Situated in the cradle of UK rock and pop music, Liverpool, The Cavern Club is where legendary bands, such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Kinks, cut their teeth before launching the British Invasion upon the world.
Any visit to Liverpool would not be complete without checking out The Cavern Club. Originally opened strictly as a jazz and skiffle club, it soon became the home of Britain’s burgeoning rock ’n’ roll scene (though not without some resistance). This is the place where Liverpool’s pride and joys, The Beatles, perfected their craft, playing a whopping 292 gig at the club between 1961 and 1963.
Unfortunately the original was forced to close in 1973 to make way for the Merseyrail loop. However, the club was bought up by Liverpool FC player, Tommy Smith, and rebuilt across the road with the original bricks and to the original design in 1984. It’s like it never left. It has experienced hardships over the years, but was bought up by Bill Heckle (a school teacher) and Dave Jones (a taxi driver) in 1991, who still run the place successfully today.
The front room is now something of a tourist attraction, acting as a museum to the British rock scene’s finest acts. Here you’ll find all kind of memorabilia adorning the walls and can pose for a picture on the stage that so many musical legends have played upon.
Today, the club’s back room still plays host to international artists. Many massive names in rock and pop, such as The Arctic Monkeys, Oasis and Adele, have all played semi-secret shows there in the recent past – so you can still experience the magic that those original rock ’n’ roll fans experienced watching The Beatles all the way back in the 60’s. If you’re looking to discover the next big thing in Liverpool’s local music scene or just boogie to some cover bands with a pint of the finest, then be sure to pay the Cavern Pub, just opposite, a visit.