What’s on in York: Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club at the York Barbican

  • Date: Friday 20 January 2017
  • Time: 20.00
  • Pricing: £22.40 on the door, £19.04 in advance
  • Tickets
VIEWLaugh Out Loud Comedy Club

Welcome to the Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club – bringing the best live stand-up to York! Each show will have 4 comics including MC Damion Larkin ‘One of the country’s top new comedians’ – BBC. Wherever possible we’ll be bringing you comedians off the telly from such shows as BBC2’s Mock The Week, Channel 4’s 8 Out of 10 Cats, BBC1’s Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Have I Got News For You, and Paramount’s Live at The Comedy Store etc. Previously we’ve booked the likes of Jason Manford, John Bishop and Sarah Millican before they hit the big time. So come and see more brilliant comedians!

‘I liked it so much I booked for 28 people – they all loved it!’
Will Sherret

‘Ace night’
Julie Lovatt

‘Fantastic night yet again’
Fleur Spafford

‘Great night, everyone must try going, very funny’
Lee Evans (not the Lee Evans!)

There are all real reviews from real customers so get booking now if you fancy a laugh!

The Drop that Contained the Sea (with free Tin Talk)

York Barbican :

Sat 16 Jul : 7.30pm :

Tickets £22.50 | £18 | £8 + booking fee

July 16_BarbicanDouble GRAMMY winner Christopher Tin with Prima Vocal Ensemble , Angel City Chorale and the Mowbray Orchestra will give the European premiere of ‘The Drop That Contained The Sea’.

‘The Drop That Contained the Sea’ is a song cycle sung in 10 languages, weaving together poems and prayers about water from different cultures. It has a unique concept: it follows a single drop of water as it weaves its way through the world, from clouds to snow, rivers to oceans, culminating in an explosive rainmaking prayer.

It’s a musical travelogue of vocal traditions from around the world, including African gospel, Portuguese fado, Mongolian throat singing, and more – all with a thrilling orchestral accompaniment.

There will also be a chance to MEET THE COMPOSER and a FREE Pre-Concert Talk, at 6.00pm – 7.00pm, please book via email:prima@gemmusic.co.uk

The concert is in support of ‘Jessie’s Fund’ a local charity helping children through music whose patron was the late Victoria Wood. For more information please visit www.jessiesfund.org.uk

Tickets £22.50 | £18 | £8 + booking fee
**Buy 10 for £15.84 pp + bkg fee
Booking Line: 0844 854 2757

There will be no booking fees if paid in cash at York Barbican box office, Paragon St, YO10 4AH.  Box office open 10am – 2pm
and from 5pm on concert days.  Or visit our website www.yorkbarbican.co.uk

York Barbican concession events announced

When the Barbican auditorium management was privatised 5 years ago, the Council retained the right to nominate 2 days a year when locally based groups could have free use of the venue.


The Council has just named its choice of user for two upcoming concession days.

Five applications to use the venue were received by the Council. The two events selected to go ahead were:

  • 2016 for “A Night to Remember” – a community show aiming to raise awareness of dementia
  • 2017 for “Rock Challenge” – a performing arts initiative delivering a positive lifestyle message to young people between 11-18 in school or college

BehindClosedDoors 2015Groups will be given a further opportunity to pitch for use of the venue next Autumn

Applications welcomed for Barbican Concessionary Days

York based groups, clubs and community organisations are being invited to apply for a concessionary day’s hire of York Barbican.


City of York Council is offering the concessionary days as part of its lease agreement with the Barbican’s operators, SMG and is particularly interested in hearing from organisations who would like to take up one of the three bookings available over 2016 to 2017.

The proposed events should be open and accessible to all and appeal to a wide cross section of York’s community. Each suggestion will be assessed against a number of criteria to ensure that fair consideration is given to all submissions. Events coming up soon include a York Irish Culture Night on 19 September and a collaborative performance with a York choir of over 100 voices, a full orchestra, a visiting choir from Los Angeles and a multi-award winning composer which takes place next summer as a European premier.

Barbican site – building activity steps up as new planning application is submitted.

New role for Terry’s factory building

187 apartments are set tot be built on two parts of the Barbican site. 57 one bedroomed and 130 two bedroomed flats would be built

Planning application sites. click to access

Planning application sites. click to access

155 car parking spaces will be provided.

Most of the flats will be built on land adjacent to the 5 star hotel which is currently under construction. The hotel is expected to boost the number of conferences that the auditorium hosts each year; underpinning the long term future of the entertainment venue.

A report to the Councils Planning committee says,

“The proposed housing block for the Barbican site maintains the layout previously approved in 2007. The building would have a varied roof height, being a mix of 4 and 5 storey high. The ridge height would be lower than the maximum height of the 197 bedroom neighbouring hotel. The elevations would be of brick (2 varieties) with a pitched roof.

The scheme has a more residential appearance, rather than the commercial appearance approved in 2007. There would be car parking at ground floor level, and it is also proposed to lease car parking spaces from the Q-park opposite”.

Kent Street development site

Kent Street development site

Hotel site entrance

Hotel site entrance

The developer is offering 12 of the properties for social rent.

Council official are recommending approval of the proposals which will be considered on 4th June.

NB. The same meeting will consider a proposal to provide 173 apartments by conversion of the old Terry’s chocolate factory building on Bishopthorpe Road. It is also recommended for approval


Applications invited for Barbican Concessionary Days

Local clubs, groups and community organisations are being invited  to apply for a concessionary day’s hire of York Barbican.

Four concessionary days are on offer as part of the lease agreement between City of York Council and York Barbican’s operators, SMG, with the first available between January 2015 and December 2015 and two further days available during the following 12 months.

Call for statement on Barbican development.

Barbican development site June 2014

Barbican development site June 2014

The next Council meeting is likely to debate why a start on building work, on the derelict site next to the Barbican, has been delayed.

Planning permission for a 165 bedroomed hotel was granted in January 2012 with the aim being to provide facilities which would complement the use of the adjacent Barbican auditorium as a conference centre.

Property firm Broadhall was granted permission to build a Hilton Garden Inn on the land. The development was expected to bring at least 200 additional jobs to the City. 

Plans to erect nearly 200 flats on another part of the vacant site were submitted last year

A recent major conference held at the Barbican centre was criticised for lack of “break out” space.

Now the site – which used to accommodate a swimming pool – has been derelict for 2 years with gaps in the hoardings affecting the view from the City Walls and blighting one of he key routes around the City.


Walmgate Bar June 2014

Walmgate Bar June 2014

The Council has also been criticised for not starting a permanent repair on nearby Walmgate Bar. 

The Bar was shored up following a collision four years ago.

Two years ago the media reported that a start on refurbishment work was imminent.

With the City having a “showcase” opportunity provided by the Tour de France event next month, many had expected the Council to act on unsightly buildings and sites.