, icon, Ewan MacColl’s partner and muse – is the undisputed queen of folk and political song. Join Peggy and her son Calum MacColl, an exceptional musician in his own right, for a glorious evening of up-close performance by these two world class musicians.

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York Blues Festival 2022

York Blues Festival returns for a third celebration at The Crescent in York. The two previous events have sold out waaaaaay in advance so don’t hang around if you want to come, particularly looking at the line-up they have for us!

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Peat & Diesel + Ruairidh Maclean – *SOLD OUT*

Hailing from the West Coast of Scotland and playing honest, straight-up, blue-collar, folk-infused rock’n’roll, Peat & Diesel have made friends the world over in a short time. This is their York debut and we can’t wait.

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BC Camplight + Hannah Ashcroft

Brian Christinzio returns to The Crescent in March with his fabulous BC Camplight outfit after the release of their acclaimed 2021 album Shortly After Takeoff.

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Herbal Mafia presents: Skinnyman, Homebrew Kit, Nicky Blackmarket & more

For our next event we have UK hiphop pioneer SKINNYMAN making a long awaited return to York, ahead of his ‘Council Estate of Mind’ UK tour. A Herbal Mafia favourite and absolute legend in the scene, we can’t wait to have him back!
Special guests HOMEBREW KIT in support: This new hiphop supergroup has emerged from from Skinnyman’s home town of Leeds. Consisting of MCs Tee Jackson, Matter & Teks over the beats and turntablist skills of UK DMC finalist, and Herbal Mafia regular: DJM.

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Arun Ghosh & Yaatri

A showcase of indian influenced jazz! Arun Ghosh, pioneer of Indo-Jazz and rock fusion, returns with his band after an epic first show here a few years ago. Support comes from Leeds based Yaatri who have rapidly risen to the forefront of the Northern scene.

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Supersuckers, The Hip Priests + Segregates

A rock’n’roll pairing like no other!
One American southern-rock-punk trio led by the geniously named Eddie Spaghetti. The other a frantic punk’n’roll quartet with near-legendary local status. How it should be. Fun and ‘aving it.

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The Escape Club Returns…Again!!

With the disappointment of losing our Christmas party to illness behind us, we’re delighted to be back in The Crescent on March 16th.
Come help us make up for some lost hours on the dancefloor!

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Gong

The ever metamorphosing entity that is GONG launches, as ever, into unknown – and unknowing – territory with a new tour for 2020, destined to be talked about, discussed, and argued over, up and down the land.

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Glenn Tilbrook – *SOLD OUT*

Glenn Tilbrook has more than earned his place at pop’s top table as one of our most cherished singers, guitarists and songwriters, not to mention an in-demand and endlessly endearing live performer. But more than 40 years after he first answered an ad placed by Chris Difford looking for like-minded sorts to form the band that became the much-loved evergreen Squeeze, an ending is nowhere in sight.

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Irie Vibes: Bushrocker Hifi

Irie Vibes welcomes their first guest of 2022, all the way from across the border… the legendary Lancashire sound: Bushrocker Hifi.
Since its creation by Daddy CoJo (RIP), this strictly roots rockers sound system has been playing the finest foundation sounds for over 2 decades. Also known for hosting the reggae & dub stage at Beat-Herder, one of the North’s seminal dance music festivals.

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YĪN YĪN + Soma Crew

YĪN YĪN is a jam-packed romp of South East Asian psych pop, funk, disco grooves and electronic music. The project was conceived by Kees Berkers and Yves Lennertz, two familiar faces in the Maastricht underground scene. Debut LP ‘The Rabbit That Hunts Tigers’ represents the full breadth of the quartet’s respective record collections, unleashed with maximum joy and spirit. And just so you know, these guys are never too shy to give the odd nod to a bona fide pop classic.

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Dele Sosimi x Medlar

The Afrobeat Ambassador himself, longtime collaborator of Fela Kuti, Dele Sosimi returns for another electric live show! This time a special duo performance with house and disco producer Medlar on MPC and guitar, who remixed many of his recent smashers. Expect Dele’s usual energy undercut with some heavy beats. We’re collaborating with Chameleon to put on an afterparty in the front bar till 3am too!

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Burning Duck Comedy – Ahir Shah: Events

Double Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Ahir Shah returns to stand-up with a new show about significance, insignificance, and scurvy. Featuring his signature blend of philosophical inquiry, personal examination, and sweet gags, Events promises to be the single greatest work of art ever named after a probably apocryphal quote from Prime Minister Harold Macmillan.

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EXTC

The band of XTC’s Terry Chambers, supported and blessed by XTC’s Andy Partridge and Dave Gregory.
With hits including Making Plans for Nigel, Senses Working Overtime and Sgt Rock (Is Going to Help Me), XTC was one of the UK’s most exciting and influential bands. But as the band’s success snowballed and the tours grew (including globe-trotting spells with The Police and Talking Heads) XTC main man, Andy Partridge, pulled the plug on touring making XTC a purely studio-based entity.

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The Serial Killer Next Door

Emma Kenny is one of the UK’s most notable Psychological Therapists and Crime commentators. Whilst Emma specialises in victimology, she is mostly known in the media for presenting crime shows including Britain’s Darkest Taboos, Lady Killers, and The Killer in My Family.

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She Drew The Gun + Annabel Allum + Marnie Glum – *SOLD OUT*

Passionate, principled, and refreshingly plain-spoken, Louisa Roach will not be cowed into silence. As She Drew The Gun, the Wirral-based singer-songwriter has spent the last seven years cementing her reputation as a vital voice in the alternative scene, using punk-infused psych-pop as a vehicle for exposing injustice and for advocating for a fairer and more tolerant society.

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Perspex, Trueman & The Indoor League + Captain Starlet

For the last in our series of ‘Cool Animal’ shows highlighting just how many great bands there are in our city – venue faves Perspex are playing a stripped back set, Trueman & The Indoor League are doing something similar and Mr Tom Carroll (Workfriends, aka Captain Starlet) opens solo.

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POLO, Zach Lount + Kitty VR

There are a hundred ways to make your name these days, but there are few more meaningful than watching a band grow before you in real time. And, having honed their craft over the past three years, moving from their first single to now as they stand on the cusp of their forthcoming debut album, Polo are a band who’ve earned every success that’s rightfully come to them.

