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Sound City to run new music venue in Liverpool

By | Published on Friday 9 December 2011

Liverpool Sound City

Organisers of Liverpool Sound City are taking over the running of the city’s Epstein Theatre and plan to run it as a year round music venue and cultural hub. The venue, formerly called The Neptune but now named in honour of Beatles manager Brian Epstein, recently underwent a million pound refurbishment.

Wendy Simon of Liverpool City Council confirmed the Sound City team had been selected to run the venue earlier this week, telling reporters: “Sound City’s vision was inspiring and will make the venue a hub of excitement and creativity which is sure to be embraced by this music-loving city. I look forward to seeing the Epstein back in use once again and for a new generation to experience this beautiful venue”.

Sound City boss Dave Pichilingi added: “We are absolutely delighted to be taking on the Epstein Theatre. It is such an amazing venue and facility. We plan to turn it into a space that will be a gemstone in the cultural offer for Liverpool. Such an amazing building needs to be used and seen by an international and local audience. We believe our vision for the Epstein will put our city firmly on the map and show Liverpool as a 21st century pop culture city”.

The Epstein will go someway to filling a gap left in Liverpool’s live music scene after the recent closure of two venues in the city, the former Barfly venue The Masque and the Contemporary Urban Centre.