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Wednesday 5th September

Dan Baird and Homemade Sin (in the Black Orchid room)

Runka, runka, three chords and a cloud of dust! DAN BAIRD & HOMEMADE SIN arose from The Georgia Satellites, one of the most ferocious bands of the 80s – all wild riffs and tanked cries, a band destined for a place in rock history earned with an incendiary live show.

No ten date tour of 40 minute sets a la modern hipster indie band; oh no… years and years of three sets a night. It kinda makes you GOOD…

Dan subsequently forged a successful solo career with Rick Rubin’s Def American, scoring major hits with the album Love Songs For The Hearing Impaired and single I Love You Period.

A second LP, the critically acclaimed Buffalo Nickel, followed and he also developed a career as a highly sought after producer.

The band features none other than longtime chum Warner E. Hodges, also guitarist extraordinaire with Nashville legends, Jason And The Scorchers. Warner is probably the only guitarist capable of matching Dan’s intensity chord for chord.

THIS IS ONE **** OF A ROCK AND ROLL BAND – POSSIBLY LIKE NO OTHER…

Can I get an amen?

PLEASE NOTE THIS SHOW IS NOW UPSTAIRS IN THE ‘BLACK ORCHID’ ROOM. SAME BUILDING, SAME BAND, SAME PRICE, SAME AWESOME ROCK & ROLL…

Ticket: £15.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14+

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Friday 21st September

Zal Cleminson’s Sin Dogs, Hellbound Hearts

Ex-SENSATIONAL ALEX HARVEY BAND / NAZARETH guitarist, and pretty much the template for A-list rock guitarists the world over. This ain’t no heritage ‘once more for old times sake’ trip, ZAL CLEMINSON’S SIN DOGS are HIGH OCTANE ROCK and, yes, this guy is still scary as ****

Vambo coming’ to the rescue, Vambo rool OK?

Yeah, Zal Cleminson wrote the book on licks and style, on substance and he’s the Glaswegian dogs bollocks when it comes to those trademarks riffs and wringing a guitar’s neck. And he can write a decent tune or two, and deliver them authentically as well.

In a rather interesting twist, Zal selected a few musicians for his band who are part of a Sensational Alex Harvey tribute, The Sensational Alex Harvey Experience.

All round looking like an awesome night…

Ticket: £12.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14+

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Wednesday 26th September

Tom Clarke (The Enemy), Joe Dolman, Nick Tudor, Marbled

You read it right… TOM CLARKE, former frontman and principle songwriter for The Enemy, who sold over 1 million records worldwide, with a number 1 UK album, a number 2 UK album as well as another top ten and a top twenty album and several top ten singles – is coming back to York.

The Enemy received awards from Q Magazine, NME, XFM amongst many others, and hold the record for most consecutive shows at the legendary London Astoria, bettering the record set by britpop greats Blur. They supported the likes of The Rolling Stones, The Sex Pistols, The Manic Street Preachers, Oasis, The Stereophonics and many more over a career which spanned a decade.

Tom is also a ghostwriter for other contemporary and emerging artists and, in 2016, drawing on his classically trained background, composed his debut soundtrack for a film written by BAFTA award winning writer and author Geoff Thompson and directed by Cannes Film Festival nominated director Paul Shammasian.

Tom is also a strong campaigner for the arts, and in June 2010 backed an art gallery’s bid to win the UK’s largest single arts prize. The Herbert Art Gallery in Coventry was shortlisted for the £100,000 prize. And in 2016 Tom leant his backing to Coventry’s City Of Culture 2021 Bid.

Tom has also been outspoken about his personal battle with depression and has criticised the music industries lacklustre approach to confronting bullying, especially within the popular media as well as stating that the music industry is one of the few remaining workplaces which has no regulation against bullying and no safeguards for musicians who are statistically more likely to suffer with depression and anxiety and are therefore more vulnerable and susceptible to the harm bullying can cause.

You already know this is going to be one helluva show – and sell out. On sale Mon Feb 19 at 9am. Fingers on buzzers!

Ticket: £16.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14+

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Friday 28th September

Skinny Living – FREE SHOW

SKINNY LIVING ANNOUNCE SEPTEMBER STUDENT TOUR – AND IT’S FREE…

Hitting some of Yorkshire’s busiest and best student venues, eager to give Northern fans a special show!

Yup, these are the first gigs since their recent sold-out UK/Europe headline tour and an Academy jaunt with Dodie earlier this year.

2017’s single “Why” received multiple R1 plays, plus praise from the likes of NME/Clash/SBTV – “as emotional as it is stirring”.

The band have also been working recently with Punctual and Kid Ink on ‘King Without A Crown’.

And of course they’re building a fervent fanbase with five million Spotify streams, Viral Chart Top 50, Apple New Artist Of The Week and even on the telly box w/ ITV’s The Weekend.

This is a band doing it the old-school way, building their own fan base and self-financing trips – respect!

But since signing with RCA in 2017, they’ve gone from strength to strength, building a fierce following and playing quite literally everywhere.

Ticket: £FREE ENTRY Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14+

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Saturday 29th September

The Amy Winehouse Experience… AKA Lioness, Jess Steel, Lauren Hope

Welcome to THE AMY WINEHOUSE EXPERIENCE AKA LIONESS, a totally authentic tribute to her precocious talent featuring ‘Stars in Their Eyes’ finalist Emma Wright as Amy plus a full seven piece band – brilliantly recreating that authentic sound of jazz, soul and pop with a full 90 mins stage show modelled on Amy’s 2007 performance at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire… ‘I Told You I Was Trouble’.

Hand-picked experienced musicians maintain the original performance accuracy and this is the most authentic recreation of Amy Winehouse already selling out UK and Irish tours and over 8000 tickets featuring songs from FRANK, BACK TO BLACK, LIONESS and a host of covers associated with Amy.

In her short career Amy Winehouse created a lasting impression to put it mildly. Recording three critically acclaimed albums from her debut ‘Frank’ in 2003, the Grammy Award-winning ‘Back to Black’ in 2006 and the posthumous ‘Lioness’ in 2011 along with the covers of ‘Cupid’ and ‘Valerie’ with producer Mark Ronson no one can deny the talent and impact of this often misunderstood star.

All songs are performed completely live with care and attention taken to do justice to the legacy of the talent of Amy Winehouse – recommended!

Ticket: £14.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14+

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Saturday 6th October

UK Foo Fighters – Banging On The Ceiling Tour

As UK Foo Fighters embarked on their 10th Anniversary Tour, they found themselves at the centre of a BBC documentary celebrating Tribute in homage to Glastonbury’s 2017 headliners, Foo Fighters.  Another milestone in a long list of epic achievements, placing them firmly amongst tribute’s
elite to arguably one of the biggest rock bands of the last two decades.

And Jay’s live performance with Dave and the Foo Fighters HERE

And Dave’s dedication to The UK Foo Fighters HERE


Featured in Classic Rock, Rolling Stone, Kerrang, NME, Q, MOJO and Planet Rock magazines.  UK Foo Fighters’ meteoric rise continues in 2018 with their ‘Banging on the Ceiling Tour’, a name inspired by Foo Fighters 9th studio album ‘Concrete and Gold’.

Piling through hit after hit, the band performs set lists containing all the classics – such as ‘Everlong’ and ‘Best of You’ alongside brand new material from the Foo’s new album ‘Concrete and Gold’ including ‘Run’, ‘The Sky is a Neighborhood’ and ‘La Dee Da’.

They absolutely nail the true vibe of a Foo’s live experience, all performed down to the closest detail making it a truly unmissable show for any Foo Fighters fan.

Ticket: £15.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14

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Friday 12th October

Cloudbusting – 40 years of Kate Bush

If you missed Kate, CLOUDBUSTING are the next best thing – Simon Mayo, BBC Radio 2 – this was such an amazing show last time…

‘Mandy started singing and I thought ‘Wow, that’s amazing!’ – Paddy McGuinness, BBCTV

‘I need to go to this!’ – Zoe Ball, BBC Radio 2

It’s 40 years since Wuthering Heights announced to the world the genius of Kate Bush. Since that remarkable debut Kate has produced far more hits than you might realise: Running Up That Hill, Hounds of Love, Wow, Babooshka, This Woman’s Work, all of which feature in Cloudbusting’s new show for 2018, 40 Years of Kate Bush.

