When it comes to live music, York is a city that’s notorious for generally not giving a shit. Understandably, this makes being a promoter a difficult task, but some brave souls decide to do it anyway – and foremost among them is a certain Joe Coates, the man behind Please Please You. Now in its 6th year, Please Please You aims to bring interesting, left-field music to York through thick and thin – this year alone they’ve already put on gigs by the likes of Yuck, 2:54, Moon Duo, Stuart Warwick, Mazes, Nodzzz, Thank You and Darren Hayman, and they can count gigs by Johnny Foreigner, Ballboy, Les Cox (Sportifs), Screaming Females, Times New Viking, Frightened Rabbit and The Wave Pictures among their extensive list of previous shows.
Of course, they’ve got a lot of love for local bands too – so what better way to celebrate their 6th birthday than with one of the finest local bills you’ll see all year? Noisy guitar-popsters Azuma Vega make a rare appearance to headline the event, and are joined on the bill by Avenging Force, Honeytone Cody, Missing Kids, Where’s Hollywood?, Burning Fences and Sombre. The show is on Sunday 7th August at The Duchess, and tickets are a mere £4 in advance (or £6 on the door). Doors open at 5pm and the first band will be on at 5.30 – for more details, click on over here. (Shameless plug: I’ve covered some of these bands in out my Local Artist Of The Whenever series too.)
Of course, that’s not the only fun that’s being planned for the second half of the year, oh no. Next up in the calendar is a show by Glaswegian folk-rockers Washington Irving – they sound a bit like Arcade Fire might have if they were from the Scottish highlands, and it’s pretty sweet stuff. That gig’s on Thursday 28th July at The Basement, with support from John Stammers, James Laws and Plans – more details here.
Other stuff in the pipeline includes shows by Sic Alps, Darker Shades Of Gorgeous, Dan Mangan, Tellison, and Herman Dune – no doubt Joe’s got a couple of other things up his sleeve as well, so keep an eye on the Please Please You website or Facebook page for updates. Even if it’s something you’ve never heard of before, it’s generally worth checking out what he’s putting on – and here’s to many more years of trying to make the city of York give a damn.
For all the details on upcoming Please Please You gigs, check out their website.