The Brickyard has been a permanent fixture in Carlisle for over 100 years, but only recently has it started to play host to some bigger names in music. Being Carlisle’s only live music venue, you may not expect many large names- but in pop-punk, screamo and rock genres, some people may be dismayed to find they’ve missed out.

Teenage dirtbags everywhere flocked to see Wheatus in May, a New York based pop-punk band that hit the big time in 2000 with their number one hit Teenage Dirtbag. And that seemed to be the only song the audience knew; a relative calm overshadowed the stage and crowd whilst Wheatus’ earlier material was played. It wasn’t until their well-known single blasted out from the speakers that Wheatus really came into their own.

In June, Lower Than Atlantis graced our humble stage- accompanied by Cumbrian bands Colt 45 and The Sails. All three managed incredibly well- with Lower Than Atlantis coaxing an unprecedented huge reaction from the crowd during Beech Like The Tree. The rock band stayed true to their old stuff as well, throwing in Far Q, but mixing it with their newest album, World Record. And because the crowd was so good, we earned an encore: LTA’s new single, not meant to be heard until Download Festival. But shush- it’s a secret!

And most recently were Your Demise, a hardcore British band that extracted a reaction like no other from their audience. This was helped by a warm-up from support Last Witness, another amazing four piece that most of the crowd knew due to their heavy sound- eerily reminiscent to that of Your Demise.

And coming up soon in The Brickyard are Straight Lines, a pop-punk band that are credited with catchy guitar riffs and good drum beats, and also We Are The Ocean, a band that are still going strong despite the loss of one of their vocalists. Head over to The Brickyard’s website for more information!