This site commemorates both the successful
campaign to save the Picket venue from threatened
closure by relocating to a new venue and its role in the Liverpool music scene from the 1980s to the 2010s
The Picket's regular programme of events includes 'Fuse'
and 'Bassline29', Dry Bar events for young artists and band, and collaborations
with local community organisations. The Venue is also available for hire.
The New Picket is fully accessible including access to
stage, all areas of the venue and disabled toilets.
remains as an archive of the Picket's continuing history!
How to find the
Look for Cains Brewery, (formerly Higsons- on Parliament Street) close
to the River Mersey. Approaching the River, turn right at the traffic lights
onto Jamaica Street, and then second left into New Bird Street, the entrance to
the venue is located on New Bird Street.
Legendary Liverpool Art School band
'Deaf School' appeared live at the formal
Support was from brand new local band The
CB'S and DJ Stormin' Normin.
"Great to see that the
Picket is back on the Liverpool scene. It deserves your love and support
whether you are in the corridors of power or just walking in the door with a
guitar in your hand. Support the Picket and party like it's 2008".
Elvis Costello aka Declan
McManus, 20th April, 2006.
"Kevin McManus and I were asked by the
Lord Mayor of Liverpool Councillor Steve Rotheram, to put together an
appropriate musical tribute to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the
Hillsborough disaster, Kevin McManus from Merseyside ACME joint projector
co-ordinator." Philip Hayes Director of The Picket Liverpool. Hillsborough
Former and current Liverpool FC players joined the
families of the 96 who died for a star-studded launch event at The Picket on
Thursday 26th March hosted by the city's Lord Mayor Councillor Steve
Artists John Power of the La's and Cast fame, Peter
Hooton of The Farm, Mick Head of Shack, Nick Kilroe from Echo and the the
Bunnymen, James Walsh of Starsailor and Rob Taylor of the Troubadours have
joined forces to record a song for the 20th anniversary of the disaster.
The 'Fields of Anfield Road' taken from
Fields of Athenry by Peter St. John (who generously gave his permission for the
song to be used on the CD) is sung by The Liverpool Collective featuring the
Kop Choir. The CD was produced by Ken Nelson who has produced Coldplay and also
features tracks from Elvis Costello and Pete Wylie.
Councillor Rotheram, who is leading a week-long
series of Hillsborough remembrance events, said: "Hillsborough affected so many
lives, not just on Merseyside but across the whole of the UK. I attended the
match 20 years ago and the passing years do not diminish the importance and the
poignancy of this occasion.
"This record, the memorial service at Anfield and all
the other Hillsborough remembrance events are a symbol of the fact that we will
never forget the 96 young and old Liverpool fans who died."
Peter Hooton said: "Before Christmas the Lord Mayor
Steve Rotheram got in touch and asked about the feasibility of doing this. I
spoke with Phil Hayes from the Picket and Kevin McManus from Merseyside ACME
and with friends and colleagues to see if they would support the project and
there was an overwhelming response.
Trevor Hicks of the Hillsborough Family Support group
said: "We welcome and fully support the "Fields of Anfield Road" CD and are
honoured that it is being produced in commemoration of our loved ones. Some of
our members actually sing on it and we think it is a great way to bring musical
talent, football talent, a specially adapted Kop Anthem and the wider
"Liverpool Family" together in an entertaining but respectful way.