Birkenhead is set to be the home of one of the most exciting new music venues in the UK, a building that re-imagines the role of a live music venue, providing live industry training and a regional hub for artist development.
FUTURE YARD, a brand-new, 350-capacity space, opens its doors at 75 Argyle Street 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.
Right now, there is undoubtedly a hugely challenging time for live music venues nationally, as COVID-19 restrictions present the starkest of challenges. But we are committed to realising their vision for the new space.
“We believe that Future Yard is needed now, more than ever before,” says Future Yard co-founder Craig 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.”
Future Yard Festival, in 2019, proved that there is an audience for new music in Birkenhead. We want to create a place where we can present the best new artists all year round, not for just one weekend a year.
Birkenhead – and Wirral – is a place with music in its DNA, but its been too long since we’ve had a dedicated live music venue in our town. We believe that music venues are the maternity wards of creative culture. They are always the trailblazers, the first cultural flagpole when it comes to thinking about a place differently.
We believe that through utilising the power of music, we can change our town for the better, inspiring local people, creating life-changing opportunities and shaping a new music future.
THE FUTURE IS BIRKENHEAD
Autumn 2020 sees the launch of NEAR NORMAL: a series of socially-distanced and digitally-streamed shows live from 75 Argyle Street. These shows will be limited capacity live events, to comply with social distancing, and provide a crucial stepping stone to the resumption of live music in venues. We’re looking forward to welcoming audiences at full capacity once government guidelines allow – currently planned for early 2021.
The first in this initial series of NEAR NORMAL 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.
Further shows have been announced for October 2020, with more to follow for November and December.
Future Yard are committed to providing a safe and secure environment for audiences, artists and staff at our venue. The NEAR NORMAL shows 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 any of these events 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.
Current government guidelines limit indoor gatherings to two households (inc. support bubbles), so please bear this in mind when booking. Groups are limited to a maximum of x2 people.
Our full COVID-19 risk assessments, and a summary of the measured we will be implementing for these shows, can be found here.
We are working closely with our production partners to deliver a high quality audio and multi-camera video live stream of this show. A link will be shared to all ticket holders via email on the day of the show.
Our venue is run by Future Yard CIC – a non-profit focused on delivering Future Yard’s positive social and environmental impact, alongside realising our creative vision. As an organisation, we have committed to a long-term goal of becoming the UK’s first carbon neutral grassroots music venue.
Working in partnership with Liverpool John Moores University’s Low Carbon Eco-Innovatory, we are currently shaping the long-term design of the building, its energy consumption and developing a range of policies in how the venue operates to achieve this goal.
You will find no single-use plastic stocked on our bars or on our artist riders.
A carbon neutral roadmap for the venue will be published by Future Yard and LJMU’s Low Carbon Eco-Innovatory in the coming months.
“We all have a responsibility to the environment,” says Future Yard CIC Director, Craig 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.”
Dr Simon Tucker, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Design at the Liverpool School of Art and Design, added; “We will look closely at all aspects of the venue and its operations, both the building itself and its systems, and how it is occupied and used now and in the future. We will assess and propose a range of approaches and options for achieving carbon neutrality in support of the aims of Future Yard.”