Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock these past few weeks, there’s a strong chance you’ll already be aware of the current COVID-19 pandemic sending countries across the globe into meltdown, including the UK.
With many of us now being told to work from home, avoid non-essential travel, stay clear of the pubs, theatres and clubs we all so regularly frequent and only risk venturing out to supermarkets for essentials, such as toilet paper, pasta and hand sanitiser, it looks as though the first half of 2020 has officially been called off. At least we have Netflix, right?
With the Coronavirus literally occupying the front page of every tabloid, news bulletin and topic of discussion, including this one, it seems necessary to look to the future and dream of cleaner, less infected and hopefully happier times. Times, all being well, spent having it large in some of Liverpool’s finest live music venues.
Check out the list below of some of Liverpool’s most cherished and favoured music establishments – a homage to those being affected by the virus.
24 Kitchen Street
Situated in the city’s trendy Baltic Triangle district, 24 Kitchen Street is one of Liverpool’s most popular dance music hubs. The four hundred capacity industrial rave space regularly hosts a wealth of noteworthy names.
Representing a variety of genres, from house and techno, to garage, grime and drum n bass, the likes of local dance duo Nightlapse, DJ Hazard, DJ Zinc and many more, have all graced the venue over its illustrious past.
The venue continues to remain open at this time, following advice from the government.
Camp & Furnace
Another venue located in the industrial dance mecca of the city, the Baltic Triangle, Camp and Furnace is a multi faceted live events space, incorporating a well stocked bar, a highly acclaimed restaurant and of course, an impressive music venue.
Since opening its doors back in 2012, the venue has strived to provide a programme of stellar acts to its regulars, welcoming a host of respected artists, brands and promoters, from the likes of celebrated club night Cream, to the BBC and Red Bull.
The camp and Furnace also remains open at this time, providing regular updates on the ongoing situation.
A recent addition to Liverpool’s live music scene, Jimmy’s is an independent grassroots venue built over two floors, located directly across from the city’s iconic landmark, the Bombed Out Church.
Opened in August 2019, the venue has impressed locals with a seven-day-a-week, eclectic offering of live music, an award winning menu and a vast selection of beverages. Recent names to have appeared on stage at the venue include the likes of up and comers Deja Vega, The Avalanche Party and ‘80s rock band, Spear Of Destiny.
Some of the scheduled live music events are still taking place at Jimmy’s Liverpool, alongside a series of streamed events, known as Isolation Gigs.
Invisible Wind Factory
Another independent, creative driven space built within a former factory on the edge of the river Mersey, the Invisible Wind Factory is a vast events arena brought back to life by the team behind The Kazimer.
Showcasing artistic and musical talent from across the country and beyond, the venue has seen many distinguished names come through its doors, from the likes of Wu-Tang Clan legend GZA to garage rock collective, Fat White Family.
The venue is continuing to run shows at present, following government advice.