Future Yard announces exciting August events lineup

Birkenhead’s industry-leading community music venue, Future Yard, is set to play host to a trio of exciting summer events in August.

Kicking things off with the free entry Festival Days on Saturday 5 August, CRATE Market also returns on Saturday 19 August alongside an exclusive headline performance from Dur-Dur Band International, before the bank holiday arrives to wrap up proceedings on Friday 25 August with the Future Now Weekender and the Pat Nevin World Cup 5-a-side Tournament.

Alongside the usual programme of exciting national and international artists set to perform at Future Yard, the venue is preparing for the busiest period of the summer that culminates with the annual Future Now Weekender.

First up in August is the sophomore Festival Days event, which sees Future Yard transform into the hottest family-friendly festival site on the circuit.

Featuring live music from FY favourites Blue Jean and Hannah Weedall, the festival feeling is set to take over with DJs and family activities, plus food and drink from some of the finest local suppliers and the wonderful FY Bar + Kitchen.

Also set to join is the Liverpool Indie Choir, giving us some beautiful renditions of your favourite leftfield hits in a performance that is not to be missed.

CRATE is a regular craft beer and music market, returning for the eighth iteration of the event since Future Yard opened fully in 2021. CRATE #8 is set to happen on Saturday 19 August and will once again take place indoors and outdoors in a much-expanded version of the event that takes over the whole ground floor of the venue, followed by a live show in the evening.

The Market brings together the worlds of vinyl obsessives and craft beer aficionados for a daytime fair that joins up some of the best local record labels, vendors, brewers, printmakers, and DJs in the North West. Starting at 11am and running until 8pm, CRATE is free entry.

Guests will have the chance to dig through a selection of vinyl records + musical paraphernalia as well as try out some of the region’s finest IPAs, whilst also holding activities for kids to make it an unmissable day out for the whole family. FY neighbours Glen Affric are all set to take over the outdoor bar once again, highlighting their exceptional brews which are created just a stone’s throw away from Future Yard.

Afterwards, the Future Yard Live Room will play host to the inimitable Dur-Dur Band International from 8pm for a North West exclusive performance. Heroes of the Mogadishu dance scene in their native Somalia, their unique brand of disco-funk will complete the full day of festivities. They’re stopping off at the Live Room in the midst of festival sets at the likes of Green Man, so to witness them in Birkenhead promises to be undeniably special.

The month of August culminates in Future Yard’s flagship event – the Future Now Weekender.

Future Now is an annual celebration of the best emerging new music, which also marks the anniversary of the festival that launched Future Yard in 2019.

Following on from headliners Pigs x7 and Snapped Ankles shaking the foundations last year, 2023 sees returning heroes The Bug Club and BODEGA headlining, both having played packed-out shows on Argyle Street in 2022.

Set across Friday 25 August and Saturday 26 August, Future Now is a chance to celebrate the music makers who are on the rise and ready to break out. It’s the spirit of discovery that is at the heart of Future Now, and the festival has previously presented the likes of Black Country, New Road, Squid, Dry Cleaning, Willie J Healey, bdrmm, and COLA, proving that Birkenhead is the place to be to discover the best new sounds.

Christopher Torpey, Future Yard co-founder, says, “August bank holiday weekend is always a key moment for Future Yard. Future Now is one of the pillars of our live calendar, where we get to bring together all of our current favourite noisemakers for one amazing weekend of music. It’s a chance for our regular gig-goers to revel in that too, and for music lovers to discover their new favourite artist.

“It’s also a moment to remember where Future Yard started – with a two-day music festival in Birkenhead back in 2019, which lit the touch paper on this incredible journey and made The Future Is Birkenhead feel like a reality rather than a pipe dream.”

As Future Now wraps up on Saturday night the attention is immediately turned to the following day’s 5-a-side tournament that will see Future Yard’s audience, neighbours, bands, supporters, staff, and partners battling it out on the pitch.

Named in honour of one of Tranmere Rovers’ favourite sons, Pat Nevin is as suave off the pitch as his skills were smooth on it. A model of the perfect footballer, Nevin is a competitor, a thinker, a crafty winger with great music taste who is not afraid to use his platform to espouse his values of social justice.

The Pat Nevin World Cup takes place on Sunday 27 August and is open for teams to enter now. Entry to the tournament is £40 per team, with a recommended squad size of 8 (up to a maximum of 10). All proceeds raised from the event will support Future Yard’s new Neighbourhood Fund, providing free tickets, training, and community music activities for the most disadvantaged communities in Birkenhead.

August @ Future Yard Includes…

Festival Days #2 | 05.08.2023 Blue Jean Hannah Weedall Liverpool Indie Choir DJs Family Activities Food + Drink from FY Bar + Kitchen Zest Limoncello Glen Affric Takeover More TBA

More Details Here

CRATE #8 + Dur-Dur Band Int. | 19.08.2023 Vinyl Fair Craft Beer Market Dur-Dur Band International (Live)

More Details Here Dur-Dur Band International Tickets Here

Future Now Weekender + Pat Nevin World Cup | 25-27.08.2023 The Bug Club 25.08 Christian Lee Hutson Personal Trainer Treeboy & Arc Seal Cub Clubbing Club Sylvie BODEGA 26.08 Baba Ali Bo Ningen Butch Kassidy Heartworms Spielmann Tapir! Wesley Gonazlez Local emerging artists on both days 5-a-side Football Tournament 27.08

More Details and Weekend + Day Tickets Here

Pat Nevin World Cup Details (including how to enter) here

Images: Future Yard

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