Cloudbusting have been championed by BBC1 as one of the top tributes in the world due to the uncanny levels of authenticity achieved in their stage shows. Such is their reputation that the five piece band have been endorsed by many of Kate’s own collaborators from stage and studio and by thousands of Kate Bush fans up and down the UK.

Mandy Watson’s vocals are an homage, with no hint of pastiche. “There can only be one Kate Bush! These songs are full of so many wonderful characters; when you perform them, that’s who you become!”

40 Years of Kate Bush features a lively selection of songs from across Kate’s career guaranteed to keep audiences enthralled all night.

‘Utterly, surreally brilliant’ Mick Wall, Classic Rock Magazine

‘The UK’s finest’ HomeGround & KateBushNews

‘I could have been listening to Kate herself!’ Preston Heyman, Kate’s drummer

Ticket: £15.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14+

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Saturday 13th October

O’Connell & Love (Alabama 3), Boss Caine

Larry Love, then… one half of O’CONNELL & LOVE. Born Robert Spragg, son of a Welsh Mormon preacher, with fire and brimstone eternally in his soul. Having studied law, Larry left for London at 21, with a pocket full of Woodie Guthrie lyrics.

He met Jake Black (Rev D.Wayne Love) and formed Alabama 3 in 1992, a musical “car crash” which merged Country Western songs with the burgeoning Acid House movement.

By 1997 at the height of Brit Pop, they had effectively scuppered their chances of being accepted by the established British music industry, but were picked up by Geffen Records who initially recognised that what might look like a twisted interface on paper was an effective blueprint to consolidate a long-term career in the industry.

From The Sopranos to The Simpsons, and a wide variety of projects including winning a Welsh BAFTA for the soundtrack to Welsh television series Y Pris, Larry Love has followed the adage of Bob Dylan ‘to live outside the law you must be honest’.

Brendan O’Connell met Larry in the 90s not long before the Alabama 3 signed their first deal and Brendan was in a band called Past Caring (dark Latin-y/ Irish/ Chanson indie and appearing on“The Old Purple Tin” on Alabama 3’s first album Exile on Coldharbour Lane). But in the 90s acoustic guitars and violins didn’t fit with the dance music scene. Record companies said they loved the music but couldn’t see how they could sell it.

So Brendan got his musical kicks playing banjo and mandolin in Irish trad sessions, living in Barcelona for a year, hooking up with some local Flamenco players, and picked up what he could. From there to Caracas, Venezuela, where he became great friends with Joropo musicians and against a background of attempted coups, murder and social chaos they performed in a band,  Los Calabozenos. Those diverse influences still surface in all Brendan’s music.

After returning to London, he wrote for Brixton-based urban country band “The Messengers of God” when Larry approached him to co-write much of his first solo album Ghost Flight in 2006.

Brendan is always writing songs and playing music so when he and Larry decided to write a follow up album to Ghost Flight, they had over 30 songs to choose from – but for many reasons it took 7 years to finish the album. Life just gets in the way!

So, Larry and Brendan had written the songs for their new album. Now they needed to find a band.

Along came Doc Williams on bass, Owen If, another Brixton resident, the drummer for The Stereo MCs and also a great swing/ rock n roll drummer, brought his unique style to the band.

He also brought one of the best jobbing guitarists from that circuit Jeff Mead, with an array of fantastically shaped and coloured guitars and virtuoso lap steel playing that formed the perfect team.

Ladies and gentleman of the congregation – and all those in between, welcome to O’CONNELL & LOVE!

Ticket: £14.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14+

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Wednesday 17th October

KRS-One

Woop-woop, that’s the sound of da police; woop-woop, that’s the sound of the beast!

Appearing on the rap scene in 1986 as Boogie Down Productions releasing his first hit single “South Bronx” with his late DJ Scott La Rock, KRS-ONE made it clear that Hip Hop was going to have to take itself a lot more seriously than simply being a music genre.

And with twenty published albums to his credit and his numerous appearances with other artists, KRS-One is believed to have written the most rhymes in Hip Hop’s history. 

Without question, KRS-One has been the loudest voice for the actual preservation and expansion of original Hip Hop worldwide!

“The conscience of hip hop” (Rolling Stone)

“The greatest live emcee ever” (The Source)

“Spokesperson for Hip Hop” (Wall Street Journal).

MCs Act Like They Don’t Know

Step Into A World (Rapture’s Delight)

Still selling out tours worldwide with his storming and energised live show featuring DJ Predator Prime alongside running his school ‘Temple of Hip Hop’, KRS-One doesn’t show any signs of slowing down on his quest to entertain and educate the world in the story of hip hop.

York – let’s hear it!

Ticket: £18.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14

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Thursday 18th October

Evil Scarecrow, Ten Foot Wizard

Soul-ripping wildly aggressive and downright passionate metal but with an almost Pythonesque absurdity.

Such, then, are the contradictions of EVIL SCARECROW; stunning musicianship and piss funny; tooled-up extreme metal monster magnets and frighteningly hilarious crowd interaction; chaotic, anarchic and brimful of melodies.

You may have even caught them here with RSJ a couple of years ago – show not to be missed!

Ticket: £12.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14+

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Sunday 21st October

We Are Scientists

Legendary NY-ers WE ARE SCIENTISTS debut gold album ‘With Love & Squalor’ catapulted them to main stages (Glasto/Leeds/Reading/T in the Park) and an REM tour.

And their latest album MEGAPLEX is out now, (“We don’t care what you do with it — JUST BUY IT!!!!”).

They’re clever, they’re witty, they write BLOODY GREAT BIG TUNES… one of our fave bands EVER, and yours too…

And you can get an earful of another WAS masterpiece….Heart Is A Weapon

Over to the boys themselves, “We Are Scientists have been playing for 10 years, right on the nose. (A little more.) We’re a three-piece, like Sting’s old band, Greenday. Our influences are The Alligator, the Dove, the Kookaburra, the Ram, the Ant, the Dragon, the Leopard, the Raven, the Antelope, the Dragonfly, the Lion, the Raccoon, the Armadillo, the Ducks, the Lizard, the Road Runner, the Badger, the Eagle, the Llama, the Robin, the Bat, the Egret very much, the Loon, the Rooster, the Bear, the Elephant, the Lynx, the Sea Anemone, the Beaver, the Elk, the Magpie, the Seahorse, the Blackbird, the Falcon, the Margay, the Seal, the Blue Jay, the Fish, the Monkey, the Skunk, the Boar, the Flamingo, the Mockingbird, the Snail, the Buffalo, the Fox, the Moose, the Snake, the Bull, the Frog, the Mouse, the Spider, the Butterfly, the Giraffe in particular, the Ocelot, the Squirrel, the Camel, the Gorilla, the Opossum, the Swallow, the Cardinal, the Grackle, the Otter, the Swan, the Cat, the Grasshopper, the Owl, the Tapir in particular, the Catbird, the Griffin, the Panther, the Tarantula”.

Er… awesome.

On sale Wednesday 10am.

Ticket: £16.50 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm

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Saturday 27th October

Live/Wire – AC/DC show

LIVE/WIRE is The AC/DC Show – a hugely successful and unique six-man tribute to rock music’s greatest band, complete with cannons, a wall of Marshalls and over two hours of High Voltage Rock ‘n’ Roll in a show critically acclaimed for its closeness in look and sound to the real thing.

Both Bon (Dave) and Brian (Podge) are present on the Rock and Roll train for a night to remember and with the rhythm section ‘locked in’ the freedom of the stage and the music is given to Simon as Angus Young who gives an uncanny performance with meticulous detail in appearance, energy and playing.

The band aim to put you slap bang in the middle of the show with hit after hit, and you are expected to join in… and there’ll also be one or two gems thrown in for the aficionados!

