CELEBRATE 60 YEARS OF THE CAVERN!
January 16th, 2017 marked the Cavern’s 60th anniversary and the celebrations will continue all year long!
The Cavern ethos has very much been about the Past, Present and Future. Our upcoming events celebrate the history of the Cavern with brilliant tributes to the past while also giving an opportunity for new artists to exhibit their music.
UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS
Various dates through the year. Click here for availability.
The Cavern Club opened its doors in 1957 as a jazz club and now stands as ‘The Most Famous Club In The World”. Undoubtedly, without the 292 gigs The Beatles played here between February 1961 and August 1963, the Cavern’s story would be a very different one. But they did play those 292 gigs and the Cavern was firmly on the world’s musical map. From this period, other artists exploded on to the musical scene; Gerry & the Pacemakers, The Searchers, The Hollies, Billy J Kramer, Cilla Black and many more. Everyone wanted to play this iconic venue, and they did; Rolling Stones, The Who, The Kinks, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Ben E King, Rod Stewart, Status Quo, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Queen and many more. The Cavern has always reflected the current musical trends, embracing along the way, Blues, Soul, Rock, Indie. A true music venue.
Today the Cavern is a thriving live music venue, still attracting the big names. Artists to have played here in recent years include; Oasis, Travis, Arctic Monkeys, Adele, Jessie J, Jake Bugg and of course, in 1999, the return of Sir Paul McCartney.
This specially commissioned show is presented by Cavern resident artist, Tony Skeggs, and his fantastic band and will take you on a musical history tour of the most famous club in the world. Tony was a founding member of THE OVERTURES, the U.K’s premiere 60’s band.
May 25th 2017 – From the Jam
From The Jam, featuring former The Jam bassist Bruce Foxton and Russell Hastings, bring their acoustic show back to The Cavern.
With a catalogue that includes 18 UK Top 40 singles The Jam were the sound of the British youth in the late 70s and this intimate show is a rare opportunity to hear those songs in this stripped down way.
Audiences can expect to hear classics such as Down In The Tube Station At Midnight, Going Underground, Town Called Malice and The Modern World as well as favourites including Strange Town, When You’re Young and Start.
May 28th 2017 – Gary Murphy’s Guitar Legends Show
Gary Murphy is an award winning guitarist from the North West. His ‘all new’ guitar legends show takes you on a musical story of Rock n Roll guitar.
Gary Murphy’s ‘Guitar Legends – The Rock & Roll Years’ will be appearing at the Cavern Club on Sun 28thMay, celebrating the club’s 60th anniversary,
Performed by Gary and his multi-talented band, the story will be narrated by BBC Radio Merseyside presenter Roger Lyon who gives an insight into the lives and songs of some of our best loved guitar heroes including: Chuck Berry, The Shadows, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Dave Gilmour, Albert Lee, Angus Young… and many more. The show highlights many different guitar styles including rock, pop, jazz and country and has something for all ages.
June 8th 2017 – Merrill Osmond
Merrill Osmond began his career as the lead singer for the Osmonds, the clean-cut singing group formed with his brothers Alan, Wayne, Jay and Donny. Regular performers on The Andy Williams Show beginning in 1962, the group went on to International stardom selling over 80 million records during the 70’s with hits like One Bad Apple, Crazy Horses, and Down by the Lazy River.
With Merrill’s distinctive lead voice the group achieved 27 Gold records, including 5 number one songs. He went on to become Executive Producer of Donny and Marie, The Osmond Family Show and numerous other series and specials for network television and syndication. Merrill has always loved Rock and is excited to be performing at The Cavern where his idols, The Beatles, were discovered.
June 20th, 2017 – Mary Wilson of the Supremes
Mary Wilson, original member of The Supremes is headlining a Royal Variety show at The London Palladium on Sunday 25th June 2017. We are delighted that she is playing the Cavern a few days before the Palladium as part of our 60th Anniversary Celebrations.
The Supremes were the biggest selling female group in the world with record sales in excess of 60 million, they also had more hits than any other female group. In the UK they had had 17 hit albums including their Greatest Hits that hit the number 1 slot in 1968 and spent over a year in the charts, with similiar chart acheivements all over the world. In 1977 their 20 Golden Greats repeated this success.
