A special Christmas show with progressive folk-rock outfit Mostly Autumn.
Gomez singer and songwriter Ben Ottewell released his third solo album, A Man Apart, in May. It’s a record that crosses musical genres such as Americana, blues and folk backed by Ben’s unmistakable gutsy and gravelly voice. Co-written with childhood friend and former Tunng member, Sam Genders, and recorded in Los Angeles and Sheffield, the latter with Martin Smith (Richard Hawley).
We’re happy to welcome Blackbeard’s Tea Party back to The Crescent with their brand of gutsy folk rock. A mix of traditional and self-penned songs and tunes are given a heavy rock edge with playful arrangements and driving dance rhythms. This is all mixed up in an engaging, high-octane stage show that frequently leaves audiences cheering for more.
This will be their annual Christmas Show so expect some festive shenanigans!
Starting at 1pm from the Tap York Railway Station progressing in a 1920s route and venues through York featuring filming and photographs finishing with a live performance at The Crescent between 4pm and finishing at 7pm in a Peaky Blinders themed Ballroom with vintage cars as used in the new series.
YORK ZINE FEST 12pm – 4pm FREE ENTRY Come join York’s independant creative community for a special edition of the Zine Fest! Bonus points if you come in a Christmas Outfit.
We invited six-time World Snooker Champion Steve Davis to come and DJ at The Crescent whilst he’s in York working in December and he said yes!
Alongside his esteemed partner Kavus Torabi, they’ll be weaving uniquely through prog and krautrock to electronica and techno deep into the night.
After their triumphant sellout show in April, the Kate Peters Big Band return for another show in the run up to Christmas.
Christmas is around the corner and we’re starting the festivities early with a double headline show featuring firm friends and party legends: Chimpo and DJ Barely Legal!!
Yorkshire trio Drahla have recently signed to American indie Captured Tracks, toured with METZ, Ought and Parquet Courts and been recording with that MJ chap from Hookworms. Pretty good!
‘Blending wiry post-punk with unpredictable art-rock, Drahla found their identity in Yorkshire’s fertile music scene with their minimal yet robust bass-heavy sound.’
Delighted to be joined for a special show by one of London’s finest musicians redefining the ‘jazz’ genre at the moment! His recent critically acclaimed Brownswood album fused jazz, hip hop, soul and dub to amazing effect. We can’t wait to see his band, also comprised of London jazz superstars, put it into action!
After three years constant touring, these genre-defying Geordies are back at it in November when they embark on their biggest tour yet!
Our last show sold out well in advance so get yourself a ticket sorted double quick if you want in.
East London folk band Stick in the Wheel are headed by singer Nicola Kearey, and guitarist/producer Ian Carter. Known for Kearey’s fierce, authentic delivery, this is culturally and politically switched on music with its roots firmly embedded in the genre’s traditional, working-class heritage.
Paul Draper (Mansun) will play his first ever full length acoustic tour this November, accompanied by guitarist Ben Sink. Hear a set of tracks spanning Mansun Official, Spooky Action and solo EP’s PLUS new and as-yet unreleased songs from his second solo album.
Twice winners of Scotland’s Traditional Music ‘Live Act of the Year’ Award (2016 & 2011), Skerryvore have been on a meteoric journey that has taken them from the remote Isle of Tiree on to International tours that have included performances in Central Park NYC, The Ryder Cup Louisville and the Shanghai Expo, China.
Known to many round these parts are one of the blue suits in Hope & Social and fronting his terrific Graceland cover band, Gary Stewart is a Scottish singer/songwriter who now resides in York after cutting his musical teeth on the Leeds music scene over the last 15 years. The Left-hander writes songs about love, paranoia and people’s misfortunes and delivers them with a Celtic flair and earthy guitar style reminiscent of Paul Simon and John Martyn.
Another Crescent Front Bar Smasher
Spinning the Platters that Matter
Come down and eat some awesome home made yummy vegetarian curry for your Sunday lunch!!
One serious record collection. Previously running Soul Jazz’s 100% Dynamite in Edinburgh, and Ninja Tune’s Solid Steel night, he’s now more often found spinning soul shoulder to shoulder with dignitaries of the scene at Soul Provision. But he’s back on the attack for one night only, playing that good reggae music through Irie Vibes Sound System.
We are very excited to bring you one on of the finest drum & bass producers on the planet. We’ve been wanting to book him for years and are pleased to announce his York debut! The mighty Lenzman will be coming over from the Netherlands to grace our decks. Representing Metalheadz and his own label The North Quarter.
Luna Rossa bring their stunning 21st Century Acoustica to York this November, as part of a major UK Tour to promote their new studio album. Luna Rossa are Anne-Marie Helder and Jonathan Edwards – the same Award-Winning songwriting team behind the epic rock anthems of Panic Room.
Devon folk singer John Smith returned to the limelight last year with his 5th album ‘Headlong’ which he dedicated to his late mentor, John Renbourn. He returns to York with upright bass and acoustic guitar accompaniment and the brilliant Rachel Newton in support.
Doncaster garage-punk trio The Blinders set out on their biggest headline tour to date in the autumn and make their debut at the Crescent on the 2nd.
Sex and death are common themes from Aidan Moffat; since his early days with Arab Strap, he has explored these subjects with a grace and grit that plunges deep into the human soul. But this is no re-hash of the past, rather a further leap forward for Moffat, now teaming up with fellow Scot, singer and guitarist extraordinaire, RM Hubbert.