All the classics, Back in Black, Rosie, Highway To Hell are all there, and the songs keep on coming until the cannons fire ceremoniously to bring the evening to a superb crescendo.

If by this time you are still standing… we salute you! Long Live AC/DC, Long Live LIVE/WIRE!!

Ticket: £15.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7pm (show starts 7.45pm)
Age: 14+

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Tuesday 30th October

Sam Fender

SAM FENDER don’t write love songs… Nah, expect super-sharp lyricism referencing social and political issues such as government surveillance, fake news and sexual harrassment – all imbuing his nascent indie with an acerbic bite.

Recently signed to Polydor Records, Sam’s new release Dead Boys, a devastating new track that laments the ever-growing global issue of male suicide, is lifted from a forthcoming debut EP and is his most powerful statement to date. And yes, it is raw, both in subject and delivery.

Our North East hero burst on to the scene with debut single ‘Play God’ in March 2017 and was hailed as one of Annie Mac’s New Names on Radio 1.

His grit and fresh lyrical take on modern society mark him out from a busy genre and display an insight beyond his years, recently named one of BBC Sound of 2018 (Annie Mac) alongside other emerging artists such as Sigrid and Khalid.

Supports with Hozier, Daughter, Willy Mason, Catfish & The Bottleman, Nick Mulvey and York’s own Benjamin Francis Leftwich. And you may have caught Sam previously at Fibbs with VANT.

Highly recommended!

Ticket: £8.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14+

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Friday 2nd November

Glamour Of The Kill, Our Hollow Our Home, State Of Anxiety, InVisions

GLAMOUR OF THE KILL ARE BACK...

On hiatus since 2015, the boys are back with a new album, Resurrection, and returning to their home town with the original line-up, and one of a very limited number of European shows in 2018 so get those tickets while you can!

Drawing from a deep well of hard-driving music, rebelling against the restrictive “rules” of nitpicking subgenres, Glamour Of The Kill have always raised flags high for the party vibe of ‘80s hair metal and the soaring energy of today’s more aggressive vanguard of sound.

The rampaging gallop of Maiden, the party rock of Sunset Strip, the twin guitars of Thin Lizzy; it all comes together as their own unique sound. Energised pop and crunching metal, big riffs and even BIGGER choruses.

Here’s a band with theatrical live shows and massive worldwide tours alongside Papa Roach and Escape The Fate under their belt; always paying attention to musicianship but never losing the party atmosphere…

Delighted to welcome them back to Fibbs – this is going to be huge seller, don’t hang around to get your ticket.

Ticket: £15.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7pm
Age: 14+

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Saturday 3rd November

Tom Hingley & The Karpets, Apollo Junction, Skylights

An Inspiral Carpets tribute band with a difference. Lead singer Tom Hingley actually was the lead singer of the real Inspiral Carpets singing on all the chart hits including This is How it Feels, Saturn Five, Dragging Me Down, I Want You, She Comes in the Fall and all the songs on the bands four major label albums – Life (1990) The Beast Inside (1991) Revenge of the Goldfish (1992) and Devilhopping (1994).

Formed 2016, THE KARPETS have played barnstorming sets at Shine On Weekender, Embrace’s Secret Festival , Readipop Festival, Vicars Picnic, Rochdale Live, Darwen Live, Festival Too and headline sets at the 100 Club, Audio in Glasgow and over thirty other UK clubs to date.

Comprising Tom Hingley (lead vocals), Dickon Kyme Wright on keys & backing vocals, Philip McIntyre on guitar & backing vocals, Ste Pearce on bass and drummer Malcolm Law, The Karpets play all Inspirals’ greatest hits as well as the whole of the band’s Revenge of the Goldfish album and a healthy selection of obscure B-side and fan favourites.

The live experience is raw, dynamic, punky & energetic. The band play like their very existence depends on it with humour, skill and volume. Get in there…

Ticket: £13.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30PM
Age: 14+

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Tuesday 6th November

Junkyard, The Fiascos

Raucous, blues-based, big guitars and big drums, uncompromising — “Hollywood” rockers JUNKYARD who hit MTV and radio hard with self-titled 1989 Geffen Records debut.

And as one of the great guttersnipe L.A. bands of the late ’80s — a storied crew that includes GUNS N’ ROSES, LITTLE CAESAR, THE HANGMEN — Junkyard were proud to be part of “one of the last great rock ‘n’ roll scenes.”

They’ve cemented their authenticity with blunt songs as the soul-searching of “Cut From The Same Cloth” to “We Fuck Like We Fight” (politely abbreviated as “WFLWF” for the politically correct) going down as easy as an aged Kentucky bourbon with “High Water”, their first official album in 26 years.

Junkyard are better than ever and as singer and founding member David Roach explains, in recent years, JUNKYARD had a blast playing “reunion” shows, which quickly turned into mini-tours through Spain and packed gigs across America. New songs began percolating…

“I had no grand illusions of a magnum opus, or that we’d try and recreate what we were 25 years ago,” Roach states. “This album is not a departure; it’s a rock ‘n’ roll record (with a nod to punk rock and outlaw country) from JUNKYARD with songs about life, love, regret, addiction and memories.”

And check out the ace tour support THE FIASCOS – ‘filthy punk rock’n’roll from London’. Check out DESTROY THE RADIO!

Ticket: £14.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14

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Thursday 8th November

The Nimmo Brothers feat. Alan Nimmo (King King)

Glasgow’s THE NIMMO BROTHERS, have proved themselves one of the most respected modern blues exponents the UK has seen since the blues boom of the 1960’s.

After almost 17 years of working together, and with Alan Nimmo currently enjoying huge success with King King, you could be excused for thinking the best days of The Nimmo Brothers as a band were behind them.

The truth is that the brothers from Glasgow are very much back in business! Well, for this one ‘reunion’ tour at least!

Showing the world that ‘taking it easy’ isn’t in the vocabulary of one of Scotland’s finest exports since the great Frankie Miller and a couple of slightly more famous brothers named Young.

Anyone who has ever seen the brothers perform live knows their inimitable all or nothing fashion – recommended!

Ticket: £17.50 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14+

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Saturday 10th November

Tonight Alive

OK, so we all know this is going to sell out pretty sharpish…

Australia’s spiky pop-punters TONIGHT ALIVE (Jenna McDougall, Jake Hardy, Cam Adler & Matt Best) arguably fly just under the mainstream radar but, in Jenna McDougall who joined when just 16 yrs old) are fronted by one of the alternative scene’s most genuine and relatable women, with a talent for turning personal anguish into understated lyrical poetry.

After the global success of 2013’s make-or-break album ‘The Other Side’, the 2016 follow up ‘Limitless’ bravely took a wrecking ball to their pop-punk roots and embraced electronics, soaring arena-rock and a ’90s pop sensibility only hinted at previously. And when Jenna sings “Rules are made for us to break / Chances meant for us to take,” she obviously means it…

And so to January 2018 and ‘Underworld’, a reconnection with their roots, a little darker but tugging at the heartstrings in all the right ways.

Bands this good seldom this way come, don’t miss it…

Ticket: £17.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7pm
Age: 14+

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Tuesday 13th November

Supersuckers

Over to Eddie Spaghetti – rock guy… THE SUPERSUCKERS say Suck It!

The Greatest Rock N Roll Band In The World returns once again to prove they still have it with a special set for this 30th year celebration tour featuring:

1. “The Evil Powers of Rock ‘n’ Roll” in its entirety (w/ classics like “Santa Rita High” & “Going back to Tucson”).

2. New cuts from the latest album.

3. A selection of all the classic trademark sing-along hits.

4. A country medley … as we all LOVE their soft side (!)

Feted by the likes of Rob Zombie, Eddie Vedder & Lemmy and still led by Eddie Spaghetti, welcome to a very unique massive punk & roll sound, spiced up by country influences.

Classics like “The History Of Rock N Roll”, “Dead Inside”, “Breaking My Balls” and “All Of The Time” show a band yet to give up on what’s important – the continuation of an art form that has become antiquated and almost obsolete these days: the art of ROCKING THE FUCK OUT!

