Constellations to close in 2019 for ‘residential development’ as Liverpool suffers new venue blow

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The Baltic Triangle venue Constellations will cease trading next year, Getintothis’ Peter Guy on another massive blow for Liverpool’s independent arts and music scene.

Liverpool art and music venue hub  Constellations is to close.

The Baltic Triangle venue is to close next year to make way for ‘residential development’, according to sources close to the venue.

The news comes as a devastating blow to not just the Baltic Triangle area but Liverpool as a whole as Constellations is such a staple in the Merseyside arts, music and culture programme.

Opened in 2014 by a group of Liverpool creatives, directors Rebecca WildNicholas Baskerville and their team have grown an independent project into something which hasn’t just rejuvenated an area on the fringe of Liverpool – but has made it one of the most bristlingly exciting places in the UK.

Having won an RIBA Award, the venue was also named #1 coolest place in Britain boasting an urban garden, an indoor cafe featuring quality ales, food and a range of exhibitions by regional artists and designers.

Baltic Triangle set for major expansion in next ten years – read the full report

Constellations also offers a host of imaginative and varied events and very often a programme offered unlike anywhere in the city hosting the likes of Positive Vibrations festival, Liverpool Soul FestivalOn The CornerLiverpool Disco FestivalBaltic Weekender and more recently being a cornerstone at this year’s Liverpool Sound City.

Looking ahead, Becky and her ever progressve team have recently taken over the ambitious Hinterlands project – a vast architectural structure which will provide more commercial business and conferences helping to prop up their more creative endeavours elsewhere. It will be a success.

Constellations is four – the music and arts hub that made the Baltic Triangle

But the news tonight of Constellations’ subsequent closure is a massive blow for Liverpool – and in a city truly struggling for vital, creative independent spaces, it’s news we’re all too familiar with.

UPDATE:

Constellations have released a statement in the wake of the news that their venue will be closing.

“News that Constellations will be moving next year is very much out there and we’re happy to share our plans for the future with you. Our new venue Hinterlands in the Baltic Triangle will become home to our weddings, conferences and festivals. 

Legacie Developments have been incredibly supportive of our move and in return we are supportive of their plans which will add further vibrancy to the Baltic neighbourhood.

We will continue the work we have started in the city and hope to replicate our model in new neighbourhoods across the city region in the future.”

Here’s a selection of images from Constellations’ four years in Liverpool.

 

 

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