rise @ bluebird is our new Acomb evening arts venue.

The space will play host to live music, spoken word, art exhibitions, theatre, comedy, family- friendly nights and much more.

Rise aims to be a vibrant and independently-run creative hub, driven by love and support from the local community - and an ardent sense of adventure.

Pop down and check us out - we’re looking forward to you helping shape this place just as much as we do.

What's on


What's on

  • 20/06/2024


    Live Music



    Brendan Duffy Quartet

    One of the most charismatic and popular entertainers on the UK jazz scene on sax and vocals.

    Accompanied by the astonishing Tom Townsend on drums, local favourite Christian Topman on double bass and the hardest-working pianist in York, Karl Mullen on upright piano, hold onto your hats for an eclectic and exciting evening of jazz. Everything from singalong fun to John Coltrane and Charles Mingus!

  • 22/06/2024


    Pop-up Restaurant



    Yahala Mataam Feast Night

    Join us for an authentic three-course meal rich in culture and taste - made by chefs who are refugees. Yahala Mataam is a social enterprise that helps to support, build confidence and provide opportunities to the refugees in York.

  • 26/06/2024

    7.30pm - doors

    Poetry & Spoken Word



    Rise Up!

    Our monthly celebration of poetry and the spoken word! Join us on Wednesday 26th June at 8.30pm (doors at 7.30pm) to welcome Kit Fan, Martin Kratz and Lizzi Linklater (and three open-micers). Kit Fan’s third poetry collection The Ink Cloud Reader (2023) was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and Forward Prize. He was shortlisted twice for the Guardian 4th Estate BAME Short Story Prize, and a winner of the Hong Kong University International Poetry Prize, Northern Writers Awards for Poetry and Fiction, Times Stephen Spender Poetry Translation Prize, and POETRY’s Editors Prize for Reviewing. His first novel is Diamond Hill (2021).

    Kit will be supported by two exciting voices:

    Martin Kratz’s reviews and translations from the German have appeared in various journals and in the anthology The Heart of a Stranger: An Anthology of Exile Literature (Pushkin Press, 2019). He is the co-editor of Mount London: Ascents in the Vertical City (Penned in the Margins, 2014). A pamphlet, A Skeleton’s Progress (Poetry Salzburg) was published in 2018. He has new work in After Sylvia: Poems and essays in celebration of Sylvia Plath (Nine Arches, 2022).
    Lizzi Linklater lectures, runs writing groups, creates events and writes poetry, fiction and scripts. She’s worked collaboratively with MIND, STEM, medical practitioners, artists and musicians. She designed, implemented and taught the Postgraduate Writing programme for the University of York, Centre for Lifelong Learning. Her poetry has been set to music in the Wax Lyrical Project and she is published in Dream Catcher, Circa Works, Tears in the Fence, Colours of the Moon, Lives Remembered and elsewhere.

    Doors at 7.30pm - event starts at 8.30pm and finishes at 10.30pm.

  • 28/06/2024


    DJ Nights

    4 (price includes a free DuskoBiscuit)



    Join us for Dusko — a pilot early-nighter of house music through the decades in a chilled-out café setting. These new nights will bring talented DJs to transport you right back to the old-skool clubbing scene - with classic uplifters, retro anthems and dirty beats. Pop down after work, grab a beer, catch up with mates and - when the music takes over - get yourselves on the dance floor. All with the promise of a full eight-hours of beauty sleep.* *any after-party activity is entirely at your own risk.

  • 29/06/2024


    DJ Nights

    Lava Lounge presents...

    We’re very excited to be welcoming back Miss Fuzz of the Revolutionary Freaked Out Fuzz Club as our guest DJ to bring us all things Lava Lounge. She’ll be dropping a brilliant hotch-potch of early 60s R&B, rockabilly, surf instrumentals, 60s rock, psych, boogaloo, northern soul, mod, 60s French and (if you’re really lucky) some German europop. Pizza from 6pm

  • 30/06/2024


    Family Friendly Activities

    BYO Vinyl

    Bag your 20 minutes of fame! Spin your tunes at our BYO Vinyl Sundays.

  • 05/07/2024


    DJ Nights

    Resurrection - Indie Revival

    Playing the best Indie tunes from the 80's & 90's. Pizza from 6pm.

  • 06/07/2024


    DJ Nights

    Jammin' @ rise - with guests

    Sweet reggae music is back with our brilliant residents Alli Lou & Tinkermuffin. Pizza from 6pm

  • 07/07/2024


    Family Friendly Activities

    BYO Vinyl

    Bag your 20 minutes of fame! Spin your tunes at our BYO Vinyl Sundays.

  • 12/07/2024


    DJ Nights

    On My Way

    Our Northern Soul residency with Michael Toy & Dan Guest (Brighton Beach). Expect Northern soul classics along with some upbeat Motown to get you moving. Don't forget your talcum powder! Pizza available from 6pm.

  • 13/07/2024


    DJ Nights


    World grooves and musical flavours - a sunny atmosphere guaranteed whatever the weather outside with thanks to tropical decor and hot selectors play the freshest beats from around the globe. One NOT to miss.

  • 18/07/2024

    Doors 7.30pm. Show 8.30pm.

    Theatre & Performing Arts



    Oral Tradition - with Lara McClure

    Come and witness the world premiere of Lara's new show - Oral Tradition - ahead of its run at the Edinburgh Fringe this summer! A filthy romp through the bogs and boudoirs of ancient Ulster in the wake of three women unafraid to shout about their sexuality. Expect to laugh, gasp and maybe feel a wee bit dirty.

  • 20/07/2024


    DJ Nights

    Uptown Funk

    Uptown Funk - (Acomb’s uptown isn’t it?!) - our funky monthly residency taking place on the third Saturday of the month. Expect funk and soul classics along with some great new tunes and edits. Pizza from 6pm.

  • More events coming soon!

Eat, drink, dance, think, catch-up... enjoy rise @ bluebird

Follow us