So, if you fancy yourself a Connoisseur Of Quality™, a Person of Impeccable Taste™, then you need to see this band live immediately.

Ticket: £15.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14

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Wednesday 14th November

Matt Grocott & The Shrives

Stratospheric ska, subversive country and visceral PUNK attitude… Yup, THE SHRIVES are unafraid to experiment, veering from solid indie to pop to punk-funk.

And so it’s little surprise that shortly after forming in 2014 they were quickly swept off to California to RECORD DEBUT ALBUM WITH GREEN DAY’S BILLIE ARMSTRONG AND JOEY ARMSTRONG OF SWMRS… Bloody hell.

Cascades of glistening riffs and grooving bass filled 2017’s debut album, garnering huge plaudits from Kerrang!, NME and Rock Sound as well as underground and Uni blogs.

This is one of the exciting bands just about to break you really need to be in on from the start, “I was there. No, I really WAS there!”.

“One of the worlds hottest new bands – Matt Grocott & The Shrives” – Kerrang.

“The Shrives should be your new favourite frentic punk band” – Rock Sound.

Ticket: £6.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14

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Thursday 15th November

Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons

From three-plus decades as Motörhead’s axeman to being voted number 20 in the poll of Top 100 Welsh Heroes (comfortably beating JPR Williams, Roald Dahl and Sir Anthony Hopkins) to covering a Norweigian promoter in squirty cheese, PHIL CAMPBELL continues to live life to the fullest with guitar in hand and humour intact

Growing up admiring the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Tony Iommi and Jimmy Page, Campbell was playing professionally at the age of 13, bought his first Les Paul in 1973, and only 5 years later (in 1978!) he formed and spent several years gigging with popular heavy metal indie band Persian Risk. But… in Feb 1984 he auditioned for the vacant guitar slot in popular beat group Motörhead and ended up sharing guitar duties with fellow auditionee (and partner-in-cheap-laughs) Michael Würzel Burston.

In a 32 year Motörcareer which spanned three drummers, the departure of Würzel and the appearance of a horse on stage, Campbell was a major creative force and identity for the legendary rockers, selling millions of albums, filling dozens of passports and finding fun and games wherever he went.

With 16 studio albums under his belt, Campbell has co-written some of Motörhead’s most-loved songs, including “Orgasmatron”, “Going To Brazil” and “Rock Out”. In fact, since joining the band, Campbell has co-written 90% of Motörhead’s studio output.

He has also enjoyed various accolades, including 4 Grammy nominations and one Grammy win (in 2005), two Golden God awards from Metal Hammer magazine, a Kerrang! award, an official proclamation from the City of Los Angeles in August 2015, and a grand total of 16 speeding fines. Bear in mind that Phil is also El Presedente of the Campbell Comedy Corporation.

Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons, features Campbell alongside his three sons Todd (guitar), Dane (drums), Tyla (bass) and complemented by vocalist Neil Starr. Awesome show!

Ticket: £17.50 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14+

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Friday 16th November

Reef, Broken Witt Rebels

Two decades of the amazing REEF playing Fibbers and they just get better and better – check out this amazing gallery of live photos (by Kluens) from March 2016…

Since the arrival of Jesse Wood on guitar in April 2014, REEF are back stronger and better than ever, and with new album REVELATION the boys from the West Country are soaring.

With legendary LA-based producer George Drakoulias on board, Reef are simultaneously recapturing and updating the sound of their classic multi million selling No.1 album Glow.

You know this is going to sell out. Again…

TICKETS ON SALE THURSDAY!

Ticket: £22.50 Buy Now
Doors: 7pm
Age: 14+

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Saturday 17th November

Hugh Cornwell Electric – The Monster Tour

Golden Brown, Strange Little Girl, Always The Sun, Peaches, No More Heroes, Nice & Sleazy… sound familiar?

All big hits, all great songs, all written and sung by Hugh Cornwell the songwriter behind The Stranglers. And he’s back with a new album ‘Monster’ this autumn on Sony Music, released October 4.

Expect an opening set of prime solo songs including picks from ‘Monster’ followed by a storming set of those iconic hits sung and played by the man himself and his band.

“JUST STRAP ON YOUR GUITAR AND WE’LL PLAY SOME ROCK & ROLL” – you can’t miss it, the hitman is back!!

Ticket: £20.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7pm
Age: 14+

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Sunday 18th November

Natty & The Rebelship – 10th Anniversary of Man Like I album (1st ever live performance)

Combining reggae, indie, Afro-beat and soul with a healthy dose of London-style! Add a little attitude on the diverse, acoustic guitar-driven grooves and you have NATTY.

Intelligent, poetic and savvy lyrics – accurately reflecting the lives/loves of a modern-day UK – have already led to positive involvement with high-profile campaigning organisation Love Music Hate Racism.

Born Alexander Akiloe Philip Modiano in 1983 in San Francisco, and then moving to London with his family at the age of one, his musical eclecticism reflects the differing tastes of his parents. His white Anglo-Italian father loved Neil Young and Bob Dylan. His black mother from Southern Africa – was very into Motown, Al Green, 60s Jamaican music and afro-beat.

And early teen years spent creating hip hop beats for rapping mates in his bedroom would later gave him the confidence to blag his way into a job in premier-league recording-studio Sphere in Battersea.

Fast forward to first single “July” (co-produced by Nat Powers, and later remixed by Crazy Cousinz) charted in 2008 and debut album, Man like I, featured “Cold Town” also shown live on Jools Holland (SEE PERFORMANCE HERE).

Natty began his first solo headline tour with support from Smoke Feathers and Elvin: and recently played with Sam Duckworth (Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly) performing a cover of Love Will Tear Us Apart by Joy Division.

Instrumental versions of his songs Badman and Coloured Souls appeared in the Electronic Arts videogame Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09.

And in September 2011, Natty scored his first American tour, opening up for reggae artist Ziggy Marley.

A great opportunity to see a modern reggae artist here in York; “born into this dimension around 30 years ago – music is his medium!”.

Ticket: £15.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14

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Thursday 22nd November

King No-One

It’s been a good year for KING NO-ONE; not only did they sell over 7,000 tickets on two sold out tours to an ever growing insatiable fan base, but they were also the first unsigned band to play the Radio 1/ NME stage at Reading and Leeds.

‘One of the most successful unsigned bands of their genre’ – TMRW

‘Selling out red hot show after red hot show’ – Clash

‘Another stage of their ascent towards indie pop royalty’ – Getintothis

The band have had over 4 million streams on Spotify along with 20 plays across Radio 1, 6 music, Radio 2 and XFM – proving once again that King No-One are one of the most exciting and in demand new bands in the UK right now.

King No-One have taken the live scene by storm; from busking in the cold, rain drenched streets of the UK to exploding as one of the biggest live emerging act in the country. The March 2018 tour alone sold over 3,300 across just 7 shows – the largest being the 950 capacity Manchester Academy 2. An incredible feat for any unsigned act.

You know this must-see band, conquering even more hearts and minds, is going to sell out AGAIN – so early purchase is recommended!!

Ticket: £11.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14+

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Saturday 24th November

Nashville Pussy, The Idol Dead

BLOODY AMAZED TO GET THIS BAND TO YORK… Go mutherfucker GO! There are few bands that embody the phrase “sex, drugs AND rock ‘n’ roll” as well as Grammy-nominated American hard rock act NASHVILLE PUSSY.

Blaine Cartwright is the Bon Scott of his generation with his ‘nursery rhymes for prisoners’ style of lyrics.

Blaine’s wife Ruyter Suys is the Angus Young of women.

Together they create 100 proof no holds barred, no apology rock ‘n’ roll.

This shit ain’t for pussies…

Ticket: £15.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14+

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Tuesday 27th November

Geoff Tate’s Operation Mindcrime (30th Anniversary) Live! + Till Death Do Us Part

Ex-Queensryche front man GEOFF TATE’S OPERATION MINDCRIME band have announced a return to UK stages this November/December after an extensive tour earlier this year (celebrating the 30th anniversary of the classic Queensryche album ‘Operation Mindcrime’) pretty much sold out everywhere.

