Dear Friend,
 You’ve not heard from us for a little while, because we’ve been between funding rounds. We are pleased to announce that we have been successful in our bid to the National Foundation for Youth Music for Phase 2 of the Dry Bar.:

We are now planning to organise lots of great music events for this year, including gigs; workshops and training for live music promotion.

The Next DRY BAR gigs:

The last few gigs in October and November 2003 had a mainly urban focus, so in the interests of variety the upcoming two will have a Rock/Metal/Punk theme. They will take place on;

Tuesday 17thof February doors 6pm
Tuesday 30thof March doors 6pm

We will get back to you about subsequent events after we know what is happening to The Picket, (reminder- please go to Whatever happens WE WILL DEFINITELY CONTINUE WITH THE DRY BARS.

Want to perform? :

For those young people interested in performing, whatever music style, please get in touch with Karin on 07733-323299 or

Fancy setting up your own night?:

We want young people to take the lead on organising all aspects of the gigs, such as booking the acts, marketing & promotion, technical set up, etc. We are now offering a mentoring programme for those of young people who would like to learn all aspects of live music promotion.

We are hoping these programmes will help young people get a ‘foot’ into the music industry. We have developed links with various promoters and music venues across the country that are keen to take young people on placements. Those interested setting up their own night at The Dry Bar, whatever music style, please let us know.

A meeting has been organised for Tuesday the 17thof February at 2pm:time> @ The Picket to discuss this in more detail. If are interested, please call us to book a place.

The Dry Bar membership:

In the next few months, we’ll be introducing a membership scheme to The Dry Bar. Our funders require this from us, but it should also be of benefit to those that attend, as it is a measure to increase safety at the gigs and communication.

The Dry Bar in other places, partnerships across Merseyside:

We are setting up partnerships and investigating the possibilities of starting Dry Bars across Merseyside. We are currently planning to start Dry Bars @ Pacific Road in Birkenhead: from April, and trying to link up with The Citadel in St Helens:

We are also working on establishing links with Dry Bar initiatives throughout the UK: to explore the possibility of establishing nation-wide tours (perhaps even abroad).

Further information please contact;

Karin Struijk, Project Manager, The Dry Bar.

Neil Robinson: The Picket- 0151 708 5318

Philip Hayes: The Picket -0151 708 5318

Emma Lundstrum: The Picket -0151 708 5318

Youth Music, Liverpool City Council and various other organisations fund


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