Like a hazily remembered dream, U.K. duo the KVB blend reverb-soaked shoegaze with minimalist electronic production to create their delicate and ephemeral sound. Working alongside such luminaries as Geoff Barrow (Portishead) and Anton Newcome (Brian Jonestown Massacre) the pair have recorded two albums of lush, gothy krautrock.
This show is now SOLD OUT.
**UPGRADED VENUE. PREVIOUS TICKETS REMAIN VALID**
Rough Trade Records have just released the self-titled debut album by Goat Girl. Produced by Dan Carey (The Kills, Bat For Lashes, Franz Ferdinand) in his South London studio, the record already has the press hot under the collar and has helped the four piece secure a rather sweet US tour with Parquet Courts and a bunch of fine festival slots in the summer.
We’re delighted to be bringing quite brilliant young Mancunian Kiran Leonard, along with his full band back to York. He has announced a brand new album to be released in October and its lead single “Paralysed Force” is up to stream here now.
Young indie-rock trio YAK are on the verge of releasing their much anticipated second album.
The band have previously toured with The Last Shadow Puppets and King Gizzard and recorded with members of Spiritualized, Pulp and Tame Impala.
Mercury nominated, Leeds based Jazz rockers Roller Trio return to York with a new lineup and a new sound. Support comes from local avant garde talent, Stocker/Eyes.
Say Sue Me are a Surf inspired Indie-Rock/Pop act from Busan, South Korea and cited as one of 2018’s ‘break-out bands’. Childhood friends Jaeyoung Ha (Bass) and Byungkyu Kim (guitar) met drummer Semin Kang and played in bands together since winter of 2012, when they met Sumi Choi at a tea shop in Nampo-dong. They liked her speaking voice and immediately offered her a spot as the vocalist in a new band that would become Say Sue Me.
Following five years of cyber-silence, York human, Epilogues has rebranded and recorded a new array of heart breakers for public consumption. Epilogues (now miles.) will be releasing Beauty for Ashes with their band at this gig. Expect ethereal landscapes under twiddling guitars over dulcet vocals about heart stuff. Definitely for the faint hearted.
Celebrating sound system culture in York every month for 9 years! Come and raise a glass with us. Thank you so much to everyone who has come down and supported reggae music.
We’re proud to present the unique songs of John Bramwell, the frontman/songwriter of I am Kloot. A Mercury Music Prize nominated musician, John has penned many critically acclaimed songs and the session will feature many new songs from his first studio solo album “Leave Alone The Empty Spaces”
Turin Brakes don’t hang about. The estimable London 4-piece released their eighth studio album through Cooking Vinyl in January and now they’re coming to play it for you including this intimate show in York.
Hampshire trio Blaenavon announce a run of intimate shows across the UK where they’ll be showcasing the new material live for the first time, taking in towns and venues that the band has never visited before.
The closing party of York Mediale will be another club show hosted once more by Ouroboros and Bad Chapel, this time with Joy Orbison aka Joy O, a week on from our party with Pearson Sound.
Armed with only 2 simple ideas, to bring the best dance hits from this seminal decade back to the masses – and to perform them FULLY LIVE! This 7 piece band have found themselves in the eye of the 90’s nostalgia whirlwind and this last 18 months have seen them take the UK by storm.
Critically acclaimed comedian and host of Viceland’s Hate Thy Neighbour, Jamali Maddix is embarking on his first World Tour. He’ll be bringing brutally honest and unflinching material on the state of society along with personal tales from his travels around the world of hate and moral confrontation.
With a sample-hunting, studio-meddling mindset, Skinny Pelembe’s music roams hazy afro-tipped soul with psychedelic tangents. Born in Johannesburg, growing up in Doncaster, he’s a sparkling multi-instrumentalist who blends his production, guitar, singing and MCing to tap into a unique, influence-weaving sound.
York Mediale 2018 opening party brought to you by ace local promoters Ouroboros and Bad Chapel.
All aboard the Last Train to Skaville! Leaving Kingston, Jamaica 1963 arriving in Coventry 1979. From Studio 1 to 2 Tone, join us on the musical journey of ska. Led by frontman Sam Thornton, this fantastic 9-piece band will play all the ska hits from The Skatalites, Desmond Dekker, Jimmy Cliff, Toots and the Maytals and Prince Buster through to Bad Manners, Madness and the Specials.
Join a friendly bunch of zine lovers in the next of our monthly socials.
Last Thursday of every month!
Rainbow Heart, the new one-woman musical show from The Bleeding Obvious endeavours to describe the experience through songs and tales of joy, grief, happiness, loss and defiance.
***UNFORTUNATELY THIS EVENT HAS NOW BEEN CANCELLED. ALL TICKET PURCHASES CAN BE REFUNDED FROM YOUR POINT OF PURCHASE.***
A record fair with books and ephemera. 15 stallholders with a wide selection of collectable vinyl records and secondhand books. There will be three fairs at The Crescent in 2018, on 23rd June, 22nd September and 17th November.
Another forward-thinking jazz show for you with two great bands from Leeds.
Previously as a live member of Field Music and having Peter & David Brewis collaborate and produce his debut album as SLUG, Ian Black is proving his chops on eagerly anticipated follow-up HiggledyPiggledy. For this show SLUG will be a six-piece version.
Ian Svenonius – of groups The Make-Up, Chain & the Gang, The Nation of Ulysses, XYZ and Weird War – brings a drum box, a guitar, a cassette player, and a single slobbering, sinful voice singing out…for a way out.
