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The Cavern is said to be the most famous club in the world!
The Cavern Club opened in Mathew Street on Wednesday 16th January 1957. Its policy was to put Liverpool on the map as having the leading jazz cellar in the country, outside of London. Opened and owned by ALAN SYTNER it was named after the Parisienne Jazz Club "Le Caveau." What started as a jazz club, eventually became a hangout for skiffle groups.

The club is where Brian Epstein first saw The Beatles performing on November 9, 1961. The Beatles made their first lunchtime appearance at the club on Tuesday 21 February 1961. They had returned to Liverpool from Hamburg, Germany, where they had been playing at the Indra and the Kaiserkeller. Their stage show had been through a lot of changes and some in the audience thought they were watching a German band. From 1961 to 1963 The Beatles made 292 appearances at the club, with their last occurring on 3 August 1963, a month after the band recorded "She Loves You" and just six months before the Beatles' first trip to the U.S. At the time, Brian Epstein promised the club's owners that the Beatles would return someday, but it was a promise that was never fulfilled. By this time, "Beatlemania" was sprouting across England, and the small club could no longer satisfy audience demand for the group. During 1962, The Hollies took The Beatles' slot at the Cavern Club.

the cavern club

More recently in April 1984 the club was taken over by Liverpool F.C. player Tommy Smith in association with Royal Life. Occupying 50% of the original site, it was re-built with many of the same bricks that had been used in the original club. The new design was to resemble the original as closely as possible. This was a difficult period of massive economic and political change in and around Liverpool and the club only survived until 1989, when it came under financial pressures and closed for 18 months. In 1991, two friends - school teacher Bill Heckle and Liverpool cabbie Dave Jones - reopened the club. They still run the club today and are now the longest running owners in the club's history. Despite being a world famous tourist spot, the club continues to function primarily as a live music venue, although they do employ a DJ on a Friday and Saturday night. The music policy varies from '60s, '70s, '80s and '90s classic pop music to indie, rock and modern chart music.

On 14 December 1999, former Beatle Paul McCartney returned to the New Cavern Club stage to play his last gig of 1999 publicising his new album Run Devil Run.

The club is equipped to a very high standard to enhance both the experience of the audience and also to enable the best environment for the countless bands and musicians who grace our stages. The club has two stages and due to the layout of the venue we can comfortably accommodate two shows simultaneously.

Contact Details:

The Cavern Club
10 Mathew Street
L2 6RE
Telephone: 0151 236 9091
Website: http://www.cavernclub.org