Past Events

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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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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Herbal Mafia 14th Birthday ft. Slimzee & Nicky Blackmarket

We’re celebrating 14 years of bringing the bass to York. In the last year alone we have had the likes of Roni Size, Calibre and Loefah absolutely shelling it, on top of the scores of talent that have represented over the years.

We have big plans for 2020 starting with the godfathers of grime/uk bass and drum&bass/jungle. Two legends that have been in the game since they were youths, and have helped push and progress these underground dance music scenes to global recognition and mainstream appeal: SLIMZEE & NICKY BLACKMARKET

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Ravin’ Rascals

Start the new year right with an afternoon of energetic family fun at Ravin’ Rascals!

York’s favourite rave-themed family disco is returning to The Crescent on Sunday 26th of January, providing the ultimate rave experience for children and parents alike!

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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.

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Crescent Community Disco!

The Crescent Community Disco returns!

Another Late Night Extravaganza!

Our finest community DJs bring you a party to beat those January blues, spinning the finest tunes in their bags. Anything goes! We’re also celebrating Harkirit’s 30th. Likely to be an absolute mess.

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WorldService Project + Yellow Collective Trio

WorldService Project are the leading specialists of Brit ‘punk-jazz’, and are one of the most exported live acts in their field. Their energetic live shows have taken them to festivals across the world, touring in 18 countries and releasing four highly acclaimed studio albums.

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The Oli Brown Band

Blues-rocker Oli Brown returns to The Crescent with his band. They’ve previously toured with John Mayall, Walter Trout and Robben Ford amongst others.

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My Wonderful Daze, The Receivers + Lost Trends

The first gig promoted by the With Just A Hint Of Mayhem blog promises to be a proper banging night with some of York’s finest young bands The Receivers, My Wonderful Daze + Lost Trends. All proceeds go to fab York charity SASH who work to reduce youth homelessness.

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Miles & The Chain Gang, Sauce! + King Courgette

Miles and The Chain Gang mix influences from new wave, soul, pop and country to create an energetic, emotive hybrid of music. Fans of Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young will find much to enjoy in the band’s original material. Expect good hooks, plenty of soul and a nod to Christmas.

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The Christmas Escape Club – *SOLD OUT*

We are taking over the whole Crescent for what will be our best Christmassy do.
2 rooms both taking you on a poptastic genre fusing musical odyssey.
Usual and special guest DJs
This event always seems to sell out. Get your tickets now in the Crescent, Ear Worm Records or through the link here. £5 – beforehand or £6 on the night.
All proceeds going to SASH – preventing youth homelessness
Get them now!

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New York Brass Band Xmas Party ft. LEKIDDO – Lord of The Lobsters! – *SOLD OUT*

The New York Brass Band Christmas Party on Thursday 19th and Friday 20th December promises to bring some of the best of Glastonbury’s Theatre and Circus Field to Yorkshire for a massive Xmas party. New York Brass Band and Lekiddo Lord of the Lobsters have done over 100 sets at Glastonbury since 2011 it’s our first collaboration in Yorkshire

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The Utopia Strong

Kavus Torabi, Michael York and Steve Davis have fused Modular Synthesisers with conventional and traditional instruments to create a weird and joyous celebration of all that is good about left field psychedelic music.

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Mostly Autumn – *SOLD OUT*

Counted amongst the top 100 best prog bands of all time, their musical palette is diverse. and while they draw on influences from the golden age of seventies’ rock, they have developed their own unique sound and style that both captures some of the essence of that heady era and yet looks forward into the future.

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Glass Caves

Glass Caves started out busking relentlessly on the streets of York and have now gone on to play many major UK festivals and built a loyal fanbase nationwide. Early ticket purchase recommended!

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Lady Bird, Gaffa Tape Sandy + Lurker

Hot young punk trio Lady Bird are the first band to sign on Slaves’ record label. They’ve just finished a tour with the duo and in the spring completed a nine date headline tour of their own in which every date sold out!

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Blackbeard’s Tea Party Christmas Show!

The year 2019 marks ten whole years since Blackbeard’s Tea Party first appeared. We know it’s amazing to think we’ve been doing this since we were 12 years old…! We’re delighted to still be here, rabble rousing and getting people dancing. To celebrate we’re embarking on a tour this Autumn and Winter. It would be wonderful to see plenty of you there!

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Roni Size (DJ)

Legendary Bristol drum & bass producer Roni Size is coming to do a DJ show at The Crescent!

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Seth Lakeman – **SOLD OUT**

Charismatic singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Seth Lakeman recorded and released acclaimed, ninth solo album The Well Worn Path on a short break from his whirlwind world tour with rock legend Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters in 2018. Seth has been touring around the world for the last year with Robert Plant, playing as part of his band and also opening shows with his own set.

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Bruni + Paul Young

Bruni return to York with their mesmerising blend of acoustic Scandinavian folk and traditional dance tunes from across Europe with ethereal vocal harmonies and an unstoppable beat.

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The Men They Couldn’t Hang

Legendary punk-folk heroes The Men They Couldn’t Hang make a long awaited return to York and we’re delight.
Get yer ticket quick!

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Skinny Lister + Nick Parker

This rum-soaked sextet have run rampant across the UK, and further afield, since 2009. They raise hell and erase purgatory, a whirling dervish of guitars, folk and dancing. 2019’s The Story Is… embraces pop, new wave, even disco while telling stories from fears of living above an arsonist to Hawaii’s 38-minute missile warning – it’s an enchanting flick through tales told in their own inimitable fashion, and very much the Skinny we know and love.

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!!! (Chk Chk Chk)

The NYC dance-punk lifers have been chronicling the perpetual meltdown that is American society for nearly 20 years now, from the clattering full-band thrust of their instantly iconic 2003 single “Me and Giuliani Down by the Schoolyard (A True Story)” to the dark disco of 2017’s wonderfully eclectic Shake the Shudder.