A long overdue return to York for wonderful American indie-folk singer, Willy Mason.
We’re extremely pleased to be working with genius guitarist Steve Gunn once more when he and drummer John Truscinski are briefly in the UK with near-exclusive Gunn-Truscinski Duo shows at Golden Lion in Todmorden and The Crescent in York.
Storyteller extraordinaire, tour guide in BBC Documentary ‘Searching For The Wrong Eyed Jesus’, dishwasher, landscaper, lifeguard, cook, surfboard laminator, road builder, and New York City taxi driver; Jim White is also a genius songwriter. He returns to York after releasing the best received album of his career in October, ‘Waffles, Guitars & Jesus’.
It’s not enough Amy and her band get together for a live concert. A shame given their shows are beautiful experiences; the vocals float and soar above a gently ebbing, folk-infused backing of rolling bass, sensitive percussion and wandering electric guitar.
Dan brings his full band to The Crescent to celebrate the release of his fourth album ‘Devil Sky’.
Join a friendly bunch of zine lovers in the first of our monthly socials.
There’s only one existing document of a summer 2013 recording session between Ambulance/Avenging Force brotherhood Adam and Graeme Bell, friend and sessions knob twiddler Andy Donovan and Meg from Hiroshima. It’s twenty-three minutes tumble passed in wild abandon, with a big hectic nod towards a mid-Nineties Bob Pollard watching closely on.
We made them play with Royal Blood last time.
We’re still incredibly sorry about that.
Last August the venue was bouncing the the sounds of Paul Simon’s classic album, as re-created by Gary Stewart (Hope & Social/Rosie Doonan) and his talented band. So much fun was had that everyone is planning on reconvening one year on. Expect the infectious South African rhythms and melodies of these timeless songs and a generous handful of other Simon classics for good measure!
Caroline is back in the UK to play at End Of The Road Festival and also to celebrate the release of ‘Two People’, her new record with longtime friend Robby Hecht. The album really highlights both of their amazing songwriting skills and what is also immediately obvious, is what a perfect match vocally, these two are together. These shows will be Caroline and Robby performing together, as well as play a few of their own songs together.
And… they’re BACK. Probably with a vengeance but definitely with a fresh load of big old Oasis / Verve / Pistols / Clash tunes and a whole lot of attitude. Skylights might not have been the most fashionable of bands – hipster they ain’t – but try telling that to the hordes of folks coming to their shows; the last run ending in 2013.
Award-winning Californian country star Sam Outlaw is back in the UK in August to play a handful of shows with his band. His debut was recorded by Ry Cooder and he’s touring the states opening for John Prine!
For lovers of Classic Rock – Jimi Anderson, born in Lanark, now York based, takes inspiration found in bands such as Whitesnake, Deep Purple and even Foreigner and Journey. His album “Longtime Commin” was released in 2017 through Pride And Joy Music, sold out in Japan and the band will showcase the original tunes with a sprinkling of covers at The Crescent for a night that will bring great drive and some serious vocals.
Dream Nails are 100% DIY feminist punk witches. They like eating chips and hexing dicks.
Crumbs are a post-punk pop party pack from leeds/york. They like pets and puns.
Beginning life in the 80s out of the rallying cry of punk and still a call to the wild at heart, Theatre Of Hate fronted by Kirk Brandon / Stan Standard / John Lennard the frontline commandos of sound.
Ripley are a three piece alternative rock band with a powerful, anthemic and emotional sound rooted in the tradition of classic rock, compositionally fused with a life-long love of Hollywood film scores, delivered with absolute conviction. Godson are a new band formed by singer-songwriter
Damien & Ron, sidemen extraordinaire with Kate Rusby and Allison Krauss respectively, will be joined by a band of wonderful musicians and together will play material from their debut album, due for release July 2018, as well as a few signature pieces of their own.
It is with great regret that we have to announce Ashley Kingman , the guitarist with Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys has suffered a heart attack. Ashley is in a stable condition but will go into emergency surgery later today. Subsequently, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys July 2018 European tour has been cancelled. All tickets will be refunded at point of purchase.
Our new Rock’n’Roll / Rockabilly night opens up with an ace trio… THE RHYTHM ACES! Support from Echoes of the Past DJ.
Yorks very first Zine Fest, bringing together paper lovers and celebrating DIY publishing.
‘When Hayseed Dixie discovered in a drunken epiphany that the Lost Highway of Reverend Hank Williams and the Highway to Hell of Bishop Bon Scott were indeed the same identical stretch of tarmac, they were well and truly prepared to document this revelation!’
Bad Saloon – Heavily influenced by the usual suspects – Muddy Waters, Elmore James, Jimmy Reed, Freddie King and the like – but with it’s own distinctive, attacking sound, Bad Saloon delivers a cool no-nonsense, vintage blend of Chicago blues and Texas rock.
Josh Rouse releases his new record ‘Love In the Modern Age’ in April returning to the road in the UK playing a number of places he’s missed of late including here in York.
We’re delighted David has decided to celebrate his 60th birthday with a concert at The Crescent. Please come shower the boy with attention and compliments!
A night of fuzzed up glorious indiepop from Sarah Records favourites’ Boyracer and St Christopher alongside City Yelps and We Went to School.
A really good and eclectic selection of singer-songwriters from across Yorkshire including Fawn performing as a full band, Amy May Ellis and Crake as duo’s and Laura on her lonesome. DJs after the bands for fun in the front bar.
