PREVIEW: upcoming shows from Please Please You

PREVIEW: upcoming shows for 2024 from Please Please You

Buckle up for yet another great year of outstanding gigs from Please Please You, the York-based live music promoter who has been keeping us royally entertained for 19 years now.

2024 got off to a flying start for Please Please You shows last Saturday courtesy of an appearance at the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds by those venerable Scots’ indie-pop stalwarts The Vaselines. And on Friday 18th January the same venue will be playing host to John Francis Flynn, the self-described “Dublin man, singer of folk songs, and player of windy instruments.” Having had the great pleasure of seeing him in concert in York nearly two years ago, this one is certainly not to be missed.

There is barely chance to catch your breath before the brilliant Leeds quartet English Teacher will appear at the Crescent in York on 28th January as part of Independent Venue Week. But sorry folks, not surprisingly this one sold out long ago.

If you missed out on this gig, though, four nights later at the Crescent – again as part of the Independent Venue Week celebrations – there is a fantastic triple bill of Dutch bands appearing at this former working men’s club which is now firmly established as York’s premier live music venue. The bands in question are Personal Trainer, The Klittens, and Real Farmer.

February and March continue the live music momentum in Yorkshire with alternative Folk mainstay Junior Brother appearing at the Hyde Park Book Club in Leeds on 4th February; “Newcastle’s finest swing-honkytonk-rockabilly band”, Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra taking to the stage at York’s Fulford Arms on the 25th of February; San Franciscan jangle-popsters The Umbrellas playing shows in Leeds (Wharf Chambers) and York (Fulford Arms) on the 8th and 11th of March respectively; and then with the mighty Bull playing consecutive nights at the Crescent (22nd and 23rd March) to celebrate the occasion of the release of their new album.

Come the month of April and Personal Trainer are back. This time opening for the Norwegian purveyors of “noisy sugar-coated songs”, Pom Poko at The Wardobe in Leeds on 23rd April in a joint promotion with Brudenell Presents.

Two nights later and it is back to York to catch Roddy Woomble, lead vocalist of indie rock band Idlewild, who will be playing at the city’s Fulford Arms with his latest project, Roddy Woomble & Almost Nothing.

And all of this is before we even get to start talking about the summer months and forthcoming shows in Leeds and Manchester from legendary American bands the Rain Parade, The Reds, Pinks & Purples, LOVE with Johnny Echols, and The Sadies.

Details of all of these shows can be found on the Please Please You website

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