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King Kurt + Snakerattlers

Legendary psychobilly outfit King Kurt come to The Crescent for the first time in November!
Support from fine York garage rock duo Snakerattlers.

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Dub Pistols

Massive party at The Crescent in November with Dub Pistols!
Come and help Barry Ashworth and his merry gang of outlaw reprobates celebrate their new album Addict in a brand new venue for them in November. There is talk of a band a documentary and their launching their own festival as 2019 looks to be a massive year.

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Wolfgang Flür + Peter Duggal (DJ)

A member of Kraftwerk during the group’s golden era, Wolfgang Flur was the band’s electronic percussionist from 1973 to 1987 replacing a drum machine.

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Electric Six

Warning! Danger! High Voltage! They want to take you to a gay bar, gay bar, GAY BAR…Back once more in York for your annual dose of the Electric Six raucous, funny, slicked-back pop juggernaut. Utterly joyous. And who the heck else other than Detroit’s Electric Six can write about their favourite cleaning fluid, the joys of being a graphic designer – or just Switzerland?

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Ouroboros present: Oneman

Legendary DJ Oneman is coming to The Crescent. A selector who rejects boxes and genres, seamlessly mixing between garage, grime, funky, techno, hip hop and more, this is not one to miss!

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Yazz Ahmed: Polyhymnia

Yazz Ahmed is a British-Bahraini trumpet player and composer who seeks to blur the lines between jazz, electronic sound design, bringing together the sounds of her mixed heritage. Her music has been described as ‘psychedelic Arabic jazz, intoxicating and compelling’. This will be a rare occasion to experience Yazz’s new album, Polyhymnia, performed live in its entirety, by a 12-piece ensemble, featuring musicians from her Hafla band, players from the album and friends.

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Lucy Spraggan – **SOLD OUT**

Sheffield singer-songwriter Lucy Spraggan released Today Was a Good Day in 2019, her fifth album since arriving on the national scene in a hurry during the X-Factor in 2012.

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Steve Mason + Pictish Trail

One of the founding members of The Beta Band, Steve has also recorded under the names of King Biscuit Time and Black Affair and since 2010 has released three acclaimed solo albums under his own name including his latest, ‘About the Light’ in March. A very rare opportunity to catch Steve with his trio in York!

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Cykada

In the last few years, London has become the centre of the Jazz Renaissance. A new burst of energy and attitude brought by young musicians, equally inspired by the likes of John Coltrane, Pharaoh Sanders or Sun Ra, as well as Madvillain, J Dilla, Flying Lotus and Floating Points, has brought a welcomed freshness to the London Scene. This exciting new environment brought a group of young musicians together, all with a mutual desire to discover a new form of expression. Together they created Cykada.

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Music4Charity: The Sound Minds Sparkler

Music4Charity is a not for profit community of songwriters, producers & musicians. We create music together to help raise funding and awareness to support mental health charities. The Sound Minds album is being released on 1st November this year.

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Skerryvore + Rachel Croft – **SOLD OUT**

Skerryvore return to The Crescent in November after a sellout date on their boundary pushing EVO Tour.
Two time winners of the Live Act Of the Year at the Scottish Traditional Music Awards, this eight-piece whip up a pipe and fiddle led dance party like no other!

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Holy Moly & The Crackers + Snakerattlers – **SOLD OUT**

Holy Moly & The Crackers make riotous party music for the masses. Their third album, ‘Take A Bite’, is concise, passionate take on folk, blues and indie rock. The sound of a band who have been searching and experimenting for several years; arriving at a place where they can say “this who we are and this is where we want to go”.

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Warmduscher, Bull + Jerry

If you made your way out of Whale City with your faculties intact, this one’s for you. Clams Baker, Lightnin’ Jack Everett, Mr Salt Fingers Lovecraft and The Witherer have been joined by Quicksand on cutting board and cheese wire and commis chef Cheeks on vibes. They’ve been cooking. Michelin stars. The finest ingredients money can buy: Kool Keith and Iggy Pop. Funk, punk, hip-hop and lounge rock. Love is real.

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Blackbeard’s Tea Party Halloween Special + Jack Parker

The year 2019 marks ten whole years since Blackbeard’s Tea Party first appeared. We know it’s amazing to think we’ve been doing this since we were 12 years old…! We’re delighted to still be here, rabble rousing and getting people dancing. To celebrate we’re embarking on a tour this Autumn and Winter. It would be wonderful to see plenty of you there!

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SCALPING

LIVE TECHNO meets PUNK with AUDIOVISUALS. NOT for the FAINT HEARTED.
Scalping are a Bristol outfit formed in 2017 through a love of their hometown’s visionary off-the-wall dance music and full throttle noise and punk.

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POLO + Talk More

Yorkshire ​outfit​ POLO might hail from Leeds, but the ​band’s glacial atmospherics and lush, r’n’b-tinged pop are an ethereal world away from the spit’n’sawdust DIY scene that the city’s best known for.

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Kris Barras + Elles Bailey – **SOLD OUT**

UK guitarist Kris Barras is known for his high-energy hybrid of no-nonsense rock, blues and country. Winners of ‘best new band’ in the 2018 planet rock awards, The Kris Barras Band have become one of the UK’s fastest rising acts.

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Herbal Mafia & Indigo Present: Loefah

York’s bass heavy veterans: Herbal Mafia, and 303 drenched electro-techno collective: Indigo; team up for a 2 room journey through electronic music spanning 120bpm to 180bpm.

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Pye Corner Audio (Live)

PCA ‘Head Technician’ Martin Jenkins has been been releasing heavenly widescreen synth records a while now for labels like Death Waltz and Ghost Box. Techno influenced, imaginary sci-fi soundtrack-type stuff. If John Carpenter or Delia Derbyshire considered the dancefloor perhaps. Recommended.