‘London Astrobeat Orchestra’ perform songs from the iconic Talking Heads’ ‘Stop Making Sense’ movie, live. Focusing on tracks from the cult classic albums ‘Remain In The Light’ and ‘Speaking in Tongues’ the ‘London Astrobeat Orchestra’ are a funky, rhythmic, hypnotic, anthemic, uplifting, groovy, percussive, smack on point, earth-shatteringly tight, live band.
OUR.JAZZ presents… Dinosaur at The Crescent Community Venue, York Wed 20th June 19:30 Laura Jurd – trumpet, synth Elliot Galvin – synths Conor Chaplin – electric bass Corrie Dick – drums Tickets: £10 / £12 http://www.seetickets.com/event/dinosaur-york-our-jazz-/the-crescent/1202320 Available from SeeTickets, Earworm Records or the venue —– 2018 sees […]
After an incredibly successful 2017 world tour with his band Spock’s Beard supporting their most recent epic masterpiece ‘The Similitude of a Dream,’ Neal Morse is embarking on a rare, up-close and personal solo acoustic tour spotlighting some of the music behind his new singer-songwriter album, ‘Life and Times.’
A Collection of Pieces for Toy Instruments is a suite of recordings for toy pianos, slide-whistles, plastic accordions, melodicas, and a miniature brass band plus The Tiny Desk Songbook, a work for eight performers sat at individual wooden desks. Performed and devised in collaboration with ‘The Assembled’, an inimitable ensemble based at the University of York.
Absolutely delighted to be joined by a special show from the UK Ambassador of Afrobeat: Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra. Dele was the musical director for the original innovators of Afrobeat, Fela and Femi Kuti, and recent releases and remixes have been a mainstay in record bags. This promises to be an electric live show!!!
From his years spent with Old Crow Medicine Show to his collaborations with Laura Marlin, Robert Ellis, The Felice Brothers and their ilk to touring with Ben Harper, Justin Townes Earle, Bruce Hornsby and many more, Gill is somehow still flying under the radar.
The Louisianan’s four solo albums have been beautifully crafted, somewhat gothic, country music of the top tier.
Wussy have evolved over the last decade to become forerunners of New Midwestern Psychedelia. The band are known both for their songwriting and varied sonic palette, often drawing comparisons to admitted heroes, Television, Velvet Underground, Crazy Horse and Yo La Tengo.
BBC Folk Awards ‘Best Group 2018’ winners Lankum (Lynched) are a four-piece traditional folk group from Dublin, Ireland, who combine distinctive four-part vocal harmonies with arrangements of uilleann pipes, concertina, Russian accordion, fiddle and guitar. Their repertoire spans humorous Dublin music-hall ditties and street-songs, classic ballads from the Traveller tradition, traditional Irish and American dance tunes, and their own original material.
The York leg of Musicians Against Homelessness’ Royal Bedding event, which will see towns and cities across the country host gigs in a bid to raise cash for the homeless community. The exciting bill so far consists of Lost Trends, Pura Vida, The Receivers, Naked Six and our headliners Faux Pas! Some of the finest local talents with more names set to be added to the bill over the coming weeks.
Legendary Liverpudlian songwriter John Power is coming back to York in May to perform an intimate acoustic show at The Crescent.
Tickets on sale now!
Canshaker Pi are an incredible intelligent attractive young rock band from the Netherlands. Their new album ‘Naughty Naughty Violence’ will be with them on their UK and European tour this Spring and features SMASH HIT ‘Pressure from Above’. Their debut was produced my Stephen Malkmus.
Former CAN vocalist and genuine krautrock legend drops into York to play a show with crack-pot bunch of local musicians hand selected by us just for the job.
A proper Canadian band, The Deep Dark Woods wear their music-history influences on their sleeves whilst creating utterly unique and ageless records again, and again, and again. Country rock, haunting folk, trippy wigouts and top songwriting. Lazily likened to The Band and Neil Young but understandably so, how else can you explain to people how good this band are.
Beans on Toast brings his ‘Sitting On A Chair Tour’ to York. The enthusiastic performer is promising a unique evening of stories about his travels and songs from his huge nine album back catalogue. Love songs, protest songs and drinking songs are intertwined with the stories behind the songs and the random adventures they’ve led him on.
Hans Theessink, is one of the fiercest acoustic players in Europe and one of the top acoustic blues stars worldwide, a man who has played with the best and is one of the best, American or European, black & white, old and young, since The 1960s.
Brooks Williams hails from Statesboro, Georgia, he’s a mean finger-picker and a stunning slide guitarist with a beautiful voice. Not one easy to pigeon-hole, Brooks’ music is the love-child of country-blues and Americana.
Formed in the early 1990s by Jake Wherry and Ollie Teeba, The Herbaliser became an integral part of a unique, British hip hop sound, helmed by Ninja Tune and Mo Wax. With their five classic albums for the imprint, they helped redefine Ninja Tune as an artist lead label.
They roll into York in support of a brand new album, ‘Bring Out The Sound’.
This spring will mark the tenth anniversary of the death of York drummer Howard Sparnenn, prompting his family to stage a charity memorial concert. Mostly Autumn, Flight, Smart Move, Freeway and Rocket3 all perform in aid of Brain Tumour Research.