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Baby Band

Baby Band are doing gigs for you and your little people. No baby music, proper music, like you used to go and see loads of before you had children. This is a chance for you to pass on your love of live music by enjoying a gig together in a legitimate venue, with great musicians, during the day; and with coffee too!

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Los Bitchos + Noon Garden

High grade Psychedelic Cumbia, created by 4 gals from all corners of the globe.
It’s been a busy lockdown for Los Bitchos, we’re beyond excited to say, they’ve finished recording their debut album with Franz Ferdinand frontman, Alex Kapranos, and of course, it sounds like the biggest party imaginable.

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Dreadzone + Iris Vibes DJs

Fast approaching their 30th anniversary, Dreadzone are an unstoppable force who have long been, and still are, one of the best live bands around with a loyal and ever growing fanbase due in part to their storming and energetic live shows.

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Slop Em Up – Single Launch Party

Slop Em Up are an exciting blast into York’s youthful DIY band scene. Formed last year at the University of York, they play a mixture of jazz, funk, indie rock, and pop. After headlining the Jazz Party back in Autumn, they return for a launch of their debut single; ‘Pizza Boy Blues’, which is out on Valentine’s.

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Valentine’s Day: A Night of Arts

Valentine’s Day: A Night of Arts is an event for folk to engage in local talent. It is an event open to all, whether you’re coupled up or not, come witness and enjoy a fun night of laughs, heartbreak (hopefully not yours!) and toe tapping tunes.

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Burning Duck Comedy – Carl Hutchinson – Wednesday

After two consecutive sell-out years, Carl returns with a brand new show! Expect stories, observations & audience interaction. Always an exciting night, join this dynamic and versatile performer for a truly unmissable evening of comedy.

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John Francis Flynn + Rowan Evans

John Francis Flynn is a singer and multi-instrumentalist whose work centres around traditional and folk material from Ireland.
Fresh from an exhilarating sold-out show at Whelans in Dublin and a double award-winning appearance at the 2021 RTE Folk Awards, John Francis Flynn returns to the UK for a more extensive tour after popping over briefly in 2021 to celebrate the release of his debut album.

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Say Owt Slam feat. Genevieve Carver

Since 2014, Say Owt have been hosting raucous poetry slams where performers get 3 mins to wow an audience. They’ve become the mainstay of the York community. Whether you love the written (and spoken) word or are just curious, this high energy event features a host of poets each with a unique style.

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Jarrod Dickenson – AT THE NCEM, YORK

Hailing from Waco, now based in Nashville via Brooklyn, Dickenson spends most of his time on the road bringing his own particular brand of soulful Americana to a wide variety of music loving audiences around the globe. Hot off the heels of his fully sold-out ‘Unplugged & Distilled’ acoustic tour at the end of 2019, Dickenson returns to the UK for an electrified duo show with new songs and stories in tow.

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Onipa & Yvan Jam

Afrofuturists ONIPA are based off the collaboration between KOG and Tom Excell, guitarist and bandleader from Nubiyan Twist. “”ONIPA means ‘human’ in Akan, the ancient language of the Ashanti people of Ghana. It’s a message of connection through collaboration: from Ghana to London, our ancestors to our children, Onipa brings energy, groove, electronics, afrofuturism, dance and fire!”

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The KVB

Blending reverb-soaked shoegaze with minimalist electronic production, The KVB’s music reflected Nicholas Wood and Kat Day’s mastery of atmosphere even as their sound evolved over the course of the 2010s. Early releases such as 2012’s debut album, ‘Always Then’, dealt in brittle beats and sonic blasts that evoked Cabaret Voltaire and the Jesus and Mary Chain in equal measure, but the duo’s style became more streamlined and sharp-edged on later efforts such as 2018’s ‘Only Now Forever’.

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Burning Duck Comedy – Jamali Maddix: King Crud – *SOLD OUT*

As seen on Taskmaster (Channel4), Frankie Boyle’s New World Order (BBC2) and his critically acclaimed series Hate Thy Neighbor for Vice, Jamali Maddix is heading out on tour. With a brand new show for 2021 Jamali will be tackling more home truths and universal issues. A master of the craft this latest show is not to be missed.

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Bootleg Blondie

Bootleg Blondie is the world’s No. 1 official Debbie Harry and Blondie tribute band.

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John Otway

John Otway, then. Enigma, hilariously funny showman, comic genius and all-round musician. This show is on the run up to his 5000th show and is number 4856…

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Michael Head & The Red Elastic Band + Pet Snake

After the success of Adios Señor Pussycat in 2017, the band are currently working on a new album, nearing completion. Fans can expect to hear new songs as well as much loved classics from Mick’s previous bands, Shack and The Pale Fountains.

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The Escape Club – Christmas Party!

After missing out in 2020, we cannot wait to celebrate another Christmas at our spiritual home, the Crescent.
Two rooms of eclectic and yet strangely complementary musical genres for your delight and delectation.

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York Zine Fest

Yorks very first Zine Fest is back and continues to bring together paper lovers and celebrate DIY publishing.

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The Howl & The Hum – *SOLD OUT*

After a triumphant year including a memorable live stream from The Minster in York and finally getting to celebrate their debut album by touring the UK and Europe culminating in two amazing sold out shows at Brudenell Social Club last month; The Howl & The Hum return to their spiritual home at The Crescent for a special Christmas show on December 15th.

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Seth Lakeman

An intimate seated show with Seth Lakeman, accompanied by Alex Hart.

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Soma Crew, Cowgirl, Tremulous Monk + Missing Kids

Approaching the end of 2021 seems as good a time as any to have reason to celebrate. It has been a strange ride for sure over the last 20 months. Gotta keep looking forward! So, here are Soma Crew, Cowgirl and Tremulous Monk, playing ‘on the floor’ at The Crescent Community Venue, inviting you to participate in the fun. Cheers!

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Absolute Bowie – Greatest Hits Show

There’s a load of reasons why this show gets busier and busier every year. If you’re going to pay tribute to The Thin White Duke, you may as well get the best one around.

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Hayseed Dixie + The Jokers

‘Hayseed Dixie highlights the worth of mountain music to all things rock: energy, dirt-punk rhythm, careening harmonies and the fundamental right of all no-good fuck-ups to raise hell come Saturday night.’
Uncut Magazine

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Chantel McGregor + Paul & Lloyd (DC Blues)

Tough blues-rock trio fronted by Chantel McGregor.
The Bradford-born guitarist gained a First Class Honours degree in Popular Music in 2008 from Leeds College Of Music winner their for Outstanding Musicianship; a truly electric guitarist! York Blues Festival house band DC Blues opening too.

