Liverpool’s Flying Picket step closer to reopening as new music venue

The proposed new venue on the site of the Flying Picket

The proposed new venue on the site of the Flying Picket

Liverpool could be in line for a new venue as planners aim to launch new gig space on site of the Flying Picket, Getintothis’ Billy Buttress reports.

The site of Liverpool’s former Flying Picket could be used as a new gig venue.

A planning application submitted by Buyers Club Ltd is looking to open a ‘high quality bar, restaurant and music venue’ at the Hardman Street site.

Shack, Noel Gallagher, Neil Finn and The Coral were among those who frequented The Flying Picket and now it could be transformed into a new space by the buyers which lists Bold Street Coffee owner Sam Tawil and Miles Falkingham, the architect behind Camp & Furnace, as directors.

Proposals include a downstairs bar, separate restaurant, first floor music venue with its own bar and temporary stage plus an outdoor garden area.

The new venue is at the back of the Blind School, Trade Union & Unemployment Resource Centre and Flying Picket bar on the corner of Hardman Street and Hope Street, at the site of the former Flying Picket club.

The new venue will be the third new enterprise at the site, with 92 Degrees Coffee and The Old Blind School already open. The entrance to the new venue will be through two courtyards behind The Old Blind School and will not be visible from the street.

The original Flying Picket closed in 2004 because of debts but reopened as the Picket – or District as it is more commonly known in the Baltic Triangle, where it recently hosted the likes of Ariel Pink and is this year part of Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia.

A Save the Picket campaign was supported by names including Sir Paul McCartney, John Peel and Joe Strummer, Elvis Costello, Pete Townsend and Paul Weller.