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Live Music Venues in York

When thinking of reasons to visit York, history, architecture and shopping may be the three that sit at the top of the list, but this is not all that the city has to offer! With a population of roughly 200,000 people to cater for, the city has developed to attract visitors and retain its locals. One element of this is offering a great selection of nightlife including high quality and varied live music. Driven by the determination of independent venues and the perseverance of promoters, the York live music scene is nothing less than thriving, bringing weekly, if not daily live music across the city’s varied venues. In this article, we look at some of the best places that you can watch a live act and what kind of thing you can expect to see here:

The Basement

Right at the centre of the city, nestled away under York’s City Screen Cinema, lays The Basement. Covering a variety of pretty much all genres of music, along with other shows such as comedy and cabaret too, the venue strives to offer personal gigs to its punters, with people never more than a few meters from the performers. Often catering to people that want to see something a little different, this venue offers visitors a cheap ticket to a great night out!

Location: City Screen Picturehouse, 13-17 Coney Street, York YO1 9QL

Capacity: 100

The Fulford Arms

The Fulford Arms is a pub-come-venue that aims to be everyone’s local. When visiting, you’ll be guaranteed a friendly atmosphere and a good selection of beverages to set you up for the evening. Dedicated to bringing the highest quality of live music, the venue can attract both new, emerging artists all the way through to music legends that are playing a more intimate gig. If you want to discover new bands, this is the place to do it! Tickets are a great price too!

Location: 121 Fulford Rd, York YO10 4EX

Capacity: 150


Opening in 1992, Fibbers has seen thousands of bands play and hosted more than one million music fans! Situated at the centre of the city, the venue has seen some of the biggest names in music come through its doors during their early days including The Killers and Biffy Clyro! Open at least three nights a week; you can expect to see a variety of local, national and international names grace the stage; never with a dull moment!

Location: 3-5 Toft Green, York YO1 6JT

Capacity: 860

Drummer at a York music venue

The Crescent

In a past life, The Crescent was a working men’s club but has since been redesigned and given a new lease of life as a community venue. The business is now family-run by two brothers that had the initial desire to save the place and has now been made into a more inclusive and alternative venue meaning that absolutely everyone is welcome through the doors! The Crescent has two rooms, one which holds 100 people for smaller gigs and the other which can hold up to 250.

Location: 8 The Crescent, York YO24 1AW

Capacity: 250

York Barbican

If you’re looking to attend a slightly more ‘well behaved’ live music event, then why not consider the York Barbican? With a capacity of just under 2000, this super space has been a much-loved venue for comedy, musicals and, of course, live music for years. The Barbican has hosted the likes of Morrissey, Paolo Nutini, Paloma Faith and everything in between over the years.

Location: Paragon St, York YO10 4AH

Capacity: 1900

The Hop

With a focus on bringing exposure to local talent, The Hop hosts weekly live music events in its intimate setting. Mostly acoustic sets are played here which provides an excellent environment for a more relaxed evening. You’ll also be able to grab a bite to eat in the pizzeria and wash it down with one of a selection of great beverages.

Location: 11-12 Fossgate, York YO1 9TA

Capacity: 50 – 100

Black and white photo of musician

During your time in York, we’d thoroughly recommend checking out one or more of these live music venues! No matter your music taste, there will be a gig that caters to you in one of these fantastic venues. Why not use our aparthotel, York, as your base to explore the city during the day and experience its fantastic nightlife too? Contact The Lawrance today to find out more about our luxury accommodation, perfect for mini-breaks and weekends away!


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