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Ozric Tentacles Electronic – *NOW AT THE FULFORD ARMS – SOLD OUT*

One of the most influential bands to emerge from the UK’s festival scene, Ozric Tentacles formed during the solstice at Stonehenge Free Festival 1983 going on to become psychedelic staples at Glastonbury and other festivals. The creative vision of multi-instrumentalist Ed Wynne, the Ozrics’ uniquely trippy soundscapes connect fans of progressive rock, psychedelia and dance music culture.

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Elephant Sessions

Highlands folk-rockers, Scottish Album Of The Years nominees and conquerors of Boomtown, Glastonbury and many other whopping festivals! Elephant Sessions bring their firey traditionalism to The Crescent for the first time…now on Saturday 4th December.

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Ostrich Beats Launch Party!

Our first Ostrich Beats event, hosted and curated by Ola Szmidt, will be bringing an eclectic mix of techno, electro, drum & bass, garage, ambient and experimental music in support of MAP Charity.

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Run Logan Run & Mabgate Organ Trio

A last minute Xmas offering of cutting UK psych jazz from Ouroboros! Run Logan Run, a heavy drums/sax duo, combined with Leeds based Mabgate Organ Trio.

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Electric Six + CLKWRK

Here in York for your annual dose of the ELECTRIC SIX raucous, funny, slicked-back pop juggernaut. Utterly joyous.
(Now one year later, sorry all!)

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The Trials Of Cato + Henry Parker

The remarkable rise of award winning trio The Trials of Cato on the UK folk-scene has been the subject of massive critical attention. Dubbed “The Sex Pistols of folk,” (J Davis) they pay clear homage to the tradition whilst twisting old bones into something febrile and modern, with stomping tunes and captivating stories.

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Stan Smith – *CANCELLED*

Stan Smith (ex Mulholland) launches his first solo album in his old haunting grounds of York. Inspired by the music greats “From Hank to Hendrix” (well more like From Bobby to Joni with a touch of Neil & Lucinda) he presents a night of Alt-Country/Americana featuring songs from ‘No Love No Life’

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Herbert (Matthew Herbert DJ Set)

Matthew Herbert dons his HERBERT alias for a DJ set of pacey minimal house, techno and garage. Support comes from Freakin Legend & Earworm honcho Rich Clark , who returns to The Crescent for the first time since the final night of Freakin.

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Electric Jalaba

Electric Jalaba are a London based band taking Moroccan Gnawa music to a new dimension

A deep psychedelic, groove-heavy meeting between Moroccan Gnawa master Simo Lagnawi, Italian/English drummer Dave De Rose and four musical brothers; Henry, Oliver, Nathaniel and Barnaby Keen from Dorset (UK).

Traditional songs about colourful spirits, mysterious women, men that divide oceans and armies of conquerors weave themselves among enormous infectious grooves, analogue effects and warped guitars.

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Jamnesty w/ The Apocalypse Disco, FENDRY & more

A night of music and merriment that raises money and awareness for Amnesty UK. Featuring… York’s finest purveyors of dystopian hope, The Apocalypse Disco, and some gritty grime rap from FENDRY. All of this seasoned with some passionate speakers and ukulele wonders.

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Rachel Sermanni – *AT THE NCEM, YORK*

It’s a long time since Highlands singer-songwriter Rachel Sermanni has been to York. She’s been away starting a family and writing a bunch of beautiful songs which we’re lucky enough to be presenting for you in the National Centre For Early Music across town.

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King No-One – Sunday – *CANCELLED*

King No-One come back to their Hometown for two big shows at the intimate Crescent. Saturday’s show will be part of their tour, and the following night will be a throwback to all the King No-One classics and past York shows that have been so special and started the band’s success.

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King No-One, The Palava + YouVee – Saturday

King No-One come back to their Hometown for two big shows at the intimate Crescent. Saturday’s show will be part of their tour, and the following night will be a throwback to all the King No-One classics and past York shows that have been so special and started the band’s success.

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This Is The Kit – *AT THE CITADEL, YORK*

We’re delighted to welcome experimental folk quartet This Is The Kit back to York for a very special show at The Citadel in York. In October they release their much anticipated fifth record on Rough Trade in October and where better to celebrate than the two story former Salvation Army HQ, now York City Church on Gillygate.

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Burning Duck Comedy – Tez Ilyas: Populist

The brand-new stand-up show from the star of The Tez O’Clock Show (Channel 4), TEZ Talks (BBC Radio 4) and the multi-award-winning Man Like Mobeen (BBC Three). Join Tez as he uses his trademark silly, smart and subversive approach to pit ordinary people against the establishment.

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PONGO

PONGO embodies the renewal of Kuduro, mixing her African, Langan & Zairian roots with EDM, bass music, dancehall & melodic pop.
Her powerful, rhythmic, but equally fragile & sensitive voice draws us into her world, on the borders of dance & saudade, where no one has taken us before.

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Willy Mason + Voka Gentle

Willy Mason returns to The Crescent in celebration of the release of his fourth album.
A great singer-songwriter, a lovely chap and likely with a cracking band too. Alternative leftfield-pop, folk and Americana done with character and fun.

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Athletic Progression – *CANCELLED*

Hailing from Aarhus, Denmark, Athletic Progression is an instrumental trio rooted in Hip Hop and Jazz. Deeply rooted in J Dilla-esque swing with heavy, meditative vibes, instantly recognizable and insanely catchy. But these grooves do not emanate from samplers and chopped up breaks – they are played live.

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Teeth Of The Sea & The Utopia Strong

A mega, heady Rocket Recordings double bill is upon us! Come join a trip through krautrock, seventies sci-fi soundtrack apocolyptica and propulsive psychedelia.

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Focus + Soma Crew

Celebrating a remarkable 50 years in the business, this show promises an enormous hits-packed set spanning every year of this incredible band’s journey.
Hocus Pocus indeed!

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Say Owt: Hollie McNish – *SOLD OUT*

York’s gobbiest poetry night is excited to bring the wonderful Hollie McNish back to York and back to The Crescent.
Hollie McNish has published three poetry collections Papers, Cherry Pie and Plum, and one poetic memoir on politics and parenthood, Nobody Told Me, of which the Scotsman suggested “The world needs this book” and for which she won the Ted Hughes Award. Hollie will be reading from her latest collection Slug.

