You know when, a few years ago, that Hanover Street/Duke Street corner climbed onto the city’s map as a bit of a foodie cluster of deliciousness? That’s set to continue, as Liverpool ONE turns the Stockton’s site into more food and beverage outlets. Well, for our money, the city’s next interesting space to keep our eyes on is the Myrtle Street/Hope Street/Hardman street nexus.

What shall we call it? HaHoMy? MyHaHo?

This autumn will see the completion of a new performance space created as part of the £13.8 million refurbishment of the Philharmonic Hall in this, its 175th anniversary year. The Music Room (for that’s its name) will be a flexible, purpose-built venue for performances of a more intimate ilk than those in the main hall. So expect folk, roots and acoustic music, and lunchtime recitals by Liverpool Philharmonic ensembles, and explorations of music – and that funny thing it does to us. A conservatoire cum concert space. The sort of grown up, music-friendly space, in other words, that we’ve been crying out for for far too long.

The first season of concerts will go on sale in June.


What’s especially exciting is the desire for this to feel very much like a stand-alone new space, with its own entrance facing uptown, in the direction of the Art School Restaurant, the darkly inviting cellar bar of Kabinett and student-ville beyond.

With the Old Blind School currently getting a refit, to house an ambitious new pub/restaurant with terrace, the ace 92 Degrees coffee, the new whisky bar opening next month, the Pen Factory, and the not so ace student flats (but, with them, more ground floor retail, a new square and, maybe, decent new bars and restaurants), this corner of the city has a real sense of purpose again, and could well be the place we thought the Ropewalks could’ve been…

Watch this space, indeed.

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