Joshua Burnell & his 6-piece folk-rock band have shaken the world of folk music with their epic fantasy ballads and fiddle tunes bolstered with the swirling distortion of the Hammond organ. Join them for the launch of the brand new album: Songs From The Seasons. Joska de Langen in support.
Forming way back in 2011 as a means to play as many gigs as the duo humanly could without the restraints of exclusivity thrust upon them as part as the highly acclaimed HECK, Haggard Cat originally intended as a sideline has now evolved into its own beast that the pair have decided to finally unleash into the world.
Since their inception nearly 8 years ago, the genre defying Submotion Orchestra have moved seamlessly between deep electronica, jazz, soul and ambient downtempo, mesmerising audiences from India to Iceland.
We are delighted to announce this York show for the incredible Alfa Mist, an integral part of the new generation of Jazz emerging from London at the moment. Now with the added bonus of Barney Artist in support too!
22-year-old British musician Isaac Gracie has the world at his feet. Growing up in Ealing, the son of poet, Judith Gracie, Isaac wrote his first songs at the age of fourteen, inspired by familiar greats in the Buckleys, Radiohead, Leonard Cohen, and Bob Dylan.
Come and help Blackbeard’s celebrate will celebrate the release of their brand-new EP ‘Leviathan!’. This 5-track record takes the band to bigger, bolder and more raucous territory than they’ve ever been before and the live show has been revamped to follow suit.
Taking influences from the likes of The Clash, Billy Bragg and The Jam through to Soul, Reggae and Ska, The Spitfires are a young band from Watford who’ve already made friends in high places opening shows for The Specials and Paul Weller and having their records played by DJs Gary Crowley to Steve Lamacq.
Cabbage are a neo-post punk band from Manchester, whose drum beats a different beat and whose musical axis free-wheels along its own off-centred path.
Scottish singer-songwriter Siobhan Wilson wowed many with the release of her debut album proper last year and it’s mix of shoegaze, sparse, grungy guitar and delicate introspection. Much praise followed including helping Siobhan to winning the Green Man Rising Award.
The Kate Peters Big Band will present an evening of music celebrating the work of Ella Fitzgerald. Featuring classic arrangements from Ella’s collaborations with Count Basie, Nelson Riddle and others, The Kate Peters Big Band will pay tribute to one of the great ladies of song.
New York City indie-folk hero Jeffrey Lewis brings his band back to York in April. His albums for Rough Trade have helped bring a certain kind of outsider music, weirdly known as anti-folk, to a wider audience alongside peers like Kimya Dawson, Adam Green, The Mountain Goats and Daniel Johnson.
The Crescent Community Venue‘s bi-annual beer festival returns! Featuring New York Brass Band, Mashed – March Edition 2018 (CatchAFire) and much more! 🌟 ALL BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND!!! 🌟 🌟 OPEN MIDDAY TO 1AM EVERY DAY! 🌟 🌟 MUSIC! LOCAL ALES + SPIRITS! RETRO GAMING CHALLENGES! BOARD GAMES! POOL! […]
After a triumphant return to York action in December, Hello Operator are back with us once more and this time we’ve the brilliant BlackWaters joining the fun. Honours open up after a top show here in February.
Masterful York based progressive band Mostly Autumn will play an intimate full band show at The Crescent in March. These Classic Rock Society award winners have previously opened for big hitters Richie Blackmore’s Rainbow, Uriah Heap, Jethro Tull and even Bryan Adams!
Boss Caine present their new album ‘Loved By Trouble, Troubled By Love’ with a special big band launch party in The Crescent. Support from York’s finest death punk, rockabilly, garage rock and roll duo, Snakerattlers, and London’s finest old world ragtime, country blues, twangsters, The Swamp Stomp String Band.
OUR.JAZZ is delighted to present a York show on the new album tour of celebrated UK jazz musicians, Tori Freestone and Alcyona Mick, released on Whirlwind Recordings.
The show will be followed by a workshop from 1 – 3pm on Sat 25th March aimed at young students exploring improvisational themes and techniques.
A celebration of the music of Mark E Smith and The Fall group. Impudent selections from special guest renegade selectors playing wall to wall The Fall group all night long.
Having toured the world as frontman of Scottish Indie giants, Idlewild, acclaimed songwriter Roddy Woomble recently released his fifth solo album ‘The Deluder’. Straddling the indie-folk of his homeland and the more riffy noise of his acclaimed band, the album was a triumph and has once again shown Roddy to be an adept genre-hopper.
Police Dog Hogan are a high-energy and eclectic eight-piece, combining fiddle, trumpet, mandolin, drums and guitars with four-part harmonies in an exuberant and genre-defying fusing of country, pop, folk, and rocking urban bluegrass.
Fundraiser for the UCU strike hardship fund.
Featuring: Percy; Rich Hardcastle; Jack Keegan; Small Screen; Henry Raby; Jameela; Vacuum Systems
After lots of cool and fun evenings at the Post Office Club we are very pleased to announce that the next Jazz Lounge gig will be on Sunday 11 March 2018 at The Crescent Community Venue off Blossom Street in York.
Rob casts an introspective eye over the world of hair, underpinned by leaving his head hair and beard to their own devices until he has performed The Hair Show for the final time. Join Rob as he explores the importance of appearance and how people react to someone who looks like he has checked out.
All 3 acts have released incredible albums in 2017 with Richard’s remarkable ‘Peasant’ album in the Top 10 in Norman Records, Uncut Magazine, The Quietus and more. This is a gig not to be missed!