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The Lancashire Hotpots

Are you ready for a party? The undisputed kings of musical comedy The Lancashire Hotpots are back to bring you another night of madcap music and laughs on their Big Night Out tour!

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Bella Gaffney + Katie Spencer – *AT YSJ UNI THEATRE*

We’re chuffed to be programming our first concert at a brand new theatre on York St. John University campus, just near the SU on Lord Mayors Walk. Better still the show is with two good friends and extremely talented singer-songwriters Bella Gaffney (The Magpies) and Katie Spencer.

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Ren Harvieu, Robert Chaney + Felix Holt

Salford singer-songwriter Ren Harvieu leads a five-piece band feat. The Magic Numbers’ siblings Romeo & Michele Soddart to perform songs from her new album Revel In the Drama (Bella Union).

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Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker & John Doyle

Folk music’s legendary triumvirate of musical magpies Mike McGoldrick, John Doyle and John McCusker are out on the road again in 2021. As winter turns to spring Mike, John & John will wrap up their stint on Transatlantic Sessions for another year and bring you their own blend of top class folk songs, tunes and charming bonhomie.

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Evil Scarecrow + In the Whale

Welcome friends and eschewers of indie cool to Evil Scarecrow and an evening of soul-rippingly, wildly aggressive and, well, downright passionate metal in an almost Pythonesque style.

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CUD + Percy

Legendary Leeds alternative rock band CUD finally return to York.

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Sea Power + Hector Gannet – *SOLD OUT*

Celebrating their twentieth year in show business, Berkshire six-piece indie-rock band British Sea Power play The Crescent for the first time in May.
Tickets go on sale on Friday 7th February at 9am and you would be wise getting them bought quick!

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The Mysterines + Document – *SOLD OUT*

Liverpool trio The Mysterines return to York in May. The majority of their tour dates are sold out so don’t sleep on this opportunity to see one of the UK’s most exciting new rock and roll bands in a small, local venue.

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Burning Duck Comedy – Lloyd Griffith: Not Just A Pretty Face

Lloyd is back on the road with his latest stand up tour. It’s been a busy few years for Grimsby’s favourite (for now, anyway) comedian/choirboy. He’s recently been supporting Jack Whitehall on tour, and you may have also seen him in on 8 out of 10 cats (Channel 4), Jonathan Ross’ Comedy Club (ITV), Ted Lasso (Apple TV), Can You Beat The Bookies? (BBC), Soccer AM (Sky One), Flinch (Netflix), Songs Of Praise (BBC1) ((lol)).

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Avalanche Party, Trueman + The Hazy Janes

Avalanche Party is feral garage-punk rock & roll from the North Yorkshire Moors. Their sound is intense and immediate, so new yet so familiar, brimming with an urgency that explodes off the stage like the front lines of a war you didn’t even realise was being fought. Every note played through white knuckles, every word spat through gritted teeth.

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The Escape Club Returns!

We. Are. Back!
It’s been a while but we will be back at the glorious Crescent Club on Saturday 16th October.
After 18 months on lock down intensively honing our DJ craft you can bet it’s going to be a monster of a night. We cannot wait. Be hoping to see you all there.

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HENGE

This is Henge. We come in the name of RAVE.
We bring you the gift of COSMIC DROSS – A kind of music new to your world.
We have news. Planet Earth is an experiment.
Your species was sent codes from SPACE, to help you LOVE and DANCE.

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Robert Forster – *CANCELLED*

Due to the uncertainty surrounding international travel for the rest of this year, Robert Forster is going to have to cancel the planned dates in 2021.
Ticket holders should contact point of purchase for refunds.
We’re sorry to have to do this and intend to return to play shows in these areas as soon as we can.

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Pavilion, The Terms, Cherry Fuzz Club + Kimber

Emerging from the ever growing Yorkshire music scene, Pavilion began their journey in late 2018 and haven’t looked back since. Comprising of Noah Hindle (Lead Vocals/Rhythm Guitar), Jeanie Leach (Keys), Olly Chilton (Lead Guitar), Sonny Leach (Bass) and Max Pinckney (Drums), the five piece formed on the back of a love for music and the desire to create a sound unheard in today’s current indie scene.

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Children Of Zeus, [KSR] + Kinkai

Legendary Manchester DJ, MC and beatmaker Konny Kon and Tyler Daley, aka Hoodman, are Children of Zeus!
Tickets on sale Friday 11th June for the York debut in the autumn.
Another hot-as-it-comes booking from Ouroboros at The Crescent.

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Hope & Social + Andy Gaines

Leeds’ six-piece party-rock band Hope & Social come to play for us.
Now delayed until July 2021! Sorry all. Will be fun when it happens.

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Weetwood Mac – *SOLD OUT*

Weetwood Mac are a Leeds based Fleetwood Mac covers act, paying homage to the greatest band to ever form, split up… and the rest of it. Featuring members from Hope & Social and Ellen & The Escapades.
 
If Gary Stewart’s sold out Graceland show is anything to go by, advance purchase is highly recommended.
 
All the classics. None of the angst.

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The Skids – *CANCELLED*

The Skids featuring Richard Jobson, Bruce Watson and Jamie Watson announce a series of ‘Unplugged’ dates in support of their recent acoustic album ‘Peaceful Times’.

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POLO

Leeds-based R’n’B and electronic-pop trio POLO have a brand new record under their arm and are coming to play songs from it in York for the first time!

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Elsa Hewitt

Elsa Hewitt is a songwriter and music producer from East Sussex via Yorkshire. Beginning as a young singer-songwriter producing demos on a four track, she progressed through fronting post-punk bands and solo electronic singer-songwriting, until her passion for recording and album-making would lead her to become known as a producer of avant-garde and experimental electronic music.

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Red Rum Club

Red Rum Club broaden their horizons with their second studio album, The Hollow of Humdrum. Widening the spectrum of their sonic, this record varies from acoustic ballads to disco themed festival anthems. Theatrical brass lines and pop choruses are infused with rumbling bass lines, western guitars and Latin percussion to create this instantly recognisable record.

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Dan Webster + Bella Gaffney

York singer-songwriter Dan Webster is central to so much of the good things that happen in folk and acoustic circles in our city.
He returns to The Crescent stage in October to play a show with his band.

