In a side road off Jamaica Street is District Liverpool, a dynamic and versatile venue in the Baltic Triangle. For this year’s Independent Venue Week, we shine a spotlight on District as a cornerstone of Liverpool’s independent music scene.

District has evolved from its humble beginnings as an art gallery into a thriving venue, hosting an eclectic mix of events from gigs and club nights to festivals and film screenings. Housed in a former warehouse, the team preserves Liverpool’s cultural heritage while embracing the ever-changing music scene.

Preserving Legacy: The Story of The Picket

To get the full story of District, we have to go back to legendary Liverpool venue, The Flying Picket. After the venue on Hardman Street closed, a campaign to ‘Save The Picket’ gave it a new life in the Baltic Triangle. Jayne Casey and Eric Gooden approached the owner Philip Hayes to move The Picket to 61 Jordan Street. Being based in an unknown and largely derelict area of the city presented early challenges. Despite this, they attracted artists like Billy Bragg, Akala, Kate Tempest, and Ian Prowse to perform. They also hosted gigs for local organisations like Africa Oyé and the Anthony Walker Foundation, bringing rap, hip-hop, and grime to The New Picket. These early days cemented the venue as a hub for celebrating diverse genres and art-forms.

Championing Diversity and Inclusivity

Today, Jayne and Eric run the show alongside their family. The team prides themselves on being an inclusive venue, celebrating creativity and culture from around the world. From hosting renowned music festivals like Liverpool Sound City and Positive Vibration to providing a platform for emerging talent, they celebrate diversity and creativity in all its forms. They’re also fully accessible, offering discounts for low-income individuals and hosting Under One Roof – a club night for adults with learning disabilities and limited mobility.

Eric and Jayne photographed as part of the ‘Champion One. Champion All Exhibition’ by Anthony Wilde In Partnership With National Museums Liverpool.

Jayne Casey is a key player in Liverpool’s creative scene and was instrumental in the creation of Baltic Creative. In an interview with the Baltic Triangle Area CIC in 2019, Jayne said:

“I’m very proud of District; it’s got a place for all different communities and is characterised by its inclusivity.”

Looking Ahead

District continues to push boundaries with upcoming events that showcase the best of Liverpool’s music and arts scene. Whether you’re catching a performance by local favourite Jamie Webster, or enjoying Merseyside’s Alternative Music Showcase, District is a welcome environment for everyone. And the venue continues to attract the freshest and biggest names in the UK’s Black music scene; in March, Radio 1Xtra’s Touchdown Tour lands with DJ Target, featuring Big Daddy Koj.

As if that’s not enough, their outdoor bar, Yard, is a hidden gem nestled beside the venue. With local DJs, food and drinks, Yard offers a unique space to party throughout the warmer months of the year.

One of Liverpool’s best Independent Venues

Thanks to the vision of Jayne Casey and Eric Gooden, and the team’s dedication, District is a cultural hub and safe haven for music and art lovers in Liverpool. They continue to honour their past while embracing the future, showcasing diverse talent and celebrating inclusivity. We love to see it!

You can find out more about their upcoming gigs by following them at the social media links below.

Facebook: @DistrictLpool | Instagram: @districtlpool | Twitter: @DistrictLpool

Article Sources

https://www.creativetourist.com/venue/district-liverpool/

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/i-nearly-died-now-feel-fantastic-how-became-ill-recovered-hayes/

http://www.baltictriangle.co.uk/baltic-profiles-jayne-casey/