This time around, Geoff and his band – supported by his daughter Emily’s excellent outfit TILL DEATH DO US PART – will play places they missed out first time around.

One of the greatest singers in rock and metal, German-born Geoff Tate was born in Stuttgart, Germany in 1959 with his family relocating to Tacoma, Washington shortly after his birth. His first band was a cover band called Tyrant and after they split up, he hooked up with progressive band Babylon.

While in Babylon, Geoff was asked to sing with a cover band called The Mob (who would later become Queensrÿche) and after Babylon broke up, Geoff performed a few live shows with The Mob. Following this, another progressive metal band, Myth, lured him as both lead vocalist and keyboardist before The Mob came back into his life in 1981 when they wanted him to help them record a demo tape.

The Mob worked with Geoff to write the song “The Lady Wore Black” and the band produced a demo of 4 songs, which would become the bands first EP later released on their own label called 206 records.

Geoff and the band decided to change the name of the group to Queensryche and were subsequently signed to EMI Records in the summer of 1983. They recorded six full length albums for the label including ‘Rage For Order’ in 1986, their career defining ‘Operation: Mindcrime’ in 1988 and it’s multi-platinum follow up, ‘Empire’ in 1990.

After leaving Queensrÿche in 2012, Geoff started a project called ‘Operation: Mindcrime, named for his critically acclaimed concept album, and re-invented himself with his Operation Mindcrime band mates, going on to produce three inter-connected albums, ‘The Key’ in 2015 followed by ‘Resurrection’ in 2016 and the final piece of the puzzle, ‘The New Reality’, being released in 2017.

CLASSIC SHOW! Tickets on sale now!

Ticket: £17.50 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14

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Saturday 1st December

Jah Wobble & The Invaders Of The Heart, Gimp Mask

Joining PiL at John Lydon’s behest in 1978, the wild man of punk John Wardle was so named ‘JAH WOBBLE‘ by Sid Vicious after a drunken binge, and loaned him his first bass guitar.

A long-term obsession with dub and reggae combined with the D.I.Y. punk ethos led Wardle to create an original rock/reggae hybrid of his own; his distinctive ‘low end’ bass immediately put PiL on the map and became the backbone of the band, and debut album Public Image Limited included the band’s eponymous first Top 10 hit single.

After two magnificent albums, including the mighty Metal Box, Wardle became increasingly disillusioned by the music scene, politics of the band and a reluctance to play live, and eventually split from the band in mid-1980.

Over the past three decades or so, Jah Wobble has ploughed his own furrow as a prolific solo artist, as well as becoming a well-respected session musician, with a genuine passion for Eastern and Global music working with a diverse range of musicians, including Baaba Maal, Bjork, Primal Scream, Brian Eno, Sinead O’Connor, Julianne Regan, Dolores O’Riordan, Holgat Czukay, The Edge and Chaka Demus & Pliers.

Jah Wobble’s Invaders of the Heart released their debut album in 1990 and received a Mercury Music Prize nomination in 1991 for the ‘Rising above bedlam’ album. After the acclaimed ‘Take me to God’ album in 1994, Jah Wobble launched his own 30 Hertz record label which has subsequently released around 40 albums.

Having overcome his alcohol problem in the mid-eighties, Wardle is now a reformed character. His wild man days are now long behind him, and he is now a dedicated family man with a documented interest in spirituality, and in 2000 received a B.A in Music and Philosophy.

Until 2009 he wrote regular book reviews for the Independent on Sunday. Since then he has written book reviews for The Times newspaper. In 2008, accompanied by his wife Zi Lan Liao, he toured with a large group of Chinese performers (‘mask changers’ and dancers as well as musicians).

He also released an album that documented that project called ‘Chinese Dub’ which won the Songlines magazine world Music award. Also in 2008, he made a very well received radio documentary about his old friend Sid Vicious for BBC Radio 3.

In 2009, Serpents Tail published his acclaimed autobiography ‘Memoirs of a Geezer’. Since that time Wardle has made a ‘Japanese Dub’ album and a ‘Jah Wobble and the Modern Jazz Ensemble album. He has toured extensively with both projects. In 2011 he performed Glastonbury.

In 2011, Wobble collaborated with Julie Campbell, alias Warp Records artist LoneLady in a project called Psychic Life. The eponymous debut album Psychic Life was inspired by disco, post-punk and psychogeography, and released by Cherry Red Records on 14 November 2011. The album was well received and the single ‘Tightrope’ and its accompanying video prompted a warm response from critics and punters alike.

In early 2012 Jah Wobble briefly reunited with his old Pil sparring partner Keith Levine to perform ‘Metal Box In Dub’ . They played various european venues as well as Fuji Rock festival in July 2012. This was followed by the release of a four-song, eponymous EP. An album entitled Yin & Yang was released in November 2012.

Wobble has also collaborated with the British ambient group Marconi Union, the results of which were released as an album called Anomic on 30 Hertz records in June 2013. In October 2013, 30 Hertz Records released ‘Odds & Sods & Epilogues’ an illustrated book/CD of Jah Wobble’s poetry.

Can you afford to miss this legend in York? The answer, surely, is no…

Ticket: £18.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14+

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Tuesday 4th December

Sweet, GlamRockz

“Without The Sweet there would not have been a KISS” – Gene Simmons… “We wanted to be The Sweet” – Nikki Sixx… “This is the band I wish I had been in” – Joe Elliot – Def Leppard.

You better beware, you better take care; You better watch out if you’ve got long black hair…

This ain’t no bubblegum pop show, it’s a PROPER ROCK BAND – YOU BETTER BELIEVE IT…

Still w/ original guitarist Andy Scott THE SWEET are coming to York.

55 million record sales later and still a national treasure, British to the core, a rock music phenomenon, 23 Top 40 hits inc Hell Raiser / Blockbuster / Ballroom Blitz/ Teenage Rampage / Fox On the Run / Love Is Like Oxygen.

Tickets are going to be a premium…

Ticket: £20.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14+

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Thursday 6th December

Power Quest

Power metal titans POWER QUEST formed and led by ex-Dragonforce Steve Williams (keyboards) and Steve Scott (bass) with Rich Smith (drums), Paul Finnie (bass), twin guitars Glyn Williams and Andy Kopczyk and the powerhouse voice of Ashley Edison.

In 2017, as well as playing three sold out shows in Japan with Freedom Call and Twilight Force the Southampton six-piece also appeared at Progpower USA (Atlanta) and Sabaton Open Air (Sweden) – and followed that with sold out UK tour with Dragonforce including Fibbers.

Between 2002 and 2013 the band released 5 studio albums including the highly regarded “Neverworld” and “Magic Never Dies”, and shared the stage with the likes of Dream Evil, Labyrinth, Threshold, Angra and Freedom Call both in the UK and mainland Europe.

After a three year hiatus the band returned in 2016 with the “Face the Raven” EP and delivered their 6th studio album in October 2017, entitled “Sixth Dimension”, via Inner Wound Recordings and Marquee/Avalon records. Featuring the singles “Lords of Tomorrow” and Kings and Glory, the album proves that the band are back and on top of their game.

2018 began with a UK tour with Freedom Call and an appearance at HRH Metal festival in Birmingham. Later in the year the band play Amplified festival.

Very excited to get Power Quest here on their own headline tour – ON SALE NOW!

Ticket: £10.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14+

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Friday 7th December

Love Distraction (Human League), Manoeuvres (OMD) w/ DJ X-Generator

“You were working as a waitress in a cocktail bar / When I met you / I picked you out, I shook you up and turned you around / Turned you into someone new”. There can’t be many more memorable opening verses than Human League’s Don’t You Want Me…

LOVE DISTRACTION, then… top trib to Philip Oakey’s synth-pop legends from Sheffield who went on to sell 20 million records alongside Top 10 albums and singles.

And, of course, there’s that legend of recruiting Susan Ann Sulley (17) and Joanne Catherall (18) spotted on a dance floor and asked, without preamble, to join as dancers and incidental vocalists. Glamour added, and parents’ permission received, the rest is history.

