A NEW £7million independent entertainment venue is opening in Liverpool this spring.

The new Blackstock Market is a 60,000sq ft development, on Blackstock Street off Vauxhall Road in Liverpool City Centre, that will host entertainment including comedy, music, live broadcasts of sporting events and food and drink.

The new space is the brainchild of Toxth-rasied brothers Paul and Binty Blair who run the city’s Hot Water Comedy Club.

Blackstock Market houses four theatre spaces of varying sizes, from a purpose built, state-of-the-art 590-seat auditorium to a 50-seat studio space, along with podcast studios.

The venue will also become a new home for the Hot Water Comedy Club.

It will be open all day, seven days of the week, with no need to book to access the main market areas and most attractions, and free live music on site daily.

A giant rooftop terrace will open later this year and a big screen will show top sporting events live, while special ‘audience with’ shows will feature sporting legend guests.

There will also be a new food market with eight street food vendors confirmed – including Burgarism, Pattersons, KO Grill, Laros, Paulie’s Pizzeria, North Garden and Deserts by Dre.

As well as a cocktail bar, Parlour, and an Prohibition era-style bar – Whisky & Water - offering more than 300 different whiskies as well as live jazz and blues music.

A self-service beer wall will feature a selection of craft beers from Liverpool breweries.

Paul Blair said: “Blackstock Market is set to become the ultimate destination venue in the city's entertainment and cultural sphere.

“This project has been a labour of love over the past 30 months. With an aim to enrich Liverpool's arts and culture, Blackstock Market will feature live music from morning till night, and nightly comedy shows, offering a vibrant lineup that includes the Hot Water Comedy Club upon the venue's opening.

“But there's more to Blackstock Market than just music and comedy. Whisky & Water recreates the Prohibition era, with a vast selection of over 300 whiskies, and Parlour crafts the finest cocktails.

“To mirror Liverpool's rich food culture, we're hosting eight street food traders, such as Burgerism and Pattersons, offering a taste of the city's diverse culinary scene. And our self-service beer wall is a nod to local craft beer enthusiasts, showcasing Liverpool's best brews.

“Blackstock Market is designed as an inclusive space, welcoming everyone to enjoy its dynamic atmosphere without needing a ticket for entry, affirming its status as a community hub. Open every day and night, we're dedicated to establishing Blackstock Market as a central pillar of Liverpool's vibrant cultural and community life."