What are Fuckup Nights?

Fuckup Nights are a global movement and event series that shares stories of professional failure.

Each month, in events across the globe, we get three to four people to get up in front of a room full of strangers to share their own professional fuckup. The stories of the business that crashes and burns, the partnership deal that goes sour, the product that has to be recalled, we tell them all.

We’ve all had a fuckup, so why not share what you’ve learnt?

Our previous FuckUps

September 2019

Our September event speakers were (L – R)…

David McKenzie-James of Future Social

Emily Fitchett of Fitch Brew Co.

Sarah Allard of Lost Earth Adventures

Duncan Gledhill of Digital Entrepreneurs 

May 2019

Including host Lyndon Nicholson, our May event speakers were (L – R)…

Mike Leigh Copper of Ink Blot Films

Ryan Atkins of Allies

Matt Aston of Engine House Theatre


What to expect

Like the many other global Fuckup nights, York’s regular evening sees four brave people take to the stage. They’ll share with the crowd a story (or stories) about how they’ve previously fucked-up and what they learnt from the experience.

We also invite members of the audience to stand up and share a quick-fire one-minute FuckUp with everyone. If you have something quick to get off your chest, raise that hand at half time.

Do you have a Fuckup story to tell?

We want to hear from local people with stories about failure – ones that have taught them vital lessons that they can share. Has there been a time when you completely dropped the ball in the business world? What did you learn from failing, and how has it helped you succeed?

If so, and if you’d like to share your story with a room full of like-minded people, get in touch with us today.

The York Fuckup Team

Lyndon Nicholson

Lyndon Nicholson is a serial entrepreneur who despite having built and successfully exited two businesses in the marketing & advertising sector, and acted as advisor to several high-growth companies, has still Fuckedup in abundance along the way.
Speaking at a Fuckup nights event in London reaffirmed his belief that it’s okay to make mistakes so long as you learn from them. And thus Lyndon is now bringing Fuckup nights to York.

Howard Mosley

Howard is a content marketer and freelance journalist from York. His personal list of fuckups ranges from failing at being a professional stand-up comedian, to failing at being a professional cathedral tour guide.

These days he has some degree of success creating online content, making videos and writing about being a put-upon father.

Charlie Semmence

Charlie is a Marketing Executive and native of Essex (it’s okay, she doesn’t sound like it, though). After travelling through time for her History degree, she travelled the world teaching English.

Now settled in York, Charlie is looking forward to helping the business leaders of our fair city talk openly about their fuck ups. That’s nice of her.

Photos from global Fuckup Nights


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