A new night for our Front Bar, celebrating the best of Britpop, 90s UK indie and alternative.
As usual with our Front Bar events, it’s FREE ENTRY!
A real doctor with an axe to grind; black comedy with a political edge. Phil Hammond is a GP, writer, broadcaster and possibly the only comedian to have appeared at a public inquiry. He is Private Eye’s medical correspondent and has appeared on Have I Got News for You, The News Quiz, The Now Show and Countdown. He is rude about everything (politicians, doctors, death, drugs, sex, himself) but in a funny way. Free swabs and sick notes for all.
We’re delighted to be helping one of our favourite York bands launch their new album later in the month. American college-rock inspired noise of the good kind. Two ace supports to boot and all on the dancefloor at The Crescent, should be fun.
The legendary Leeds party heads to The Crescent for a special fundraiser for MAP CHARITY, based in Leeds. All profits to MAP, who are fighting against the threat of developers, in order to purchase their building and retain their inspiring creative educational programme. As music promoters working with an independant venue in a city seemingly increasingly full of luxury developments, we can really relate to their cause, and hope you can too.
Like Sunlight, Like Nightfall – a day of dramaturgy on Sarah Kane’s plays offers the chance to explore the queer drama of the playwright’s work through discussion and experimental theatre practice.
Shake the Dust – Eclectic Electronica: Balearic-Breaks-Beats-Bass First Shake of the year, get down to the Crescent in York on: Sat 17th February, 8 til late, Free Entry Joel Doran / Sam Hudson / Beatroot of all Evil / Belearic Bern Joel Doran (progressive house/melodic techno). […]
Join us for an evening of poetry, comedy, music and discussion with Darren McGarvey (A.K.A Loki), rapper, activist and young author on the subject of poverty; he has also presented various shows for the BBC on the topic.
Returning to The Crescent for a 2nd time this three piece from Leeds have a growing national reputation and are proving to be one of the most interesting, unpredictable, and exciting acts on the circuit. Mik’s lyrical dexterity has the ability to make people laugh, cry, and throw themselves about.
“The best live band I have seen all summer” – BBC 6Music Presenter Gideon Coe
This hotly tipped Macclesfield indie band is the brainchild of production virtuoso Tarek Musa who began the project by replacing a bathroom with a home studio. The resulting demos led to them signing with Island Records! Great support billing now too.
This month we welcome Sammy Dreadlocks from Leeds.
One of the crew once went up to him while he was DJing and asked to know the name of the tune he was playing.
He just laughed, and played another dubplate.
Tony Jameson – Idealist Tickets are £10 advance and available from Eventbrite Idealist (noun) – A person who is guided by ideals than by practical considerations. As the world is slowly starting to fall apart, Tony Jameson has taken it upon himself to try to […]
Three riff-ready York bands set to light up your Friday night including sets from debutante indie-rockers Honours, garage rock five piece Nauseous Skies and young rock band Silvertones who’ve impressed everyone at The Crescent over the last month.
Frontman and creative force behind The Futureheads, Barry Hyde, will be returning to the stage to perform solo acoustic guitar shows of the anthems everyone knows and loves plus a few choice songs from his critically acclaimed debut solo album ‘Malody’.
Heavily influenced by the usual suspects – Muddy Waters, Elmore James, Jimmy Reed, Freddie King and the like – but with its own distinctive, attacking sound, Bad Saloon delivers a cool, no-nonsense, vintage blend of Chicago blues and Texas rock.
It’s that time of year again, where we go sick and put together a huge party to celebrate our birthday!
This year is no exception as we bring one of the biggest names in drum&bass to York for the first time: Dub Phizix featuring guest MCStrategy (Broke’n’£nglish). Also on the bill – a very special guest DJ who cannot be revealed yet but is set to smash 2018… Keep your eyes peeled for clues!
With music and spoken word from both female and male artists let’s try and focus together on eliminating gender stereotypes and work towards an equal society!
This is going to be a big show billing some of our favourite local acts all in one night! The Televangelists fresh from releasing their debut EP headline on the night with Dvsk, Tax and Honey Smugglers all in support! Not to be missed!
M*A*S*H*E*D is back in 2018 bringing you some serious sunshine to brighten up a cold, grey January. For our first session of the New Year we are bringing you three of our favourite acts from last year’s What the….? Festival in Devon. If you’ve been lucky enough to attend one of What the…?’s parties, which are usually private, invite-only events, you will know that they are really, really good.
With politicians from all sides now accepting that a publicly owned railway will be the most economical, and sustainable way to provide this vital public service, the TUC is hosting a special event as part of our 150th anniversary celebrations, to debate how it should be done.
Yorkshire boys done good. Danny T and Tradesman, hailing from Leeds, are a production and DJ duo specialising in Dancehall & UK Steppas. The technical tag team have a solid reputation for producing and mixing innovative and modern reggae music, heavily influenced by the 80’s and 90’s Jamaican sounds. This has led them to play at some of the biggest nights in the UK, Europe and beyond, notably Dancehall Science.
Northern Radar presents The Mallrats, Brooders, Mooselaw + Silvertones
Say hello to 2018 in style.
Irie Vibes Sound System New Years Eve Party.
Guest vocalist T.B.C
A great bill of four young bands to rock yer socks off in this pre-Christmas Northern Radar promoted Christmas party headlined by returning York heroes Hello Operator.
