Independent Venue Week 2024
The greatest week in all the land returns to Future Yard for the fourth year running, as we once again participate in Independent Venue Week – running from 29th Jan to 4th Feb 2024 . Following sell out shows from The Mysterines and truly storming sets from the likes of LIFE and Mandy, Indiana, last year’s IVW is hard to top, but we reckon this year’s might just do that…
Ye Vagabonds make their Birkenhead debut on Tuesday 30th January, forerunners of the flourishing contemporary Irish Folk scene, they’re all set to bless your ears with understated and inspired tales delivered with perfect harmony channelling the sounds of folk revival and traditional Irish music. On Wednesday THE indie darlings of the Wirral peninsula, Hooton Tennis Club, make their very long-awaited return to the live arena for a very special, very one-off show packed full of fan favourites and potential surprises. Thursday sees the return of good-ol’ scouse rock n roll outfit The Kairos for their first headline show here, coming into the live room after their storming set outside this past summer supporting The Lottery Winners; then, stars of the Madrid underground scene Hinds, take their effortlessly catchy garage rock to our stage on Friday. Only legends in the building when The Zutons perform in their super sold-out show here on Saturday, and to round out this truly astonishing week, CVC headline on Sunday 4th February, crafting a world of 60s California psychedelia via rural Wales to float you on into the next week.
Monday 29th January headliner TBA.
Tickets for all shows are on sale now.
+ Loris and the Lion support.
Made up of brothers Brían and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn, Ye Vagabonds grew up playing music together around their hometown of Carlow, a small town in the southeast of Ireland. After moving to Dublin in 2012, they quickly became a staple of the live music and session scene in Ireland, playing their own original songs as well as folk songs from Ireland, Scotland, England and America.
Since releasing their debut EP in 2015, the group have released 3 albums, a second EP and won 2 BBC Folk and 5 RTE folk awards; with their 2019 LP The Hare’s Lament winning best album. Their latest LP, 2022’s Nine Waves, recorded in the Dublin mountains at Hellfire Studio, was met with wide-spread critical acclaim, “Reflective and reverent, with Nine Waves Ye Vagabonds prove once again to be at the forefront of an ever evolving, flourishing Irish folk scene and have done so in the most understated and inspired fashion imaginable” (Folk Radio)
They supported boygenius at Royal Hospital Kilmainham this past summer, teaming up with the supergroup to cover The Parting Glass in honour of Sinéad O’Connor.
HOOTON TENNIS CLUB
+ Campfire Social + Hank Bee support.
The Wirral’s most treasured indie darlings are back in a big way.
Hooton Tennis Club return for a very special, one-off, headline show at Future Yard on Wednesday 31st January 2024 as part of Independent Venue Week ’24 on Argyle Street. Armed with a warm hug of sound, their patented laid-back melodies recalls ’90s American slacker indie as much as it does Brit-pop, bringing to mind the likes of Pavement, Supergrass and Teenage Fanclub.
+ Dirty Blonde + Hollowbody support.
Scuzzed up, fuzzed up scouse rock n roll.
Following on from a storming Birkenhead debut in our garden this past summer, The Kairos make their way into our live room on Thursday 1st February as part of Independent Venue Week ’24 on Argyle Street.
+ Shefu support.
Spanish superstars Hinds perform at Future Yard on Friday 2nd February 2024, bringing their effortlessly catchy garage rock anthems to Birkenhead via Madrid as part of our bumper Independent Venue Week ’24 line-up.
+ Reignmaker support.
Why don’t you come on over…
+ Casino support.
We’re thrilled to be bringing our Independent Venue Week 2024 to a close with CVC, the psych-pop collective channelling 60s California via rural Wales. CVC, or Church Village Collective in full, draw from influences as far and wide as Snoop Dogg, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Super Furry Animals & Red Hot Chili Peppers and are comprised of singer Francesco Orsi, bassist Ben Thorne, drummer Tom Fry, keyboardist Daniel ‘Nanial’ Jones and singing guitarists David Bassey and Elliot Bradfield. Their ‘Welsh Music Prize’ Nominated debut album ‘Get Real‘ was released at the start of 2023 to universal critical acclaim.
Celebrating the spirit of independence + the culture of live music
Independent Venue Week is a seven-day celebration of music venues around the country and a nod to the people that own, run and work in them, week in, week out.
These venues give artists their first experience of playing live in front of an audience. They give fans somewhere to get up close to artists that one day, may well be playing stadiums and festival main stages. They also provide those wanting a career in music, off the stage, the chance to learn their craft up close in a small venue.
Independent Venue Week is unique in that it is a nationwide initiative with a completely local feel.