Coming soon: The first pop concert at York Minster for six years

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4 Jan 2019 @ 5.56 pm
| Entertainment

York Minster is not only a magnificent cathedral. It’s also a pretty amazing place to see a gig.

But despite the stunning acoustics and massive mosh pit (aka the nave) the Minster rarely stages pop concerts.

The last one we can think of was Laura Marling, who played there all the way back in 2011.

In 2019, however, the Minster will host another gig – by one of York’s major musical talents.

A special night

Benjamin Francis Leftwich
Benjamin Francis Leftwich has announced a spring tour.

  • Fri Mar 29
  • York Minster
  • £15 (adv) £18 (OTD)
  • More info

As well as gigs in Belfast, Glasgow and Edinburgh, the singer-songwriter is also performing at the best possible venue in his home town – York Minster.

It’s his first gig in York for more than a year. Presented jointly by the Crescent Community Venue in York and the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds, it looks set to be a special night.

The announcement follows the release of Gratitude, which is the first piece of material to be taken from Leftwich’s third album, which will be released early next year via Dirty Hit.

Gratitude builds on the foundations laid in the EP, and sees Leftwich bring more electronic elements into play, and darker, intricately layered production, whilst still maintaining the raw emotion that has resonated throughout his work to date.

In York Minster Leftwich will be supported by Billie Marten.

Promoter Joe Coates says: “Although only 19 years old, Billie has been a fixture on the Yorkshire music scene for many years and it’s very exciting to be able to present her to a huge audience in the most grand of settings.”