We’re delighted to welcome garage-rock supergroup The Surfing Magazines to York for the first time. Consisting of David Tattersall and Franic Rozycki of The Wave Pictures, Charles Watson of Slow Club and drummer Dominic Brider, the band released their debut album on Moshi Moshi in the summer.
Traditional songs and folk tunes are given a heavy rock edge with playful arrangements and driving dance rhythms. This is all mixed up in an engaging, high-octane stage show that frequently leaves audiences cheering for more.
***THIS SHOW IS NOW AT THE BASEMENT IN YORK.***
A self-styled “intimate yuletide Eigg-nog of Hebridean Casio folk, with stripped back, twisted and blissed out regurgitations of ol’ Pictish Trail favourites” it’ll take in a clutch of dates up and down the UK, and feature Johnny performing as a three-piece together with multi-instrumentalists Suse Bear (Tuff Love) and John B. McKenna from Monoganon, who also be the tour support.
York Music for Refugees are a local organisation who put on gigs and local activities to raise money for Refugee Action York and other related organisations. This particularly show brings together three of York’s best indie/alternative bands for the bargain price of a fiver.
One of our favourite songwriters in this city makes his first show at The Crescent a special one by reconvening his band on December 2nd. Tickets on sale now and flying. “Echoing the fragility of Gram Parsons, while flirting with the rustic side of Neil Young.” Uncut Magazine
Brummie indie band JAWS finally return to York. ‘JAWS always had the potential to turn into a grunge-infested, kicking and screaming juggernaut. They’ve gone from screaming nursery school kids to fully-fledged giants within a couple of years.’ DIY
Mark sets out to find what the future has in store for us by asking the audience what their predictions for the future are, creating a fantastical, hilarious and sometimes accurate vision of the world.
Concerts will feature Peggy and family members performing her and Ewan MacColl’s most treasured songs from a career spanning over 60 years interspersed with readings from her memoir and plenty of whip-smart banter.
James Acaster is releasing his first ever book this year, James Acaster’s Classic Scrapes, which is going to be a collection of self-deprecating anecdotes about scrapes James has gotten himself into over the years.
Following the phenomenal success of Beth McCarthy’s singles ‘Pretty Lies’ and ‘Lemonade’ earlier this year, the Yorkshire born singer/songwriter has announced seven U.K. dates, kicking off in London on 1st November, criss-crossing the country and wrapping up on the 25th in her home town of York.
The UK’s original 18 piece hip-hop big band present a special showcase of one of the genres greatest albums ‘Madvillainy’ (MF Doom + Madlib). Hot off the heels of their Gilles Peterson tipped debut album, ‘Dilla’, expect a massive show fusing hip-hop, funk and jazz.
Based in Newcastle Upon Tyne, they play their own brand of Western Swing, Blues, Gypsy Jazz and Country, or “North Eastern Swing” as they’ve coined it. The songs are penned by Rob Heron, a crazy fool for country music and a full time dandy-cowboy. His songs are full of character, satire, and good old fashion hollerin’.
Ting – An Evening of Experimental Music and Improvisation Monday 20th November, 7.30pm Tickets for this event are £3 on the door only. Featuring: The Assembled James Whittle qb Triptych Some Kind Of Duo Carmen Troncoso
Ouroboros, Jazz in York and the Basement Jazz Club debut Our.Jazz, focused on improving gender and racial diversity in Jazz, with a series of gigs, workshops and talks around York over the next year. Arun Ghosh (who graced the September cover of Jazzwise!) joins us for our first show, with support from Archipelago, one of the hottest jazz-rock bands in the North, led by the talented Faye MacCalman.
Indigo_303 collective again linking up with London’s longest running underground acid house night I Love Acid.
This upcoming showcase features Altern 8 [Live] and Luke Vibert plus residents, producers and two of the collectives favourite selectors Paul Wise aka Placid b2b Nigel Rogers aka Perseus Traxx.
The Cactus Blossoms bring a new energy and vitality to a classic sound with their blood harmonies and instantly memorable songs — they’re often compared to the Everly Brothers.
Shopping, Gauche + Eureka California
Wednesday 8th November, 7.30pm
Tickets are £6 in advance (more on the door) and available from the venue in person or online via See Tickets.
Blues-y rockers The Temperance Movement embark on a short tour of small venues “as a chance to take our music back to it’s roots in a way, playing up close and personal with some of our fans who’ve been there from the start and in some very special places.”
Music! Comedy! Revolutionary socialism! Join us for a riotous evening with three of the UK’s most joyfully rabble-rousing acts.
Ninja Tune veteran & supreme selector Mr. Scruff will be at the controls for the whole night, serving up a melting pot of jazz, soul, hip hop, funk, disco, deep house, reggae, dubstep, afrobeat, latin, electrofunk and plenty of goodies that don’t fit into any category… Expect fantastic sound, a lovely mixed crowd & great atmosphere.
39 years since they played The Pop Club in York, post-punk legends Wire are finally back in our city. Constantly pushing forward, this inventive outfit have recently hosted multiple inner-city Drill Festivals championing international left-of-centre sounds. Fair play we say.
Following a sell-out show at The Great Yorkshire Fringe, Coquette returns to The Crescent for a fabulous night of burlesque, cabaret and variety.
Following an incredible couple of years on the live scene – with sold-out headline shows across the UK and Europe, festival appearances including a headline set on Latitude Festival’s BBC Introducing Stage, and opening for the likes of Old Crow Medicine Show, Bruce Springsteen and Ward Thomas, among others – CC Smugglers have just released their brand new single ‘Dirty Money’.
