rise @ bluebird is our Acomb evening arts venue.

The space regularly plays 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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  • 25/07/2024

    20:00:00

    Live Music

    £8.00

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    Marnie Glum/Sunflower Thieves

    Marnie Glum is the pseudonym of York-born musician Charlotte Lynch, who was raised by the York folk and open mic scene. While Lynch has gradually dipped her toe into releasing recorded music, she plunged headfirst into live performance, and has cultivated a dedicated fanbase through her captivating live set.

    Inspired by the likes of Madison Cunningham, Big Thief and Fiona Apple, Lynch continually stretches and evolves her sound as she hones her craft and takes influence from a wide variety of sources.

    While she does not shy away from experimentation, folk remains at the heart of Lynch’s sound, bolstered by meticulous lyrics woven into intricate guitar arrangements. Despite her scrupulous, delicate method of songwriting, a sense of calm ease is felt and maintained across her work.

    Marnie Glum’s eagerly anticipated debut EP, recorded in Norway with producer Vegar Nesfossen-Dreier, will be released this Autumn.

    'A perfect voice… performed with a warm confidence, and a nice lazy, comfortable and smooth flow.'
    Old Man Blues

    'She tells kitchen sink dramas and heartfelt soap opera tales with her infectious tunes.'
    With Just A Hint of Mayhem

    'A masterclass in songwriting'
    Katie Spencer

    Sunflower Thieves

    Sunflower Thieves are childhood friends, Amy and Lily: a self-produced sisterhood, nurturing a unique sound, through ethereal vocals harmonies and storytelling lyrics. The band’s debut EP, 'Someone To Be There For’, was met with huge support from Radio 1’s Sian Eleri, 6Music’s Steve Lamacq and revered tastemaker, Tom Robinson. They have previously played shows with the likes of Flyte, Say She She, Haley Blais, Nell Mescal and Lewis Watson, been longlisted for Glastonbury’s Emerging Talent Competition and named ‘Ones To Watch’ by PRS.

    With the promise of much anticipated new music across this year, Sunflower Thieves are exciting ones to watch as they continue creating their own brand of warm alt-indie tracks.

  • 26/07/2024

    18:00:00

    Live Music

    £5/£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

  • 27/07/2024

    17:00:00

    DJ Nights

    £3/5

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    Dusko!

    Join us for Dusko — an early-nighter of house music through the decades in a chilled-out café setting. These 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, 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. Food available from 5pm

  • 28/07/2024

    15:00:00

    Family Friendly Activities

    Free

    BYO Vinyl

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

  • 31/07/2024

    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 31st July at 8.30pm (doors at 7.30pm) to welcome poets Kim Moore, Deborah Finding and Laura Strickland (and three open-micers). Kim Moore’s first collection The Art of Falling (Seren 2015) won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. Her second collection All The Men I Never Married (Seren, 2021) won the 2022 Forward Prize for Best Collection.

    Kim will be supported by two exciting voices:
    Deborah Finding is a queer feminist writer with a background in academia and activism. Her debut poetry pamphlet, vigils for dead and dying girls, is published by Nine Pens and her second, amortisation, is forthcoming with Live Canon. She has been widely anthologised and is published in Propel, fourteen poems, Berlin lit, and The Alchemy Spoon. She has also written features and interviews for the Guardian, the Huffington Post and DIVA magazine. Originally from the North-East, Deborah lives in London, where she is poet in residence at the Soho Poly Theatre.
    Laura Strickland is a carer, poet and MA student at Manchester Metropolitan
    University. Her work has appeared in The North, Northern Gravy, Ink, Sweat and Tears, Dreamcatcher, Strix, The Frogmore Papers and High Window. Laura was shortlisted in the Leeds Poetry Festival and Black Cat Poetry Press competitions. She is one of 20 poets included in Poetry Archive's Worldview 2023 and is working on her first pamphlet.


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

  • 02/08/2024

    18:00:00

    DJ Nights

    Free

    Resurrection - Indie Revival

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

  • 03/08/2024

    18:00:00

    DJ Nights

    Free

    Jammin' @ rise - with guests

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

  • 04/08/2024

    17:00:00

    Family Friendly Activities

    Free

    BYO Vinyl

    Bag your 20 minutes of fame! Spin your tunes at our BYO Vinyl Sundays. Food available from 5pm

  • 09/08/2024

    18:00:00

    DJ Nights

    Free

    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! Food available from 6pm

  • 10/08/2024

    18:00:00

    DJ Nights

    Free

    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.