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The Crescent Cabaret – **SOLD OUT**

Ladies and gentleman please brace yourself for the arrival of the Crescent Cabaret!
Wooooo! Featuring an array of magical, musical and comedic cabaret stars including Maynard Flip Flap, Precious Cleaver, Hattie Hatstar, Billy Button, York Lindy and more!

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Rozi Plain + Elk

Rozi Plain brings her band back to The Crescent after the release of a quite wonderful fourth album in April this year. And we’re delighted!

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Dennis Rollins’ Funky Funk!

Following 8 years working with Maceo Parker, funky’bone maestro Dennis Rollins debuts his all-new groove outfit ‘FUNKY-FUNK!’ An award-winning ‘bone player and still at the forefront of jazz worldwide, Dennis brings an electrifying band he guarantees will make you move your body! Exploring infectious grooves with sumptuous funky trombone melodies, this band is a must see!

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Vipertime + Jabberwocky Orkest

This show replaces the planned engagement with Sarathy Korwar who has unfortunately had to cancel. Vipertime are so good however that we figure a way of getting them to pop over anyway. It’s three quid and it’s a bargain. We also get to welcome new York-based 11-piece fusion outfit Jabberwocky Orkest to The Crescent floor for the first time.

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Sarathy Korwar – **CANCELLED**

Due to a scheduling conflict this show is now cancelled. Sorry everyone. Refunds are available from your point of purchase.
Hopefully we’ll have a new date in the spring.

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HENGE + The Evil Usses

HENGE is a band of extra-terrestrials that bring with them the sacred sounds of Cosmic Dross – a musical form known in other parts of the universe that has, until now, never been heard on Planet Earth. There are no human words to adequately describe the Cosmic Dross experience.

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Art and Human Rights Activism

Every day, around the world, inspiring individuals risk their lives to fight for and defend the human rights that many of us take for granted. Their commitment to the causes they defend, despite the risks they face, is deeply inspiring.  Join us for a day of creating art in celebration of inspirational human rights activism. Some materials will be provided, but feel free to bring your own as well.

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Irie Vibes 10th Birthday

It’s been a whole decade!!!

Thank you to everyone who has been with us along the way- whether helping out, performing, or more than anything, coming down and having a dance- you have made it what it is, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

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Snapped Ankles – **SOLD OUT**

**This event is now SOLD OUT**
Now settled in fertile east London, Snapped Ankles maintain the feral energy of the forest. Fight or flight. Primal motorik rhythms, the rush of white noise and post-punk angles; an aural onslaught played out on homemade log synths, electrified guitars and sticks beating hell on taut animal skin.

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Soft Machine

Their work, from their earliest performances as a psychedelic band who were contemporaries of, and shared stages with, Syd Barrett’s Pink Floyd and the Jimi Hendrix Experience, all the way to being one of Europe’s best known ‘fusion’ groups, has influenced several generations of bands, and continues to be name-checked by today’s hip experimentalists.

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The Strawbs – 50th Anniversary Acoustic Concert

Come and celebrate The Strawbs 50th Anniversary with Dave Cousins alongside longtime band members lead guitarist Dave Lambert and the astonishingly versatile Chas Cronk, who together formed the front line of the classic 1970s Strawbs.

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The Murder Capital – **SOLD OUT**

**RESCHEDULED DATE** and **SOLD OUT!**
Powerful Irish post-punk band The Murder Capital are a blistering live band who’ve already more than held their own on stages opening for big hitters IDLES, Fontaines DC, Slaves and Shame. Their debut album has been gathering rave reviews across the board.

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The Crescent 4th Birthday ft. ARTWORK

Delighted to be celebrating 4 years of The Crescent Community Venue. Thank you all for supporting us! We’ve invited special guest DJ Artwork along for the party! Legendary selector, absolute party starter, and all round top guy. Expect anything from house, disco and techno to bass and garage from this incredible crate digger. Bring a party hat.

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Richard Spaven

As a drummer, composer or artist, Richard Spaven is one of the world’s most exciting and genre-defying. His career has seen him play for many of music’s most innovative artists both on stage and in the studio: Jose James, Flying Lotus, The Cinematic Orchestra, Guru’s Jazzmatazz, Gregory Porter to name but a few.

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Andy Fairweather-Low & The Low Riders

Legendary former Amen Corner singer and guitar player for the stars, including stints alongside Roger Waters, Eric Clapton, George Harrison and Bill Wyman, Andy Fairweather-Low brings his band to The Crescent in September!

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Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band

The modern-day leaders of Ghanaian highlife music are back!
Theri new album ‘Obiaa!’ is a deep and soulful journey into the heart of Ghana’s indigenous highlife music celebrating the timeless and iconic voice of Pat Thomas, the 72 year-old “Golden Voice of Africa”.

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Say Sue Me

Multi-award winning Korean indie-pop band Say Sue Me pop back to the UK for a handful of autumn dates to finish another fine year gathering loads of new fans including new friends The Beths, Yo La Tengo, The Ravonettes and Snail Mail!

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Railhouse Rock York 2019

A charity live music event showcasing the talent of York’s railway community, featuring Limited Edition, The Cable Thieves, Vintage, The 102’s and Kan O Wurmz! Running order tbc.

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Burning Duck Comedy – Rob Delaney: Warms Up For His Special – **SOLD OUT**

Rob Delaney is an American comedian, actor and writer. He is widely known as the co-creator and co-star of the critically acclaimed comedy Catastrophe. Rob was nominated for a Primetime Emmy in 2016 alongside his co-creator, Sharon Horgan, for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. In 2018, Catastrophe was nominated for a BAFTA TV Award for Best Scripted Comedy and in 2016 won the BAFTA TV Craft Awards for Best Comedy Writing.

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The Big Meeting – York Labour Party Documentary Screening

In December 2017, Shut Out The Light’s documentary about Labour stalwart Dennis Skinner, Nature of the Beast, played to a sold-out audience at Redhills – The Miners’ Hall in Durham. Having filmed at the Gala for Nature of the Beast and then being exposed to the history and aura of Redhills, Shut Out The Light approached the Durham Miners’ Association about the possibility of making the first official feature-length documentary about the Gala.

