In quick succession, York Barbican has confirmed 1, 2, 3 new shows for 2024 in a booking bonanza that begins with ABC

Martin Fry fronting ABC with orchestral backing next January


IN a new addition to The Lexicon Of Love Orchestral Tour, Sheffield’s ABC will play their classic 1982 album in its entirety with the Southbank Sinfonia at York Barbican on January 27.

Led as ever by Martin Fry, now 65, ABC will combine their chart-topping, million-selling debut with greatest hits cherry-picked from such later works as Beauty Stab, How To Be A Zillionaire and Alphabet City.

Fusing soul-powered dancefloor finesse with a post-punk attitude, The Lexicon Of Love spawned the gilded hit singles Tears Are Not Enough, Poison Arrow, The Look Of Love and All Of My Heart.

The Lexicon Of Love Orchestra first toured in 2009, prompted by the reaction to a one-off show at the Royal Albert Hall, where Fry donned his iconic gold lame suit once more.

Longtime collaborator Anne Dudley will conduct the Southbank Sinfonia on the newly extended January and February 2024 tour, marking the 15th anniversary of the partnership’s debut. Tickets will go on sale on Friday (4/8/2023) at 10am at and


The Gilmour Project

THE Gilmour Project, an all-star band tasked with exploring the music of Pink Floyd and David Gilmour, will play York Barbican on February 3 on their debut tour.

In the line-up will be Jeff Pavar (lead guitar with Crosby, Stills & Nash, David Crosby/CPR, Phil Lesh); Kasim Sulton (bass and vocals with Todd Rundgren, Utopia, Meat Loaf); Prairie Prince (co-founder of The Tubes, original drummer with Journey, drummer for Todd Rundgren); Mark Karan (guitar and vocals with Bob Weir, RatDog, The Other Ones) and Scott Guberman (keyboards and vocals with Phil Lesh & Friends).

The Gilmour Project will combine songs from the Gilmour years of the Pink Floyd catalogue in all their complexity with highlights from Gilmour’s solo career.


Whitney – Queen Of The Night: Returning to York Barbican next April

AFTER a sold-out gig in March 2023, tribute show Whitney – Queen Of The Night will return to York Barbican on April 13 next spring.

Elesha Paul Moses, from What’s Love Got To Do With It?, The Voice and The X Factor, will hit the vocal heights as she celebrates Whitney Houston with a live band, revelling in I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me), One Moment In Time, I’m Every Woman, I Will Always Love You and so many more.

The Gilmour Project and Whitney – Queen Of The Night tickets are available at and

The Classic Rock Show’s ‘most challenging live set’ heads to York Barbican on Tuesday

For those about to rock at York Barbican: Here comes The Classic Rock Show

THE Classic Rock Show’s 2023 tour is“easily the most challenging live set we’ve performed to date,” reckonsvocalist, guitarist and musical director James Cole.

Hear why at York Barbican on Tuesday (14/3/2023) as the 39-date itinerary heads for its last week after taking in many British cities and towns for the first time. Tickets for “the ultimate live jukebox” are on sale at and

Paying tribute to its favourite rock heroes, The Classic Rock Show thunders through a set list of Led Zeppelin, Dire Straits, The Who, Eric Clapton, AC/DC, Queen, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Boston, Pink Floyd, Meat Loaf, Aerosmith, Toto and Rainbow.

Expect note-for-note precision as Cole and co “bring the original and era-defining recordings back to life on stage, with an amazing sound and light show to match”. After anthem after anthem, riff after riff, solo after solo, the climax will be a show-stopping guitar duel.

Jesse Smith: Lead vocalist for The Classic Rock Show

Cole says: “We’re very excited to get back on the road in 2023 with easily the most challenging Classic Rock Show live set we’ve performed to date. To have 39 dates scheduled for the 2023 tour feels fantastic. The band and I really appreciate the ever-growing popularity of the show.” 

Opening on January 17, the tour has visited Yorkshire already, playing Hull Bonus Arena on January 29 and Harrogate Royal Hall the next night. St George’s Hall, Bradford, awaits tomorrow (11/3/2023) with tickets on sale at

Performing alongside Cole will be: Wayne Banks, bass/vocals; Pete Thorn, guitar/vocals; Jesse Smith, lead vocals/guitar; Henry Burnett, keyboards/vocals; Jess Harwood, vocals/keyboards; Rudy Cardenas, lead vocals, and Tim Brown, drums.  

Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets rearrange Pink Floyd gig at York Barbican

The poster for the Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets spring tour, now moved to autumn

A GOOD journalist may never reveal his saucers, but the secret is out: Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets are moving their postponed-by-Coronavirus May 1 gig at York Barbican to October 4.

Pink Floyd drummer and percussionist Mason, 76, is joined in his Secrets operative by lead guitarist Gary Kemp, yes, that Gary Kemp, from New Romantic Islington pop dandies Spandau Ballet, now 60.

In the line-up too for The Echoes Tour are Pink Floyd touring and recording bassist Guy Pratt, guitarist Lee Harris, from The Blockheads, and The Orb’s Dom Beken on keyboards.

Together, they celebrate Pink Floyd’s earliest work “in all its psychedelic, freaked-out glory”, and the re-arranged 2020 tour will see the band further expand their repertoire to encompass songs from the early catalogue up to Floyd’s 1972 album Obscured By Clouds.

Nick Mason in performance with his Saucerful Of Secrets

Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets made their debut at four intimate London shows at Dingwalls on May 20 2018 and The Half Moon in Putney on May 21, 23 and 24. The Dingwalls date was his first show since Pink Floyd played at the 2005 Live 8 concert in London and the run of London gigs was his first since Floyd’s Division Bell Tour in 1994.

Mason’s band subsequently sold out theatres around the world, and memories came flooding back at three nights at London’s Roundhouse, where Pink Floyd had played some of their most revered early shows in the 1960s.

Last September, Mason was named Prog Magazine’s Prog God at the Progressive Music Awards at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, following in the footsteps of Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, Jon Anderson, Rick Wakeman, Ian Anderson, Carl Palmer and Steve Howe.

Tickets remain valid for the new Barbican date. For bookings, go to

Did you know?

BORN on January 27 1944, in Hampstead, London, drummer Nicholas Berkeley Mason CBE is a founder member of the progressive rock band Pink Floyd.

He is the only Pink Floyd musician to have played on all of their studio albums and their only constant member since their formation in London in 1965.