The legendary Japanese psychedelic rock five piece led by Kawabata Makoto return to York in October. Heavy, swirling guitars and no-nonsense grooves to the fore!
Sage Francis and B Dolan are award-winning poets, stalwarts of the underground hip-hop scene, and world-renowned hellraisers from Providence, Rhode Island, USA.
‘An intimate evening previewing works in progress and older classics.’
Matthew E. White is in the middle of work on his new album and would like to share and try out some of his works in progress and older classics.
Legendary punk, LGBT activist and great BBC Radio 6 presenter Tom Robinson hits the road with his band to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the classic Tom Robinson Band album ‘Power In Darkness’.
A whopping fourteen band all-dayer to help raise money for Oxfam. A stack of fine acts dedicating their time for nowt and it’s a thoroughly well curated bill so come and show them some love. Something for everyone and only a fiver for a good cause.
Boasting a 4 piece horn section, 5 piece rhythm section, 4 part vocal harmonies, live dubs and electronics Nubiyan Twist deliver slamming melodies, glorious brass and exceptional improv drawing on jazz, hip-hop, afrobeat, latin, soul, reggae and dance music.
We’re still running this show and it’s only ONE POUND entry!
**UNFORTUNATELY PEGA MONSTRO HAVE HAD TO CANCEL THEIR UK TOUR FOR PERSONAL REASONS. THEY’LL BE GUTTED. WE WISH THEM WELL**
Robin Ince; co-star of the acclaimed ‘Infinite Monkey Cage’ and fresh from a huge world arena tour with Brian Cox returns to York with his brand new show.
Live music from post punk bands CRUMBS (who launch their debut album ‘Mind Yr Manners’) and COWTOWN followed by A BIG QUEER DISCO for babes of all and no genders from the Hot Crush DJs til 3am.
Down to earth pop singer from Sheffield who’s latest album ‘I Hope You Mind Me Writing’ went straight into the top 20 in January. Lucy got her big break via some music-audition-TV show but has proved to have more longevity than that selling 12000 tickets for her recent Dear You Tour!
We are delighted to invite you to our 3rd CRESFEST celebrating local music, art and beer! We will also be toasting our 2nd year here at The Crescent Community Venue. We would like to thank everyone from staff to customers for all your support so far!
We are delighted to invite you to our 3rd CRESFEST celebrating local music, art and beer! We will also be toasting our 2nd year here at The Crescent Community Venue. We would like to thank everyone from staff to customers for all your support so far!
Texan Americana singer Micah P Hinson returns with a new double album for 2017 and a new band to play it. Support from hot young London beat-y bandleader L.A.Salami too.
Live Art Bistro gyrates its way to York for one night only of dancing shamelessly and in irregular angles topped to the brim with queer performance, grimy games and gratuitous dry humping.
Amazing heavy-rocking psychedelic jam band from New York City finally make it back to the UK to play at Liverpool Festival Of Psychedelia and a couple of rare headline shows including this one just for us. For riff-lovers only.
A cinematic portrait of the committed socialist and trade unionist who has fought for the rights of the working class for over half a century – Dennis Skinner MP.
In Paul’s first new show in two years, Professor Ketchup and his camembert piglet join forces as he tackles the big issues such as terrorism. Plus Ant ‘n Dec, Immigration X-Factor and breakfast.
Canadian comedy star Tom Stade returns to York performing his new show ‘I Swear’.
A day long celebration of mod, soul, ska and indie featuring The Supermodels, The Mothers, Melting Pot and The Jam Affects.
Brent Rademaker of further, Beachwood Sparks and The Tyde brings his new band GospelbeacH over the UK for the 1st time this summer. The touring band also features ex-Slowdive and Mojave 3 drummer Ian McCutcheon.
Singer/Songwriter Gary Stewart (Hope & Social/Rosie Doonan) and his talented band come together to recreate Paul Simon’s 1986 classic album,’Graceland’. Expect the infectious South African rhythms and melodies of these timeless songs and a generous handful of other Simon classics for good measure!
Highly skillful Philadelphia guitarist Chris Forsyth brings his trio to York for further adventures in psychedelia, krautrock and the spaced-out jam. Will be a cracking show this.
A very rare opportunity to see two legends of Scottish indie music. BMX Bandits shared labels, members and tours with The Vaselines, Teenage Fanclub, The Pastels, Beat Happening and much more. A one off show.
A great double header from a pair of Pacific Northwest artists traveling between UK festivals this summer. Former K Records mainstay Karl Blau and his band will be playing songs from their Bella Union debut, a collection of beautifully orchestrated country covers. Portland singer-songwriter Laura Gibson has been making terrific indie-folk records for years and we’re delighted to be hosting her York debut.
Alynda Segarra’s politically charged roots outfit eventually make their York debut in August whilst they continue to celebrate a career defining year after the release of their heavily praised fifth album ‘The Navigator’.
Steve Earle’s fist son and once member of The Dukes, Justin returns to York for the first time since 2011. Album number seven has just landed, this time produced by Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes) and released by New West,. It maintains Justin’s trademark knack for classic melodies and sharp modern lyricism.
Darlingside plus support from Caitlin Canty Friday 30th June. Doors 7.30pm Tickets are £16adv (more on the door) from the venue and online via See Tickets. Darlingside Bio: After wowing audiences at this year’s Celtic Connections and stealing the show at Cambridge Folk Festival 2016 […]