CRATE | Future Yard




CRATE is a brand new celebration of craft beer and vinyl record culture here at Future Yard, and the independent, DIY spirit that unites them both. CRATE will take place regularly throughout the year as quarterly craft beer + music markets.

Independent record stores and independent brewers, record collectors and craft beer lovers; we are all essentially the same, celebrators of unique tastes, all shaped by a love and commitment to individual craft and the embodiment of DIY culture.

CRATE is here to celebrate and bring together these two worlds. To provide a haven for the mashers and the collectors, the acid-jazz seekers and the saison lovers, a moment to indulge, to ferment in the grooves.

CRATE Market #3: Saturday 4th June 2022

CRATE craft beer vinyl market June Birkenhead

We celebrate the third CRATE craft beer + music market on Saturday 4th June, following two brilliant, buzzing events in November and February. And this time we’re expanding, with more sellers split over our inside and outside areas. This means even more great beer and music to dig through, and more DJs playing great tunes around it all. The Market brings together the worlds of vinyl obsessives and craft beer aficionados for a daytime fair that pulls together some of the best local record labels, vendors, brewers, printmakers and DJs in the North West. A Future Yard record stall will feature a packed selection of new and used vinyl masterpieces, stocked with some gems from across the eras, locals and non-locals alike. Curated by the masterminds of Dig Vinyl, the stall will also be selling some choice bits of Future Yard merch. This stall will appear alongside selections from specialist vinyl record traders Slipmat, Black Beacon Sound, 9×9 RecordsWorried Songs and groovy new vendor One Nathan Under A Groove.

Some of our favourite local brewers will be pitching up with a stall in the Garden, selling a mix of draught and packaged goodness. Top Rope, Twisted Wheel and First Chop are all regular features on our taps, and will be showing even more of what they’ve got to offer. We’re made up to be joined by Squawk, Love Lane and Hosforth breweries for this version of the CRATE Market, and also have Aloebirra returning with their aloe vera-infused no hangover beers. And we’ve also got a special collaboration between Carnival Brewery and Rocket Recordings, around the release of their DDH session pale Time We Left This World Today (see below for details). All the breweries will be selling fresh new brews and popular favourites, with most of the breweries hosting guided beer tastings for the hop adventurers.

And the visual ephemera that surrounds this whole culture will also be represented, with some great poster and screen print art from local designers + makers. Toucan Tango are embedded firmly in this world, producing some memorable gig and festival posters (including the one our Future Yard festival in 2019) alongside their own massively popular prints. They’ll be curating a stall of some of their favourite music prints for the Market, featuring work from international artists alongside homegrown designers. Jo Wilson brings her mix of her own That Girl prints and assorted oddities from the Screenadelica canon to a stall; and new designer Lo Tierney will also be showcasing their works.

Add into the mix stalls from Liverpool label Mellowtone, storied festival Africa Oyé (celebrating its 30th anniversary this year), Loominance Records and choice cuts from local labels such as Society Of Losers, it amounts to plenty to look forward to digging through.

Vinyl and craft beer market at Future Yard

The Market will run from 11am and is free entry. There will be DJs on throughout the day as the Market spreads out into the Future Yard Garden as well as the bar, side room and live room. Our vinyl vendors and print traders will be situated inside and will be trading up until 5pm. The breweries will be stationed out in the Garden (under cover, don’t worry!), and you’ll be able to sample their wares and get your carry outs from midday up until 8pm. Most of the breweries will be hosting beer tasting sessions throughout the afternoon, with limited numbers of places available for each one. You can book on to these on the day.



Celebrating two of our favourite collectives, the wonderful psych/noise/experimental label Rocket Recordings, and Liverpool-based music loving brewers Carnival. The two teamed up last year to release the DDH session pale Time We Left The World Today, a delicious, hazy pale originally released in the summer of 2021 to celebrate the return of live music. It has now been re-brewed with a slightly tweaked recipe to unlock the juice to celebrate the return of live music in 2022. The new version starts off with Carnival’s bullet-proof hazy pale recipe, and is dosed with loads of Mosaic and Citra to create a soft, orange tropical fruit bomb of a pale.

The brew comes in 330ml cans with six different labels, each one a record sleeve from one of Rocket’s signature acts: Goat, Teeth Of The Sea, Gnod, Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, Pharaoh Overlord and The Utopia Strong. The latter will be performing live in a show after the day’s market.

As well as having cans of the latest brew for sale, Carnival’s Dom and Rocket’s Chris will be putting their heads together for a conversation about the crossover in approach between independent record labels and breweries. There will also be some other releases from both available on the day.

Carnival Rocket Time We Left This World Today



In the evening the Live Room converts back to a clubby gig space, with the heavy-hitting psych/prog of The Utopia Strong. The self-professed ‘semi-modular trio, delivering medical grade music to the visionary music head’ are comprised of Kavus Torabi, Mike York and seven-time world snooker champion Steve Davis. The Utopia Strong are set to release their second LP of experimental and revelatory jams, International Treasure, via Rocket Recordings in June.

Kavus Torabi and Steve Davis have just released a new book, Medical Grade Music, which documents their meeting and subsequent sonic alliance, forged over a mutual love of the outer frontiers of underground music. The pair will be discussing the book and their musical tastes during an in conversation at 2pm in the Garden, followed by a DJ set.

The Utopia Strong will be taking to the stage after the CRATE Market has ended and the show will be ticketed (tickets £13.50), with doors opening at 8pm. Support comes from fellow Rocket Recordings wanderers Holy Scum – featuring members of GNOD and Action Beat – who have just announced the release of a new LP in June.

The Utopia Strong tickets


CRATE Market will take place every three months as we continue to celebrate the the unique qualities of music obsessives and beer lovers and the things that draw them both together. We’re always looking to expand on what we do, sand we’re massively excited to be able to take advantage of the great weather and take CRATE outdoors for this one. That will allow us to bring in even more great sellers and enthusiasts in the CRATE orbit, and programme some more events and content around the day. Keep your eyes peeled for more news of this coming soon.