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Encouraging the Loony & Friends

Encouraging The Loony is a highly unique instrumental duo featuring Karl Mullen on piano and Neil Scott on drums. Focussing heavily on entertainment, high level musicianship, and improvisation, the band gleefully reimagine and combine anything and everything from the worlds of pop, rock, jazz, blues, reggae, and classical music.

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MAN + Soma Crew – at The Fulford Arms

Man founded in 1968 are a much loved “progressive” rock band formed in Wales. Sometimes called the UK equivalent of the “Grateful Dead” due to their ability to go into spontaneous “jam” sessions. The band are currently working on their latest album at The Coachhouse Studio in Hesdin, France.

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The Furrow Collective

The Furrow Collective is an English/Scottish band consisting of four talented and individually prominent performers: Lucy Farrell (viola, voice & saw), Rachel Newton (harp, fiddle, voice), Emily Portman (banjo, concertina, voice) and Alasdair Roberts (guitars, voice).

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Dan Webster Band + Jack Parker

Dan Webster plays an accessible mix of Folk/Americana and has been building loyal fanbase ever since breakthrough album ‘Diamond Land’ featured on the likes of Hollyoaks, BBC Radio 2 and BBC 1. They finish the summer with a home town show at The Crescent!

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La Trinacria Launch Party

After a few trials over summer, we are delighted to announce a permanent partnership with York’s best Sicilian Cafe: LA TRINACRIA. 

Beppe is going to rustle together a special launch party buffet… and it’s ONLY A FIVER. AND YOU GET A BEER. 

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Lockeland + Danny McMahon

Lockeland is straight-up contemporary country with a throwback twist; the trio’s blend of talents complement one another to “go down smooth” naturally and instinctively. The group’s polished, easy-does-it dynamics, intricate three-part harmonies and simplistic, meaningful storylines are its signature.

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Charlie Parr, JD Wilkes + Boss Caine

A fantastic triple bill. Charlie Parr returns and this time he’s hooked up with JD Wilkes of the Legendary Shack Shakers and local legend Boss Caine to bring the house right down. This is our kind of party!

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Ravin’ Rascals

Ravin’ Rascals in the new family-friendly event hitting York this summer, providing the ultimate rave experience for children and parents alike!

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Aidan Moffat & RM Hubbert + John MOuse

We’re delighted to welcome back this charismatic Scottish pair. Aidan Moffat’s deadpan delivery and humourous poetry has been instantly recognisable ever since Arab Strap emerged in the mid-nineties. Aidan has teamed up with (fellow SAY Award winner and) percussive guitarist RM Hubbert a few times over the years and recorded two excellent albums.

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This House Is Haunted

This House Is Haunted are a three piece from York. Zak, Dom and Jenn blend influences from early post-hardcore and metal with influences from Thrice, Alexisonfire and Deftones alongside narratively styled instrumental bands such as Mew, Mogwai and Explosions In The Sky.

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Tiny Ruins + FAWN

Tiny Ruins are a band based in Auckland, New Zealand. Conceived in 2009 by songwriter Hollie Fullbrook to describe her solo output, the group now includes Cass Basil on bass, Alex Freer on drums & Tom Healy on electric guitar. Traversing early influences of folk and blues, Tiny Ruins’ sound draws on ethereal and grungy soundscapes alike.

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Imarhan

Imarhan’s tender, soulful, intense vision of a genre of music that was already flooded with talent and exposure still managed to float to the top and be heralded as a pivotal record of the “New Wave Of Tuareg Music”. Record two is a huge leap forward, whereas their debut was anchored in the meditative desert blues tradition, Temet blows clear of any such notions, finding bounce and drive by stirring their sound with funk, fuzz, disco and rock.

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Flooded, Honours, Pavillion + Honey Smugglers

A full local billing of some of the great local talent that York has to offer with Flooded taking on another headliner this time at The Crescent. Their youthful indie pop sound which is catchy and toe tappingly great.

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Coldharbourstores – **CANCELLED**

Coldharbourstores are a dreamy pop band from London who formed in 1998. Their fourth album Vista was recorded and produced by Bark Psychosis legend Graham Sutton and has just been released on Enraptured.

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Sunflower Bean + Wooze – **SOLD OUT**

Brooklyn Brewery deliver the goods with their first foray into rock’n’roll in York.
Sunflower Bean are veterans of the Brooklyn DIY scene, drawing from a wild myriad of rugged lo-fi sounds, psychedelia and hypnotic rock riffs.

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Yama Warashi + Mayshe Mayshe

Yama Warashi, meaning small child like mountain spirit, are a Bristol based art rock ensemble fronted by Zun Zun Egui’s Yoshino Shigihara. Inspired by Japanese folk dance, free jazz, tribal African music and heavily saturated in psychedelia. Lyrically outlandish and charming, melodically addictive and mythical.

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Malcolm Middleton – **CANCELLED**

This show has now been cancelled and full refunds are available from your point of purchase. If you’re struggling with that drop us an email via our contact page.

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The Stroppies

The Stroppies are a four piece guitar-pop band from Melbourne, Australia. Their new album on Tough Love Records recalls the classic eighties Flying Nun jangle-punk of The Clean and The Verlaines; and college rock silliness of Guided By Voices and Pavement.

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York Music Forum Jazz Orchestra

Join us as we celebrate the launch of York Music Forum Jazz Orchestra’s new album ‘Mist and Reflection.’
The band will play two sets and you’ll have the chance to get your hands on the first copies of the CD!

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Al Morrison’s Blues Experience

Brainchild of the Guitarist Al Morrison, (New York Brass Band) The Blues Experience went from a tribute to BB King Band to a original group with its own sound.

The Band is a 10 piece and features, Horns, Guitar and sweet harmonised vocals!

The Band started in 2008 at the Hull Jazz Festival and has played all over the UK, bringing back the Guitar and Horn led Blues popular in the 1960’s.