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Crescent Community Disco: Crescent 6th Birthday with Bradley Zero

We’re celebrating our 6th Birthday! It’s an honour to still be here, especially after everything that’s happened over the past 18 months.

We’re throwing a massive party to celebrate! And you’re all invited. Once again, tickets are only a fiver, so we advise purchasing in advance to guarantee entry.

Featuring some of your favourite Crescent DJ’s, as well as some of your favourite Crescent bands pretending to be DJs.

As well as a headline set from Boiler Room founder, Rhythm Section head honcho & NTS DJ Bradley Zero.

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Talk More

With ambient 80s-inspired big hooks, silky vocals and earworm riffs, York five piece Talk More may be fresh off the blocks, but in a short time they have created quite the buzz.

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Nubiyan Twist & Ayanna Witter-Johnson

A blend of virtuosic players, skilled producers and inspired composers join forces to create a unique, infectious sound drawing on jazz, hip-hop, afrobeat, latin, soul, reggae and dance music.

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John Smith + Hannah Read – *AT THE NCEM, YORK* – *SOLD OUT*

South Coast singer-songwriter and supreme guitarist John Smith releases his new album, The Fray, recorded at Real World Studios and featuring such luminaries as Bill Frisell, Lisa Hannigan, Sarah Jarosz & The Milk Carton Kids.
We’re presenting this show in the beautiful surroundings of the National Centre For Early Music on Walmgate.

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Robyn Hitchcock + Jessica Lee Morgan

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’. His most recent album is self-titled, marks his 21st release as a solo artist and was produced by Brendan Benson (The Raconteurs).

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Burning Duck Comedy – Lou Sanders: Say Hello To Your New Step-Mummy

It’s me, Loulie, AKA the face that launched a thousand dicks! In this show I’ll examine relationships (all kinds, baby), mental health (other people’s, I’m fine) and perverts (that one is mainly me, actually). I’ll be oversharing, wanging on about spirituality and giving everyone some much unwanted advice.

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Rachel Croft + Kell Chambers

Rachel Croft’s songwriting is cinematic, moody and classic; atmospheric backdrops champion her powerful, dramatic vocals, smoothly blending folk, rock, and soul styles.

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Motorheadache + The Hazy Janes

Lifelong Motörhead fan Rob Campbell (Rickenbastard & vocals) captures the essence of Lemmy in voice, stage clothes and that grinding mid-range bass sound. No wonder this band all but sold out York last time.

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Burning Duck Comedy – Dane Baptiste: The Chocolate Chip

Baptiste is back on international tour with a brand new stand-up show.
Dane is now a Grown Ass Black Man. Too old to be concerned with chicken or trainers. Too young to be considered a peer of Trevor McDonald. Has he got a chip on his shoulder? Yes. A chocolate one. Join one of the nation’s most exciting stand up stars as he presents another brilliantly hilarious and boldly provocative show.

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Richard Dawson + Gwenifer Raymond – *SOLD OUT*

Richard Dawson, the black-humoured bard of Newcastle, will finally be coming back to York!
His 6th record, 2020, was an utterly contemporary state-of-the-nation study, a personal commentary for a tumultuous and bleak time. Here is an island country in a state of flux; a society on the edge of mental meltdown. This is England today.

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Graceland – A Celebration of Paul Simon’s Classic

The gang return with the sounds of Paul Simon’s classic album, as re-created by Gary Stewart (Hope & Social/Rosie Doonan) and his talented band. Expect the infectious South African rhythms and melodies of these timeless songs and a generous handful of other Simon classics for good measure!

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Twinnie, Juna N Joey + The Last Morrell

From York to Hollywood and back again, Twinnie has filled her time thoroughly. From acting in Hollyoaks, staring in major theatre productions, appearing in various US films and embarking on a singing career that’s seen repeat performances at Country2Country and seen her playlisted on Radio 2. This very short UK tour celebrates the release of her debut album ‘Hollywood Gypsy’.

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The Magpies + Elanor Moss

Three accomplished musicians in their own right, Celtic Connections Danny Kyle Award winning guitarist, banjo-player and singer Bella Gaffney, clawhammer banjo player and singer Kate Griffin and acclaimed fiddle-player and tunesmith Holly Brandon draw on their wide-ranging influences to create a unique blend of transatlantic folk. This all-female trio is already establishing a fearsome reputation for their glittering live shows, onstage rapport and genre-busting original and traditional material.

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Burning Duck Comedy – Rob Auton: The Time Show

The Time Show’ is the latest comedy/theatre/spoken word show by writer and performer of some of what he writes Rob Auton, “the Fringe’s comedian laureate” (British Comedy Guide) now turns his attention to time. He will be asking questions such as “What time is it?” and “What is it time?”

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Eliza Carthy & The Restitution

Describing herself simply as a “modern English musician”, Eliza Carthy herself is one of the most recognisable faces of the English folk revival. Her first “solo” album of traditional music in 14 years, Restitute is literally a homely affair, recorded as it was at Eliza’s home in the picturesque Robin Hood’s Bay, North Yorkshire.

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Dream Nails + FIKA – *AT THE FULFORD ARMS*

For fans of Bikini Kill, The Julie Ruin, Dream Wife, The Regrettes and The Ramones, Dream Nails are a punk force to be reckoned with. Founded by feminist activists in 2015, this hotly tipped band of witches mix political rage with contagious pop punk joy, winning hearts (and funds for abortion charities) wherever they go.

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Keith Christmas + Chris Euesden

Keith’s career traverses 50 years, from his Mighty Baby-backed 1969 debut ‘Stimulus’ to his appearances at the first Glastonbury a year later and on Bowie’s second eponymous album (aka Space Oddity). He’s dabbled in blues (Weatherman) and instrumentals (Acoustica) and here returns to the organic, emotional folk material in which he excels.

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Hands Off Gretel + As Sirens Fall

Hands Off Gretel have created the perfect soundtrack of sugar-coated grunge-punk to vent and rail against the issues of body image, mental health, celebrity, childhood and loneliness all of which were addressed from a fiercely female, unapologetic, feminist perspective.

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Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra

Dele Sosimi, bandmate of Fela and Femi Kuti and officially the UK’s Afrobeat Ambassador, returns for another electrifying marathon summer set of live authentic Afrobeat! Bring your dancing shoes for this one.