August 13th, 2017 –Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
When Martha Reeves dances on to the stage – to the thumping beats of I’m Ready for Love, the rocking rhythms of Van Morrison’s Wild Night, or the fiery chords of Heat Wave – it is hard to believe that its been more than 45 years since she and the Vandellas made their musical mark with the bluesy, Come and Get These Memories. It was that recording that inspired Berry Gordy to coin the term “The Motown Sound” and that put the songwriting team of Holland-Dozier-Holland on the map. It was that recording that led to a decade of memorable music, earning Martha the title of Motown’s ultimate soul diva. With an energy that belies her age, she keeps audiences on their feet with the gospel-tinged Nowhere to Run, the pop-driven Jimmy Mack, and high-energy tributes to Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and others. And displaying the versatility that made her a favorite with Motown writers and producers, she goes jazzy with songs by Ellington and Billie Holiday.
September 14th, 2017 – The Merseybeats
The Merseybeats return to the Cavern to re-create the shows they performed there in the 1960’s
A very special annual show from one of the originals at the Cavern Club.
September 21st 2017 – Big Country
Following the incredible success of their 30th Anniversary ‘Steeltown’ Tour, BIG COUNTRY now celebrate the 30thAnniversary of the album that followed that release – ‘The Seer’.
September 24, 2017 – Mel Gaynor
Gaynor joined Simple Minds in 1982 as a session drummer for the New Gold Dream album (as a recommendation by record producer Pete Walsh), playing on six of the nine tracks. He later joined the band permanently for the New Gold Dream tour, as a replacement for Mike Ogletree. Except for a period (1992–97) away from the band after the Real Life tour of 1991–92, he has been the band’s drummer to the present day.
In addition to Simple Minds, he has played alongside other acts such as: Elton John, Lou Reed, Tina Turner, Meat Loaf, Samson, Mango, The Associates, Orange Juice, Peter Gabriel, The Pretenders, Prljavo Kazalište, Gary Moore, Jackson Browne, Little Steven, Brian May, The Nolans, Goldie, Robert Palmer and Joan Armatrading, Light of the World.
November 9th, 2017 – Martin Stephenson & The Daintees
Martin Stephenson has been one of the uk’s best-loved musicians for 30 years. Always popular on the circuit, Stephenson’s “must see” live performances are an exuberant tour-de-force combining heart-in-your-mouth intimacy with playful humour and warm self-deprecation.
The Daintees’ critically acclaimed 1986 debut BOAT TO BOLIVIA opened up an always interesting story. It showcased Stephenson’s songwriting, poetic romanticism and spiritual depth – so marking him out as a soulful cream of the leftfield crop during the self-obsessed 1980s.
November 30th 2017 –Kast Off Kinks
FORMER MEMBERS OF THE LEGENDARY BAND ‘THE KINKS’, BACK TOGETHER PLAYING GREAT MUSIC AND RE-LIVING THE GOOD TIMES WHILST KEEPING THE SONGS ALIVE THAT MADE THE KINKS A HOUSEHOLD NAME.
This great line-up features Mick Avory (the original drummer on all the classic hits from 1964-84), John Dalton (bass/vocals, Kinks 60’s & 70’s), Ian Gibbons (keyboards/vocals, Kinks 80’s & 90’s and still with Ray Davies) with Dave Clarke (guitar/vocals, formerly of the Beach Boys, Noel Redding & Tim Rose).
Expect all the hits: You Really Got Me, Dedicated Follower of Fashion, Sunny Afternoon, Lola, Days, Waterloo Sunset, Come Dancing, and many more for a great night out. Not to be missed!
“A full house, and a standing ovation. To anyone wondering about going, do not hesitate” (The Stables, Milton Keynes)
“Nothing short of superb. From start to finish it was filled with hit after hit” (Mad Ferret, Preston)
December 14th & 15th 2017 – China Crisis
CHINA CRISIS WHOSE DISTINCTIVE AOR-FUELLED POP SONGS CHARTED IN THE 80S WHEN THEY SPENT A TOTAL OF 92 WEEKS IN THE CHARTS. WHO SAID THE EIGHTIES WERE ALL BAD?
We’re always excited to have these guys back!