The gig will feature original tunes and covers by John Mayer, Cream, BB King, Albert King and Ray Charles.

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John Newman – **SOLD OUT**

North Yorkshire pop-soul singer John Newman is coming to play a very intimate show at The Crescent. Famous for his number one hit ‘Love Me Again’ as well as working alongside big hitters Rudimental and Calvin Harris. John presents The Out Of The Blue Tour with a special stripped back performance.

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CheChelos

Chechelos is Argentina’s latest popular music revelation. The cello duo that nationalized the instrument and built a bridge between traditional Peñas and theatre.

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Hollie McNish – **SOLD OUT**

Say Owt brings you an opportunity to catch this hugely popular poet in The Crescent. Hollie was the winner of the Poetry Society’s Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry in 2016 and counts Kate Tempest, Pink, Tim Minchin and Benjamin Zephaniah among her fans.

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Parker Lee, Jerry, Nicholas Lewis + Boots DJ

Parker Lee launch their debut album, “if you’re not serious, don’t say it” at the Crescent with a little help from their friends. Indie rock, post-punk, alt-folk genius and an ex-Soul Candy/Black Box DJ to follow – we’ve got what you need, baybee.

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Mark Wynn

After our highly entertaining Mark Wynn & Mark Wynn show in February, we’re very pleased to be able to tell you were all at it again in June. Whilst likely to have some similarities to that grand display, there will definitely be no Timmy The Tiger.

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Abstract Orchestra plays MF DOOM

Abstract Orchestra, the all star hip-hop big band return to The Crescent ahead of their new album, and fresh off their tour with Slum Village.
 
After their last show which covered the Madvillainy album from start to finish, we’ve got them back in, this time delving deep into the Doom back catalogue. 18 incredible jazz musicians taking on Doom’s classics; featuring MCs Micall Parknsun and Joker Starr.

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Paul McArthur’s Kings of Cool

Paul McArthur’s Kings of Cool is a high-quality, eleven-piece band playing a mix of jazz, funk, disco and acid jazz – but with a cool twist.

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Mostly Autumn

Counted amongst the top 100 best prog bands of all time, their musical palette is diverse. and while they draw on influences from the golden age of seventies’ rock, they have developed their own unique sound and style that both captures some of the essence of that heady era and yet looks forward into the future.

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LAU

Kris Drever, Martin Green and Aidan O’Rourke formed Lau in 2005. A band steeped in traditional Scottish music but with an artistry unwilling to be confined by that. Lau are now four time winners of Best Group at the BBC Folk Awards, they’re new album, recorded by John Parrish arrives next month.

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Damon & Naomi

Damon on acoustic guitar, Naomi on keyboard, the two of them alternating lead vocals and singing together in harmony. These duo shows are a stripped back, direct expression of their songs that they have travelled with around the world. Join them for an intimate 21st century evening of song.

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Crazy P – **Sold Out**

Fusing slinky underground disco, deep electronic throbs, shimmering pop moments; this is dance music with a voice, a heart, and soul.

With one of the best live dance music shows on the planet, Crazy P have been leaving their mark on the landscape of British dance music for the last 15 years.

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Blackbeard’s Tea Party + Punch The Sky

Traditional songs and tunes are given a heavy rock edge with earth shattering riffs, playful arrangements and driving dance rhythms. Blackbeard’s Tea Party believe a live music show should be a spectacle for the eyes as well as the ears. Outlandish outfits, costume changes, DIY props, unhinged stage antics and chaotic choreography all add up to an engaging, high-octane show that frequently leaves audiences cheering for more.

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PYJÆN

Delighted to welcome back explosive London quintet PYJÆN to York, fresh with a debut album, and off the back of sellout shows at prestigious venues like Jazz Cafe and Ronnie Scotts, as well as sessions for Worldwide FM.

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Amy May Ellis – Full Band Show

A firm favourite of EVERYONE here at The Crescent, Amy May Ellis is getting the band back together for a tour in support of her new EP ‘We Got Fire’. A recent invite to one of the worlds largest emerging band showcases, The Great Escape Festival and a live session for Steve Lamacq on BBC 6 Music will hopefully help a bit more of the world hear this ace singer-songwriter. Top supports too!

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Eurovision Zero™

Acts include Charlotte Hall, Kraken, and The Vanity Project, with a DJ set from Qwirk to close.

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Ishmael Ensemble + Waldo’s Gift

Hot on the heels of a breakthrough year, Bristol based electronic jazz outfit Ishmael Ensemble hit the road for their first official U.K. tour. Ishmael formerly released amazing house records through labels like Church and Wolf Music, and we are really excited to see what the new live band looks like in action! Teasers in the comments.

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Kaia Kater + Crispin Halcrow

A Montreal-born Grenadian-Canadian, Kaia’s old-time banjo skills, jazz-fueled voice and deft song craft have garnered acclaim from NPR, CBC, Rolling Stone, BBC Music, and No Depression. Her 2016 release Nine Pin won a Canadian Folk Music Award and sent her on an 18-month touring journey from Ireland to Iowa. Kaia has just released her brilliant new album ‘Greanades’.

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Indigo presents: Ralph Lawson

A resident of the legendary Leeds party Back to Basics, Ralph Lawson has played in some of the most established places going and done mixes which have earned 5 star ratings from across the board. Ralph brings together a seamless blend of energetic house music which is sure to keep the crowd engaged from start to finish and anticipating his every move. No matter where or when he plays the fire is always brought and needless to say we know that Indigo will be no exception.

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Robyn Hitchcock + Jessica Lee Morgan

Robyn Hitchcock is one of England’s most enduring contemporary singer/songwriters and live performers. A surrealist poet, talented guitarist, cult artist and musician’s musician. Since founding the art-rock band The Soft Boys in 1976, Robyn has recorded more than 20 albums. Blending folk and psychedelia with a wry British nihilism, Robyn describes his songs as ‘paintings you can listen to’.

