The Story of the Picket Liverpool; 25 Years on Music’s Frontline

2011 marks 25 years since Pete Townshend officially opened the recording studio at the Merseyside Unemployed Resource Centre – which would later become known as the Picket. On Thurs 30th June 2011 the venue will celebrate with Picket director Phil Hayes in an evening of recollection and new music.

The legendary Liverpool venue has been supported by a string of some of Britain’s most famous musicians from Elvis Costello, Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono to Paul Weller, Peter Gabriel and Suggs from Madness. The venue has seen performances by Deaf School, Billy Bragg, Pete Wylie, Amsterdam, Ian McNabb, Joss Stone, Neil Finn from Crowded House, Baaba Maal and Travis.

It’s also helped launched the careers of the emerging names who became some of Liverpool’s most famous bands from the Las to Space, Cast, the Coral and the Wombats. It has inspired thousands more.

The venue has thrived and survived through a period of massive musical and social change in the UK – and not without threats of its own, being forced to move location and facing savage funding cuts in Liverpool’s European Capital of Culture year. And yet it lives on: a hub of support, passion and opportunity for musicians; forging inspirational sounds, visionary youth schemes and unforgettable nights out.

Ronnie Hughes from a sense of place will be interviewing Philip Hayes ahead of the release of book “The Story of the Picket Liverpool; 25 Years on Music’s Frontline”.This will also mark the first showing of our new film ‘On music’s front line: 25 years of The Picket’, which a sense of place, Sarah Horton and Ronnie Hughes, have made to promote the book.

There will be an opportunity for people to submit their memories of the Picket, bring along photos, videos or posters for possible inclusion in the book. There will also be Q and A session with Philip, to listen his personal highlights of working at the venue from 1983 in Hardman Street to the present day in the Baltic Creative District.

Further information about the publication will be released and on view a collection of collages Philip has created over the last five years that pay homage to Liverpool’s musicians.

Live music comes from young Liverpool troubadour Luke Fenlon and Freq, an up and coming four piece from the city

Thurs 30th june 2011

The Story of the Picket

61 Jordan Street
L1 0BW

Tickets £6 waged, £3.00 for this event is

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