The Divine Comedy, an Evening with Neil Hannon at York Minster

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Win tickets! Details on how are at the foot of the post

Fans of the fantastic chamber pop band The Divine Comedy are in for a treat next month as Neil Hannon performs at York Minster in his first mainland UK date this year. Tickets are now on sale for the concert on Saturday 7th May which is presented by new production company Tribeca Events, the first in a season which will be bringing together great artists in great venues to create memorable events.

Ben Pugh, Producer at Tribeca Events today said: ‘I have been working with the Minster for some time to create a series of concerts that feature modern music artists in an unusual setting. It is a complicated space to work with, but full of potential and will be an amazing concert in an incredible venue. Neil Hannon of the Divine Comedy is the perfect artist to start the season.’

Fronted by Neil Hannon, The Divine Comedy has been delighting audiences with its intensely individualistic, self-styled ‘chamber pop’ for more than two decades. Finding huge popularity with a string of top ten hits in the 90’s including National Express, Something for the Weekend and Becoming More Like Alfie. Neil Hannon’s whimsical, eccentric and sometimes Coward-esque music is a perfect match for such a stunning venue. It promises to be an unforgettable night for long term fans and new fans alike with songs from the last 20 years as well as celebrating the Divine Comedy’s new album ‘Bang Goes the Knighthood’.

The Divine Comedy sound veers from sweeping orchestral arrangements to ghostly synth landscapes, from an almost folksy quality to gloriously unabashed pop. Along the way, Hannon has further demonstrated his genius by writing and performing the wonderfully kitsch theme music for the TV sitcom Father Ted as well as collaborating with Tom Jones on a cover version of Portishead.

Tribeca Events was originally due to launch their new venture with a major event in Leeds in June, but says Producer Ben Pugh ‘this opportunity was too good to miss. He is the perfect musician for the Minster and it seems fitting that the first concert put on by Tribeca Events is in our home town, York and in such an iconic building.’

The concert starts at 8pm on Saturday 7th May. Tickets cost from £25 and are available by calling the Minster box office on 0844 939 0015 or visit their website for more information on the concert please go to

To win a pair of tickets just let us know in the comments box why YOU should be a winner. The tickets are non refundable or transferable so please do not try to win if you cannot make the dates. Closing date 4th May


  1. I think I should definitely win this competition? Why?

    Because in the pursuit of happiness I would go down in the street below with the happy goth and my imaginery friend at sunrise, leaving today, wave goodbye to mother dear & Eric the gardener, take your daddy’s car to catch the national express along the festive road through the light of day leading to the freedom road, going downhll fast.

    On the way we would pass the summerhouse, the plough and Indie disco, reminisce about the time we went to Europe by train on our holiday to Sweden and then Victoria Falls. How we sung a drinking song about life on Earth with three sisters, Lucy, a gin soaked boy, a frog princess, Geronimo, a woman of the world and a Neapolitan girl then argued with a complete banker who was becoming more like Alfie through a long and sleepless night. Suffice to say he was no mastermind, just a bad ambassador, his wife seemed a diva lady of a certain age who will die a virgin, but anyway I digress!

    When we arrive in York we would be met by our mutual friend, who’s a real thrillseeker that loves what you do, we’d go and eat a lovely horse topped with sticks and stones, (note to self, that’s when a man cries!) then when the lights go out all over Europe, go to the show, stand upon one leg and find that I’ve been to a marvelous party!.

    So for this competition, I’m all you need, that would be something for the weekend taking us to ten seconds to midnight, this I like, more so than Arthur C Clarke’s Mysterious World, the perfect love song or even a threesome!

    The certainty of chance is that everybody knows (except you) that I might win this so I eagerly await your reply so tonight we fly or bang goes the knighthood!

  2. If I won the tickets, I would write a lovely blog for you with lots of atmospheric photos!

    Saw The Divine Comedy about about sixteen *cough* years ago at Bradford Uni. Went on my own to review the gig. Would love to see Neil again – this time NOT as a billy-no-mates!

  3. Neil Hannon and Noel Coward both clearly draw upon Oscar Wilde as an influence, as do I, as well as many other influences. That’s what’s so great about him (and me).

    Being able to create a unique, and at times, oddly English world, is something we share, even though Mr Hannon is Irish. This is evident lately from his work with the Duckworth-Lewis Method, and his earlier work with the Divine Comedy.

    If I am not selected for this event, then fair enough. I can find several things better to do with my time, none of which are legal, and many of which are expensive.

    I will repeat any experience willingly except failure.

    {V: Britain’s Greatest Living Prophet}

  4. I think I should win this, because it would proper cheer me up after having to work through the bank holiday weekend.

    As you can see this has dulled my wit and only an evening of sparkling music and entertainment can possibly kickstart my grey matter.

    Fingers crossed.

  5. I could wow you with witticisms and clever word play but the people above have already wowed you with that. Simply put, I’m new to Yorkshire, and completely new to the world of blogging. Winning the tickets would offer me the following equation:

    the perfect opportunity to explore a different city + experiencing popular music in a type of venue I hereto now only associate with classical recitals = the ideal topic for my first ever blog, exclusively for Culture Vultures of course.

    Being originally from Northern Ireland seeing Neil Hannon in Yorkshire would be the perfect combination of my old and new ‘North’.

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