As we emerged from lockdown earlier this year, we entered a different landscape to the one which was cast into darkness at the beginning of 2020. The trials of the music industry, as well as other sectors, have been well documented and many of the challenges existed before Covid ravaged creative businesses.

Liverpool has been fighting against a tide of gentrification for some years now. Developments have increasingly impinged on spaces which have enabled creativity to thrive. Year on year the live circuits of Merseyside have changed.

Nonetheless, the live scene in and around the city has kicked back into gear as the festival season makes way for the autumn deluge of gigs. It’s clear that the people who are passionate about live music and art have not been cowed by the pandemic. While it hurts to see old venues boarded up, it’s heartening to see new venue names on gig listings.

In our series City Spaces, produced by Bido Lito! Digital Content Creators Iona Fazer and Harry Robertson, we look at the venues and the teams behind the spaces keeping live music alive. In these films we hear about the passion and drive ensuring Liverpool maintains a buoyant new music scene. The teams behind DIY venues, new spaces and the artists who relish performing in them, talk about the challenges and tribulations currently facing live events.

This page will be constantly added to with new films so keep checking back!

Bridewell Studios

with owner Fiona Filby and Astles.
Located in Kensington and with a fascinating history, The Bridewell Studios are primarily a space for artists but with burgeoning gig offering.

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with team members Jack, Chrissy and Polexia.
Home to experimental and industrial label Spine Records and regular noise parties, Q U A RRY also host intimate gigs of a variety of genre.

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with Jacinta and Tom Hearns
The North Docks venue continue their efforts to make a truly inclusive and representative space for all clubbers.

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with Alex Rayment and Ben Roberts
The Penny Lane church turns music venue for the latest edition of Liverpool Digital Music Festival.

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with Nina Franklin and Daniel De La Bastide
Relocating to Fabric District’s Constance Street, the all-in-one radio station, venue and bar is a cozy stage for local talent.

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