23rd-24th August 2019 – multiple venues around Hamilton Square, Birkenhead


Future Yard re-imagines unique spaces and venues in Birkenhead​ for a two-day, multi-venue festival of internationally significant contemporary new music. Headline performances at Birkenhead Town Hall will be ​Bill Ryder-Jones​ (Friday 23rd August) and Anna Calvi ​(Saturday 24th August). Other venues include the 850-year-old Birkenhead Priory and the groundbreaking new arts space and mental health support hub Bloom Building

Friday’s line-up includes ​Stella Donnelly, Szun Waves, Charles Watson​ and ​Squid​ alongside established and emerging local talents ​Queen Zee, Bill Nickson ​and ​Dialect​. Saturday features cutting edge artists ​Nilüfer Yanya, PIXX ​and ​Audiobooks​, with break out Merseyside bands ​Eyesore & The Jinx, Trudy And The Romance, Beija Flo ​and​ SPQR.

In situ across both days will be ​PYLON​; an exclusive new installation and sound sculpture from Wirral native ​Forest Swords​ in partnership with The Kazimier at the Birkenhead Priory.


Email – volunteer@futureyard.org

We are looking for enthusiastic music lovers with an interest in festivals and live music production to work a couple of shifts over the course of the festival. This is an opportunity to gain experience working alongside the festival team and to meet a bunch of friendly and like-minded music fans. You will also be granted access to the festival to watch the amazing bands and artists playing across the two days.

Please fill out the attached form and explain in your email what you would like to do and if you have any relevant experience. We are also doing a build on Thursday 22nd August, so if you would like to come and help set up the venues and artist green room, let me know. We will also need some hands on the day after – Sunday 25th August – so let us know if you are interested in helping on that day. Also, you are welcome to do your shifts together with a friend – please let us know if you’d like to do this! Feel free to forward this email to anyone who might be interested in volunteering.

If you work two shifts (which will be between 4 and 6 hours each), in return you will get:

– 1 festival weekend wristband

– 1 Future Yard volunteer t-shirt

– refreshments during your shifts

– follow up mentor session to assist with future career prospects within the live music industry

If you would like to work more than two shifts, we can provide you with more refreshments and some drinks tokens for the extra shifts worked!

Please note that you are all helping Future Yard out on a voluntary basis, and we cannot provide any fees or reimbursements.

Our teams this year are as follows:


We require a number of volunteers to fulfil general runner tasks across the site, which may involve collecting equipment from offsite sources. This role is essential to the running of the festival and will give volunteers a real insight in to all of the moving parts of the festival. It would be useful to bring a rucksack and bike for this role, but not essential.


Volunteering at our box office means you will be helping with queue control, exchanging tickets for wristbands or manning the guestlist. This is a nice sociable position, where you will be working for the box office manager with other volunteers.


The Green Room is our artist hospitality area, situated outside the festival site. We need volunteers to run the green room; to replenish foods and drinks; to keep the area tidy; and to answer any artist questions. Experience with working with artists is desired for this role, as we would like you to handle the job with discretion and be a fantastic representative of Future Yard.


Our artist runners are on call to respond to any requests from the artist liaison manager, the volunteer coordinator, or any of the stage managers. Tasks are varied, but also quite physical. You could be asked to hop in a vehicle to give directions to the stage load-in bay; to take a taxi to pick up equipment somewhere and bring it back to the festival site; to carry a box of bottled water to a certain stage; to escort an artist to their venue; to go and fetch part of a hospitality rider for a band; and any ad hoc tasks that are part of running a festival. This is a pro-active role, and experience is desired.


Every stage will need a stage manager assistant at all times. This assistant will help the stage manager and sound engineer as stage crew and will act as a liaison between the stage and the artist liaison team. Experience is also desired for this role!


Our stewards will be situated across the different venues offering general assistance to the festival goers and venue teams. They will be well positioned to watch many of the artists performing at the festival. We also have an installation at the festival which will require invigilators to make sure that it runs smoothly.

Let me know if you have any questions. If you have a preference of what days you’d like to work across the two days of the festival and the build and breakdown days, please put this on the form.