Brand new Liverpool music venue East Villages Art Club to open this month

The venue, in the old Masque Theatre, was previously the Barfly

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A brand new music venue is set to open in Liverpool later this month.

The East Villages Art Club is situated in the old Masque Theatre in the city on Seel Street, and was formerly home to the Barfly. Live events company MAMA Group, which runs London's The Garage and The Forum, as well as The Institute in Birmingham, is now in charge of the venue and promises a £1.5 million revamp of the club, with new bar areas and a kitchen which will be open seven days a week.

MAMA's CEO, Dean James, told the Liverpool Echo: "We're very pleased to be returning to Liverpool, a city with a great tradition of discovering new music. This will be our third venue with a restaurant offering following the Jazz Café and Hoxton Bar and Kitchen, and we look forward to providing the music loving public of Liverpool with a brand new music and dining experience."

Mystery Jets will be one of the first bands to play at the venue, when in opens on April 27. Widowspeak, Tribes, Kate Nash, The Fall, CSS, Ghostpoet and Crystal Fighters are also lined up to play in the near future.

NME is currently on the hunt for the best small venue in Britain, in association with JD Roots. Our annual search for the best small venue in Britain began in 2011 and fans can now vote for any gig room or performance space with a capacity of 500 or under. Regional winners will be announced before an overall winner is revealed in June.

To vote for your favourite small venue head to nme.com/smallvenues now. While you're there you can also watch full interviews with the likes of Kasabian, Peace, Palma Violets, Johnny Marr, Suede, Tribes and Django Django as they talk about the venues that made them.

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