Future Yard Festival with Anna Calvi revealed, Sound City line up additions plus Blossoms set for massive gig

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Bill Ryder-Jones

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A new Wirral festival will see Anna Calvi and Bill Ryder Jones headline Birkenhead Town Hall, as Future Yard sets out to re-imagine venues on the peninsula in August.

The festival, aiming to reignite the region, will feature a new visual installation in the 850-year-old Birkenhead PrioryPylon, presented by Forest Swords.

Music acts featuring over the weekend include Nilufer YanyaStella DonnellySzun WavesPixxQueen Zee and Willy J Healey.

Eyesore and The JinxBill NicksonSPQRSeatbelts, Beija FloMunkey JunkeyLo FiveNiki Kand and SPILT will also perform over the weekend of August 23-24.

Organisers have also promised a further world of artists, DJs, oddities and weird Wirral wonderment in Birkenhead’s Bloom Building and Gallagher’s on top of the two main venues.

More acts are to be revealed but you can see the full first wave in the poster below. Weekend tickets are priced £40 and go on sale on Friday.

Future Yard

With just a couple of weeks to go until Sound City, the festival has named hundreds more artists across the May Bank Holiday weekend.

Bringing the weekend to a climax, the Noisey and Levi’s Music Project after party takes over Constellations, with headliner slowthai. Support comes from Ms Banks, GIT Award nominee Aystar and Noisey DJs.

As part of the Levi’s Music Project, Loyle Carner’s 12 mentored students performing across the whole weekend.

Liverpool heroes The Night Café are now revealed for Saturday’s action, whilst fellow locals Clean Cut Kid are also revealed for the main festival, performing on Sunday, having previously been penned for the conference element of the weekend on the Friday.

Tim Burgess will also perform at Sound City, playing his Tim Peaks stage which is sure to be hot for special guest performances.

The Courteeners

A special event at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse has been organised by Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham in an attempt to tackle homelessness across the city.

Raise The Roof will see hometown heroes The Courteeners and Blossoms perform, as well as Bugzy MaloneLisa Stansfield and Dr John Cooper Clarke.

Tickets for the gig, on Friday May 24, are purchasable via a donation ballot. Fans can text “RAISE” to 84988 to enter the ballot until noon on Friday May 3, after which winners will be notified and allocated two tickets.

All of the £10 donation made via text goes to the Greater Manchester Mayor’s chosen charity A Bed A Night, which aims to tackle to humanitarian crisis on the streets of the city.

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Liverpool lads The Gear will play their debut headline slot at EBGBs next month. They’ll be supported by Astles and The Heavy North on Saturday, May 18.

Elsewhere in Liverpool, the Zanzibar Club is gaining major momentum, adding gigs on top of their Sister Midnight rock and roll late nighter.

The Gear

This Friday, The MerchantsChris Edwards and Joe Abraham will play the venue.

Leeds based artist Tallsaint has returned with her new single, Hard Love, the title track of her upcoming EP, set to be released in June.

Having gained support from BBC Introducing and BBC 6 Music, newest offering captures: “the surreal feeling of being left hanging on the outskirts of someone’s life but still relentlessly yearning for inclusion in different ways.”

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