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Luke Saxton + Rory Welbrock

It’s a bit of a York secret how magic singer-songwriter Luke Saxton is. Somehow. We’re delighted to be presenting a rare headline show with Luke and his accomplices. He has a vast catalog of lilting, pop-infused, 60’s and 70’s influenced records to pull from and very likely some new material and new arrangements to boot.

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Peatbog Faeries

Hailing from the Isle of Skye, the legendary Scottish trailblazers have created a glorious mixture of traditional sounds and dance-floor grooves that have been embraced worldwide. Drawing upon a dazzling myriad of influences from jigs and reels through Dance Music, Jazz, African, and more, they bring the sound of Scotland fresh-faced and breathless to the new audiences around the world.

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Jim Ghedi (full band) – *A SEATED & DISTANCED SHOW*

Jim Ghedi hails from the South Yorkshire hills and although clearly well versed in the history of British folk music, he stands out as a potential torch bearer for a new generation of respectful yet experimental performers. ‘In The Furrow’s Of Common Place’ (Basin Rock, Jan 2021) lit up our lockdown gloom, it’s a terrific piece of work.

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The Complete Stone Roses

One of the UK’s best known and successful tributes to one of the UK’s most influential bands – selling out venues across the UK year after year. And after a break of four years – they’re back in York!

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Irie Vibes: Dub Pistols (DJ Set)

Irie Vibes makes it long awaited return to The Crescent. Featuring a DJ set from Dub Pistols, plus Dub Defenders and of course the Irie Residents!

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Houseplant Lovers: Social & Plant Swap

York’s plant swap event, created by houseplant lovers, for houseplant lovers. A chance to socialise with other people who are passionate about plants.

The focus of this not-for-profit event is on all things HOUSEPLANT! Bring along your baby indoor plants, rooted cuttings and houseplant swaps to exchange for new plants. 

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Bad Chapel Residents Party

Bad Chapel residents’ party in the renovated crescent front bar. we’ve got eighteen months worth of rekids to share. nice space, nice people, nice new void sound system. late license 9pm till 3am.

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Limehouse Lizzy

Renowned for an action-packed pyrotechnic-fuelled explosion of a show, LIMEHOUSE LIZZY continue to keep the spirit of Celtic rock icon Philip Lynott and Thin Lizzy alive. A staple sell-out in York for over twenty years the band have found a happy new home at The Crescent after selling out their 2020 show.

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Snazzback

Snazzback was born out of busking the streets of Bristol but has coalesced into a jazz ensemble that embodies a myriad of different sounds, freely exploring ambient, dubstep, rumba and funk flavours with a collaborative and improvisatory mindset. Brought to you by Ouroboros and Worm Disco Club, lynchpin of the modern Bristol alternative jazz scene.

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Yorkshire Day: Night Of Arts!

Forge Zine and Hallmark Theatre have banded together to bring you a night of creativity and fun. Actors, musicians, writers and artists come together at The Crescent to bring you a varied night of entertainment.

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Crescent Community Disco: Reopening Party

We’re allowed to dance again! We’ll be open every day from Wed 21st July, with plenty gigs on, but this will be our reopening party! Late night disco across both rooms, with local bands Perspex & Trueman opening in the main room for the first time, and of course our Cresident DJs till the wee hours.

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Mashed Returns!

Damn it feels good to be typing this! MASHED returns to our beloved home The crescent community venue, on Friday the 30th of July and we can’t wait to see you all! It’s been 17 long months since we last danced together so we’ve got a bit of catching up to do. This last year and a half has been awful for all of us and normality is finally starting to return. So bring your dancing shoes and your happy faces and let’s remind ourselves what it’s like to socialise again.

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The Turbans & Flatcap Carnival

International legends The Turbans bind together musics from ‘manywhere’ with their interstellar live show which ignites the crowd. Sonically huge and visually arresting, they are a powerhouse of talent, bringing their vibrant and unique sound to audiences who can do nothing more than smile, dance and shout for joy. Growing from the intertwining paths of many talented musicians travelling the world, this extraordinary project has grown in a few years from very humble beginnings, into a progressive name on the London music scene. Its members have gathered from countries such as Turkey, Bulgaria, Israel, Iran, Greece and England to perform in concerts and festivals around the UK, North America, Middle-East, Hong Kong, India and Europe.

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Burning Duck Comedy – Mark Watson: How You Can Almost Win – *SOLD OUT*

In 2017, Mark Watson – a man prone to considerable anxiety, with multiple phobias and a history of piss-poor self-esteem – was asked to go on Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls. It really wasn’t for him at all because his favourite things include safety, comfort, food and not being scared and miserable. But the experience changed the shambolic comedian for the better, and now he’s written a sort of motivational talk about what it taught him. But still with jokes.

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York Blues Festival 2021 – *SOLD OUT*

New date! 4th time lucky…
York Blues Festival is back for a second time! After the resounding success of the first event, Paul Winn & Ben Darwin from Yorks own DC Blues have taken on the mantle of once again bringing “The Blues” to the great City of York. There will be live music through to 11PM plus a charity raffle.

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We Are Not Devo

Performing choice cuts of gonzo mutato classics from throughout the career of Akron, OHIO’s finest sons; a labour of love and sincerity bringing the message of Devolution to the good spuds of the UK.

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Squid – *CANCELLED*

After many attempts by all parties to try and make this tour happened, the recent extension to social distancing restrictions unfortunately means this show has had to be cancelled. Refunds are available from your point of purchase, online purchases will be refunded automatically.

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S.D. SHOW – Katy J Pearson + Elkyn – *SOLD OUT*

A sneaky socially distanced opportunity to celebrate the release of ‘Return’, the debut record from Katy J Pearson on Bella Union.
It’s a jewel in the dirt by the side of the highway; ten songs which slide effortlessly between lovelorn country, lo-fi folk and glistening, unforgettable pop. It’s fabulous and we’re very pleased to be able to host this intimate show.

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S.D. SHOW – White Flowers

On the third floor of an abandoned textile mill to the north of Preston, a wave of strange musical beauty is blossoming. Brought up on the sounds of nearby Manchester – think New Order and The Smiths et al – White Flowers, made up of Katie Drew and Joey Cobb, make gloriously gothic Lynchian pop music that’s as ambiguous as it is beautiful and exciting.

