FUTURE NOW+ PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS + SNAPPED ANKLES COLA + DEHD + BDRMM + TARAKA + EADES + M(H)AOL HOLIDAY GHOSTS + PORCHLIGHT + TOKKY HORROR + FRIENDS
August Bank Holiday weekender
We’re incredibly excited to be hosting our August bank holiday weekender again, on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th August 2022. Future Now is our annual celebration of the best emerging new music, which also marks the anniversary of the festival that launched Future Yard in 2019.
It is with immense pride that we can unveil this year’s line-up, headed up by two mighty noisemongers, Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs (Saturday) and Snapped Ankles (Friday). The shamanic Snapped Ankles have to be seen to be believed, a high-wire, multi-media live act whose Teutonic forest rhythms are shot through with post-punk lightning. A truly unique, communal experience. Pigsx7 are a riff-driven, primal juggernaut of a group, whose Sabbathian and Melvinsian sound knows no bounds. Both are joined by a stellar group of acts who are some of our favourite current artists on the circuit – Cola, Dehd, bdrmm, Taraka, M(h)aol (you can read more about these below) – with more special guests, DJs and extra bits still to be announced.
Day and Weekend tickets go on sale on Friday 27th May at 10am.
Snapped Ankles, Taraka, Eades, Tokky Horror + Friends, Dreampark, Hank Bee, Kjaerra, Lynskey
Plus very special guests + more TBA
Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, Cola, Dehd, bdrmm, Holiday Ghosts, M(h)aol, Porchlight, Broken Down Golf Cart, Nudist, Dog Sport, Kristrún, Gadzooks!, Bill Nickson, Stardog Glove Box, Memori
In 2021, we doubled up our first Future Now weekender as a moving in party for our new home at 75 Argyle Street. It was a glorious few days in Birkenhead for the August bank holiday, as we welcomed a huge crowd to see Gruff Rhys, James Righton, Nuha Ruby Ra, PVA, Folly Group and loads more in our new community venue. There was a great air of warmth around the place as loads of our favourite local performers also joined us for the party, turning the outside Garden space into a full-on party. The weekend was rounded off by a DJ set from Tom Ravenscroft, capturing the spirit of discovery of our original 2019 event.
Future Now is our annual celebration of the best emerging new music, our chance to celebrate the music makers who are on the rise and ready to break out. It’s the spirit of discovery that keeps us motivated, and we know that is shared by lots of you music lovers, too. Just like when Black Country, New Road, Squid, Dry Cleaning, Stella Donnelly, Willie J Healey, Pottery et al descended on our festival in 2019, Birkenhead is the place to be to discover the best new sounds.
Future Yard presents
August bank holiday weekend celebration – featuring
Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs
+ Holiday Ghosts
+ Tokky Horror + Friends
PLUS Dog Sport + Kristrún + Hank Bee + Bill Nickson + Broken Down Golf Cart + Nudist
+ Stardog Glove Box + Dreampark + Lynskey + Kjaerra + Memori + Gadzooks!
Friday 26th + Saturday 27th August 2022
75 Argyle Street
Doors 5pm Friday / 1pm Saturday | open til late both days
Weekend + day tickets on sale Friday 27th May at 10am
Weekend – £40 adv | Friday day – £20 adv | Saturday day – £25 adv
Tickets available online in advance or in person at the Future Yard Box Office.
Future Yard is a cashless venue – all payments are taken by contactless or chip and pin. Kitchen open til 9pm both days.
If you have any specific access requests, please read all of the details about accessibility at Future Yard here.
Snapped Ankles return to the forest, but it’s not as they left it. Trees planted in neat rows. A well-ordered monoculture with access roads and heavy machinery. The smell of greenwashed money in the air. There’s no sign of the ancient woodland they emerged from on debut album, Come Play The Trees. And it’s far cry from the gentrified East London they found themselves hawking on Stunning Luxury. All is not well in the face of progress. Welcome to the Forest Of Your Problems (The Leaf Label, 2021).
