The Wirral peninsula has belied its relatively small population to deliver some of the country’s best known artists over the years – OMD, Half Man Half Biscuit, Elvis Costello, Clean Bandit, Forest Swords and The Coral are amongst the acts who’ve emerged from this quiet part of North West England to seriously impact the musical landscape.

But while the borough has had numerous breakout success stories it lacks a musical centre ofits own to capitalise and create a truly local scene. Liverpool is the obvious candle to which allof these acts have been drawn.

Now the peninsula’s largest town is getting its own music festival. On 23 - 24th August Future Yard will re-imagine unique spaces and venues in Birkenhead for a two-day, multi-venue festival of internationally significant contemporary new music.

Headliners include Anna Calvi and local lad Bill Ryder-Jones, backed by a host of up and comers (Working Men’s Club, Eyesore & The Jinx, Beija Flo, Seatbelts). There’s also ‘Pylon’ anewly commissioned sound and performance installation by Forest Swords set within Birkenhead Priory, Merseyside’s oldest building. Venues include the civic splendour of Birkenhead Town Hall, groundbreaking new arts space and mental health support hub Bloom Building, and the local scene cornerstone Gallagher’s.

Ticket go on sale on 19th April.