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.

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  • 18/04/2024

    7.30pm (doors)

    Poetry & Spoken Word

    £7.00

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    Dr. Lara McClure presents: An adult storytelling event

    Darkly hilarious storytelling with gnarly traditional roots.
    Don't be a Deirdre: Lessons in womanhood from ancient Ireland. Ancient Ulsterwomen used sex as a weapon, and they made plenty of noise about it! Snarly-yet-lyrical Modern Ulsterwoman Lara McClure rants up a trio of foul-mouthed ancestresses –
    Ness (Cuchulain’s Nana), who assaulted a druid to further her dynastic ambition; cattle-rustling Queen Medb, whose conjugal relations with warrior husband Aillil took the form of combat; and sorrowful Deirdre, whose closely-guarded virginity drove the nation to mass slaughter.

    Listeners are advised to think long and hard before accepting the friendship of the Queen’s thighs.
    “Too bloody right!” (Medb); “All lies” (Ness).

  • 19/04/2024

    19:30:00

    Theatre & Performing Arts

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    York International Shakespeare Festival: Macbeth (solo)

    Presented by award winning theatre company The Shakespeare Edit
    This thrilling monodrama has played to sold out venues in Italy, Latvia, London, and at United Solo Theatre Festival in NYC where the production won the award for Best International Show.
    Performed by Artistic Director Paul Goodwin, and created in collaboration with Ukrainian composer Dmitriy Saratsky, this 50 minute dramatic monologue is storytelling at its best; with psychological depth, superb verse speaking, dynamic physicality and a brilliant soundscape bringing Shakespeare's tale of ambition, murder, and madness fully alive for contemporary audiences.
    "Paul Goodwin's astonishing performance condenses and crystallises the tragedy of Macbeth into a non-stop stream of consciousness roller coaster...utterly compelling." - LondonTheatre1

  • 20/04/2024

    19:00:00

    DJ Nights

    Free Entry

    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.

  • 24/04/2024

    7.30pm (doors)

    Poetry & Spoken Word

    £5-£10

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    Rise Up!

    Our monthly celebration of poetry and the spoken word! Join us on Wednesday 24th April at 8.30pm (doors at 7.30pm) to welcome Carole Bromley, Katharine Goda and Alexandra Corrin-Tachibana (and three open-micers). Carole Bromley lives in York. A former teacher, she is the Stanza rep for York and also runs poetry surgeries. Carole has two pamphlets and three books with Smith/Doorstop, including one for children, a pamphlet with Calder Valley and a collection from Valley Press. She is the winner of a number of prizes, including the Bridport, the Hamish Canham Award and the 2022 Caterpillar Prize for poetry for children. A popular tutor, she is running poetry workshops for children at York Literature Festival and Knaresbrough Feva Festival this year as well as tutoring a residential course on writing poetry for children at Garsdale Retreat in October and an all day workshop also on writing poetry for children on Saturday April 27th for the Writing School Online. www.carolebromleypoetry.co.uk

    Carole will be supported by two exciting voices:

    Katharine Goda is a poet and creative practitioner whose poems have appeared in Strix, Poetry Salzburg Review, Obsessed with Pipework, Candlestick Press Love anthology, The North, The High Window, Fenland Poetry Journal, Blue Nib, The Result Is What You See Today (Smith│Doorstop), Play (The Broadsheet), Café Writers and Paper Nations. Awards include an ACE Developing Your Creative Practice and a Northern Writers Award. Her first collection, Safety Measures Against the Sea, was recently published by Vane Women Press.

    Alexandra Corrin-Tachibana is a poet and creative writing tutor who has taught in a higher educational context in both the U.K. and Japan and who has Masters' degrees in Writing Poetry and in Japanese.Her collection, Sing Me Down From The Dark was published by SALT in 2022 and is in its 3rd issue. She has work in P.N. Review, The North, Poetry Wales and The Moth, and has been placed or shortlisted for a number of prizes, including The Fish Prize, The Troubadour Prize and The Winchester Poetry Prize. In 2023, she was longlisted for the National Poetry Prize.

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

  • 26/04/2024

    19:00:00

    Live Music

    £5 or £8 with pizza

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    Magic Mike presents Hayley Gaftarnick

    We welcome the fantastic Hayley Gaftarnick and her band 'Majesty'.
    Hayley is an independent singer songwriter from Leeds
    She specialises in Reggae, Soul, Jazz, Blues, Motown, Originals and covers.
    Hayley will have support from her band
    Emlyn Vaughan on bass
    John Settle on drums
    Magic Mike on keyboard

  • 27/04/2024

    19:00

    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

  • 01/05/2024

    19:30:00

    Poetry & Spoken Word

    £5-£10

    Book

    Lewis Buxton presents: FRIEND

    This show is an average guy’s guide to making new friends. Join award winning poet and performer Lewis Buxton in a story about sport, sitcoms and socialising. He’ll write poems for his best mates, confess his darkest secrets and with his trademark welcoming wit, ask how on earth does a man in his thirties make new friends? Lewis Buxton is a poet and theatre maker described by the Eastern Daily Press as being ‘a performer in full control of his craft.’ He has written for The Independent and The Arts Review as well as having poems published in the foremost literary magazines in the world: The Poetry Review, The Rialto and Magma amongst others. His first one man show ‘Boy!’ toured the UK in 2023 and his new show ‘Friend’ will tour in 2024. His first book ‘Boy in Various Poses’ was published in 2021 and he has played to sold out audiences around the UK.

  • 03/05/2024

    19:00:00

    DJ Nights

    Free Entry

    Resurrection - Indie Revival

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

  • 04/05/2024

    DJ Nights

    Jammin' @ rise - with guests

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

  • 11/05/2024

    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.

  • 12/05/2024

    Doors 7.30pm, show 8.30pm

    Theatre & Performing Arts

    £10-£12

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    Qweerdog Theatre presents: JUMP

    The canal draws people to it... One night, as Rob contemplates his life and the lure of the water, a handsome young man engages him in conversation. So begins a strange and fractious relationship that might just prove beneficial to them both. JUMP is a dark comedy that takes an unusual look at contemporary gay life – exploring the possibility of relationships and how they’re not always the way we imagine them. Developed through Qweerdog's new writing project, JUMP is written by award-winning writer, Nick Maynard and directed by West End theatre director, Scott Le Crass (ROSE, starring Maureen Lipman, Ambassadors Theatre, London; TOXIC, HOME). Join us as we explore the lives, love-lives & past lives of these two lost souls!

  • 17/05/2024

    DJ Nights

    BYO Vinyl

    Our BYO vinyl night, we'll provide the decks and our HK sound system, all you need to bring is your favourite vinyl records and put your name down for a slot. Pizza from 6pm

  • 18/05/2024

    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.

  • 19/05/2024

    Doors 7.30pm

    Live Music

    £12adv

    Book

    Please Please You presents: Iona Lane

    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

  • 24/05/2024

    Live Music

    Jazz

    TBC

  • 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

  • 07/06/2024

    19:00:00

    DJ Nights

    Resurrection - Indie Revival

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

  • 08/06/2024

    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.

  • 14/06/2024

    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.

  • 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.

  • More events coming soon!

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

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