Sheeptopia | Future Yard

Stealing Sheep Presents

Stealing Sheep announce the launch of Sheeptopia Festival, an event curated by themselves and featuring some of the UK’s most significant female and non-binary artists. The show will take place on our outside stage, creating a fully immersive festival atmosphere. Stealing Sheep had this to say about the event…

“Turning our Sheepie dreams into reality 3>>> We want to bring together some amazing artists that have been inspiring us for a big live all-day festival experience! We’ve been missing live music and craving something like this, so it seems like the perfect time to put this together. Over lockdown we did a lot of ‘music industry ecology’ thinking its really important to us to support more female and non-binary artists and help get more balance on stage and behind-the-scenes is super important to us… it’s our utopian vision, it’s SHEEPTOPIA!!! Join us on Saturday 1st July, for legendary artists and new acts too!”

Stealing Sheep will be headlining the event, joined by very special guests The Orielles – fresh off the release of a deconstructed version of their superlative album Tableau. Also performing are Yama Warashi, Alice Low and IAMKYAMI; performers announced in the first wave are audio-visual duo Mermaid Chunky and ephemeral trash-electro-disco outfit Chewy She, who will be DJing an afterparty. More line-up and show additions to come.

Tickets on sale now (early bird tickets now sold-out).


Stealing Sheep’s sound mixes electronic pop, disco, Italo, 80s synthesisers and sci-fi ambiances with ethereal vocal lines and obscure three-part harmonies. Their live show explores audio-visual sequences, costume, movement and special effects. They are based in Liverpool, UK where they collaborate with artists based in their resident art-space, The Invisible Wind Factory. Members include Rebecca Hawley (keys and vocals), Luciana Mercer (drum kit and vocals) and multi-instrumentalist Emily Lansley (lap-steel, guitar, bass, synth and vocals).

Special guests The Orielles have been on a thrilling journey as they’ve expanded on their avant-disco punk. The Halifax trio have journeyed from lo-fi DIY indie origins to inspired avant-pop. With new album Tableau, they created an experimental double album self-produced in collaboration with producer Joel Anthony Patchett. In doing so, the Orielles have utilised holistic jazz practices, oblique 21st century electronica, and experimental 1960s tape loop methods.

Stealing Sheep present
plus very special guests The Orielles
+ Yama Warashi
+ Alice Low
+ Mermaid Chunky
+ Chewy She (DJ – afterparty)
+ Stealing Sheep live performance
+ more still to be announced
Saturday 1st July 2023
2pm doors
75 Argyle Street
Tickets £18 advance (full price) ((super earlybird tickets sold-out))

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. Live curfew 11pm. Kitchen open 2pm-9pm.
If you have any specific access requests, please read all of the details about accessibility at Future Yard here.



Mermaid Chunky are an audio-visual duo made up of artists Freya Tate and Moina Moin. Beavering in the endless baths of electronic chaos at all times, the duo boasts a bouquet of pumping trance rhythms, sad Easter time chicks and seriously arousing sax solos.

Their sound is inspired by folklore and contemporary kitsch ceremony, helping them exorcise the weight of Popey pagan guilt that they both felt from a young age. The duo have become renowned for their large-scale contemporary art events and ambitious artist collaborations. Artists in residence at SVA, Stroud, Gloucesershire.



Chewy She is an ephemeral trash-electro-disco band, mixing the spontaneity of punk with fat electro bass and showing off the grooves of disco. Frontwoman Garance Louis will be on DJ duties for this event, mixing in 2000s RnB, disco, happy techno, indie pop, cumbia and world music.