And even The Undertones sarcastically name-checked them on My Perfect Cousin, “His mother bought him a synthesiser / Got the Human League in to advise her / Now he’s making lots of noise / Playing along with the art school boys”

Great show this, complete with ‘Susan & Joanne’ and lots of big synth action!

THE SOUND OF THE CROWD // LOVE ACTION // OPEN YOUR HEART // DON’T YOU WANT ME // BEING BOILED // MIRROR MAN // KEEP FEELING FASCINATION // THE LEBANON // LIFE ON YOUR OWN // LOUISE // HUMAN // TELL ME WHEN // ONE MAN IN MY HEART and lots more

And look whose opening – MANOEUVRES // OMD TRIBUTE the UK’s premier tribute to Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – one of the most influential and original bands to emerge from the early days of synth pop in the lates 1970’s. Their energetic and authentic stage show perfectly captures the atmosphere and excitement of an OMD concert and playing all of their hit songs such as ‘Enola Gay’ ‘Messages’ and ‘Souvenir’ to name but a few.

Ticket: £12.50 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14+

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Saturday 8th December

Sham 69 (Pursey, Parsons, Tregunna, Guy)

The real SHAM 69 – Jimmy Pursey, Dave Parsons, Dave Tregunna! Beware the snides and fakes, ignore the bitter slander, listen to the lyrics and the meaning, enjoy the Real Sham sound.

Formed in London in 1976 Sham 69 set out making pogo-friendly, anthemic punk with a fiercely working class agenda, issuing a statement of intent with the independently released ‘I don’t wanna’.

Signing to Polydor the band released ‘Borstal Breakout’ in early 1977, but what really took their terrace chant appeal to the masses was the subsequent trio of hit singles ‘Angels with Dirty Faces’, ‘If the kids are United’ and ‘Hurry up Harry’.

Now back playing occasional gigs the show is as full of energy as it always was.

What better way to spend a Saturday night!

Presented by Fibbers & TV’s Over

Ticket: £20.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14+

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Saturday 15th December

U2 2 – Performing Achtung Baby in full

U2 2 are the world’s longest running tribute to U2; the same line-up since 1992 for over 1200 shows, spanning three continents! Look-a-like / sound-a-like band, in the same vein as The Bootleg Beatles. Indeed, the two bands have performed together at Coventry’s Ricoh Stadium.

‘We’re flattered by what they’re doing’ – Bono

“Seen them a few times, they’re the best, quite stunning” – Aaron Govern, U2 staff member

“You guy’s rock. The best in the world” – Ciara Lawrence, The Edge’s cousin

“The greatest U2 tribute in the world” – Suggs, Madness

“I toured with U2 on The Joshua Tree tour and played Live Aid, you guy’s have it all” – Rupert Black, The Pretenders

U2 2 are the real-deal, known for their attention to sounds and detail, often referred to as the ‘official’ U2 tribute. They are known to U2 and their staff and are now working annually with The Edge’s cousin, in aid of Mencap.

During the bands two decades together, they have been featured on BBC1 / ITV1 / SKY TV, performed alongside U2 (Feyenoord Stadium) as well as Dublin’s Point Depot (to 8000) London’s Under the Stars (to 7000) and a show in Monaco, for Pernod-Ricard and the 2012 Olympics

The world’s best tribute to one of Ireland’s greatest exports is here. And what a night in store.

Ticket: £12.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14+

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Saturday 29th December

Korn Again

Actually endorsed by the real Korn who, after bassist ‘Fieldy’ and drummer Ray Luzier joined KORN AGAIN on stage, actually posted the video HERE on Korn’s official Facebook page. You don’t get a better endorsement than that…

After forming seven years ago in Liverpool, they’ve wasted no time in cementing their claim as the world’s premier Korn tribute act, and have managed to replicate the band’s trademark raw and aggressive sound, effortlessly translating it to the live arena through countless high-octane live performances.

Freak On A Leash / Coming Undone / Got The Life / Falling Away From Me / Got The Life / Twisted Transistor and all the rest. Awesome show!

Ticket: £8.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14+

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Saturday 26th January

Absolute Bowie – 50 Years Of Bowie

There’s a reason why this show gets busier and busier every year. It’s amazing… Over to Woody Woodmansey (Spiders from Mars) – “Absolutely wicked. As one who was there, watching ABSOLUTE BOWIE put me back there again. For anyone who missed it or fans who want to relive it I definitely recommend it. As close to the real thing that you’ll get. Enjoy!”

Presenting a journey through fifty years of David Bowie’s evolving image showing all his best-loved personas in all their glory, and performing all of the Starman’s greatest hits plus album tracks from David Bowie, Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars, Heroes, Aladdin Sane, Hunky Dory and Young Americans through to Heathen, Outside, Reality, Earthling and Blackstar.

Absolute Bowie take audiences on a trip with this brand new and unique concert featuring two long sets and more costume changes than any other show. A true extravaganza of the wonder that is Bowie’s work.

Featuring the incredible vocals of John O’Neill as David Bowie, with Chris Buratti on guitar, Fabio Cashio on bass, Alex Paollilo on keyboards, Alessandro Ricardi on drums and Fiona Asbury on saxophone.

The band have toured the UK and Europe for the past 9 years performing the hits of Bowie with their energetic (and theatrical!) stage show and look to take things to the highest level with this huge new show. Prepare to be taken from A to Z (Absolute Beginners to Ziggy!) with Stations to Station in between.

Sample set list:

Watch That Man
The Jean Genie
Suffragette City
Changes
The Man Who Sold The World
Life On Mars
Starman
Space Oditty

Stay
Young Americans
Absolute Beginners
Sorrow
China Girl
Modern Love
Ashes To Ashes
Let’s Dance
Rebel Rebel
Heroes

Reality
Afraid
New Killer Star
Never Get Old
Look Back In Anger
Little Wonder
Sons of the Silent Age
Slip Away
Hallo Spaceboy
Blackstar

Ticket: £15.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14++

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Thursday 31st January

We Are Not Devo, DJ X-Generator

Pay attention to your Gut Feeling, come watch WE ARE NOT DEVO and spend quality time with your friends Jerkin Back ‘n’ Forth to avoid fast falling Space Junk.

Don’t Shrivel Up for the Girl U Want; Be Stiff.

Use your God given Freedom of Choice to Slap Your Mammy or simply Whip it good.

Because with The UK’s only DEVO tribute act Uncontrollable Urges can be met with Satisfaction in this Beautiful, Wiggly World.

Akron, Ohio’s finest export. A potato-based product.

Ticket: £8.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14

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Friday 1st February

Half Man Half Biscuit

If HALF MAN HALF BISCUIT didn’t exist, you’d have to invent them. Since forming nearly 30 years ago, their presence has been a necessity. 

In essence the vehicle for the observations, ramblings and creations of front-man Nigel Blackwell, they are a counterblast to the processes of modern life. Throughout changing times they have spanned the decades, released 13 full-length albums and dropped a thousand-and-one pop culture references; from BBC Radio’s Charles Nove to former England cricketer Fred Titmus.

Their approach to promoting their music is famously non-existent – a handful of UK gigs each year is normal. Even rarer are interviews of any kind. Blackwell himself states his biggest achievement, as “creating a situation for myself whereby I can get up of a morning and decide to go and tackle Bwlch Pen Barras on the bike, […] rather than report to a superior to await orders”. 

Their existence is somehow outside of the modern world, yet also a reaction to it. Merely by continuing to release and perform, Half Man Half Biscuit serve a greater purpose – to rally against the crap that life throws up with a wry smile, and also to take joy in life’s small and simple pleasures.

HMHB are a truly genuine band, blessed with a magical capacity to make the most jaded of listeners fall back in love with music again. Witty and dry, sardonic yet never cynical, melodically infectious yet edgy sing along songs, these four lads who shook the Wirral are perhaps still to some extent an undiscovered national treasure.

