Rafe’s Dilemma + Not Now Charlie | Future Yard

Socially-distanced, limited capacity show


We’re delighted to be welcoming this special Jazz North showcase to our stage this summer, as two of the brightest talents from the rich pool of jazz talent in the north join us at Future Yard. Rafe’s Dilemma explore the multitude of emotions we all experience towards our families through electronic improvisation; Not Now Charlie bring the perfect mix of jazz harmony with infectious grooves and memorable melodies; together they represent a daring and exciting blend of traditional and contemporary jazz forms, and you can see them live together on Sunday 6th June.

This Back To Live show is part of a series of shows across the north of England, bringing Jazz North northern line artists back to venues and audiences.

This show is a limited capacity, socially-distanced show. Please see important ticket information below before buying a ticket. Tickets on sale now.

Please read the measures we are putting in place for these limited-capacity shows, along with our full risk assessments.

Jazz North’s northern line scheme has supported 74 jazz artists and ensembles from across the north by subsidising over 700 gigs and offering mentoring, career development, and promotional support to those selected. The artists are picked from the best jazz talent the north has to offer and chosen by an independent panel of jazz industry professionals, promoters, and musicians.

Back To Live gives each band on the Jazz North northern line scheme a chance to come together safely and takeover a venue. The pandemic has seen many artists unable to work, rehearse and perform. Venues have consistently battled changing guidelines, last minute cancellations and months of closure. Back to Live gives artists time to get gig-ready through rehearsals and photoshoots, so they can re-launch their music to audiences through live gigs.


Rafe’s Dilemma + Not Now Charlie

Find yourself immersed in synthesised soundscapes, electronic improvisation, spoken word and carefully crafted songs exploring the multitude of emotions we all experience towards our families. Originally formed in 2017 as a commission for Bolton Worktown Festival to celebrate Bill Naughton’s play Spring and Port Wine, the quartet pull influence from jazz, electronica, and rock. They released their debut album Rafe’s Dilemma with an accompanying Arts Council England supported tour (2019).

“A mesmerising performance which had the audience spellbound”
– Gary Ward, Darwen Music Project

“A wonderfully satisfying blend of textures, rhythms, moods and emotions”
– Jez Matthews, The Lescar


Rafe’s Dilemma + Not Now Charlie

Not Now Charlie are a fast-rising young band playing in a variety of styles directly connected to their inspirations. Traditional jazz, prog rock, neo soul, RnB and folk – memorable melodies, infectious grooves and a keen, finely-tuned sense of tight ensemble playing.

“…. yes their music is full of bright melodies and enjoyable grooves but they’re not shackled by them. In the musical world of Not Now Charlie there’s always something of interest going on.”
– thejazzmann.com

“Not Now Charlie know how to write an intoxicating melody”
– John Marley, Jazz in York

Rafe’s Dilemma and Not Now Charlie are Jazz North northern line ambassador bands, supported by Jazz North using public funding from Arts Council England.

Future Yard are committed to providing a safe and secure environment for audiences, artists and staff at our venue. This show will be delivered in accordance with UK Government’s up to date COVID-19 guidelines.
To maintain social distancing, all ticket holders will be allocated a dedicated ‘pod’ within our venue, a clearly defined space from which to enjoy the show.
If you are planning to attend this event as a group, please buy all tickets for your group on one transaction. We will then allocate you in a single ‘pod’ at the venue, so you can enjoy the show together.
Groups are limited to a maximum of x2 people.
Future Yard’s full COVID-19 risk assessment is available to read in full here.