HUGE Perform at York Barbican for Pre-opening Charity Concert

York Barbican, Tuesday 10 May, Start time 7.30pm
Tickets £5.00 including booking fee (all of which will go to charity). On sale Friday 15 April.

On Tuesday 10 May, York Barbican will be opening its doors to the public for a Pre-Opening Charity Concert in aid of the Lord Mayor’s Charity and York Against Cancer. Local party band HUGE will be performing a 90 minute set in what promises to be a hilarious mix of music from disco to reggae, rock to soul and jazz to ska.

Nick Reed, Theatres Director for SMG Europe commented: ‘This is a unique chance for local people to get the first look inside the newly refurbished York Barbican while enjoying music from York’s favourite party band. SMG is delighted to be using this opening event at the venue as an opportunity to raise money for two very worthwhile charities, and we hope that everyone will join us for a great night.’

Ian Donaghy, HUGE commented: ‘York audiences have been great to us over the years and this is a brilliant opportunity to put something back. Times are tough at the moment so this will give families a rare night out that will not cost the earth. We want to get more and more young people into enjoying music and playing music and this is a great opportunity – the show has been deliberately designed to finish early so that families could come and still be awake for school the following morning. With enormous names like Morrissey and Paulo Nutini en route, it is an honour once again to throw off the dustsheets and take to the Barbican stage for such a good cause – all the boys are very excited.’
The Rt.Hon the Lord Mayor of York, Councillor Susan Galloway, commented: ‘I am proud and delighted that my two chosen charities, the British Heart Foundation and Our Celebration, are going to benefit from what promises to be a great night of music from Huge’.
Pat Leveson, Fundraising Committe member of York Against Cancer commented: ‘York against cancer are delighted to have been chosen to benefit from this fantastic evening for York. HUGE will make the re-opening of York Barbican a night to remember and we are thrilled to be part of it.’

When the Barbican Centre first opened in 1991 HUGE were the first ever band to play on the stage when the council organised a closed doors event for all staff to try out the new venue. Since then HUGE have played the Barbican 4 times and it is incredibly fitting that HUGE have been chosen to perform again. With an eclectic mix of music, their audiences range from families and young children to the funkiest of grannies – HUGE don’t take themselves too seriously and give people a fantastic night out.

Tickets for the concert will cost no more than £5.00 (including a booking fee which will also be donated to charity) and are available to buy online at by telephone on 0844 854 2757 or in person from Visit York on Museum Street.

Lighting for the event will be provided by Vortex Lighting and AV equipment will be provided by Alphasound. Thank you also to JSS Audio who will be providing their equipment free of charge.

The BBC Philharmonic with Alison Balsom will be the first official concert at York Barbican on Saturday 14 May. Tickets available from or 0844 854 2757

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