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
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What's on

  • 19/05/2024

    Doors 7.30pm

    Live Music

    £12adv

    Book

    Please Please You presents: Iona Lane CANCELLED

    Driven by awe and wonder of the natural world Iona Lane delivers poetic songs, with subtle musical touches and contemplative melodies that link unheard stories with the world we find ourselves in today. Iona’s debut album ‘Hallival’ charted at #36 in the Official Folk Album Charts and was named by Folk Radio UK as #27 in their ‘Top Albums of 2022’. The album received widespread press including in The Guardian, Walk Highlands, BBC Radio 2 and The Scotsman to name a few. In 2023 Iona toured extensively in Scotland, England and Wales and joined Karine Polwart on a run of tour dates in England. Iona joined Karine on stage for a few songs, an awe inspiring opportunity for audiences to see these two artists sing together. As well as touring the UK Iona has toured internationally including in The Netherlands, Germany and Denmark. Iona was awarded the Taran Guitars Young Players Bursary in 2020, in which she worked alongside renowned luthier Rory Dowling to create a custom guitar specially for her music.
    'Iona’s lyrics and musical arrangements crackle with wide-eyed curiosity.'
    Jude Rogers, The Guardian. 'A real talent!'
    Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 Folk Show

  • 25/05/2024

    DJ Nights

    Bounce

    Classic & Rare Disco from the Clementhorpe Collective

  • 26/05/2024

    General

    BYO Vinyl

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

  • 30/05/2024

    6-9pm

    Exhibition

    Art preview - Carolyn Coles

    We are thrilled to welcome Carolyn Coles' beautiful paintings to our Acomb Walls at a preview where you can meet the artist and be among the first to see these stunning large-scale seascapes. 'Home Is Where the Heart Is' is a recent body of work which explores colour, mark making and emotion. It highlights a challenging period for Carolyn, having lost her mother, Jo, soon after the time when the work was being produced. Her mother certainly inspired a new use of colour and direction, with advice that "light can brighten people up" during one of their many chats. Carolyn’s artistic journey is flourishing at South Bank Studios, where 19 artists share workspaces, collaborate ideas and creative endeavours. She can often be found working in her studio or out and about with an easel or sketchbook.

  • 31/05/2024

    20:00:00

    General

    £25 (includes a welcome drink)

    Book

    Baps and Buns Burlesque

    We are thrilled to announce that York’s Burlesque Queen, Freida Nipples, is back at Rise this May.

    Freida is an internationally award-winning burlesque artiste who will seduce you with astounding aesthetics and enthral you with her captivating stage presence.

    Alongside her will be a selection of sensational cabaret artists. From drag queens to acrobats, you always know you will be in for a fun night at Freida’s shows which have been sell-out successes across York for the past six years, at venues such as York Theatre Royal, The Basement, Impossible and more.

    So - prepare yourselves for an evening of debauchery & glamour in Acomb. The big question is, are you ready for it?!

    Tickets include a welcome drink on arrival. (Non-alcoholic option available).

  • 01/06/2024

    19:00:00

    DJ Nights

    Jammin' @ rise - with guests

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

  • 02/06/2024

    17:00:00

    DJ Nights

    BYO Vinyl

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

  • 07/06/2024

    19:00:00

    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.

  • 08/06/2024

    19:00:00

    DJ Nights

    5-10

    Book

    ¡TROPICA! - Live Special / w Kasai Masai

    For our next ¡Tropica! Live! Event we are extra super-stoked to have landed the very wonderful Kasai Masai, one of the UK's premier African music combos. All five members are from the Congo, home of the pan-African mega-hit music style known as soukous. These are illustrious musicians both inside and outside of the soukous sphere, their melodious sound captures the heat and majesty of Africa. London-based Kasai Masai have graced the festival stages of WOMAD and Wilderness in the UK, Pete the Monkey, RainForest Festival in Malaysia, Oman World Music Festival, World Music Festival in Bahrain, Zain Party in Spain, Clonmel Festival in the Republic of Ireland and World Music LX in Portugal among others.

  • 09/06/2024

    15:00:00

    DJ Nights

    BYO Vinyl

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  • 14/06/2024

    19:00:00

    DJ Nights

    Resurrection - Indie Revival

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

  • 15/06/2024

    19:00:00

    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.

  • 16/06/2024

    15:00:00

    DJ Nights

    BYO Vinyl

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

  • 20/06/2024

    19:00:00

    Live Music

    £5-8

    Book

    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

    19:00:00

    General

    £39.00

    Book

    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.

  • 05/07/2024

    19:00:00

    DJ Nights

    Resurrection - Indie Revival

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

  • 06/07/2024

    19:00:00

    DJ Nights

    Jammin' @ rise - with guests

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

  • 12/07/2024

    18:30:00

    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

    19:00:00

    DJ Nights

    TROPICA!

    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.

  • 20/07/2024

    19:00:00

    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

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