Introducing FUTURE YARD; a brand-new permanent live music venue to open in Birkenhead this Autumn.
The venue will launch with a series of socially-distanced and digitally-streamed shows from September, headed-up by SHE DREW THE GUN.
350-capacity FUTURE YARD re-imagines the role of a live music venue, providing live industry training and a regional hub for artist development.
Full capacity shows from January 2021 featuring… SELF ESTEEM, ORCHESTRAL MANOEUVRES IN THE DARK, BLACK COUNTRY, NEW ROAD, TOKKY HORROR and many more.
Birkenhead is to have a new live music venue. FUTURE YARD, a brand-new, 350-capacity space, is set to open its doors this September. This new community venue will bring some of today’s most exciting new national and international artists to Wirral, while at the same time providing key early performance opportunities for emerging local musicians.
The announcement comes at a hugely challenging time for live music venues nationally, as COVID-19 restrictions present the starkest of challenges. But Future Yard Founder Craig Pennington and the team behind the new venue are committed to realising their vision for the new space.
“We believe that Future Yard is needed now, more than ever before,” says Pennington. “True, it is a challenging time, but we believe the experience of lockdown has shown how powerful a community can be and we want to provide a space for our local community to come together. We’ve also seen an explosion in live streaming and digital performance, which has been hugely welcome and is here to stay, but this does not replace live music. People who love live music have acutely realised how important it is to them, how much of a role it plays in their lives. We’re committed to creating a new venue to champion and support new music in Birkenhead.”
The venue, located at 75 Argyle Street, will launch with a series of socially-distanced and digitally- streamed shows from September, ahead of welcoming audiences at full capacity once government guidelines allow – currently planned for early 2021.
The first in this initial series of shows will welcome SHE DREW THE GUN to FUTURE YARD on Saturday 19th September, with the hugely successful Wirral band still reeling off the back of their 2018 sophomore album Revolution Of Mind.
She Drew The Gun’s Louisa Roach said, “Now that I’ve seen the venue, I’m really excited about playing here. I really like what’s happening with the place: it’s great to have something like this on your doorstep. I can’t wait to be on the stage in Future Yard, and to have that interaction again. It’s a step in the right direction, until we can do things properly when we’re over this pandemic.”
A highly limited number of in-venue tickets will go on-sale Thursday 30th July at futureyard.org along with the option of a digital ticket to enjoy a live stream of the show.
FUTURE YARD has been established to re-imagine the role of a live music venue. At the heart of the vision is providing a space for local young people to develop the skills needed to pursue careers in the international live music industry. Alongside this in-venue training, Future Yard will also provide an innovative new artist development hub, providing the support and a platform for emerging new artists to shape their music careers.
The venue will be run by Future Yard CIC – a non-profit focussed on delivering Future Yard’s positive social and environmental impact, alongside realising their creative vision. The team have committed to the long-term goal of becoming the UK’s first carbon neutral grassroots music venue. Working in partnership with LJMU’s Low Carbon Eco-Innovatory, Future Yard are shaping the design of the building, its energy consumption and developing a range of policies in how the venue operates to achieve this goal.
“We all have a responsibility to the environment,” says Pennington. “The touring live music industry has an acute sustainability problem. We are committed to ensuring that we create a place that has a net positive environmental impact, one that fundamentally takes carbon out of the atmosphere and plastic out of our oceans, not one that adds to the problem.”
Dr Ariel Edesess of LJMU’s Low Carbon Eco-Innovatory said; “By setting a standard of zero carbon in music and culture, we can send a message that this is something every one of us can contribute to – and have fun at the same time! Whilst it is no doubt a challenge for a music venue to be fully carbon neutral, by setting this mandate right from the start and learning how to achieve this, Future Yard is changing the standards and leading the way as we all navigate this new normal.”
Originally planned as a temporary 3-month pop-up venue open from April 2020, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic left those plans in tatters. Having secured an option for a long-term lease, the team behind Future Yard have committed their future to the Argyle Street site, as COVID’s devastating impact both on the UK’s live music infrastructure and the local community in and around Birkenhead has born out.
