The UK’s first carbon neutral grassroots music venue is set to open its doors this September. Guess where…

Exciting news has erupted out of Wirral as Birkenhead welcomes a permanent, multi-purpose live music venue. Future Yard, the brand new 350-capacity space, is set to open it’s doors this September with an exciting line-up of gigs starting with local breakthrough success SHE DREW THE GUN.

The venue was originally planned to open as a temporary pop-up venue from April 2020, before lockdown and ongoing restrictions shifted the Argyle Street hub’s strategy. Now Birkenhead will host the UK’s first carbon neutral grassroots music venue and a roster of exciting new music.

The team behind last year’s Future Yard Festival are closer to realising their vision for a new space which champions and supports new music in the region and provides a training hub for local people. An initial socially distanced programme, Near Normal, has been announced to get the ball rolling on live events, with full-capacity gigs featuring star names OMD and SELF ESTEEM, set to take place once government restrictions ease in 2021.

“We believe that Future Yard is needed now, more than ever before,” says Future Yard founder Craig Pennington. “True, it is a challenging time, but we believe the experience of lockdown has shown how powerful a community can be and we want to provide a space for our local community to come together. We’ve also seen an explosion in live streaming and digital performance, which has been hugely welcome and is here to stay, but this does not replace live music. People who love live music have acutely realised how important it is to them, how much of a role it plays in their lives.”

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The venue, located at 75 Argyle Street, will launch with a series of socially-distanced and digitally-streamed shows from September and will begin their exciting new program with their Near Normal series. The Birkenhead venue will welcome SHE DREW THE GUN on Saturday 19th September, along with other gigs in the mix from ORCHESTRAL MANOEUVRES IN THE DARK,  TOKKY HORROR, and BLACK COUNTRY, NEW ROAD in 2021.

The venue will be run by Future Yard CIC – a non-profit company focussed on delivering Future Yard’s positive social and environmental impact. The team have also committed to the long-term goal of becoming the UK’s first carbon neutral grassroots music venue. Working in partnership with LJMU’s Low Carbon Eco-Innovatory, Future Yard are shaping the design of the building, its energy consumption and developing a range of policies in how the venue operates to achieve this goal.

Future Yard has been established to re-imagine the role of a live music venue. At the heart of the vision is providing a space for local young people to develop the skills needed to pursue careers in the international live music industry. Alongside this in-venue training, Future Yard will also provide an innovative new artist development hub, providing the support and a platform for emerging new artists to shape their music careers.

Full details and listings are available at futureyard.org

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