York’s leading music venue for the last 27 years is searching for a new home.

Fibbers will have to move out of its Toft Green venue after it was sold to developers. The new owners plan to demolish the building and build a hotel on the site.

Fibbers’ parent company Tokyo Industries was previously under the impression that this work would not take place until 2020.

But the developer is now looking for vacant possession on August 25.

No planning application for the new hotel has yet been submitted to City of York Council.

The search is on

Fibbers on Toft Green. Photographs: Richard McDougall
Artists booked to perform at Fibbers after August 25 have been contacted. They are being given the opportunity to move their show, or wait until Fibbers’ future becomes clearer.

Tokyo Industries has every intention of keeping Fibbers going.

The team have already scoped out a few venues and are confident of finding a new home soon.

This will be Fibbers’ second move in five years. It left Stonebow House in 2014, after City of York Council took over the freehold of that building. It has since been sold to developers and gentrified.

One of York’s most famous names

Launched by Tim Hornsby on Stonebow in 1992, Fibbers quickly established itself as York’s top live music venue.

It has played host to some of the biggest names in music, from The Killers to Coldplay, Laura Marling to Lee Scratch Perry.

Tim is now the booker of the bands at Fibbers.

He said: “Fibbers has been part of York for 27 years – it is hard to imagine the city without it.

“With so many potential venues in York, we are confident of finding a new home, so Fibbers can keep bringing great music to the city for at least another 30 years.”