What’s Going On: 18th – 24th February


19th February – Michael Chapman – The Duchess 
Fresh off touring with rock icon Thurston Moore, Yorkshire’s very own Michael Chapman stops by York. John Peel first championed the legendary guitarist all the way back in the 60s and seeing him live promises to be a special occasion. Tickets are £8adv/£10otd

20th February – Swim Deep – The Duchess
One of a number of bands from Birmingham garnering media attention at the moment, along with the BBC Sound of 2013-nominated Peace. No such (dubious) accolade for Swim Deep, but they have signed to major label RCA off the back of last years excellent 7” singles ‘Honey’ and ‘King City’. Tickets are £6adv/£8otd

20th February – Mazes – The Basement 
As featured in this our current edition of the magazine, Mazes have swapped their previous surf pop stylings for a more instrumental, art-rock approach, influenced by the disco scene of 1980s New York. This will be a very special opportunity to hear Jack and the rest of the band perform material from their new album ‘Ores & Minerals’ in an intimate setting. Tickets are £6adv/£8otd

22nd February – Spirit of John – The Basement
We of course have local promoter Please Please You to thank for bringing Mazes to York and they follow that up by curating a night of Yorkshire folk music, headlined by the Halifax duo Spirit of John. Tickets are £4adv/£6otd

23rd February – Fawn Spots – Rook and Gaskill
York’s very own Fawn Spots are celebrating the release of their split LP ‘Wedding Dress’ with a free show at the recently refurbished Rook and Gaskill pub on Lawrence Street. The LP is out on local DIY label Bad Paintings and the rest of the bill is filled up by the great and good of the York scene. The pub is laying on Jamaican street food and a specially brewed ale in honour of the album, so it promises to be a very special (and decidedly lo-fi) night. Tickets are FREE


21st February – Kid Koala – Brudenell Social Club
Eric San is a ‘turntablist, musician and an author of graphic novels’ according to Wikipedia, which sounds like every introverted 17 year old boys dream. He’s actually nearing 40 though, something perhaps reflected in the title of his new album ’12 Bit Blues’, out now on Ninja Tune. Tickets are £12

22nd February – Julio Bashmore – TBA
Oh Baby. The Julio Bash-tour (joke credit: Phoebe Rilot) makes a stop in Leeds. Tickets are very much sold out unfortunately

23rd February – Hookworms – Brudenell Social Club
Leeds very own Hookworms celebrate the release of their debut album ‘Pear Mystic’ with a free show at the Brudenell Social Club. Julian Cope is known to be a fan so psychedelic shoegaze is the order of the day. As it should be every day really. Tickets are FREE

23rd February – Pangaea + Moxie – Beat Bar
One third of Hessle Audio, the inimitable Kevin McAuley is responsible for some of the darker yet more soulful releases in the UK scene. Last year’s superlative double EP (don’t call it an album) ‘Release’ only furthered his esteemed status. On the other half of the bill is one of the most respected female DJs around, Moxie. Along with Benji B she runs the seminal London club night Deviation and this will be her first appearance in Leeds. Not to be missed. Tickets are £8

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Alex Beazley-Long