Visitors to Liverpool’s Cavern Club would be forgiven for mistaking the Venue for a museum or a tourist trap rather than the infamous rock club that started the careers of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. The front room is filled daily with people taking photos of the main stage, posing with the various music memorabilia, or signing up for ‘The Beatles Tour’. In spite of all this The Cavern Club is still open as one of the UK’s most famous music venues, at night the back room turns into the staging ground for around 40 live bands a week, with many local musicians seeing the venue as a stepping stone in getting their own music heard. This mixture of musical history and up and coming original material ensures The Cavern Club remains synonymous with Rock & Roll and live music in the North West.
The Cavern Club opened its doors in 1957 and started off as one of a handful of live Jazz clubs in the country, although with the sweeping craze of Rock and Roll in Liverpool in the late 50’s and early 60’s the club quickly became a popular venue for the growing number of Rock bands and their many Fans. The Beatles played regular lunchtime sessions at the club in the early 60’s and in total made 292 appearances at the club, effectively putting themselves and the venue on the map. Over the next few years the club hosted the likes of The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds, The Kinks, Elton John, Queen, The Who and John Lee Hooker.
Several tribute clubs exist across the world in the USA, South America and Asia. The Club itself features in the opening sequence of the film ‘Across the Universe’ and is the first playable location in the video game ‘The Beatles: RockBand’.
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