City of Music: Here’s how to take yourself on a musical adventure in Liverpool
If there’s two things in life that fuel a Scouser’s inner passion, it’s football and music.
Awarded the UNESCO City of Music status in 2004, Liverpool’s services to the music industry have spanned generations. The Merseybeat scene once ruled the world and from humble beginnings, four scouse lads became the kings of rock n roll. Merseybeat paved the way for a whole new raft of talent that to this day, brings determination, dedication and attitude to the stage.
Whether you’re a local or just visiting, why not take yourself on a musical adventure and learn things about our musical heritage you never knew, you never knew?
Here’s how to have a musical adventure in Liverpool….
1 – The Cavern Club
Top of the list simply has to be The Cavern. The birthplace of the rock and roll scene, Merseybeat movement and the launchpad of so many careers, we can’t count them all. Beatles fans make the pilgrimage to this Mathew St bar, which since 1957 has been revered as the most famous club in the world, not just by fans, but my mega stars alike. More on The Cavern Club history and events here.
2 – The BME
The British Music Experience (BME) can be found at the stunning Cunard Building on the waterfront. This relatively new music museum houses an astonishing number of artefacts from some of the greatest British bands and artists of all time. Charting the history of British music from the 1940’s until present day, you can get hands on with instruments, bust moves in the dance studio and lots more. Book your tickets for the BME here.
3 – Museum of Liverpool
Don’t miss your chance to see the Double Fantasy: John & Yoko exhibition at Museum of Liverpool (until 3rd November) and marvel at two people in love who inspired generations. There’s many Beatles artefacts and other Liverpool musicians to discover at this brilliant, free museum on the waterfront. More on Liverpool Museums and current collections here.
4 – The Beatles Story
The world’s largest, permanent exhibition dedicated to the Fab Four sits proudly on the Royal Albert Dock’s east side. Be transported to the Casbah Café, Abbey Road Studios and of course, The Cavern and chart the Beatles’ meteoric rise to fame. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of their time in Rishikesh, The Beatles Story’s latest addition brings iconic costumes, instruments and handwritten lyrics back home, to Liverpool. More info here.
5 – Magical Beatles Museum
Mathew Street’s Magical Beatles Museum took 10 years of planning and 60 years in the making. Launched by Roag Best, brother of the ‘fifth Beatle’ Pete Best, the museum showcases the clothes they wore, the instruments they played, the music they created and even John Lennon’s Sgt Pepper Medal – to name just a handful, in a huge inventory of exhibits. Head this way to discover more.
6 – Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Liverpool’s beautiful Art Deco Philharmonic Hall is more than just a concert venue. If you’ve ever wondered what goes on backstage, wanted to see the dressing rooms or find out more about the UK’s oldest professional symphony orchestra, you can! The Philharmonic Experience offers different types of behind the scenes experiences for music lovers of all ages. Find out more here.
7 – Fab Four Taxi Tour
Visitors to our city absolutely rave about the Fab Four Taxi tours. Taking you to the places made famous by the Beatles including Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields, this multi-award winning tour lasts between 2-7 hours and is customisable too. Taxi’s can accommodate 6 so get ready to take a gazillion selfies and pics at the Beatles’ former homes and iconic landmarks. Book your tour here.
8 – Merseyside Festivals
You can’t live in or visit Liverpool and not attend at least one music festival. Sefton Park plays host to the likes of Africa Oye, LIMF, Fusion while the urban playground of the city brings The Baltic Weekender, Brazilica, Sound City and LightNight to hundreds of lively venues. More festival info here.
9 – The Jacaranda
Another iconic venue of the swinging sixties, steeped in musical history is The Jacaranda. In to its 60th year, The Jac as its more commonly known, is as popular today as it was back in the 50’s with a younger crowd keen to hear the latest artists and bands. From the basement to the record shop and its newest venture, sister venue Phase ONE, The Jacaranda is a guaranteed memorable night out. The Beatles thought so too! Find out more here.
10 – Musical Statues
There’s more musical history to discover as you wander along Mathew St. Grab a selfie with the John Lennon statue outside The Cavern, pop in for a drink at Eric’s and listen to an amazing live band. Throw your arms around Cilla Black outside Cavern Walks and continue on to Stanley St for a moment of contemplation with Eleanor Rigby on her bench. If you’re up for a walk, don’t forget to join the Fab Four looking out over the Mersey in statue form on the Pier Head too! Take our Liverpool Statue Selfie tour here.
11 – Tickle the Ivories
Throughout the summer of 2018, Liverpool ONE took delivery of a number of upright piano’s. With scheduled performances and free public access, ‘Tickle The Ivories’ saw some of the best professional and amateur take the keys and perform for the masses. Who can forget the young lad in builders garb smashing out club tunes? With the bustling shops and restaurants as a permanent audience, we’re hopeful to see many more step into the lime light. More info on Liverpool ONE events here.