When you hear “Liverpool”, what is it that you think of? Is it the people? Or is it the football? How about when Liverpool was crowned Capital of Culture back in 2008? Or perhaps it’s all three?
We are proud to say Liverpool’s reputation comes from the Scousers who are ranked as some of the friendliest in the world, to the rival football teams whose stadiums have less than a mile between them. Even if you’re a red, a blue (or even yellow), one thing that can be agreed is how the city continues to stand together and are on the same side when it comes to our contributions to the international music scene and just how talented we are as a city, which was recognised by being named UNESCO City of Music back in 2015.
The city of Liverpool boasts a number of musical alumni who have all graduated with honours when it comes to their musical talents. Examples include Scotland road native Priscilla White, more commonly known as “Cilla Black”, who began her singing career back in 1963 and has since had chart-topping singles such as “Anybody Who Had a Heart” and “You’re My World”. Since the popstars passing, her life-size bronze statue has called Mathew Street home since its unveiling back in 2017, paying homage to the star who once worked as a cloak room girl at The Cavern before her music career took off.
Unsurprisingly, if we are to talk about music artists from Liverpool, of course we will mention the 4 local lads who make up The Beatles: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. The legacy that they have left behind has left The Cavern Club no choice but to celebrate “International Beatleweek” annually. The celebrations invite both music lovers and Beatles fans from across the world to Liverpool for a week-long celebration of all things “Beatles” and to watch over 70 bands from over 20 countries descend onto Liverpool!
During the International Beatleweek celebrations, there are many venues across Liverpool who play a range of live music. From the latest dance hits which can be heard in Ibiza to classics which were first heard on vinyl.
We have compiled a list venues to enjoy live music across the BID areas:
Castle Street area:
→ The Slaughter House on Fenwick Street is one of Liverpool’s oldest family friendly pubs who feature a number of local singers and bands on several nights throughout the week.
→ If you are planning an evening trip to Neighbourhood on Castle Street, you may find a live saxophonist providing the soundtrack to your evening and the room lit up with a sparkle or two.
Cavern Quarter area:
→ Rubber Soul Complex are a Mathew Street staple and the epitome of Liverpool nightlife, there is something for everyone and for open to all ages. There is live music every night of the week and even comedy shows on the weekend!
→ Wall of Fame are an American Rock ‘n’ Roll themed bar who are situated in the musical hub of Mathew Street. Some of Liverpool’s best live acts descend onto Wall of Fame for their open mic nights and have their own residencies, their music creates an amazing and friendly atmosphere.
→ Eric’s opened their doors in 1976 and quickly became host to many local, national and international bands. The club acted as a catalyst for many local musicians and saw artists such as Dead or Alive and Echo & the Bunnymen become successful acts. The venue now has live music which runs 7 nights a week and is a popular destination on Mathew Street.
→ The Cavern Pub and Club are arguably one of the most famous clubs and pubs in the world. Having opened in January 1957, The Cavern later became a centre of rock and roll in Liverpool in the early 1960s. The Beatles made their appearance at the club in February 1961 and their legacy is still found there today. In the decades that followed, a wide range of popular acts have also performed there included The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Black Sabbath and Queen. Today, The Cavern continues to welcome a range of resident bands and live music every night of the week.
→ Beatles themed bar, SGT Peppers, offer over 70 hours of live music every week! Situated on Mathew Street, SGT Peppers are known for their eclectic atmosphere and friendly revellers walk through their doors come day or night.
Bold Street area:
→ Infamous for their “where there’s tea there’s hope” mantra, LEAF on Bold Street offer a range of musical events that you can attend most days of the week. Head over on Tuesday’s and you will find yourself immersed in their “Out of the Bedroom Open Mic” night or pop over on Wednesday and listen to some of your favourite tracks through the most contemporary of all the world’s jukeboxes, Spotify!
Great Charlotte Street and Ranelagh Street area:
→ The long standing and much-loved venue, Tess Riley’s, offer live music 3 nights a week. Customers boast about the great atmosphere along with the friendly bar staff. You will often find local singers performing and encouraging those to dance which will make you feel right at home.