A Bank Holiday Weekend in Birkenhead has never looked better. The inaugural edition of FUTURE YARD FESTIVAL takes place across Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th August with an array of national and international musicians playing the town’s iconic venues.
The Victorian civic splendour of Birkenhead Town Hall plays host to headliners Mercury Prize-nominated ANNA CALVI and the Wirral’s favourite son BILL RYDER-JONES, whilst there’ll be live music in nearby venues Birkenhead Priory and Bloom Building. Critics’ favourites STELLA DONELLY and NILÜFER YANYA represent a healthy selection of the best new music currently being playlisted across the world while there’s plenty of opportunities to hear the future sound of Merseyside with local acts such as QUEEN ZEE gracing the bill.
Aside from the exciting new music on offer there’s also a thought-provoking daytime programme celebrating Wirral’s unique cultural heritage, inspired by its geography, landscape and unique position between Wales and the port of Liverpool. A partnership with FOCUS Wales to celebrate Birkenhead’s unique connection to Welsh culture, cycling tours of Wirral’s Viking past, walking tours of the historic Priory and docklands, exhibitions from the LOOK Photo Biennial and Toucan Tango, celebrations of the local music scene, and live soundtracked meditative yoga are just some of the diverse daytime events open to festival goers.
The three Future Yard venues of Birkenhead Town Hall, Birkenhead Priory and Bloom Building are all a short walk from Hamilton Square Station and there are reasonably priced day tickets and weekend tickets available for the festival. With gates opening at 4pm on the Friday it’s the perfect way to start your August Bank Holiday Weekend.
Future Yard also launches its New Noise Project in association with The Hive Youth Zone in Birkenhead on 23rd July with a live showcase at Bloom Building. Successful artists aged 16-18 will be chosen to join the festival line-up. This is part of the festival’s commitment to developing a new music infrastructure in Birkenhead.
Amongst the local artists playing across the two days are Merseyrail Sound Station artists Bill Nickson, Beija Flo and Eyesore & The Jinx. Local success story Forest Swords, who plays sell-out shows across Europe, is also developing an exclusive installation in partnership with The Kazimier. PYLON will be an installation and sound structure which responds to its location of Birkenhead’s historic Priory, the oldest standing building on Merseyside.
Future Yard Festival takes places on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th August. Tickets are available via Ticket Quarter.
For more information go to futureyard.org