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Pip Blom, Working Men’s Club + Bull

Something special happened to Pip Blom at the tail end of last year. It was a busy twelve months that saw the release of her frenetic EP ‘Paycheck’, two A-Listed singles at 6 Music and support slots to the likes of The Breeders, Franz Ferdinand and Garbage. Capping that off, though, moments before stepping onstage at a sold out Lexington – the London stop-off on her debut UK headline tour – the band put pen to paper and signed to Heavenly Recordings.

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Psychemagik

Ouroboros are delighted to present a DJ set from the edit master that is Psychemagik. Expect spun out psychedelic grooves, disco madness, and heavy remixes of both classics and digger gems, alongside incredible original productions.

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Honeyblood + FEET

Honeyblood’s third album sees Stina Tweeddale finding her most ambitious form and steely focus yet. Three albums in she has stepped forward to finally claim the mantle of the project she birthed seven years ago as a her sole vision. Stina takes the reigns in collaboration with super-producer John Congleton (Angel Olsen, St Vincent) for the most definitive Honeyblood LP to date.

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The Nordanians

Ouroboros and Jazz in York present The Nordanians: An incredibly talented Dutch trio fusing Indo-Jazz with funk and more.

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Tenderlonious presents: Ruby Rushton

Tenderlonious led jazz quartet Ruby Rushton and their 22a imprint have been at the forefront of the UK jazz scene since the release of their debut album ‘Two For Joy’ back in 2015. They followed that up in in 2017, with two albums — ‘Trudi’s Songbook: Volume One’ & ‘Trudi’s Songbook: Volume Two.’ Both albums were met with mass acclaim receiving award nominations and regular airtime from Gilles Peterson, Jazz FM, BBC Radio 6 and many more.

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Herbal Mafia Residents Special

For our next event we’re going back to our roots and giving you a good old fashioned Herbal Mafia party. All our residents, all night long. Plus it’s Yenz and Moxx’s joint birthday party so it’ll be extra messy! No advance tickets for this one, only £3 on the door before 11pm and £5 after, just like the old days!

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The Midnight Hour w/ Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Adrian Younge

The Midnight Hour is a collaborative project between two titans of US hip hop, Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest) & producer Adrian Younge: fusing orchestral jazz, soul, R&B and blues, harkening back to the bygone era of the Harlem renaissance, whilst exploring the roots of hip hop.

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Leftfield (DJ)

Leftfield have a seminal place in Dance Music history, and we are delighted to be graced by a rare DJ set from Neil Barnes, weaving through house and techno. This is not one to miss.

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Camera (Berlin, Bureau B) + Neuschlaufen

Started as the so called “Krautrock Guerrilla” in 2012, six years later the Berlin combo Camera are releasing their fourth full-length album. Customarily associated with the likes of NEU! and La Düsseldorf it is time to allow Camera to break free of the krautrock tradition and accept that they are very much doing their own thing now. Motto: “It’s not repetition, it’s discipline”

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Bloxx

2017 was a terrific year for the red-hot Uxbridge based Bloxx – who arrived ferociously at the tail-end of the summer, with boundless energy and a fresh new charge of grunge-pop that the world was very ready for.

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New York Brass Band – *Sold Out*

The return!!
NYBB pack a powerful punch of relentless drums, rumbling tuba and wailing horns… nothing kicks a party into gear like the sound of a smokin’ New Orleans Mardi Gras Jazz Band

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TVAM + Jellyskin

Another cracker to look forward to in April when one man electro-psych machine brings his TVAM project to York for the first time after the release of debut album Psychic Data. ‘Hazy psychodramatic atmosphere that brings to mind proto-electro punks Suicide, the swaying noise of MBV, and the brooding nostalgia of Boards Of Canada. Quite simply this is a superb debut album’
Piccadilly Records (#5 Album Of The Year)

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David Thomas Broughton + Andrew DR Abbott

A truly singular talent, David Thomas Broughton is coming to The Crescent in April to play a solo show for new promoters Wildfowl. We know this will be an inspiring and unforgettable evening because all DTB gigs are. Do not miss.

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Sam Kelly & Ruth Notman, Sarah Loughran & Paul Young + Tilly Moses

Two of the finest singers to come out of the UK folk scene in the last 15 years have joined forces to record a brand new duo album. Recorded at Kate Rusby’s legendary Pure Records studio and produced by musical maestro Damien O’Kane, the album contains a dynamic mixture of revamped traditional material and brand new original songs, and promises to be one of the most exciting records of 2019.

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York Blues Festival

We welcome a new all day event to The Crescent in April with ten blues bands from across the region coming to play from 1pm onwards.

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The Howl & The Hum + HYYTS – *Sold Out*

A triumphant return to The Crescent for York four-piece The Howl & The Hum after they spent 2018 busily touring, writing and recording in preparation for the release of their debut album. It’s not here yet, but it’s coming!

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Tugboat Captain, Jerry, Perspex + Neon Salmon

Tugboat Captain are a rotating crew of friends and family – recording, rehearsing and releasing music out of a terraced house in South London. The band have spent the last year gathering attention across the DIY Pop community through their relentless touring, homemade videos and bittersweet pop songs.

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Michael Chapman & Band

Michael Chapman

The Crescent and Please Please You proudly present Michael Chapman, with a full band featuring Bridget St. Cole, BJ Cole and Sarah Smout, who all feature on his newest album True North.

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The Haggis Horns + DJ Mr Green

The infamous Haggis Horns hardly need any introduction, having been at the forefront of the UK funk scene since they came to our attention on the legendary album “Keb Darge Presents The New Mastersounds”. They have four funk-fuelled albums under their belt and they have been rocking crowds the world over for years winning fans with their distinctive northern funk sound combining ass-shaking breakbeats, afrobeat, soul and hip-hop.

