York Barbican bags Bill Bailey and Ardal O’Hanlon

17 Jan 2013 @ 9.50 pm
| Entertainment

Stars of stand-up: Ardal O’Hanlon and Bill Bailey
Two of Britain’s top comedians head to York this autumn – and tickets are about to go on sale.

Bill Bailey brings his new show Qualmpeddler to the city on Wednesday 30 and Thursday 31 October. Father Ted star Ardal O’Hanlon is here for one night only on Sunday, September 22. Both shows are at the Barbican.

Returning to the venue for the first time since his 2011 sold out show, Bill Bailey will be channeling his feelings of unease and apprehension with the help of Religious Dubstep, his folk bouzouki, Horntallica, a re-appraisal of some of the world’s greatest works of art and perhaps a dub version of Downton Abbey.

Qualmpeddler promises to have all the classic Bill Bailey elements, trademark musical mash-ups, multi-lingual riffs, films, songs, philosophizing and silliness on a grand scale. Plus one amazing owl.

Ardal O’Hanlon’s show could have been called “Why, oh why?” or even “Multiples of Ha” but it was decided no one name would do it justice.

Sometimes thoughtful, sometimes silly, but always punchy, he has tickled audiences all over the world. In a comprehensive set, he talks about not just the things that matter but also about the things that don’t matter at all. Which covers pretty much everything.


  • Tickets for Bill Bailey cost £25 and for Ardal O’Hanlon £20. They go on sale from 10am on Friday, January 18
  • To book tickets for this event, contact the Barbican box office on 0844 854 2757, visit yorkbarbican.co.uk, or buy your tickets in person (box office open Monday-Friday, 10am-2pm)