“We believe that music can change the world,” says Pennington. “Music venues are the maternity wards of creative cultures. They can be the spark in re-imagining what a place means in the world, an instigator of change. Even before COVID, Future Yard – from our initial festival last August – had always been conceived as a way of bringing a new hope, new positivity, a new view of a potential future to Birkenhead. Our town has faced huge challenges in recent decades and COVID provides yet another: but it also provides an opportunity to rebuild. We believe that Future Yard can play a key role in the recovery, providing opportunities for our young people, bringing hope and a new vision for our future.”
Further socially-distanced and digitally-streamed shows for Autumn 2020 will be announced in the coming weeks.
A number of the live shows already on sale as part of the original 3-month NEAR FUTURE POP- UP PROGRAMME – including Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – have moved into 2021, so they can be delivered at full capacity. Ticket holders will be advised of these changes as they happen, with the opportunity to attend the rearranged dates or receive a refund.
FUTURE YARD are also thrilled to announce TOKKY HORROR (20th March 2021). Fresh from dropping their debut single ‘Girlracer’ this month and previously known for their work with Liverpool punk outfit Queen Zee, the band’s Zee Davine states that Tokky Horror was a way for them to “fall back in love with making music”. Tokky Horror maintain the ferocity that has become associated with Davine, while pushing themselves into newer, more computerised territory.
Full details are available at futureyard.org
2020 / Socially-Distanced and Digitally-Streamed Shows…
19th September – She Drew The Gun
Limited in-venue tickets & digital tickets on-sale 10am 30th July
More Socially-Distanced and Digitally-Streamed Shows for Autumn 2020 TBA.
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2021 / Full Capacity Live Shows On Sale Now…
23rd February – Black Country, New Road
20th March – Tokky Horror
26th March – Bye Louis…Building Stories
1st April – Talk Show, PVA
2nd April – Self Esteem, BABii
3rd April – Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
9th April – Douglas Dare
Full details & tickets available at futureyard.org All original tickets remain valid for these new dates.
Many more new shows TBA for 2021! Sign up for announcements.
We are currently working to rearrange new dates in 2021 for our shows with…
Evian Christ, Tom Ravenscroft, Forest Swords DJ (Original date 17th Oct, New Date TBC)
BDRMM (Original date 20th Oct, New Date TBC)
Bill Nickson (Original date 23rd Oct, New Date TBC)
Vinyl Williams (Original date 29th Oct, New Date TBC)
Pongo (Original date 7th Nov, New Date TBC)
New dates for these shows will be announced soon. Original tickets remain valid & refunds will be made available to those unable to attend new dates when announced.
Unfortunately we were unable to re-arrange our show with Warmduscher who were due to play our Near Future All-Dayer on 3rd October. This event will now take place over two shows, 1st & 2nd April, as above. Original ticket holders are being notified & offered preferential exchanges or refunds.
Future Yard would like to thank Arts Council England, Wirral Borough Council, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Magenta Living and Reach Fund for the support received to date in helping to realise our vision.
Future Yard is a fellow of JUMP; an EU-funded European Music Market Accelerator Programme designed to support new ideas and approaches within the European Music Industry.
Future Yard is run by Future Yard CIC, a non-profit established to utilise music for the social, cultural and economic development of Birkenhead, Wirral and the Liverpool City Region.
Future Yard Festival
The announcement of a permanent FUTURE YARD music venue follows the successful FUTURE YARD FESTIVAL in August 2019, the first step on the Future Yard journey.
“As waves of distortion and emotive lyricism ripple over the entranced crowd I enter into myself, experiencing introspection, community and a belief in the romanticism of Birkenhead.” The Quietus
“Merseyside’s musical community might have just stumbled upon its hallowed ground.” Clash
Low Carbon Eco-Innovatory
Low Carbon Eco-Innovatory creates innovative low carbon goods, processes and services, developed through collaborative partnerships between local companies in the Liverpool City Region and University researchers, students and academic staff.
The unique partnership between Liverpool John Moores University, University of Liverpool and Lancaster University provides niche and unique strengths in low carbon technologies and has a key role to play in the implementation of the low carbon agenda across the Liverpool City Region.
Low Carbon Eco-Innovatory is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and in most cases no initial investment is needed from the business.
There are a limited number of student projects including PhD projects that are heavily subsidised and therefore require a financial contribution from the business. For further information, please contact Daniel Blunt, Industry Liaison Officer, on 0151 231 1487 or email firstname.lastname@example.org