Tucked away off the beaten track in Liverpool’s Fabric District, you’ll find a very special live music venue where a mini revolution is taking place. Round The Corner bridges the gap in the local music scene and offers music artists and creatives somewhere to showcase their work, whilst offering them a fair deal.
Round The Corner was opened by Jake Kellie and Andrew Coventry in November 2021 in response to the adversity that local musicians and creatives have been facing. Things such as the pandemic, the cost of living crisis and Brexit have all affected the industry, with many creatives lacking opportunity or support.
Round The Corner aims to bridge that gap, with a diverse programme of live music, comedy, album launches, music video filming and venue hire. From up and coming grass roots artists and bands to big acts and sell-out shows, Round The Corner nurtures local talent — with all ticket sales going to the promoters and artists.
Since opening, Round The Corner has been a hub of creativity and has hosted top artists such as Edgar Jones, The Stamp, Hot Wax and Modern Marriage. Award winning Estonian punk band Shelton San chose the venue as part of their government funded UK tour, meanwhile the venue has been featured by Kerrang.
Jake said: “With many iconic music venues closing, there seems to be a gap in the local scene. Many artists have the choice of either playing in their local pub or at a huge venue, with a real lack of quality venues where they can ply their trade and develop without being hit with big venue hire costs.”
He continued: “We aim to give artists a chance and a fair deal. We work with LIPA and LMA and offer free venue hire to students looking to film or host their projects here. We’ve been hit by rising costs ourselves but instead of passing that on to artists, we continue to offer a space in which they can showcase their work.”
Round The Corner offers live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, stand up comedy on Wednesday night, pro comedy nights on the first Friday of every month and poetry nights on the second Thursday of every month. A hidden gem where new stars are born, the venue is a thriving hub of creativity.
Andy said: “We’ve developed a great reputation these past 18 months, with some amazing local talent coming through and artists coming to play from as afar as Brazil, Mexico, the U.S and Europe. During the pandemic many artists resorted to showcasing their work online and things have been against them ever since, so we feel it’s really important to keep live music alive with venues like this.”
The building itself stood derelict for 15 years, before Jake and Andy undertook a huge restoration including creating a rooftop garden. Situated on Kempston Street, it is located in ‘The Fabric District’ just off London Road — where regeneration is taking place and more and more businesses are popping up.
Local musician Matty Burke said: “Music artists and creatives have been hit badly by the pandemic, the cost of living and other things. There isn’t as much opportunity these days and it’s more difficult than ever to get a break and make a living. That’s why venues such as Round The Corner are so important for the industry.”
He continued: “It really is a gem and Jake and Andy are great guys. Many friendships have been made through the venue and the quality of artists and bands that play here is immense. If it wasn’t for the venue, many wouldn’t have an audience or would be playing underpaid gigs.”
A 2022 UK Music report concluded that the UK Government needs to support music spaces throughout the UK by reducing VAT, introducing business rates cuts and new duties to protect music. If anything, costs have risen for such venues and spaces like Round The Corner are either closing or passing costs on to the artists. Jake and Andy are standing firm though.
Jake summarised: “Music is the heartbeat of Liverpool. The city is synonymous for its music scene — music is in our blood. It’s vital that we give local artists a chance and a fair deal — to have these spaces where creatives can play music, host gigs and album launches, perform poetry and comedy, film and do photoshoots. We’re proud to be supporting that, even though costs are rising.”
Round The Corner is based on Kempston Street in The Fabric District, Liverpool. It offers live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, stand up comedy on Wednesday night, pro comedy nights on the first Friday of every month and poetry nights on the second Thursday of every month.
Round The Corner / 51-53 Kempston Street, Liverpool, L3 8HE
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