Music Venues in York

Music Venues in York

No vibrant music scene would be complete without its cast of all-star venues. Each bringing a slightly different flavour to the mix, York's venues have housed the success of hundreds of internationally-famous bands, as well as seen the rise of some of York's biggest stars. Go to some of these iconic venues, and you might just be lucky enough to see a massive name before they get big. Or just get to see some fantastic music. Either way, York has some awesome venues which are definitely worth your time if you live there or are just visiting.

The Duchess York 

With major bands like Funeral For A Friend recently playing there, The Duchess is a top venue for those looking to get into York's live music scene. They have a reputation for housing big names alongside local, unsigned bands to get fresh blood in with old. The small staging allows for an intimate live experience and, along with the very friendly and passionate staff, makes for a great atmosphere whoever you're seeing. That, and pretty cheap drinks. Their website has a lot of information to make your night easier, whether you're from York or just visiting, such as places to stay, specific directions to the venue and a virtual tour. Check out the website, and go see a gig there: they can be found in the centre at Stonebow House, YO1 7NP.

The Basement York 

With a capacity of just 100, Basement is certainly a cosy venue, but not to its detriment. Instead of feeling cramped, Basement feels unique and full of character, boasting crowds who are rarely more than ten meters away from the acts they came to see. This is added to by the fact that it isn't just a music venue - it also hosts to many other kinds of acts and shows, such as comedy, poetry, drama and DJ nights. The venue has been an integral part of the York music and arts scene since it opened in March of 2000, with regular nights such as Mister Green's Onion Club and the hardcore-music orientated Descent. Being an independent venue allows the owners to have the freedom to put on what they want and adapt quickly to the desires of their audience. This also means that the staff are truly passionate about the venue, and as such are very friendly and helpful, whether you're looking to see a show or even discussing with the promoters when your band can play there. With a reputation for original and memorable live events, Basement is a venue you have to visit if you're in York. And you have no excuse not to, with such an eclectic mix of acts and styles. Find them at 13 - 17 Coney Street, YO1 9QL.


Fibbers is an iconic York venue, going strong since 1992. Having hosted over 5,000 gigs, it has become an absolute must-play venue for established acts, as well as a breakout venue for new bands. It also means it's a must-visit venue for anyone in or going to York. It is host to many acts in an out of York, from Kate Nash to Kodaline to Deap Vally - take a look at their listings and you're sure to find a gig you want to see, or even go see something you've never heard of. The venue has such a great atmosphere both from the building and the crowds, owing to its long-standing history, that you'll enjoy anything there. The staff are eager to uphold Fibbers' stellar reputation, and so are extremely helpful and knowledgeable. They also host various club nights if that's more up your street, which is always packed. The venue's website is the place to go for information. It's very streamlined and clear, allowing you to easy see and book gigs as well as get in contact about playing there yourself. You can find Fibbers at 8 - 10 Stonebow House, YO1 7NP.

York Barbican 

With a capacity of 1,500 seated and another 1,900 standing, the York Barbican is one of York's largest venues. Taking advantage of this space, they put on a wide variety of events, including live music, stand-up comedy, snooker and business conferences. Now owned by the City of York Council a reopened after a multi-million investment, the Barbican is a fresh, modern and large venue that's smoothly run. Major acts such as Little Mix, Rita Ora and Elvis Costello fill the bookings for this year, so although the Barbican isn't as exclusively music as some other venues, it still boasts a great scene. The staff are very professional and helpful, and the website has been revamped to be extremely clear and smooth, so you can find all the information you need, including advice on where to stay and how to get there. It's located at the southern end of the city centre, so it's very easily accessible from town. Check out the York Barbican at YO10 4NT.

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