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Cavern Club (Liverpool)
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Cavern Club (Liverpool)
Advantages: sound and atmosphere
For those of you who are unaware of the history of The Cavern in rock history, then let me be the one to give you a brief resume of the club's existence. Opening in January 1957, the club was initially to be a jazz venue that was inspired by the jazz clubs of Paris. However, Liverpool wasn't quite the same as Paris and the club soon became a hangout for skiffle bands that became popular in the early 60's. The Cavern has since become synonymous with The Beatles who played there 292 times with their last performance coming at the start of Beatlemania on the 3rd August 1963. The Beatles made the Cavern world famous, but never played there again. In the decade that followed bands like The Who, Queen, The Rolling Stones and The Yardbirds all played there before becoming massive acts in their own right.
The Cavern eventually went bust and was closed in 1973 and filled in ready for an extension to the Merseyrail underground system. That never happened and in 1984 the club was taken over by Liverpool FC player Tommy Smith and rebuilt from scratch to look exactly as it did in its heyday. There is a rumour that the Cavern is in fact not in the same place as it was, but this is untrue - an urban myth if you like. The Cavern now attracts many Beatle fans from over the world and live acts like The Arctic Monkeys and Oasis have since played there in recent times. Beatle McCartney also made an appearance in 1999 affirming the new club's status as a Beatle and rock shrine.
So what is the club like? I went during Beatle week, an annual festival in the city that happens at the end of August and therefore the club was really full and full of energy and excitement. To get to the club you have to get to Matthews Street which is right in the centre of the city. You enter via a small door and descend around three flights of steps into a small underground bomb shelter almost to see the acts. The club authentically replicates the feel and excitement of the Cavern, but this time it also has a working alcoholic bar (something the original Cavern never had).
Its not a massive place by any means - about the size of a four average sized garages. It has a medium sized bar and several areas for seating. The stage is tiny, as is the viewing area. But you really get the feel for how bands used to appear back in the day. We went two evenings during Beatle week and saw around 5 or 6 different Beatle tribute bands - some from Japan and Brazil and others from Liverpool- all excellent and helped with the Beatle choir (us) helping them along with all the classics. For the uninitiated, it can be a little strange to think how important this little place is. Some people will go there as tourists and want their pictures taken everywhere, others will go there for the music and we just enjoyed the atmosphere.
The Cavern was an excellent venue for music both Beatles and otherwise. If you are in Liverpool, then its a definite must visit place. Great!
Summary: a true rock shrine