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S.D. SHOW – Shame – *SOLD OUT*

We’re chuffed to welcome London post-punks Shame for a very intimate socially distanced, seated show as they celebrate the release of their second album Drunk Tank Pink.

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S.D SHOW – Super Cool Drawing Machine – The Musician’s Art Show

‘Super Cool Drawing Machine’, the touring exhibition of musicians ‘other’ work. A celebration of the art created by international touring, independent musicians. Bringing back engaging and exciting visual creations into the UK’s most loved music spaces. A much-needed exploration of FUN stuff.

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The Howl & The Hum – Live At York Minster – *LIVE STREAM*

We’re delighted to be involved in bringing you a one-off live performance with ​alternative rock outfit​ The Howl & The Hum​. As many of you will know this band are incredibly special to us, they’ve grown with us over the last five years and we’re very proud to be partnering on this special event.

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Burning Duck Comedy – Kiri Pritchard-McLean: Empathy Pains – **CANCELLED**

Multi award winning comedian Kiri Pritchard-McLean is back with her fourth full length show. Previous shows have seen her tackle structural racism, sexism, child grooming, adoption and emotional abuse so what seemingly unfunny subject has she picked to turn into laughs this year? Chernobyl? The shrinking size of creme eggs? No, empathy. Which sounds fine actually but maybe not the way Kiri tackles it.

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Rachael Dadd – **POSTPONED**

Please Please You presents Rachael Dadd (& band) Sunday 14th March, 7.30pm Tickets are £8 in advance (more on the door) and are available online via See Tickets. **This event is postponed due to the pandemic. We’ll have more information for you here as soon […]

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Los Bitchos – **CANCELLED**

**This show is postponed due to lockdown. We have a replacement gig in the pipeline for the autumn for which you tickets will remain valid. We’ll update you on that as soon as we can but that’s likely to be in a few weeks. Once the new date in confirmed refunds will be available from your point of purchase if required.**

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Michael Chapman: Ancient & Modern (Live from The Merchant Adventurers’ Hall)

The Crescent, Please Please You and Ouroboros have collaborated to present a special online concert from legendary troubadour Michael Chapman. The concert was recorded during lockdown at The Merchant Adventurers’ Hall here in York.

SPECIAL INDEPENDENT VENUE WEEK OFFER!

To celebrate Michael’s 80th Birthday, this show is now available for only £5!

Or you can choose to pay £10/ £15 to further support Michael and the freelance Production Crew during these difficult times.

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S.D. SHOW – Hyde Family Jam

We’re delighted to welcome local buskers-supreme and champion party twangs Hyde Family Jam for a socially distanced residency in December.

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S.D. SHOW – Hyde Family Jam

We’re delighted to welcome local buskers-supreme and champion party twangers Hyde Family Jam for a socially distanced residency in December.

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S.D. SHOW – Hyde Family Jam

We’re delighted to welcome local buskers-supreme and champion party twangers Hyde Family Jam for a socially distanced residency in December.

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Ruts DC – The Acoustic Tour 2020 – *CANCELLED*

Following on from their packed out Opera House acoustic show at Rebellion 2019 -Segs ,Ruffy and Leigh finally take the Acoustic show on the road leading you on a journey through the Ruts/RutsDC catalogue and more.

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S.D. SHOW – Kirk Brandon (Spear Of Destiny / Theatre Of Hate) – *SOLD OUT*

Kirk Brandon is the voice of Spear of Destiny, Theatre of Hate and Dead Men Walking. With over 15 studio albums and countless single releases, his career now spans well over 30 years. Expect some very special events that will feature all the hits and misses!!! including ‘Never Take Me Alive’, Do You Believe In The Westworld?’, ‘Worldservice’, ‘ So In Love With You’, ‘Young Men’, ‘Original Sin’.

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S.D. SHOW – Say Owt – *SOLD OUT*

Local performance poetry crew get us restarted this winter with a residents special with a set of banging poems, full of wit, humour, warmth and energy to warm your soul. Expect some brand new pieces, improv poetry and a few silly surprises hiding up our spoken word sleeves!

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Rob Newman: Philosophy Show – *POSTPONED

In this all-new show, multi-award winning stand-up comic Rob Newman weaves together Nietzsche’s sunglasses, James Bond in Toxteth, electric spiders and singing Neanderthals into a hilarious tour-de-force that offers new hopes for a changing world.

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Mike Peters (solo) – *CANCELLED*

Due to coronavirus and his own ill health, Mike has taken the decision to suspend all his touring until 2022. Regrettably this show has been cancelled, online purchasers will be refunded automatically. Please accept our apologies and we wish Mike all the very best for the future and a full and speedy recovery.

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Black Rose Ball Warm Party – *RESCHEDULED – PLEASE READ*

**This show is rescheduled due to governmental social distancing measures put in place to combat the COVID-19 outbreak. The show will now take place on Jan. 15th 2021 – AT THE FULFORD ARMS.
This is now a Aurelio Voltaire headline show and any other acts will be confirmed nearer the time.**

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Drever, McCusker & Woomble – *CANCELLED*

We’re very disappointed to tell you this show has been cancelled due to governmental social distancing measures put in place to combat the COVID-19 outbreak. Refunds are available from your point of purchase.
Fingers crossed they do a 12th anniversary tour!!!

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Talk More + Kitty VR – *CANCELLED*

With ambient 80s-inspired big hooks, silky vocals and earworm riffs, York four piece Talk More may be fresh off the blocks, but in a short time they have created quite the buzz.

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Boy Azooga, The Lounge Society – *CANCELLED*

This show has been cancelled due to governmental social distancing measures put in place to combat the COVID-19 outbreak. Refunds are available from your point of purchase. We’re very hopeful Boy Azooga will make it to The Crescent in York at another time.

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Jimi Anderson Group – *CANCELLED*

This show is cancelled due to governmental social distancing measures put in place to combat the COVID-19 outbreak.
Refunds are also available from your point of purchase.

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The Escape Club – *CANCELLED*

*’This show is now cancelled due to governmental social distancing measures put in place to combat the COVID-19 outbreak. Refunds available from your point of purchase.**

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Harry Baker: I Am 10,000

Mathematician-turned-World-Slam-Champion Harry Baker turns 10,000 days old, celebrating numbers, words and life itself.