Back in 1985, Half Man Half Biscuit sat comfortably at the top of the indie album chart. This may not seem so much of an achievement, unless you take a look back at the other contenders in the chart at that time. Acts such as Depeche Mode, New Order and The Cult were all on the scene, and you could guarantee that none of them managed to hit the number one spot with an album that had been recorded in just a couple of days and for around £30…

That album was ‘Back In The DHSS’, becoming an instant success after it was championed by the late John Peel, for whom they did a total of 12 sessions over the years. As soon as he heard the white label test pressing, he was smitten. With tracks such as ‘I Hate Nerys Hughes’ and ‘I Love You Because (You Look Like Jim Reeves)’, HMHB could never be considered as po-faced.

Even though this was their debut recording, it went on to sell over 200,000 copies. Since then, they have released a further 12 albums with Nigel Blackwell never taking the music business too seriously. According to Nigel, the reason he started writing songs, was due to the fact, that when he left school in Birkenhead, the only other option was to become a heroin addict. 

With lyrics such as, “She’s the main man in the office in the city and she treats me like I’m just another lackey. But I can put a tennis racket up against my face and pretend that I am Kendo Nagasaki” nobody could dispute he chose the correct career path.

Their last album ‘Urge for Offal’, sees more of Nigel’s surreal observations on everyday life. A few shining examples are ‘Old Age Killed My Teenage Bride’ and ‘Baguette Dilemma For The Booker Prize Guy”.

And the newest album “No-one Cares About Your Creative Hub So Get Your Fuckin’ Hedge Cut” sees more of Nigel’s surreal observations on everyday life. A few shining examples are ‘Knobheads On Quiz Shows” and “Man Of Constant Sorrow (With A Garage In Constant Use)”.

So grab your Joy Division Oven Gloves and don your Dukla Prague away kit, as The Biscuit are coming to town.

So grab your Joy Division Oven Gloves and don your Dukla Prague away kit, as The Biscuit are coming to town. And they’re not going on after Crispy Ambulance…

Ticket: £20.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14+

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Saturday 2nd February

Limehouse Lizzy (8pm start)

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!

Attention to detail, a thundering live sound and playful audience interaction leaves you with that feeling of witnessing the real thing, audiences and critics alike hailing the show as ‘beyond tribute’.

With incessant UK and European touring, this is one of the most highly rated acts on the circuit and Limehouse shows are always PACKED…

Whiskey In The Jar// The Boys Are Back In Town // Jailbreak // Don’t Believe A Word // Dancin’ In The Moonlight // Rosalie // Waiting For An Alibi // Do Anything You Want To // Sarah // Chinatown // Killer On The Loose // Cold Sweat… the list goes on and on…

Early ticket purchase advisable, as usual!

Ticket: £15.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14+

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Tuesday 5th February

The Rumjacks

BLOODY AMAZING AND PACKED SHOW LAST YEAR! And when exactly was the last time a folkpunk band did 44m YouTube views? With more subscribers than Dropkick Murphys, Rancid and Hellcat Records? THE RUMJACKS are a must for fans of Ferocious Dog, The Levellers and 3 Daft Monkeys!

Drawing nuts crowds at festival and club shows, frontman Frankie McLaughlin says, “We were raised on the Scottish and Irish music in our parents record collection, before colliding head-on with punk rock as we grew older and thought we knew everything”.

Their own brand of Celtic Punk earned them 24m YouTube views for breakthrough track ‘An Irish Pub SonG’ and their incendiary live shows and endless touring regime has seen them share the stage with acts as diverse as Dropkick Murphys, Anti Flag, Gogol Bordello, Ruts DC, GBH, UK Subs & The Aggrolites… “We’re at home on any lineup in front of any crowd, I think there are elements of what we do that must appeal to just about anyone”.

Indeed they do – from heavy Celtic roots to driving punk or ska/reggae rhythms, well-oiled sing-alongs and choking ballads.

“We draw on so many influences, but still it’s important for us to force the bounds of what we already do, play good solid Punk rock with a fat smear of Celtic folk right through”

Dancing and stomping boots, please…

Ticket: £12.50 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14+

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Saturday 16th February

The Spitfires

Watford based 4-piece melting pot of reggae, ska, punk and soul – two albums in (‘Response’ and ‘A Thousand Times’) and THE SPITFIRES already denting the Top 10s in the Independent and National charts.

The band’s work ethic and acute social commentary has made this fiercely independent act one of the most popular underground success stories in the UK today. Their attitude and spirit has earned them a dedicated and loyal following across the whole of the UK and Europe.

The Spitfires have now announced their third album ‘Year Zero’, to be released 27th July through Hatch Records – get down here to see this amazing band!

Ticket: £13.50 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm

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Friday 1st March

The Smyths (8pm start)

One of the longest-established Smiths tributes and boy is that obvious every time they play here. Two hours of classic Smiths material – truly A SMITHS BAND OF SMITHS FANS FOR SMITHS FANS!

The crowd – and what a BIG crowd – went wild …

“You’ll never see The Smiths again, but THE SMYTHS are the next best thing.” (Music-News.com)

“Amazing…just like The Smiths” (XFM)

“The Smyths give you just what you want”, Rob Hughes, journalist and broadcaster (Uncut/BBC Radio 6)

“The Smyths are indeed the BEST Smiths tribute band in the world”, Phil Gatenby, Author, ‘Panic on the streets of London’

Ticket: £12.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14

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Saturday 2nd March

Kingdom Of Madness: classic MAGNUM

Members of MAGNUM’s classic-era line-ups reunite for a celebration of the band’s much-loved back catalogue covering the period 1978-94, and named after that classic album, KINGDOM OF MADNESS.

A fantastic celebration of the band’s much-loved back catalogue featuring ’78-’94 w/ MARK STANWAY – Keyboards (Magnum 1980-2016, Grand Slam, M3 Classic Whitesnake) // MICKY BARKER – Drums (Magnum 1985-95) // RICHARD BAILEY – Keyboards / flute (Magnum 1975-80, Whitesnake) // LAURENCE ARCHER – Guitar (Magnum 1984, Grand Slam, UFO) // NEIL MURRAY – Bass (Whitesnake, Black Sabbath, Snakecharmer) // CHRIS OUSEY – Lead vocals (Snakecharmer, Heartland) & MO BIRCH – Backing vocals / percussion (Magnum, Go West, UB40).

Phew…

One of the UK’s finest exponents of melodic rock music, the hard-gigging Magnum achieved high UK & Europe album and singles chart positions. Regular sold-out theatre tours including a memorable FIVE NIGHTS at London’s legendary Hammersmith Odeon performed during 1988 together with headline appearances at Birmingham NEC and Wembley Arena, as well as appearances at major festivals.

This is a band of world class musicians with a Magnum pedigree second to one, celebrating not only the legacy of the band’s classic period, but including key tracks from Grand Slam – Stanway and Archer’s collaboration with Thin Lizzy’s Phil Lynott.

“There’s an extensive catalogue of great songs from the classic years of Magnum which have not been performed on stage in many years and which audiences have constantly requested”, says Mark Stanway, keyboard player with Magnum for 36 years.

“Having said that”, he continues, “I should state that we by no means consider ourselves a Magnum “tribute” – how can it be when five of the members have a shared legacy with the band?”

“I’m delighted to be working with Richard, Micky, Laurence and Mo again and in Neil and Chris we have two musicians with their own distinct history who will obviously bring their personal musical identity to the project. In addition, with our focus being firmly on the music from the earlier period, we do not perceive ourselves as being in “competition” with the current Magnum. There is more than enough music to keep both bands busy – a fitting testament to the song-writing of Tony Clarkin. I’m truly looking forward to performing classic Magnum music with such a prestigious line-up”.

Ticket: £20.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14

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Saturday 16th March

“Dookie vs Enema Of The State” w/ Green Haze & One Eighty Two

Back in the 90s, the two pop-punk titans – Green Day and Blink 182 – brought punk into the mainstream with their eponymous ‘Dookie’ and ‘Enema of the State’ albums. To celebrate the 25th and 20th anniversaries, two of the UK’s top tribute bands are uniting for a tour of EPIC proportions – playing both albums in FULL + a greatest hits set from both bands.

