York is a great place to see some live music, with artists performing at venues all over the city almost every night of the week, so if you’re looking to see a live band during your city breaks in York, read our guide to the best places to vheck out.
Fibbers is perhaps one of the best spots to watch bands play. Since it was established in 1992, more than 5,000 gigs have taken place at the Stonebow House venue from local acts to singers and groups who have gone on to national and international acclaim.
Acting mainly as a performance space for rock and indie acts, Kasabian, Arctic Monkeys and Stereophonics are among the groups to have appeared in the early stages of their careers, while local indie band Shed Seven have played here on numerous occasions.
While live groups appear on most nights of the week, Fridays and Saturdays are perhaps the best days to visit Fibbers as after 11pm it transforms into a rock and indie club.
Also on Stonebow House, you’ll find The Duchess – a great place to see indie, punk and rock acts play. In 2010, the likes of Ash, Buzzcocks and Example appeared, so you’ll be able to see a number of well-established artists, as well as up and coming local groups, perform here.
Head to The Basement for a gig and you’ll certainly find it to be an intimate experience. With a 100-person capacity, the furthest you will be from the stage at this small venue is around ten metres making it easy for you to take in all the action.
Situated below York’s City Screen Picturehouse cinema on Coney Street, The Basement not only has live bands and artists playing several nights of the week but also puts on various club nights encompassing all kinds of music, from techno and death metal to 60s pop and dub.
These tend to vary on a week-to-week basis, but on the second Tuesday of the month it hosts the Folk/Acoustic Extravaganza. The third Saturday night of the month, meanwhile, sees the Bassment club night make an appearance, where reggae, dancehall, soul and funk is played.
Poetry, stand-up comedy and theatre are just some of the other events taking place at The Basement so there’s always plenty to enjoy.
Kennedy’s Bar and Restaurant is another great spot to see live music in York, in addition to being an ideal place to go for a drink and a meal.
Placing an emphasis on supporting local artists, the venue’s basement music bar regularly hosts performances by both DJs and live acts across a range of genres.
Here you’ll be able to watch everything from ska bands to folk singers perform, so you’re bound to find a night here to be an eclectic experience.
Visit on the last Friday of the month and you’ll find Kennedy’s puts on a special northern soul night, while Thursdays regularly focus on playing old-school hip-hop and R’n’B.
Situated on Little Stonegate, the venue is just a short distance from York Minster and in the past has hosted jazz clubs and been used for album launch parties.
One of the city’s largest performing arts spaces, York Barbican puts on a diverse range of shows, encompassing all kinds of music.
While the venue regularly hosts modern pop and rock acts, a number of classical recitals and choral shows also take place here. A visit to York Barbican can also give you the chance to see brass bands and folk singers take to the stage, so there’ll be plenty of variety in terms of what kind of music you can see.
Located on Paragon Street at the southern end of central York, just opposite the city walls, the venue has a maximum seated capacity of 1,500, with this rising to 1,900 for all-standing shows.
Much like its name suggests, the historic Grand Opera House hosts a range of classic and operatic performances throughout the year. However, it also puts on shows by some of the biggest names in contemporary music. KT Tunstall and Ivor Novello-winning Ralph McTell are just two of those set to appear at the Cumberland Street venue over the course of 2011.
Alternatively, why not visit the city’s O’Neill’s pub? This chain of Irish-themed bars regularly hosts performances by top-quality musicians and this is certainly no exception at the York branch on Low Ousegate. Here you’ll be able to listen to everyone from cover bands and fiddlers to solo singers and rock bands, while enjoying a refreshing beer.
Thanks to its wealth of top-quality venues, you’re bound to find at least one place in York that is putting on a great gig during your time in the city.
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