  • 11/08/2024

    15:00:00

    Family Friendly Activities

    Free

    BYO Vinyl

    Bag your 20 minutes of fame! Spin your tunes at our BYO Vinyl Sundays. Food available from 3pm

  • 16/08/2024

    18:00:00

    DJ Nights

    Free

    Into The Groove

    An eighties vinyl extravaganza!

  • 17/08/2024

    18:00:00

    DJ Nights

    Free

    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. Food available from 6pm

  • 18/08/2024

    15:00:00

    Family Friendly Activities

    Free

    BYO Vinyl

    Bag your 20 minutes of fame! Spin your tunes at our BYO Vinyl Sundays. Food available from 3pm

  • 25/08/2024

    19:30:00

    Live Music

    £15.00

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    Kassie Valazza

    Kassi Valazza’s latest album Kassi Valazza Knows Nothing is a spellbinding collection of songs that dangle like protective magic talismans, catching dreams and glinting light. She hypnotizes listeners with a sturdy, yet gentle, voice and painterly songwriting imbued with an independent spirit.

    Though her music plays country cousin to British folk, calling to mind greats like Sandy Denny (Fairport Convention) and Karen Dalton, a Southwestern American streak carves its way through these solemn, sweetly sung melodies like a canyon.

    ‘Kassi Valazza Knows Nothing’ is an album of subtly brilliant songs. This is sure to be one of the best country albums of the year, drawing from country and folk tradition to shape something fresh and unique.'
    Americana UK

    'A little while back I featured a standalone single from Kassi Valazza that found her injecting a sense of Cosmic Americana into Country’s trad trappings. Just over a month later the Portland songwriter offers up news of an upcoming album, Knows Nothing, and the first single, “Watching Planes Go By.” This time there’s still a country countenance but the song is cut with a sense of ‘60s UK folk, nodding to works by Fairport Convention and Pentangle alongside the darker folk musing of Americans like Susan Christie or Karen Dalton. The song’s midsection blisters into a torrent of rhythm and guitar that pulls this far from the ordinary modern country single, rippling with a turbulent tension.'
    Raven Sings The Blues

  • 29/08/2024

    19:00:00

    Live Music

    £5/8

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    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!

  • 30/08/2024

    18:00:00

    DJ Nights

    Free

    Into The Groove

    An eighties vinyl extravaganza!

  • 21/09/2024

    19:30:00

    Live Music

    £17.50

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    Steve Wynn

    Steve Wynn's first UK solo tour in over ten years with new album and book Steve Wynn, leader and founder of the Dream Syndicate, will be touring the UK this September in support of I Wouldn’t Say It If It Wasn’t True, his debut book, a memoir for Jawbone Press as well as “Make It Right,” his first solo album since 2010, to be released on Fire Records. Both the book and new record will come out on August 30, just a few weeks ahead of the tour.The book details the winding path from growing up a music fan and pre-teen bandleader in Los Angeles through the formation and ultimate dissolution of the Dream Syndicate at the end of their first era in 1988. There are stops along the way for tales of cross-country greyhound trips to track down Alex Chilton to wild, off-the-rails tours with U2 and R.E.M. and the epic heart-of-darkness making of the band’s controversial second album Medicine Show and plenty more. The album is a similarly, reflective and intimately revealing collection, written and recorded in tandem with the writing of I Wouldn’t Say It If It Wasn’t True.Wynn promises a one-man show blending songs from and inspired by the book along with a narrative structure of readings from the book and storytelling, adjunctly extrapolated from those passages. Fans can expect a selection of evergreens and rarities from the Dream Syndicate’s 80’s catalogue along with illuminating covers and reflective numbers from the new album as well, all adding up to one tall tale of a past revisited. Steve says, “I don’t see this show as a stodgy reading or as a random selection of songs but rather a tiny play of sorts, a way of giving a flesh and blood companion to the book. I’m looking for that magic place where, say, Lenny Bruce and Spaulding Grey and Ray Davies and Bob Dylan and maybe Hedwig might meet in a dimly lit cabernet on the back streets of Hollywood. I’ve never done this kind of show before but if I can hit all those markers, I’ll be happy.”Steve Wynn will be selling and signing copies of I Wouldn’t Say It If It Wasn’t True (book) and “Make It Right” (CD/LP) after every show.

  • 27/09/2024

    19:00:00

    Theatre & Performing Arts

    £25.00

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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 September.

    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).

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