Snapped Ankles’ outsider status has always allowed them to hold a mirror up to society. Now the boundaries are not so clear. In the four years since Come Play The Trees was released, their cult has flourished. Previous album Stunning Luxury saw the band invited to play the BBC 6 Music Festival and a KEXP session on the back of a sold-out UK tour which culminated with two nights at Village Underground in London. As those who have witnessed the shamanic ritual of their live shows will attest, they are a truly unique, communal experience. Forest Of Your Problems will see the woodwose bring their ancient forest rhythms and high-wire, multi-media live act to ever bigger stages.
PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS
Newcastle’s Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs have left the wiser of us aware that they are no band to be messed with. In the seven years since this band’s inception, the powerful primal charge at their heart has been amplified far beyond the realms of their original imagination. What’s more, no one has been more taken aback by this transformation than the band themselves.
One of many thrillingly heavy UK acts to find a home on the consistently brilliant Rocket Recordings label, Pigsx7 make even the gnarliest noisemongers stand back in awe. Viscerals, the quintet’s third proper album, is an enormous leap forward in confidence, adventure and sheer intensity even from their 2018 breakthrough King Of Cowards. Incisive in its riff-driven attack, infectiously catchy in its songcraft and more intrepid than ever in its experimental approach, Viscerals is the sound of a leaner, more vicious Pigs, and one with their controls set way beyond the pulverising one-riff workouts of their early days.
On 2022’s critically-acclaimed Flower Of Devotion, Dehd captured and shared the precarious balance between real life and real hope, a feat mirrored by instant pop melodies and infectious punk energy. The Chicago trio had the audacity to look ahead when many of us didn’t, to imagine improvement through mere existence. It was an album we needed. We need its follow-up, the triumphant Blue Skies, even more.
Dehd’s fourth album (and first for Fat Possum) is also the band’s second consecutive breakthrough, loaded with the most compelling, compulsive, and expansive songs of their career. Blue Skies offers another jolt of timely hope, only with twice the power. These 13 hits feel like flashlights in the dark, acknowledging how difficult everything from love and sex to living and dying can be while supplying the inspiration of their own experiences.
Deep In View is the debut album from former Ought members Tim Darcy (vocals, guitar) and Ben Stidworthy (bass) alongside Evan Cartwright (drums). Titled after philosopher Alan Watts’ anthology of the same name, the record is built on a foundation of elegant guitar grooves and knotty rhythms, offering commentary on modern life and technology through curious lyrical vignettes, where quotidian objects and scenes are never just as they seem. Deep In View (Firetalk Recs) is equally a product of introspective songwriting as it is a consideration of the abstract landmarks of an increasingly media-mediated society. It also presents the most concise and melodic songs Darcy and Stidworthy have written to date.
Since the breakup of the legendary underground cult duo Prince Rama, former frontwoman Taraka started recording songs that sound like the vivid visions of the disturbed daughter of Kate Bush and Johnny Rotten who drank ayahuasca at the gates of Warped Tour ’02, merging bastard elements of outsider-psych, post-edenic grunge, kaleidoscopic punk and post-adolescent angst.
Hull-based bdrmm released one of the albums of 2021 in their debut LP Bedroom. The slow-burning record, released on Sonic Cathedral, was hailed as “a modern shoegaze classic” by NME, but it, and bdrmm themselves, have evolved into more than that. The quartet have followed it up with a string of equally imaginative, immersive and emotional releases that mark them out as one of the brightest talents in UK rock music today. The tracks Port and Three have shown further depths to their sound, adding flecks of clubby krautrock and lush melancholy to their swirling sound.
bdrmm return to Future Yard for Future Now after touring with Mogwai and Ride this spring/summer. The walls of our Live Room are still rippling with the intensity they brought when they headlined a stunning show here in October 2021, and we can’t wait for them to do it all over again.