Can you believe how old these scouse people & places turn in 2017?

Can you believe how old these scouse treasures are turning in 2017?

From landmarks to local celebs and iconic shops, radio stations and our favourite festivals, Liverpool is a city bursting with pride, but how well do you know your Liverpool history?

Can you remember when Wade Smith opened? Or when the Beatles first played The Cavern, or the first time the giants roamed the city streets? (Scroll down for the answers). Well we’ve done a bit of digging and reckon you’ll be surprised at just how old these scouse legends are!


Sound City

Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2017, Sound City has welcomed some incredible headliners and has provided a platform for thousands of local bands and performers to get their music heard. Everyone from Ed Sheehan, Paloma Faith, Calvin Harris, The Coral, The Wombats, The XX, Kodaline & of course Flaming Lips have played the festival, and this years lineup is bigger than ever before. Having outgrown its city centre roots,  Sound City 2017 has a brand new home and this year Human League, John Cale & Guests, Metronomy & The Kooks will take to the Liverpool Docklands Stage. More info & ticket bookings here.



The Liverpool International Music Festival returns for the 5th time in July with another belting weekend of live music and carnival atmosphere, and how it has grown since 2013! We have seen everyone from Shaggy to Basement Jax, Little Mix to Soul 2 Soul grace its stage. With a dedicated radio station, official merchandise and the phenomenal LIMF Academy supporting up and coming talent, 2017 is set to be the best yet! Keep it here for updates and lineup news as it happens.

Africa Oye

Oye is celebrating its 25th anniversary on 17th and 18th June 2017. The UK’s largest free celebration of African and Caribbean music and culture, Africa Oye is held at Sefton Park. where music, food, screenings, gigs, and exhibitions comes together for one big party! Click here to find out more about one of the biggest parties hitting Liverpool later this year.



Cream Classics at Liverpool Cathedral

Cream began life at Nation way back in October 1992 and is one of the oldest club nights in the world, celebrating 25 crazy years this year. (We bet that’s making a good few of you feel old!). A stalwart of Liverpool history, Cream hosted international DJ superstars such as Roger Sanchez, Paul Oakenfold, Carl Cox and Brandon Block to name just a handful, Cream evolved to include the weekly Cream all nighter, an Ibiza invasion at Amnesia and of course the annual mud-fest that is Creamfields, which began in 1998.



The Guide Liverpool Anfield

The original Anfield Stadium was opened in 1884 and loaned to none other than Everton FC! The first ever match played at the ground was Everton V Earlestown, (which the toffees won 5-0) before a row over rent a few years later when the blues moved out. Turning 133 this year, the Kop, the giant new stand, extensive modernisation and match day atmosphere has led to Anfield being regarded as a career highlight fixture for many players.



Across Stanley Park, Goodison Park has been the home of the mighty blues since 1892 and has hosted more top-flight games than any other stadium in England. If our research is right, Goodison Park will turn 125 years old in 2017, we reckon The People’s Club deserves some new shiny plastic seats for the main stand as a gift!


Paddy’s Wig Wam

Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral

The Metropolitan Cathedral, locally referred to as ‘Paddy’s Wigwam’ was officially opened in 1967 after a worldwide competition to choose the right design for the city’s ‘catholic cathedral’. 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of this Hope St jewel.


Liverpool Anglican Cathedral

A wander down Hope Street will bring you to the huge neo-gothic Anglican cathedral which was completed in 1978 with an official dedication service attended by Her Majesty, the Queen. From hosting festive markets, concerts and fashion events later this year alongside the traditional religious calendar, the Anglican Cathedral will only be turning 39 in 2017, even though work started on the enormous structure way back in 1904, after initial plans to build a large cathedral close to St George’s Hall were abandoned in 1885.

Liver Birds

The Guide Liverpool

Our city’s most famous symbols have stood proudly on top of the Royal Liver Building on the Pier Head for the last 106 years! Since it opened in 1911, the Liver Birds, said to be a male and female pair have been the subject of many modern myths. One bird looks out to see while the other one looks inland and it’s said that if they were ever to fly away, the city would crumble and fall. The birds are 18 feet tall so if they do decide to take off, its unlikely no one will notice!


Liverpool One

Liverpool ONE - The Guide Liverpool

Can you remember when Paradise Street housed the Moat House Hotel, BBC Radio Merseyside, Dodo’s and Sports Soccer? It’s been 13 years since those relics still stood tall, 13 years!! Liverpool One, with its 170 stores, cinema, park and leisure terrace is the tenth largest open air shopping complex in the UK and is celebrating 9 years of retail and leisure hospitality in our fabulous city. Paradise Street is completely unrecognisable since work began back in 2004, and we cant imagine the city without it!


Liverpool Airport


Liverpool Airport History - The Guide Liverpool

The original Liverpool Airport, which is now the Crowne Plaza hotel, Speke, was opened in 1933 and served as an RAF base during World War II. Celebrating 84 years of aviation history in 2017, Liverpool Airport officially moved operations to its current site in 1986 and was renamed Liverpool John Lennon Airport. Who doesn’t love a cheeky prosecco at The Kissing Gate before jetting off?

Central Library

Central Library -The Guide Liverpool

The architecturally stunning Central Library on William Brown Street is the chicest looking 157 year old building we’ve ever seen. Having undergone a major, 3 year transformation costing a whopping £50million, the incredible atrium and fourth floor roof terrace goes hand in hand with the vast array of technology, modern facilities and of course the in-house Costa Coffee was reopened to the public in 2013. Liverpool history at its most beautiful.


