Liverpool is immensely proud about the city’s extensive musical history. Home to The Beatles, Echo & The Bunnymen, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Cilla Black and so much more, you cannot turn for musical landmarks dotted across the city. We’ve therefore selected our 10 top picks you should explore during a visit to the Guinness Book of Record’s “City of Pop”.
1. The Cavern Club
The Cavern Club is no ordinary music venue. Located at 10 Mathew Street in Liverpool city centre, it was known as Liverpool’s home of rock ‘n’ roll in the 1960s, and it is venue were The Beatles performed on numerous occasions at the start of their careers.
Before the Fab Four dominated the world, they conquered the Liverpool music scene and then some. The Beatles made their Cavern Club debut on 9th February 1961, soon after returning from Hamburg, Germany, where the band performed at the Indra and the Kaiserkeller Clubs.
A popular act at the club, The Beatles performed an incredible 292 times between 1961 to 1963, playing their final gig on 3rd August 1963, just one month after the band recorded their hit “She Loves You”. Six months later, the Fab Four embarked on their first trip to US, when Beatlemania had already spread across England.
Cilla Black also had a part-time job a s a cloakroom attendant at the famous Cavern Club, mentioned previously, where she impressed The Beatles and the band’s promoter, Sam Leach, with her impromptu performances, providing her with her big break.
2. Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
The first Liverpool Philharmonic Hall was built for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society in 1846, opening in 1849, but was destroyed in a fire in 1933. In order to provide audiences with incredible performances year after year, the hall was rebuilt in 1939, and has gone on to stage 250 events every year, including 60 classical music performances.
The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic is regarded as the UK’s oldest surviving symphony orchestra in the world, and is the only professional orchestra in the world that offers its own hall. The Liverpool Philharmonic is therefore one of the most celebrated music venues in the city.
3. Mendips & 20 Forthlin Road
Step inside the childhood homes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, which are now National Trust properties in Liverpool. 251 Menlove Avenue, known as Mendips, was John Lennon’s where he lived with his with Aunt Mimi from 1946 until the middle of 1963.
Paul McCartney and family moved into 20 Forthlin Road in 1955, when Paul was attending secondary school. The McCartney lived in the Allerton home until 1965, when Paul bought a house for his father, James, in a wealthy area of the Wirral. It was in this very house that Lennon & McCartney composed the hit song ‘I Saw Her Standing There’.
If you are planning a trip to Liverpool, there are plenty of amazing hotels to choose from in the city, including The Shankly Hotel that celebrates the life of the late football manager Bill Shankly.
4. Billy Fury Sculpture
Billy Fury was an early rock ‘n’ roll star that was born in Liverpool, who spent an incredible 332 weeks on the UK chart with 24 hits in the 1960s. Some of his most famous hits include ‘Jealousy’ and ‘Wondrous Place’. On 19th April 2003, a bronze statue of Billy Fury was erected at the iconic Albert Dock, and was donated by ‘The Sound of Fury’ fan club.
The Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA) is one of the UK’s leading institutions for performing arts, and was started by Sir Paul McCartney and Mark Featherstone-Witty OBE. Opened by Her Majesty The Queen on 7th June 1996, LIPA now offers a varied range of performing arts courses, including Acting, Music, Theatre and Entertainment Management, Theatre and Performance Design, Sound Technology, Dance and Theatre and Performance Technology.
Out of only 5,255 applications received via UCAS in 2010, only 208 applications were accepted, and so is a creative hub that celebrates everything from music to technology.
6. Liverpool Empire Theatre
The Liverpool Empire Theatre has been providing incredible performances since the theatre first opened its doors in 1925. Some of the world’s most famous faces have stepped inside this beautiful auditorium, performing entertaining shows for an audience of 2,348 people.
Just some of the musical legends to have taken to the Liverpool Empire’s stage include Frank Sinatra, The Carpenters, The Beatles, Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Kate Bush, Shirley Bassey and Neil Sedaka, to name but a few.
7. Ma Egerton’s Stage Door
Ma Egerton’s Stage Door is a quaint pub located behind the Liverpool Empire Theatre, and is where the theatre’s stars would enjoy a tipple before or after a show. The pub is named after landlady Ma Egerton, who ran the pub for 20 years during the 1930s, who became close friends with some of the famous stars, including Judy Garland and Laurel & Hardy. Other stars who have stepped inside Ma Egerton’s Stage Door include ol’ blue eyes himself Frank Sinatra, Liza Minelli, Sammy Davis Jr, The Beatles, Amy Winehouse, Marilyn Monroe and The Rolling Stones.
If you would like to continue your musical experience back at your Liverpool hotel, book a stay in a popular Signature Living hotel – which includes a music-inspired room in the form of The Iconic Penthouse, with rooms inspired by legends such as John Lennon and Jim Morrison.
8. Scotland Road
Singer and TV presenter Cilla Black sadly passed away just a few months ago, but her life lives in her many hit singles, such as ‘Anyone Who Had a Heart’ and ‘You’re My World’. The late singer grew up in the Scotland Road area with her parents John and Priscilla, two older brothers and her cousin. Back in 1963, shortly before the release of her debut single Love of the Loved, a 20-year-old Cilla said “We live in Scotland Road – a fabulous area. It’s a long road with a pub on every corner. if I was rich I’d love a big gear house, but I’d like it in Scotland Road”.
Cream is known as one of the most famous nightclubs in the world, and has played host to some of the biggest DJs on the planet, such as former resident DJ Paul Oakenfold, Sasha, Carl Cox and Paul van Dyk. The nightclub has also offered exclusive sets from The Chemical Brothers.
Cream offered so much more than a nightclub, it became a lifestyle for those in love with house music. While Cream may have closed in 2002, Nation nightclub still offers three to five Cream events every year, drawing thousands of people into Liverpool.
10. Echo Arena Liverpool
The Echo Arena Liverpool is located alongside the Albert Dock and plays host to various entertainment performances throughout the year. Offering 10,600 seats, the biggest names in music, comedy and theatre have take to the stage to wow audiences.
The magnificent arena opened in January 2008 and has hosted a number of superb international events, such as the MTV Europe Music Awards and Cirque du Soleil. Some of the most famous stars to perform in the Echo Arena Liverpool include Beyonce, Bob Dylan and Elton John.