Current Events related to the Picket and Liverpool's music scene CLICK HERE

Collages by Phil Hayes commemorating the Liverpool scene CLICK HERE

Campaigning at the old venue, photo: Dave Evans

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

Liver Building Capital of Culture fireworks signs

The Picket's regular programme of events included 'Fuse' and 'Bassline29', Dry Bar events for young artists and band, and collaborations with local community organisations. The Venue was also available for hire.

The New Picket was fully accessible including access to stage, all areas of the venue and disabled toilets.

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Site created 06 October 2003

Last update 30 January 2017


Picket events

Landmark events at the New Picket HERE

What we have

The new Picket described HERE

What happened

Why the Picket had to move HERE


Milestones in the history of the Picket and the Liverpool music scene HERE


Galleries of photos, the Picket past and present HERE


The campaign guest-book archive HERE


The New Picket


The Picket at myspace!

http:// remains as an archive of the Picket's contribution to Liverpool and Merseyside's historic contribution to music!


How to find the New Picket.

Landmark: 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.

Directions from Lime Street Station: HERE

entrance to New Bird Street audience Entrance ot New Picket Jordan Street


The Picket reopened in Liverpool's Independent Cultural District

61 Jordan Street,
Liverpool, L1 OBW
Tel: 0151 708 6789.

on Saturday 27th May, 2006

See Phil's message HERE

BBC report HERE

Entrance from New Bird Street Speeches
entrance to New Picket Jordan Street
Audience Speeches: Robyn Archer

Legendary Liverpool Art School band 'Deaf School' appeared live at the formal opening

Support was from brand new local band The CB'S and DJ Stormin' Normin.

CB's at the Picket 27/05/06

"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.

Entrance from New Bird Street Interior of New Picket
Entrance to new venue from New Bird Streeet Audience arrives
New Bird Street New Bird Street 


Landmark Events

Landmark events at the New Picket


Musicians unite in memory of the 96

"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 Memorial Project

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 Rotheram.

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.


Lord Mayor Steve RotherhamPhil Thompson

Rafa Benitez

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Elvis Costello/Allen Toussaint gig

Thursday 5th July 2007

The Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint benefit concert for the New Picket was sold out.

See BBC North West tonight interview


See the Liverpool Echo review


See what the audience said


The Picket is extremely grateful to Elvis and Allen for performing at the Picket, it was great of them to do this for us- and for the future of music in Liverpool.

"This is OUR place and we live by the River".

From New Orleans to Liverpool.

Elvis Costello's website




This site created 06 October 2003
Last update 30 January 2017

webmaster Steve Little

The Picket acknowledges the support of Liverpool City Council,
the Arts Council of England,
Liverpool Culture Company,
the National Foundation for Youth Music.