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Burning Duck Comedy – Ahir Shah: Dots

Nominated for Best Show at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards in 2017 and 2018, Ahir Shah is on tour again with his new stand-up show DOTS. Featuring Shah’s signature blend of philosophical inquiry, personal examination, and real fun jokes, DOTS explores love, politics, culture, depression, and faith in an effort to examine the necessity, utility, presence, and absence of certainty. Probably.

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The Magpies

Celtic Connections Danny Kyle Award winner Bella Gaffney (guitar, vocals) and acclaimed mandolin player Polly Bolton came together last year, fusing Celtic folk with bluegrass in an exciting new collaboration. Joined by Sarah Smout (cello) and Holly Brandon (fiddle) for 2019, this all-female four-piece is already establishing a fearsome reputation for their glittering live shows, onstage rapport and genre-busting original and traditional material.

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Herbal Mafia VS Breakz VS Bassmentality

The top three bass heavy promotions in York go head to head in an epic sound clash! All the crews have formidable reputations and a strong squad of DJs, who will be hardest on the dancefloor!?

Expect to hear all styles of bass music across 2 rooms – from hiphop and dub to grime, trap, dubstep, UKG and bassline all the way to jungle and drum&bass and beyond!

Hosted by the legend Keon!

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Burning Duck Comedy – Sofie Hagen: The Bumswing – *SOLD OUT*

One of British comedy’s most exciting talents (although she’s Danish), winner of the prestigious Edinburgh Best Newcomer Award, a cult podcaster, and now the author of the hugely successful book ‘Happy Fat’, Sofie Hagen visits York with a brand new show direct from the Edinburgh Fringe.

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Burning Duck Comedy – Jamali Maddix: Strip Club Einstein

Critically acclaimed comedian and host of Vice’s Hate Thy Neighbour and Channel 4’s Adventures in Futureland, Jamali Maddix is heading out on tour after an incredible 2018 World Tour. The new show reflects on tales from the front line of social change and uncomfortable home truths.

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Crescent Community Disco: In Memory of Alex T

Alex T was a dear friend of all of us, gracing the decks here as recently as November, and the dancefloor many more times before. Within a month of arriving in York, he made himself an integral part of the scene; no party or afters was complete without him. His untimely passing left a massive impact on the UK scene as a whole: so we thought it would be a great idea to throw a party to celebrate his formative time here in York, and raise some money for Meningitis Now. All are welcome!

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Charity Jumble Sale!

The Crescent and True Story Cafe are teaming up to host a good old fashioned jumble sale!

We will be filling up the main room with second hand wares and bric-a-brac, for you to peruse and purchase at knock down prices! Doors open at 12pm.

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Portico Quartet

Portico Quartet are modern pioneers, mixing jazz, electronica and more into five heady, spacious records for Ninja Tune, Real World and now Gondwana Records.

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Rodney P & Skitz

After their last smasher with Roni Size, venue head honchos Herbal Mafia and Ouroboros join forces again, presenting UK hip hop legends Rodney P & Skitz for an exclusive set.

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Bonnie & The Bailers

A shining light in York’s live music scene for the last couple of years, singer Bonnie Milnes has assembled a fab cast of musicians to back her country-ish pop songs.

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Burning Duck Comedy – Lloyd Griffith: Not Just A Pretty Face

It’s been a busy few years for Grimsby’s favourite (for now, anyway) comedian/choirboy. He’s recently been supporting Jack Whitehall on tour, and you may have also seen him in on 8 out of 10 cats (Channel 4), Can You Beat The Bookies? (BBC), Soccer AM (Sky One), Flinch (Netflix), Live At The Comedy Store (Comedy Central) and more!

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Ye Vagabonds + Sarah Dean

As one of the brightest lights in British alternative folk music, Irish siblings Ye Vagabonds have stormed the years awards polls after the release of their second record, The Hare’s Lament.

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Junior Brother, Wolf Solent + owl.

His strange stories unfold with reckless abandon upon an idiosyncratic Guitar and Foot Tambourine accompaniment, influenced as much by the avant-garde as music from the middle ages and his home place in rural Ireland.

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I Touch Roses: Valentines Party

Join us in the Crescent’s front bar for York’s queer party ‘I Touch Roses’. DJ Gay Abandon will press play on a grab-bag of tunes from pop and disco to dance, alt, indie and whatever else takes his fancy. Whatever your relationship status bring your dancing shoes and best queer Valentine’s eleganza!!

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York Music Hub: Best Of The Bands!

The evening will see bands from across York compete to be crowned Band Band 2019. Musicians from the city’s secondary schools will perform a mix of covers and original songs.

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Gill Landry + The Beard & The Maiden

Two-time Grammy award winning singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Gill Landry, returns to York in February celebrating the release of his fifth record. Landry was originally from Louisiana and started out as a busker on the streets of New Orleans before becoming a contributing member of the band Old Crow Medicine Show with whom he recorded 4 albums and toured from 2004 to 2014.

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The Supersuckers + The Nosedivers

The Greatest Rock N Roll Band In The World – in their third decade – surely has nothing left to prove but here they are with a resounding SUCK IT!

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New York Brass Band – Favela Fundraising All Ages Show – *SOLD OUT*

At the end of February, 8 members of NYBB will fly out to Rio to spend 10 days working with Favela Brass. They will take with them a stock of new instruments and Stu our sax player take his repair kit from his workshop. The Sunday afternoon family gig at The Crescent on 9th February is a fundraiser for Favela Brass.

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Parker Lee, Crake + VHB

Parker Lee has been built around their debut album, “if you’re not serious, don’t say it”, released independently in June 2019. This first outing is an 8-track forgiveness rock record, produced by their resident renaissance woman Annie Prior and taking production and composition cues from Dinosaur Jr., Mitski, and Death Cab For Cutie.

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The Arts Barge presents A Little Later…

The Arts Barge are bringing together their community big band Bargestra, gorgeous vocal duo We Are Hannah, The Arts Barge Little Blind Tiger Dance Band and the young and brand new Grapefruit Eyes for your pleasure on Sunday 2nd Feb!

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K.O.G & The Zongo Brigade + Run Logan Run + Tropica DJs

Under the leadership of the outrageously talented whirlwind of energy that is Kweku Sackey aka Ghanaian force of nature KOG, the 8-piece Zongo brigade deliver infectious, high-energy West African grooves, drawing on afrobeat, soul, funk, rock and reggae to create a totally original sound that leaves every crowd dripping with sweat and begging for more.

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