Navigators Art confirms The Basement Sessions 3 line-up and plans for York International Women’s Week at City Screen UPDATED 25/1/2024

The poster artwork for The Basement Sessions 3, Navigators Art & Performance’s next event at City Screen Picturehouse, York, now taking place on February 23

YORK creative collective Navigators Art & Performance is moving Saturday’s Basement Sessions 3 at The Basement, City Screen Picturehouse, York, to next month.

“Unfortunately, the Basement is ankle deep in flood water and we’re going to have to postpone the gig this Saturday,” says Navigators Art co-founder Richard Kitchen. “We’re making plans for the show to go ahead on Friday, February 23.”

Billed as “Live, Local and Loud!”, the adventurous 7.30pm to 10.30pm bill combines new music, comedy, spoken word and poetry, with a few surprises up its sleeve.

Taking part will be the returning Danae, a spellbinding poet and actor from Mexico via York; Neo Borgia Trio, a ”punk/jazz riot” from the University of York Big Band, who wowed everyone in their Navigators debut; JT Welsch,  writer, poet, performer and multi-instrumentalist, and Will Glitch, a young comedian from Norwich via Hull.

Left-field indie favourites Percy will be delivering dark and spiky post-punk. “Think Stranglers, Magazine, Gang Of Four, Idles and Fontaines DC,” says Richard.

On the bill too are The Jammingtons Experience with their tales and trials of two lives, sung to acoustic guitar and bass accompaniment, and Fat Spatula, whose transatlantic guitar racket comes with fat beats and greasy riffs.

“All performers are from York and the surrounding area and are chosen for a spirit of experimentality and community – and of course for being excellent!” says Richard. “It’s our last Basement Session for a while, featuring exciting local bands, new discoveries as well as familiar favourites, a fascinating emerging poet and some lively comedy. The Basement is small and our shows sell out, so book soon. Please note, some material may be unsuitable for young children.”

Call-out: Navigators Art seeks artists for GUNA: Views and Voices of Women

The February 23 event follows Navigators Art’s sold-out show at the Black Swan Inn on January 6 to “mark the ancient roots of Old Christmas and Twelfth Night”.

Looking ahead, “we’ll be doing an art exhibition and live performance for International Women’s Week in York during March and a Micklegate Art Trail for the University of York’s Festival of Ideas, as well as a sculpture and music/poetry night in honour of York-born poet WH Auden for York Civic Trust’s Trailblazers project in May/June,” says Richard.

Navigators Art & Performance, a fluid collective of York artists, writers, musicians and performers, have booked The Basement for March 23 for GUNA: Views and Voices Of Women, from 7.30pm to 10.30pm. “We’re seeking artists for this show and would be grateful for any recommendations,” says Richard, who can be contacted at

This evening of music, spoken word and comedy exploring, celebrating and promoting the creativity of women will tie in with Navigators Art’s exhibition for York International Women’s Week in the City Screen café and upstairs gallery from March 10 to April 6.

Entry to the exhibition is free and an official opening event will be held upstairs on March 11 from 6pm.

Tickets for The Basement Sessions 3 and GUNA: Views and Voices of Women can be booked through TicketSource via