RECONNECT+ THE TOSIN TRIO BEIJA FLO MC NELSON
Socially-distanced, limited capacity show
Sound Check Presents: RECONNECT
Come together and celebrate an independent showcase of local art + music.
Taking place on bank holiday Sunday at the end of May, Sound Check will be hosting an all-day celebration of Merseyside culture at Future Yard. During the day our free-entry outdoor space will host an arts fair, soundtracked by spoken word poets and DJs, with the evening culminating in a limited capacity, socially-distanced ticketed gig in the live room.
Performances on the night will come from contemporary neo-soul rockers The Tosin Trio, glam pop queen Beija Flo and Scouse hip hop star MC Nelson. The line-up of spoken word performers and DJs will be announced in the coming weeks, as will the full list of artists participating in the arts fair. RECONNECT is presented in association with our charity partner, Open Door Charity.
Doors open at 12pm for the activity taking place outside in the Garden (art fair, DJs, spoken word performances). Live music performances take place indoors, starting at 7pm. All live indoor performances will be subject to social distancing rules.
This show is now sold-out.
This event will be in aid of The Open Door Charity, which provides mental health support for young people on the Wirral, right out of Birkenhead.
As part of these celebrations, we’ll be hosting a limited space, open air Arts Fair, right in the heart of Birkenhead in the sprawling Future Yard Garden. Running from 12pm to 5pm and soundtracked by DJs and Spoken Word Poetry, RECONNECT is picking six local independent artists to showcase to an audience of art and culture enthusiasts. Jade Muat-Dodd, Rosa Kusabbi and Sumuyya are three of the artists confirmed to be taking part in the free entry Arts Fair – and we’re now launching an open call to/for artists in Merseyside to take part in the fair. If you’re interested and you’d like to showcase your work to our audience, please fill in this short form. Please get your submissions in by Tuesday 25th May at 5pm.
The Arts Fair will feature spoken word performances from Eve Howlett, Lindsay Price and Beija Flo during the afternoon on the outdoor stage. As one of the night’s live performers Beija Flo needs no introduction, and poetry is another facet of her artistry that allows her to give people a glimpse of her world; known as The Queen Of Heartbreak, Eve Howlett is a comedy poet and storyteller from Liverpool; Lyndsay Price is a spoken word artist whose work often takes on a philosophical nature underpinned with an ounce of hope, and she has a keen interest in how art can be used as a tool to ignite social change. There will also be DJs on hand throughout the day to set the perfect vibe to come and enjoy the full gamut of artistic expression.
RECONNECT is presented by Sound Check, Future Yard’s training + development programme for young people in the Merseyside area. Sound Check aims to give young people aged 16-24 the skills and knowledge to build on their passion for live music, and learn the skills needed to promote and produce live music events. The Sound Check participants have programmed, booked and organised this whole event and will be responsible for live sound, lighting and management on the night of the show.
This show is a limited capacity, socially-distanced show. Please see important ticket information below before buying a ticket.
Tosin Salako is the guitarist and singer-songwriter of the band The Tosin Trio. Born and raised in London and coming from a Nigerian family, Tosin boasts an appreciation for cultural diversity, and has a rhythm and feel based approach to musical composition. Based in Liverpool, The Tosin Trio comprises of electric guitar and vocals, by frontman Tosin Salako, backed by bass guitar and drums. The trio merge to perform a style which is heavily influenced by a mix of different genres. As well as music, The Tosin Trio stands for advocating cultural diversity and collaborating with other creatives in the local community to promote events and memorable musical experiences.
Impossible to pin down, Beija Flo’s sound is one that encompasses everything from open hearted balladry to acerbic punk. Tackling everything from love and relationships through to mental and sexual health, she is truly an artist for our times, juxtaposing her darkest moments against those of enduring hope. To witness Beija Flo live is an unforgettable experience. Songs, performance and costumes aside she provokes a conversation that many would shy away from. Beija Flo’s reality is weaved through music and the narrative she shares with an ever growing audience.
Born in Aigburth, South Liverpool, MC Nelson’s work explores what it means to be black and Scouse. He raps over jazzy, relaxed beats, melding socio-political history with lashings of good humour, two things very close to the city’s heart.
Full line-up for the daytime activity, including DJs, spoken word performers and artists featuring in the arts fair will be announced in the coming weeks.
Open Door Charity
Open Door Charity offers a range of services for young people and young adults who are suffering from anxiety, low mood, stress and panic attacks. If you feel like you need support with your own wellbeing then you can sign up to become a member of the charity, meaning you have access to the services we provide.
Access is free and immediate. We are proud to have no waiting list at Open Door and this is something we have strived for since the charity first started in 2011. Open Door is all about ‘Shaping Change’ in mental health and we do this through empowerment, culture and opportunity. Not only do we offer support services for our members, but we provide the local community with a creative and social space for them to come to Bloom Building and Coffee where we offer hot desking, workshops and tenancies.
We also offer free mental health training through our ‘Shaping Change’ workshop. This is open for anyone who wants to learn more about mental health and to get to know the charity a little bit more. We continue to increase our offer and range of projects, activities and services in order to enable meaningful outcomes for our local community.
Sound Check presents
feat. The Tosin Trio, Beija Flo, MC Nelson + more TBA
Sunday 30th May 2021
75 Argyle Street, Birkenhead
Doors 12pm – Live performances start at 7pm
Socially-distanced, limited capacity show
In association with charity partner, The Open Door Charity
Sound Check is supported by Youth Music and Magenta Living.
SOCIALLY-DISTANCED IN-VENUE TICKETS
Future Yard are committed to providing a safe and secure environment for audiences, artists and staff at our venue. This show 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 this event 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.
Groups are limited to a maximum of x2 people.
Future Yard’s full COVID-19 risk assessment is available to read in full here.