CARLISLE RICHMOND HALL, 14 FISHER ST, CARLISLE, CA3 8RN NICK YULE, ASSISTANT MANAGER
THE BRICKYARD IS STEEPED IN HISTORY. HOW DID IT BECOME A MUSIC VENUE?
“Formerly known as The Richmond Hall, or The Richmond Memorial Hall, the venue itself is over 100 years old and has been a key figure in the Carlisle music scene for many years.the Richmond Hall was built as Saint Mary’s Parish Rooms, named in honour of the late Canon Thomas Richmond of Carlisle Cathedral. after a long absence, The Richmond Hall was renovated and its doors opened on New Year’s Eve 2002 to the new name of The Brickyard.”
CARLISLE IS QUITE OUT THE WAY FOR MOST BANDS. HOW IMPORTANT IS THE VENUE TO THE LOCAL AREA?
“I know myself from playing in bands that it can be a big step up from playing in pubs and bars to performing at proper music venues. So over the years we’ve done our best to give local acts a platform to play their first gigs and to gain some more experience. we’re a bit isolated and off the radar up here, and we do our best to try and bring in bands people want to see here so they don’t have to travel elsewhere constantly around the county.”
COULD YOU TELL US THE TYPES OF BANDS YOU’VE MANAGED TO BOOK IN THE VENUE, THEN?
“Slaves, Skindred, ash and Bury Tomorrow have been some of the biggest recent ones. Slaves played here a couple of times previously to hardly anyone, so to have them back for a crazy sell-out show was great. Going back a bit further: Dragonforce ,while She Sleeps, Lower Than Atlantis and letlive. were some great shows. Oh, and Biffy Clyro played here several times before they hit the big time. The Ghost Of A Thousand, Press To MECO and HECK have been some personal favourites of mine. And finally, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes on their first UK tour was actually the first gig I booked when I started here, so that stands out for me.”
AS A FULLY INDEPENDENT VENUE, WHAT CHALLENGES ARE YOU FACED WITH IN THE CURRENT ECONOMIC CLIMATE?
“Back when The Brickyard first opened it would regularly have events on four or five nights a week, but that just doesn’t happen now; people just aren’t going out as much as they used to.we survive week-to-week sometimes, and we have to carefully plan out our year to ensure we’re covered for quiet periods. we’re an independent venue and we don’t receive any kind of outside funding, so thanks to everyone who buys tickets to our gigs and enjoys a few drinks at the bar – you help us keep surviving.”
AND FINALLY, WHAT IS THE FUTURE LOOKING LIKE FOR THE BRICKYARD?
“Hopefully we’ll just keep on going as we have been.we love live music and we’ve got no plans to go away any time soon.”