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Future Yard Festival takes place on 23rd and 24th August 2019 in Birkenhead, Wirral.

Weekend tickets are on sale now priced at just £40. Day tickets are also available now, priced at £20 (Friday) and £25 (Saturday).

Advance sale for Friday day and Weekend tickets closes at midnight on Thursday 22nd August; advance sale for Saturday day tickets closes at midnight on Friday 23 August. Tickets will still be available at the festival Box Office over the weekend.

Box Office/Wristband Exchange is located at Woodside Ferry Village (CH41 6DU). Wristband Exchange is open from 2pm on Friday, and from 12pm on Saturday. It closes at 10pm on both days. All ticket holders will need to exchange their tickets for wristbands before entering Future Yard festival. Press and guestlist tickets must also be collected here.

The event takes place across three different venues: in the Victorian civic splendour of Birkenhead Town Hall; within the grounds of the 850-year-old Birkenhead Priory; and at groundbreaking new arts space and mental health support hub Bloom Building.

Gates open at 4pm on the Friday and 1pm on the Saturday. Headline performances run until midnight on both days, followed by programming into the early hours. See full stage times information here: https://futureyard.org/stage-times/

Future Yard Festival has been designed so that all attendees will be able to enjoy our headliners, with Birkenhead Town Hall’s capacity able to accommodate everyone. However, the smaller performance areas within Future Yard Festival are fixed capacity and a one-in, one-out system may be introduced during busy times.

Food and drink will be available to purchase on site.

Card payment is available at all venues. However, if you prefer to use cash, please be advised there are limited ATMs in the area so you may wish to withdraw cash before travelling to the festival.

Future Yard Festival is open to all ages, but anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Strobe lighting will be in operation in the main festival venues.

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Getting Here

How do I get there?

By public transport:

Hamilton Square is the nearest train station to all three Future Yard venues and is just two stops (5 minutes) from Liverpool Central on the Wirral Line.

Hamilton Square station is a 5-minute walk from Birkenhead Town Hall, a 9-minute walk from Birkenhead Priory and a 10-minute walk from Bloom Building.

Woodside bus station – in front of Woodside Ferry terminal – is served by numerous bus routes from across Wirral, and is a 2-minute walk from Hamilton Square. Birkenhead bus station is served by frequent services running to and from Liverpool, and is a 10-minute walk from Hamilton Square.

The easiest way to get around the festival venues is by foot or by car/taxi.

Info on strikes

With planned rail strikes* on Saturday 24th August, here is the information you need for getting to and from the festival.

*A limited service will be running on the Merseyrail network on Saturday 24th August between 7am and 7pm. Full details here.

Future Yard venues are just a short 5-10 minute walk from Birkenhead Bus Station, which has regular services to Liverpool City Centre, Chester, West Kirby and New Brighton. This means it’s easy to get buses to and from Liverpool City Centre all day and into the night. Bill Ryder-Jones and Anna Calvi’s headline performances finish at Birkenhead Town Hall at midnight which leaves plenty of time to get to Birkenhead Bus Station.

Bus Times from Future Yard to Liverpool – Friday and Saturday night:

From Birkenhead Bus Station, get the No. 1 service at 0031hrs; 0105hrs or 0132hrs.
Buses are also running to Bromborough Cross (No. 1, 0055hrs and 0155hrs) and Chester (No. 1, 0145hrs).
In addition to this, Argyle Taxis based in Birkenhead have a huge fleet of pre-bookable taxis. There is also a Hackney cab rank outside Hamilton Square Station.

Where do I go in Birkenhead?

Keep hold of this helpful map to navigate your way around. Entry to Birkenhead Town Hall will only be granted via Brandon Street; entry to Birkenhead Priory is via Priory Street; and entry to Bloom Building is via Abbey Close.

Venues

The Grade-II* listed classical Birkenhead Town Hall dominates Hamilton Square at the civic heart of Birkenhead. Built in 1887, the building's imposing clock tower looks over the largest collection of Grade I listed buildings outside of Trafalgar Square.

The Town Hall's Assembly Room is where the festival's headline performances will take place. The building's civic splendour will be the perfect backdrop for the artists at the top of the Future Yard 2019 bill to perform again, and will offer a unique experience to the audience, who rarely get to see inside such an ornate building.

As the oldest standing building on Merseyside, the Priory offers a unique insight into the town of Birkenhead and its historical and spiritual importance in the development of Wirral. Now surrounded by factory units and shipyards, the Priory is an oasis of calm in a busy world and affords unrivalled views of the river and surrounding area.

Performances will take place across a number of locations within the grounds of Birkenhead Priory, where history near and far loom impressively. The Priory was the base for the first ferry crossing over the Mersey, and the cranes of the nearby Cammell Laird shipyard tower over the site like eerie watchmen.

Wirral’s premier new music venue for emerging regional talent and national breakthrough artists, Bloom is one of the most exciting new additions to Birkenhead.

As well as hosting a co-working space and café (Bloom Coffee), Bloom is also home to The Open Door Centre, a groundbreaking charity offering support to young people around mental health.

Accessibility

All venues are accessible by wheelchair. Birkenhead Town Hall is accessed via two flights of stairs, but there is a lift available to use.

Staff will be on hand at all venues to assist with any access requests - just ask!

If you have any additional access requirements, please drop us a line on submissions@futureyard.org.

Contact Information

Stay up to date with all the latest details from Future Yard by signing up to our mailing list. Priority notification of ticketing details will be released to members of the mailing list in advance of tickets going on general sale.

All ticketing for Future Yard 2019 will be handled by TicketQuarter. If you have any specific queries relating to tickets, please contact TicketQuarter’s customer service team on customerservice@ticketquarter.co.uk. You can also find a list of FAQs about ticketing here.

If you purchased your tickets from other ticket vendors, please try the following options for customer service: See TicketsTicketwebSkiddle.

Please send any submissions and general enquiries to submissions@futureyard.org.

Volunteer

Would you like to gain experience working at a major music festival?

We are currently looking for local people who are interested in volunteering at the festival across a number of roles. There is the opportunity to gain experience within technical production roles, event management and audience facing positions.

Volunteers will receive full support from our festival team, plus:

  • a festival T-shirt
  • food during your shifts
  • free access to the festival when not on a shift
  • invitation to a post-festival workshop to discuss potential next steps

If you are interested in taking part please email volunteer@futureyard.org with a brief description of why you would like to get involved. If you have any relevant experience please include this in the email (though experience is not essential).