‘Basket Case’ will meet ‘What’s My Age Again’ and ‘When I Come Around’ will meet ‘All The Small Things’. This will be one explosive, energetic tour of punk rock you’re not going to want to miss. Full 90 minute sets from both acts.

GREEN HAZE are the UK’s No.1 tribute to one of the best rock bands the world has ever seen. Touring the length and breadth of the UK and rapidly becoming the UK’s most in-demand Green Day tribute band of choice, playing to sell-out crowds at some of the biggest and most established venues; festivals, including The Manchester Academy, BugJam Festival at The Santa Pod Raceway, The O2 Academies, Scala in London’s Kings Cross; The Brooklyn Bowl at The O2 Arena to name but a few and going to every length to capture the raw power and dynamics of Green Day’s music and bring it to life with an unrivalled stageshow.

All of Green Day’s albums are well represented eg Basket Case, When I Come Around, American Idiot, Holiday, Wake Me Up When September Ends to name but a few. Plus an extensive repertoire of fan favourites to satisfy even the most ardent of Green Day fans and performing with the same energy and passion that only true fans of the original band can, this is what makes Green Haze literally THE next best thing to Green Day themselves.

“Headliner Green Haze whipped the wild Saturday night funsters in to an uncontrollable frenzy, replicating the Green Day sound to such a tee that you’d have been hard pressed to differentiate between the originals and the covers. All of the band’s usual suspect punk hits were nailed with impeccable, high octane, relentless accuracy” – 365Bristol.com

ONE EIGHTY TWO are the UK’s definitive tribute to the almighty Blink 182. These guys not only nail the look and sound, but deliver a truly authentic show that brings to life Blink 182’s trademark on-stage humour and banter & with an energy that makes a Blink 182 show so recognisable to their fans.

Nailing all of the big hits like ‘Dammit’, ‘What’s my age again?’, ‘The Rock Show’ and ‘Down’, right up to present day hits from the awesome ‘California’ album. These guys cover the entire catalogue, delivering an energetic punk rock show that leaves crowds jumping and bouncing to every song!

The most in-demand alternative to Blink 182 in the UK, having played to huge crowds; rave reviews at the UK’s biggest festivals and venues – such as Festwich, BoltFest, WV1 Festival, Rockprest and Voodoo Rocks Festival to name just a few of them.

“These guys are better live than the real Blink 182!” – Kerrang! Radio

Ticket: £10.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14+

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Friday 19th April

Scopyons w/ special guests Syked (ex-Limehouse Lizzy/Saxon)

The UK’s first full 5-piece definitive Scorpions show, SCOPYONS formed late 2011 and after the first full shows of 2012 were invited to play in Munich, Germany alongside Scorpions guitarist Matthias Jabs at the 5th Anniversary of his MJ Guitars Store.

With a leaning toward the post Matthias Jabs era (1978 Lovedrive up to the present day) PLUS classic Uli Jon Roth era songs like We’ll Burn The Sky, In Trance & Pictured Life to the set.

And the first appearance in York with an old chum of ours, yes the brand new band of ex-Limehouse Lizzy guitar/vocals Tim Read, also featuring ex-Saxon/John Parr bass/vocals Paul Johnson plus ex-Demon keys/sax Paul Farrington and ex-Guns and Oatcakes drummer Mick Gibson.

Performing music from the John Sykes era of three of the worlds finest rock and roll bands Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy and Blue Murder.

You know the hits… Still of the Night, Here I Go Again, Is this Love and Give Me All Your Love Tonight all from the multi million selling 1987 Whitesnake album.

Alongside classic Thin Lizzy eg Cold Sweat / Dancing in the Moonlight plus fan favourites Billy and Jelly Roll from the critics favourite Blue Murder.

Ticket: £10.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14+

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Sunday 21st April

Resurrection w/ Oasish, Total Stone Roses, Happy Mondaze, True Order, Transmission, Stereotonics, Lucky Man, guest DJs

5th Anniversary show – always packed always sold out – this is the real Manc Holiday Weekend in York!

These shows are always RAMMED, so early purchase is recommended as ​The Resurrection Team return with their yearly Easter spectacular featuring the best UK tributes to OASIS, STONE ROSES, HAPPY MONDAYS, NEW ORDER, JOY DIVISION, STEREOPHONICS, THE VERVE w/ guest DJs

This crammed all dayer looks set to be another wall to wall celebration of the best indie music across the last thirty or so years.

If you’re after a festival on your doorstep this really is it…

Ticket: £15.00 early bird (limited) Buy Now
Doors: 5pm 'til late
Age: 16+

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Saturday 11th May

The Guns N Roses Experience

As close as it gets … this is always such a great show and very busy as well!

THE GUNS N ROSES EXPERIENCE have the only singer able to deliver the exact same unique vocal style and stage show synonymous with classic Axl Rose. And the only tribute band guitarist OFFICIALLY ENDORSED by MARSHALL AMPS, decease just like the legend SLASH himself.

And together with four other Guns n Roses clones, these guys deliver a sound and look that is unequalled.

Since their very first gig the Guns N’ Roses Experience train has been rolling at an incredible pace, visiting various Middle Eastern countries, mainland Europe, Cyprus, Ireland and all of the major venues and theatres in the UK.

With a true Guns and Roses sound and stage show, The Guns N’ Roses Experience meticulously recreates every visual detail and every musical note to capture that reckless spirit of the original Guns’N Roses legendary live performances.

In a bone crushing two hour set all the essentials are covered with breath-taking accuracy including Welcome To The Jungle, November Rain, Sweet Child O’Mine, Paradise City, Mr. Brownstone,You Could Be Mine, Night Train, Rocket Queen, Knocking on Heaven’s Door and so much more!

Ticket: £14.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14+

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Saturday 29th June

Rainbow Rising, Pure Purple (8pm start)

Specialising in the classic Mk 2 line-up of Gillan, Glover, Blackmore, Lord and Paice, PURE PURPLE go to great lengths recreating that immense classic ‘70s sound using a Hammond organ with Leslie speakers just like Jon Lord, alongside Blackmore’s trademark Marshall amps and Fender guitar.

Expect Mk 2 classics including Highway Star, Child In Time, Woman From Tokyo, Smoke on the Water, Black Night, Strange Kind of Woman, Lazy, Speed King, Fireball and from a few years later Perfect Strangers.

Albums from the MK 2 era include ‘In Rock’, ‘Fireball’, ‘Machine Head’, ‘Made in Japan’ and later included ‘Perfect Strangers’ and ‘Hell or High Water’.

RAINBOW RISING formed in ’96, not only to recreate the unique Rainbow sound but to also capture the spectacular live show as well.

This is a group of musicians with an almost fanatical interest in Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, and it shows with amazing attention to detail, with the aim of recreating the live Rainbow experience in every aspect.

From stunning vocals, thunderous percussion and bass, to dazzling keyboards and of course the unmistakable Blackmore guitar work.

The band perform all the classic live Rainbow tracks, but the iconic ‘Rainbow Rising’ album remains the backbone of all performances.

Ticket: £10.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14

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Friday 19th July

Whitesnake UK, Total Thunder (8pm start)

Here I go again on my own, goin’ down the only road I’ve ever known, like a drifter I was born to walk alone…

Formed Jan 2005, WHITESNAKE UK pay brilliant tribute from early classic Moody/Marsden to the present day USA incarnation, faithfully reproducing the classics such as ‘Fool For Your Loving, ‘Is This Love’ and ‘Here I Go Again.

With combined musical experience of over 100 years this is a phenomenally accurate show concentrating purely on reproducing the classic sound of Whitesnake without the aid of backing-tracks, gimmicks or wigs. For a 100% live performance that will leave you shouting for more, Whitesnake UK are sure to deliver…

And joined here to make an amazing night, TOTAL THUNDER are going to be the Thunder tribute to look out for. Already booked throughout late 2017 and all of 2018, they’ll bring all you love about British rockers, Thunder. The hits, that classic British rock sound, the energy & above all, the enjoyment of seeing the real thing.

Ticket: £10.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14

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