The Invisible Wind Factory, Carlton Street, Liverpool – Visit Now
From the team behind the Kazimier, the Invisible Wind Factory is a stunning new arts space in Liverpool – one that likes to stay secret, too.
Cracking open giant doors earlier this month for its first ever “factory tour”, brand new music and arts venue Invisible Wind Factory has been setting people talking all over Liverpool. A cavernous new space from the good people behind the Kazimier, itself one of the city’s favourite independent hangouts, IWF is a separate yet parallel artistic endeavor. “In essence, it’s an artist-driven space and production company,” reveals team member Liam Naughton, “combining disciplines in design, electronics, lighting and audio production, wood and metal construction, all woven together to create something unique.”
The celebratory opening party on 13 December both presented the organisation’s future vision and embraced the theatrics and costume associated with the Kazimier team’s wilder parties; dominated by a revolving, levitating stage, giant industrial fan and dry ice, ‘an assembly-line of light and sound’ was provided by avant-techno house band Dogshow, eccentric organist Jaques Malchance, Glaswegian discotheque duo JD Twitch, plus DJs Andrew Ellis and James Binary (Forest Swords/Liverpool Psych Fest).
Described by party-goers as “astonishing”, “wild”, “epic” and “bonkers” in equal measure
Described by party-goers on Twitter as “astonishing”, “wild”, “epic” and “bonkers” in equal measure, it’s a ridiculously exciting addition to the city’s arts offer and a continuation of the hard work of one of the North’s most innovative and avant-garde collectives. Since its inception in 2011, the Kazimier has been powered by a team of artists, set designers, musicians and performers pushing considered and quality live music, with a distinct identity that can only be described as part-psych-folk, part-intergalactic-speakeasy.
The Kazimier now incorporates three venues – the original Kazimier club, the Gardens and now IWF – in addition to its own record label, which features Simon Knighton, Sing For Your Supper, The Kazimier Krunk Band, The Harlequin Dynamite Marching Band and the afore-mentioned Dogshow.
Set in an actual former factory on the historic docklands of the River Mersey, Invisible Wind Factory can be found roughly halfway between the suitably windswept Albert Dock tourist attraction and the largely undeveloped Huskisson Dock, highlighting an interesting conflict in Liverpool between the derelict and the gentrified.
In fact, the new venue could be seen as a rather political move, considering threats to the Kazimier’s future in Wolstenholme Square. Well-loved creative hub and neighbour MelloMello closed its doors for good in September this year due to high business rates, and under the umbrella of proposed redevelopment by the square’s owners Hope Street Properties Ltd.
As for Invisible Wind Factory, you can look forward to more industrial-scale spectacles in the new year; the team are keen to keep future events “fairly mysterious”, so watch out for hints and updates over social media.
Photos by Keith Ainsworth for Getintothis.