Who'd have thought Pink Floyd would make it big after playing New Earswick.Personally, I recall seeing Andy "Sten" Stennet down his pint and play an amazing short set on the piano one evening in The Spotted Cow on Barbican Road shortly before his band Freeez had their 1981 breakthrough top 10 single, "Southern Freeez".

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30 minutes later, from Petergate, the Clash appear, pied piper fashion, followed by numerous fans, and played about 4 songs (about the norm for the tour) outside York Minster's west entrance.

Afterwards, it was all back to The York Arms, the band happily chatting and drinking with fans until closing time.

YO1 Also, in recent years, the racecourse has followed in the recent trend of courses staging their own concerts, usually after racing, headliners have included Mc Fly, Blondie and Gary Numan.

2014 headliners were The Beach Boys and Wet Wet Wet.

The Pigeon Detectives headline with support from Sunshine Underground, Alvarez King, The Sherlocks, Apollo Junction, Stop Drop Robot, Bang Bang Romeo, Van Der Neer, Billie Martin, The Black Lagoons, Other Peoples Lives and Alan Lewis.

On the eve of the Tour de France, starting in Leeds a day later, Monks Cross (Huntington Stadium) hosts a "Grand Departy", featuring a host of musical talent, from Russell Watson and former Westlife star Kian Egan to X Factor's Union J and Rough Copy plus local singer songwriter Alistair Griffin, as well as vocal harmony group The Overtones and 80s hit makers such as Brother Beyond and Altered Images.

An auditorium was built at the York Barbican Centre in 1989 and heralded a surge of bigger, named bands visiting York on national tours. Others to have appeared there include Chuck Berry (14th November 1992 and 2nd March 1995), D-Ream, The Damned, Bryan Ferry (about 2004 with Mickey Green & Chris Spedding in his band and 14th November 2013), Roxy Music (25th October 2002), Jools Holland (several times), James (2nd December 1993, supported by Radiohead), Ray Davies / The Kinks, The Levellers (approx.

2002), Linda Gail Lewis (sister of Jerry Lee Lewis, 2nd & 3rd March 2001), Little Angels , Magnum, The Prodigy (October 29th 1994), Pulp (21st November 2001), Showaddywaddy (November 2012), Status Quo (4 times, 2000/1/2/3), Suede (supported by Geneva), Supergrass and Thunder.

You won't find it documented anywhere else but it happened.

Probably the biggest name ever to play York University was Paul Mc Cartney when he turned up on 10th February 1972 and asked if his new band, Wings, could play an unannounced gig Shed Seven with first new album in 16 years launch their nationwide "Instant Pleasures" tour with 2 sold out nights at Fibbers. Fibbers, since August 2014, has been located at 3 5 Toft Green, York, YO1 6JT, its originl Stonegate venue being part of the Stonebow redevelopment.

A number of bands are due at The Barbican in the autumn, including Texas (21/Sept), Showaddywaddy (13/Oct), London soul singer Michael Kiwanuka (20/Oct), Doobie Brother (31/Oct), Jools Holland (03/Nov), ABC (with Kid Creole & the Coconuts supporting, 09/Nov), ABC (11/Nov), Bananarama (16/Nov) and OMD (18/Nov).