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Independent Venue Week returns at the end of January in an all important year for our small spaces. As part of the national programme, Birkenhead venue Future Yard are hosting no less than eight nights of gigs with some of the most exciting artists out there.

PENELOPE ISLES, LAKE TURNER X SAM WIEHL, BRAD STANK and NATALIE MCCOOL are among the headliners for a series of shows which signal a statement of intent for the venue. As well as artists breaking through on a national and international scale, the socially distanced shows also feature a litany of local artists opening up proceedings.

The venue releases limited tickets for all shows on Monday 7th December with the option of streamed tickets for those who want to experience the gigs from home. The first show, taking place on 23rd January, features rising stars THE LOUNGE SOCIETY. The Hebden Bridge quartet have quickly signed to indie label Speedy Wunderground and are fast picking up fans alongside scene compadres Working Mens Club and The Orielles.

Following on from that, acclaimed folk singer songwriter RACHAEL DADD plays with support from SARA WOLFF (24/01), indie pop futurenauts RONGORONGO return to support Prestonian gloomster WHITE FLOWERS and electro-soul sensation FEHDEH rounds things off on 31/01.


Billed as a ‘live immersive off-world journey’ electronic artist Lake Turner’s collaboration with Liverpool-based visual artist Sam Wiehl offers a mid-week highlight in the programme. Expanding the the duo’s video for single Honeycomb, the event will invite punters into the virtual world created with sculptor Ana Drucker.

Independent Venue Week announced their intentions for 2021 earlier this month with singer ARLO PARKS named as the year’s ambassador. Launching at a socially-distanced Bush Hall in London, representatives of sponsors and funder talked about the importance of independent venues as the backbone of live music. While the unwelcome closure of many venues in Liverpool will leave a deficit for our music scene, news of these shows in Birkenhead are cause for positivity in a year which will hopefully see a rebuild of our live sector.

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