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

  • 08/03/2024

    19:00:00

    DJ Nights

    Free Entry

    On My Way

    Our new 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.

  • 09/03/2024

    19:00:00

    DJ Nights

    Free Entry

    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.

  • 15/03/2024

    20:00:00

    Theatre & Performing Arts

    £25 (includes a welcome drink)

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    Baps and Buns Burlesque

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

    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).

  • 16/03/2024

    19:00

    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.

  • 17/03/2024

    Doors 7.30pm

    Live Music

    £16adv

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    Please Please presents: Dan Stuart (Green On Red) and Tom Heyman

    Dan is a musician and author who was the leader of Green on Red, a band associated with both LA's Paisley Underground of the 1980's and the beginning of the so-called Americana movement. Dan returns to the UK to perform songs from across his solo and Green on Red catalogue and tell some stories. Dan lead Green on Red from 1981 to 1993 with over 7 albums and appearances at Reading and Glastonbury Festival main stages. The band got back together in 2006 and sold out the 2000 capacity London, Astoria. Since then he has written three novels with his latest entitled Marlowe's Revenge, and three albums by the same name with the last getting 'Americana album of the Month' in UNCUT Magazine. US singer-songwriter, Tom Heyman (formerly of Go To Blazes) will be over to the UK presenting his new concept record, 24th Street Blues, about the endangered culture and living ghosts of the Mission District in San Francisco that at times recalls Dylan, JJ Cale, Gordon Lightfoot and the economy of words that were the penchant of John Prine. Heyman has spent years performing with Hiss Golden Messenger, Chuck Prophet, Alejandro Escovedo and a host of others.

  • 20/03/2024

    7.30pm

    Live Music

    £12.00

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    Please Please You presents: C Duncan

    Chris's Mercury-nominated debut album 'Architect' was released in 2015 and after a spell of touring the UK and Europe he returned to his home studio and began work on his Twilight Zone inspired second album 'The Midnight Sun' which was released in 2016 and shortlisted for Scottish Album of the Year. He supported Elbow on their UK and North American tour which led him to record his third album 'Health' at their studio in Salford with Craig Potter, which was released in 2019 and also shortlisted for Scottish Album of the Year. Now back in his "new and improved" home studio, Chris recorded and released his fourth album ‘Alluvium’ in May 2022 on Bella Union. He is also a keen artist, and paints all his own album artwork.

  • 22/03/2024

    19:00

    DJ Nights

    Free Entry

    Resurrection - Indie Revival

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

  • 27/03/2024

    Doors at 7.30pm

    Poetry & Spoken Word

    £5-£10

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    Rise Up!

    Our monthly celebration of poetry and the spoken word! Join us on Wednesday 27th March at 8.30pm (doors at 7.30pm) to welcome Kym Deyn, Stuart Pickford and Anthony Tomkins (and a ‘lucky dip’ open mic). Kym Deyn is a writer and editor. Their pamphlets include Nine Arches’ Primers Vol. 6., Dionysia published by Verve Poetry Press, and Unfurl, a collaborative fiction experiment. They have been widely published in anthologies and journals for their poetry and prose, including Butcher’s Dog and Strange Horizons. They run The Braag CIC, a poetry and speculative fiction press. Kym will be supported by two exciting voices: Stuart Pickford is the recipient of an Eric Gregory award. His first collection, The Basics (2001), was published by Redbeck Press and shortlisted for the Forward Best First Collection prize. His second collection, Swimming with Jellyfish (2016) was published by Smith/Doorstop. Stuart lives in Harrogate and taught in a local comprehensive school. Anthony Tomkins is a PhD researcher at the University of York, working on addiction narratives. He writes about the hills, flats and plains of his Brecon Beacons home and other equally magical things. He is an enthusiastically average runner and cook whose poetry can be read in Dreich, Carmen Et Error, The Alchemy Spoon and others. Doors at 7.30pm - event starts at 8.30pm and finishes at 10.30pm.

  • 29/03/2024

    17:00-23:00

    DJ Nights

    £5 (plus booking fee)

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    Club Sonrisa

    Club Sonrisa is a party celebrating a love for the Balearic Spirit, whilst raising money for a great cause. Our love for the Islands and sounds within them runs deep, and we really want to share this love with you too.

    This is not the sound of the super clubs, this is the sound of the waves and the stars and the terrace. Come with an open mind and we guarantee you will leave with a smile.

    All profits from our events go to The Right To Dance, the award-winning dance music charity platform from Warchild.

    Warchild is the only specialist charity for children affected by conflict, driven by a single goal – ensuring a safe future for every child living through war.

    Our first event is on Good Friday, under the beautiful mirrorball at the incredible Rise, York. Dancing from 5pm till 11pm.


    Selectors taking us through the levels on the night will be...

    jono

    Paul Beckett

    Kruder

    Mike Jones

    From the beach to the hills to the disco...

    Tickets are limited to just 100 spaces, and its the Bank Holiday - so don't sleep!

  • 30/03/2024

    19:00

    DJ Nights

    £5-8

    Majesty...

    Featuring gifted singer/songwriter Hayley Gafternick who specialises in Roots, Reggae & Soul. They will be playing covers and originals in a reggae style. Hayley is a fabulous singer with a unique voice and also plays guitar. Other band members are Magic Mike on keyboard, Emlyn Vaughan on bass and John Settle on drums. Tickets are £5 or £8 with pizza.

  • 31/03/2024

    7.30pm

    Live Music

    £12.50 adv

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    Please Please You presents: Alison Cotton - accompanied by Chloe Herington (Valve, Chromehoof, Knifeworld)

    Please Please You is returning to rise for a handful of shows this spring. The first to be announced is this beauty with killer viola player, drone/improv artist and song-writer Alison Cotton. Alison has released three great records on Rocket Recordings & Feeding Tube and is also a member of The Left Outsides. For this tour she will be performing with Chloe Herington (Valve, Chromehoof, Knifeworld) on harmonium, playing songs from her new album 'Engelchen', an album inspired by the story of Ida and Louise Cook, two remarkable women who helped arrange the paths of refugees out of danger in 1930s Nazi-occupied Europe.

  • 06/04/2024

    19:00:00

    DJ Nights

    Free Entry

    Jammin' @ rise - with guests

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

  • 12/04/2024

    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.

  • 13/04/2024

    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.

  • 19/04/2024

    19:00:00

    DJ Nights

    Resurrection - Indie Revival

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

  • 20/04/2024

    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.

  • 26/04/2024

    19:00:00

    Live Music

    £5 or £8 with pizza

    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!

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 17/05/2024

    DJ Nights

    Resurrection - Indie Revival

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

  • More events coming soon!

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

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