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The future is still Birkenhead – it’s just a little bit delayed.

As with all plans in the live music sector, things at FUTURE YARD are on hold due to the coronavirus lockdown. We should have been gearing up for the first shows at Future Yard‘s new pop-up venue space in Birkenhead at the end of April, but plans have been put back to the autumn. The Near Future programme – a run of live shows featuring some of the best and brightest new music around today – will now commence on 3rd October, at the brand new space at 75 Argyle Street, in the heart of Birkenhead.

Disco punks Warmduscher, and Rebecca Taylor’s smart pop project Self Esteem, were scheduled to play the closing event at the pop-up venue in June, but their show has been re-scheduled for 3rd October and will serve as the celebratory Opening Party of the autumn season. They will be joined by genre-hopping trio PVA, the raucous energy of Talk Show and BABii‘s forward-thinking pop RnB. Returning legends OMD has also moved the date of their sold-out show, returning on 10th October to play their first Wirral show since 1979.

It’s further good news for fans of interesting musical excursions, as the show with Evian Christ, Tom Ravenscroft and Forest Swords (DJ set) has also been successfully re-scheduled, taking place on the new date of 17th October. Two of Wirral’s most exciting, leftfield electronic artists, Evian Christ (Warp Records) and Forest Swords (Ninja Tune) are shining examples of the breadth of high-class talent that the peninsula is home to. DJ and tastemaker Tom Ravenscroft has an otherworldly music taste; Tom’s appetite for uncovering new music and sharing a range of sounds with fans is in keeping with the ethos of Future Yard, which aims to showcase and highlight the most critical music being made today, no matter where it’s from.

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Future Yard Festival, which took place in August 2019, proved that there is a ready audience for new music in Birkenhead. The development of Future Yard into Birkenhead’s only dedicated live music space means that they can create a place to present the best new artists all year round, not for just one weekend a year. The venue will be located in a former nightclub at the heart of the town centre, and is now very recognisable with the bright pink ‘THE FUTURE IS BIRKENHEAD‘ motto painted on the front of the building. Some statement!

Shows with local luminaries Bill Nickson (EP launch show, 23rd October) and Bye Louis (Building Stories event, 30th October) have also been successfully moved back to the new period, when Merseyside’s gig-going masses will be looking to sate their live music fix. Unfortunately, the day-long Memories Of The Near Future show curated by She Drew The Gun has had to be pulled from the original programme due to scheduling commitments.

The team at Future Yard promise further show announcements in the coming weeks to bolster the Near Future programme, which will run until December. Already they have announced shows with Angolan-Portuguese kuduro artist PONGO (7th November), modern shoegazers bdrmm (20th October), and a show with returning indie-pop duo Summer Camp (22nd October), hosted by Harvest Sun.

We think you’ll agree that if the Future Yard programming continues in this vein, it’s worth waiting a little longer for.

Head to futureyard.org for all show and ticketing details – and sign up to the mailing list to make sure you don’t miss out on any new show announcements.

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