BIRKENHEAD’S Future Yard venue is hosting a new event combining a record fair and beer festival.

Held on Saturday, November 27, CRATE will “celebrate craft beer and vinyl record culture and the independent, DIY spirit that unites them both” and will be the first of three quarterly craft beer music markets and an annual craft beer festival in the spring.

A Future Yard record stall will feature a packed selection of new and used vinyl masterpieces, studded with gems from favourite local labels Viper, Deltasonic, Mellowtone, Salvation Records, God Unknown and Society Of Losers. The stall will appear alongside selections from specialist vinyl record traders Dig Vinyl, Slipmat, Black Beacon Sound, Blast From The Past and Lark Lane Records, and smaller hostings from brilliant imprints Worried Songs and Mai 68.

Local breweries will be represented with Carnival, Glen Affric, Chapter, Black Lodge and Beatnikz Republik selling fresh new brews and popular favourites, with some exclusive beer tastings tasting place alongside.

The market will run from 11am and is free entry. There will be DJs on throughout the day as the market takes over the bar, side room and live room at Future Yard, with beer tastings taking place at various points throughout the day. In the evening the Live Room reverts back to normal operation for a live after party featuring South Wales trio The Bug Club, local noiseniks Euan Blackman and Sean At The Hotel.

Future Yard co-founder, Chris Torpey, said: “CRATE Market will take place every three months as we continue to celebrate the the unique qualities of music obsessives and beer lovers and the things that draw them both together. In the spring we will launch our first annual CRATE Craft Beer Festival, which will be a weekend gathering of great North West breweries across two halls, with music and conversations weaving all the way through. Expect a slew of guest beers across dozens of bars, meet the brewer sessions, demos and a full programme of conversations to delve further into the culture of independent brewing and DIY record labels.”