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The Oli Brown Band

Oli has never lost the love of the Blues or his appreciation of the Blues fans that have supported him over the years. He has been enjoying the Blues gigs this year so here we have one more! Don’t miss the opportunity to see this young singer, songwriter and stunning guitarist.

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The Wave Pictures + Cowgirl

The Wave Pictures return with the promised second album of the year, Look Inside Your Heart – a warm, joyous record celebrating friendship, happiness and drunken party times.

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Burning Duck Comedy – Do The Right Thing – Live Podcast Recording

Do The Right Thing is the hilarious, occasionally absurd and frequently obscene panel game podcast where comedians try to work out the right thing to do in some weird and wonderful situations. One minute it might be guessing how to escape if they’re buried alive, the next they could be agony-aunting someone whose cat is a bit stand-offish.

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York Music Hub Best of the Bands 2019

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

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Pelico + Sandra’s Wedding

Indie folk-pop band Pelico, return with The World Turns, their first release in 4 years. This experienced outfit from York are regularly found playing venues and festivals across the UK, supporting the likes of Roddy Woomble (Idlewild) and more recently John Bramwell (I Am Kloot) and have also featured on Tom Robinson’s BBC 6 Music show as a highlighted band.

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Burning Duck Comedy: Ed Gamble

Another great comedy show from our friends at Burning Duck, this time featuring Ed Gamble. After a sellout national tour in 2017, he’s back with another bracing flurry of idiocy!

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Love Music Hate Racism

Crossfire Eagles are a Sheffield indie rock band who play a mix of covers and original music

Joe Solo is Scarboro’s answer to Woody Guthrie playing self penned protest songs with passion and a Billy Bragg like commitment

A Joker Among Thieves are a tuneful, riffy heavy rock band from South Yorks

All three are playing to benefit York Stand up to Racism and our campaign fund which is needed now more than ever in the face of a rising threat from the far right and racist groups across Europe.

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The Orielles, LYLO + Bull

The Orielles are back in York and have grown another member!
2018 has been some year for The Orielles. Having started it as one of the most talked about new band’s in the U.K. they delivered on the hype thanks to a much acclaimed debut album, Silver Dollar Moment in Feb and their breathtaking live show which saw them sell-out increasingly large venues across the U.K and play festivals from Latitude to Camp Bestival and End of the Road.

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SLAP Festival: Dryhump

Live Art Bistro is back again… gyrating its way to York for one night only.

DRYHUMP is the perfect blend of amusement, carnage and cabaret. A fun, carnivorous cabaret salad one might even say. A salad with glitter boots and tweed jackets, topped to the brim with queer performance, grimy games and dancing shamelessly.

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Kel Assouf + Soma Crew

Ouroboros is delighted to welcome Kel Assouf to York. Stoner desert rock from the Sahara: a political Queens of the Stone Age meets Tinariwen. A very different kind of show for us, should be a lot of fun! Support comes from local psychedelic heroes Soma Crew.

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Sarah Jane Scouten

Canadian traditionalist Sarah Jane Scouten returns to York on the back of releasing her third album When the Bloom Falls From the Rose. Ranging in style from classic honky tonk to indie-folk rock, Scouten has developed a big, lush sound on the album, coming into her own as a songwriter and performer, drawing from such modern approaches to country music as Sturgill Simpson and Emmylou Harris’ iconic album Wrecking Ball.

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Cowgirl, J Fernandez + Rory Welbrock

A great triple bill of left-of-centre sounds curated by Please Please You. Slacker garage-rock types Cowgirl headline, J Fernandez and his band are over from Chicago performing their offbeat, bedroom pop to Wild Nothing’s crowd most of the month and a rare solo show from Middle Child singer Rory Welbrock kicks things off. Class stuff all round and only a fiver.

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Miles & The Chain Gang, Sauce + Simon Snaize

Miles and the Chain Gang take their cues from songwriters such as Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison and Neil Young. Add in a touch of country, some new wave influences and a pinch of classic soul, and you have a potent mixture. These are great songs, well delivered with punch and considerable heart. The band includes songwriter and poet Miles Salter (vocals, guitar), Tim Bruce (bass) and Billy Hickling (percussion).

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Kate Peters Quintet

Kate Peters and her Quintet come to The Crescent for a special Valentines show.

Following up her sell out Ella Fitzgerald Big Band show back in December, this is set to be a lovely evening. Expect fun, funky and jazzy takes on some classic numbers!

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Henge

RAVELINGS OF EARTH, REBEL!

ABSORB THE MUTATED FREQUENCIES OF COSMIC DROSS.
THERE ARE NO EARTH WORDS TO DESCRIBE THESE SOUNDS.
BUT YOU WILL LEARN HOW TO LOVE AND DANCE AGAIN.
THIS IS YOUR FUTURE. PUT DOWN THE WEAPONS.

UNITE. AND COLONISE SPACE.

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Rachel Croft

8th February 2019 will see the release of Rachel’s long awaited 1st studio album named Hours Awake, a collection of Rachel’s very first eleven songs written between 2014 and 2017. The album has been co-produced by Rachel herself and Dan Webster. The launch party held at the Crescent will be the very first live performance of Rachel’s original music as a band.

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Laura Veirs + Sam Amidon – **SOLD OUT**

A prolific songwriter for nearly twenty years, Laura Veirs proves the depth of her musical skill on her tenth solo album, The Lookout., released by Bella Union earlier this year. Working alongside Grammy winning producer Tucker Martine, Veirs also roped in the talents of Jim James and Sufjan Stevens.

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Neon and The Deons + VHB

NEON AND THE DEONS (Rotterdam) fuse jazz, electronics and a party vibe to explosive effect…

A cosmic jazz rave! Support is a special set from VHB (Vanbrugh House Band)… Only 5 quid for this!

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Tim Burgess & The Anytime Minutes

Tim Burgess, best known as lead singer of The Charlatans, has also recorded three solo albums and one collaboration album with Peter Gordon. He’s bringing his band The Anytime Minutes to play an intimate show in The Crescent as part of Independent Venue Week on Feb 3rd.

