Live Music in Liverpool
When it comes to live music in Liverpool, new musicians
have a tough act to follow in the Beatles. But with a
great mix of jazz, classical, rock and pop on offer in
the city, you can still enjoy a great night of live music
without the Fab Four.
And where better to start than the club made famous by
the Beatles back in the 60s, The Cavern Club [map] on Mathew Street. The club witnessed almost 300 performances
by the world’s biggest boy band and it was here
that Paul McCartney played his last gig of the 20th century.
Nowadays it plays host to many of Liverpool’s new
batch of up-and-coming bands and singers, and offers a
range of music, from indie to dance.
If you want to see contemporary rock bands then head to
the Flying Picket or The Lomax [map],
which have both played host to a number of stars, including
Oasis, Pete Wylie and Echo.
The Lomax, which is situated in the heart of Liverpool
on Hotham Street, has recently extended its booking policy
and now you can also catch some excellent folk, jazz and
reggae acts there too.
Another popular venue for both well-known and new rock
and dance acts is the Liverpool Academy [map],
which is located on the University of Liverpool campus at Mount Pleasant. Here you’ll find three
different sized rooms that play host to many touring bands
and up-and-coming local artists.
Academy 1, which was originally known as Mountford
Hall, is the largest of the three venues, with a capacity
of over 2000 people. It is now well established as a main
stop on the UK tour circuit and has welcomed many big
names, including Coldplay, Faithless and The Human League.
Academy 2, formerly known as the Stanley Theatre,
is a traditional 1930s theatre with a capacity for over
400 people. Performers who have graced this stage include
The Vines, Space and Gene.
The last room, Academy 3, is the most modern and
smallest venue, with a capacity of 150. It is a great
place to see the big names of tomorrow, such as The Libertines.
Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre [map] is best known as the major venue in the city for traditional
rock music and past visitors include Gary Moore, Stereophonics
and Deacon Blue.
For a taste of classical music try the Liverpool Philharmonic
which is situated between the two cathedrals and close
to the Philharmonic Dining Rooms. The Royal Liverpool
Philharmonic Orchestra season begins each September, when
a diverse range of concerts from the orchestra and visiting
performers entertain music lovers.
If you fancy taking a trip out of the city centre then
why not pay a visit to The Citadel in Warrington,
which has regular performances of folk, jazz, blues, rock
Finally, if you’ve got the Beatles bug during you
stay in Liverpool then get along Lennon’s Bar
[map] tucked away in the Cavern Quarter. The music is varied
but you’re guaranteed to hear many Beatles tracks,
while the live entertainment comes from local bands such
as the Skylarks.
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