Colleen Rooney

The Queen of Ladies Day, Coleen Rooney. Photo. Bond Media Agency

The Queen of Ladies Day, Coleen Rooney. Photo. Bond Media Agency

Mum-of-three, columnist and Liverpool style icon, Coleen Rooney turns 31 this April, and she looks more fabulous than ever. Being a Scouse Prin and having your birthday in April can only mean one thing, it’s a Grand National Party every year! Having previously judged the Best Dressed competition and gracing the style pages of every national paper come Ladies Day, we can’t wait to see what ensemble Coleen chooses to be papped in for the 2017 race weekend.



Can you remember when Jeremy Edwards, Will Mellor and Nick Pickard burst onto our screens for the first time as teen-soap, Hollyoaks invaded our early evening viewing? It was way back in 1995 that we visited the fictional Chester suburb for the first time and what a rollercoaster ride its been! From hard-hitting topics to some of the best and most complicated love stories known to showbiz, we’ll be raising a glass to Hollyoaks and Nick Pickard’s 22 year rein as Tony Hutchinson!

Radio City

After the introduction of the Sound Broadcasting Act in 1972 which allowed the legal operation of commercial radio in the UK, in 1974, Radio City (Sound of Merseyside) Ltd won the contract to broadcast the Independent Local Radio station for Liverpool and its surrounding areas, with studios originally based in Stanley Street. Despite being re-branded a number of times over the years, what we now know as Radio City 96.7 moved from its Stanley Street base to the famous St Johns Beacon in 2000. Turning 42 this year, Radio City 96.7 (did you just sing the jingle?) has a long list of amazing talent from some very loud late night antics from Pete Price to our very own Lee Breakky Butler, the gorgeous Leanne Campbell from the breakfast show and Claire Simmo, in the past the voices of Kev Seed, Tony Snell, Pete Waterman and even our very own Jay were heard on 96.7 and the station has gone all out to support it’s charity Cash For Kids with amazing shows like Radio City Live!

Capital Liverpool

New kid on the radio block, Capital Liverpool has just celebrated it’s first birthday in the city. Broadcasting all the freshest music from its Liverpool One base, Capital brought the Monster Mash Up and Fusion Festival to Otterspool with an incredible line-up including Craig David, Tinie Tempah and Olly Murs. Launching on 18th January 2016, taking over the former Juice FM, Capital has fast become one of the city’s best loved radio stations and continues to grow with presenters like Anton Powers, Liam Hincks, Graeme & Sarah & of course Capital Breakfast with Adam, Gemma & Dylan every weekday from 6am.


Iron Men Crosby

Crosby Beach - Iron Man

Installed on Crosby beach in 2005, the 100 cast iron men of ‘Another Place’ turn 12 this year and show no signs of ageing whatsoever. We’ve seen some brilliant selfies with the Antony Gormley designs including dogs, sunsets, ice-creams and crabs! We’re looking forward to celebrating their next big anniversary in three years time.



Liverpool History

Here’s one we bet you didn’t know, according to the Cavern Walks website, Cricket was founded in 1991 and will be celebrating it’s 26th year at the forefront of high-end, luxury designer wear, in 2017. Famed for it’s celebrity clients, catwalk to boutique fashion and of course, those iconic paper carrier bags, this stalwart of Scouse Style is still at the forefront of trends. Liverpool history and fashion are a match made in heaven!



Liverpool History

Opening its doors for the first time in September, 2007, Primark Church Street is celebrating it’s 11th year in business in 2017.  What was once Littlewoods, and then designer store, Open (remember that with the weird, white circle door way?) Primark has brought high end fashion trends at ridiculously low prices to the Liverpool high street and who doesn’t love a wander around the beauty stuff and routinely buying 10 pairs of black tights for work…..and a cute backpack…and a harry potter tee?!


The Cavern

2017 marks the club’s milestone 50th birthday – making it exactly 60 years since The Cavern Club first threw its doors open to the music hungry youngsters of Liverpool back on 16 January 1957. Over the years the world famous club has seen everyone from Adele to the Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder to four lads you may of heard of grace its Mathew Street stage. In Fact those four lads played their last ever gig their on August 3rd 1963 and this final performance was their 292nd show at the Club. Wow!


Answers from the top: Iconic designer store, Wade Smith opened on Stanley Street in 1982, The Beatles played their first gig at The Cavern in February 1961 having performed there before as The Quarrymen. The unforgettable giants roamed our city streets for the first time in 2012. Did you get all three?

Can you add more interesting facts to our 2017 run down? Drop us a line and we’ll share the best. Tweet us @TheGuideLpool or email


  1 Comment   Comment

  1. 2 years ago  

    Oh come on! Bluecoat is THREE HUNDRED YEARS OLD this year! It’s Liverpool city centre’s oldest building and the UK’s first arts centre – artists have been here since 1907, the building formally constituted as an arts centre since 1927, another Liverpool first. Come and see our fabulous new exhibition ‘Public View’, featuring over 100 artists we have worked with over the years (Yoko Ono, Jeremy Deller etc.) and an archive show that reveals Bluecoat’s story at the heart of Liverpool culture for three centuries.

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