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Mark Wynn

Whether he be ragging his guitar, delivering a dead-pan rant, dancing along to classic rock on his mobile cassette player, dancing around to himself playing on his mobile cassette recorder, draping himself over a wheelie bin, dancing around a mop bucket or humping a monitor speaker – a Mark Wynn show is generally an unforgettable experience.

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Encouraging the Loony

A special charity show supporting Karl Mullen’s mission to take a digital piano to the school he is visiting in Ethiopia! There will be a raffle, special guests and more! This gig is part of Independent Venue Week at The Crescent.

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Megaquiz

After the roaring success of Quizmas, we are bringing back the MEGAQUIZ on a regular basis!

Last Sunday of every month!

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Herbal Mafia 13th Birthday: Calibre

We’ve been bringing bass culture to York for 13 years now.

Come and celebrate in proper Herbal Mafia style as we bring one of the biggest, most renowned and most prolific drum & bass and electronic music producers in the world.

The one and only, CALIBRE!

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Mashed: New Year Get Together

M*A*S*H*E*D is back in The Crescent Front Bar in 2019 bringing you some serious sunshine to brighten up a cold, grey January. For our first session of the New Year we are having a little reunion get together bringing you a massive lineup of some of our favourite acts from our extended Mashed Family.

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Irie Vibes: Royal P

We welcome another live female vocalist for our January session!

Live PA from Leeds’ own Royal P!
A veteran performer with a warm stage presence and mature vocal style. Join us for a special evening!

Irie Vibes Sound System’s resident selectors running the riddims before and after.

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Dan Webster Band

Come and drink away the January blues with Dan Webster and his cracking band.
‘Dan Webster played an impressive set at Maverick… performing under his name a permanent band… well honed, the mandolin of Polly Bolton, violin of Emily Lawler and cello of Rachel Brown weaving interesting lines and counter melodies… incorporates British and Celtic Folk and bluegrass but also draws on Springsteen…’ Country Music People Magazine

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Kieff, Pasta Hull, Eugene Gorgeous + Cat Soup

Kieff are a band from the Netherlands embarking on their first trip as a band to the UK. They play pysch punk math mind melt rock. They are a bit like xtc. They’re really good and really nice!

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Honours Christmas Special

A rollicking four band indie-rock’n’roll show celebrating a cracking year for Honours being a band together with Violet Contours, THE FEENS and Honey Smugglers.

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New York Brass Band – **SOLD OUT**

Come and join the brassiest band in town for a big Christmas knees up.
New York Brass Band are North Yorkshire’s only contemporary New Orleans inspired Brass Band. NYBB pack a powerful punch of relentless drums, rumbling tuba and wailing horns… nothing kicks a party into gear like the sound of a smokin’ New Orleans Mardi Gras Jazz Band.

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Ben Ottewell (Gomez) + Holiday Oscar

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).

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Blackbeard’s Tea Party – Christmas show!

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!

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Peaky Blinders Xmas Party

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.

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York Zine Fest: Xmas Special

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.

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Steve Davis & Kavus Torabi

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.

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Herbal Mafia: Barely Legal + Chimpo

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!!

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Drahla

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.’

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Joe Armon-Jones + Necktr

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!

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Stick In The Wheel + Johnny Campbell

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.

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Paul Draper (Mansun) + Flo Perlin

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.

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Skerryvore – The EVO Tour + Edwina Hayes – **SOLD OUT**

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.

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Gary Stewart – ‘Oh My Weary World’ Album Launch + Laura Kindelan

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.

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Irie Vibes: Jonny Crawshaw

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.

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Herbal Mafia: Lenzman

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.

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Luna Rossa + White Sail

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.

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John Smith + Rachel Newton

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.

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Aidan Moffat & RM Hubbert + Strike The Colours

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.

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The KVB

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.

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Goat Girl + Sneaks – **SOLD OUT**

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.

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Kiran Leonard

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.

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YAK

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.

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Roller Trio + Stocker/Eyes

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.

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Say Sue Me

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.

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miles. (Epilogues), Alexander Carson, Wounded Bear + Elk

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.

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Irie Vibes 9th Birthday

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.

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John Bramwell (I Am Kloot)

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”

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Turin Brakes + Eliza Shaddad

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.

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Blaenavon

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.

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Jamali Maddix: Vape Lord

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.

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York Mediale 2018 – Skinny Pelembe + Ola Szmidt

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.

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Last Train To Skaville

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.

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York Zine Club

Join a friendly bunch of zine lovers in the next of our monthly socials.

Last Thursday of every month!

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Rainbow Heart

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.

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York Record and Book Fair

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.

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Têtes De Pois

Another forward-thinking jazz show for you with two great bands from Leeds.

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SLUG

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.

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Escape-ism (Ian Svenonius – The Make Up) + TERRY

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.

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Gunn-Truscinski Duo

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.

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Jim White

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’.

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Amy May Ellis (full band)

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.

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York Zine Club

Join a friendly bunch of zine lovers in the first of our monthly socials.

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Twin Bee

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.

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Graceland – A Celebration of Paul Simon’s Classic

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!

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Caroline Spence & Robby Hecht

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.

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Skylights, Honours + Fond

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.

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Sam Outlaw + Molly Parden

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!

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Jimi Anderson Group

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.

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Dream Nails + Crumbs

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.

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Theatre Of Hate

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.

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Ripley, Godson + Kitty VR

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

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Damien O’Kane & Ron Block

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.

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Big Sandy & His Fly-rite Boys – **Cancelled**

**CANCELLED**
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.

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The Rhythm Aces

Our new Rock’n’Roll / Rockabilly night opens up with an ace trio… THE RHYTHM ACES! Support from Echoes of the Past DJ.

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York Zine Fest

Yorks very first Zine Fest, bringing together paper lovers and celebrating DIY publishing.

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Hayseed Dixie

‘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!’

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