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Take a trip to musical Liverpool


Friday 10 Feb, 2017

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The British Music Experience completes its move from London to Liverpool on 9 March, reopening its doors to the public. Liverpool, in north-west England, has plenty to boast about – it’s home to two Premier League football teams; its waterfront is a UNESCO World Heritage Site; and it has Britain’s second-highest concentration of national museums, holding world-famous objects from around the globe. But what it is best known for is music, and being the birthplace of Britain’s most successful band…

The Beatles

The Beatles were formed in 1960 and went on to conquer the world. Its founding members – Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison and John Lennon – were all born in Liverpool, which has its own international airport and is an easy train journey from London.

Start your journey back where it all began with a combined tour of Mendip and 20 Forthlin Road, the childhood homes of John and Paul respectively. The houses have been maintained as they were when their famous residents lived there, and offer a unique insight into the band’s early history. 

For a really comprehensive look at the seven years that the Beatles dominated British music, head to The Beatles Story. The exhibition charts every stage, from the band's formation and early days in Germany, through the psychedelic mid-60s and on to the final, slow break-up period. There's also the opportunity to visit the rebuilt Cavern Club, venue for some of the Beatles' earliest gigs. It offers a variety of live music, and has its own resident Beatles tribute band, recreating the sound of the fab four once or twice a week. 

To take in all the major Beatles-related sights in the city, take a two-hour Magical Mystery coach tour, which takes in places such as their schools and colleges, as well as Penny Lane and Strawberry Field.

 

The British Music Experience

But Liverpool’s music scene isn’t just about the Beatles. The British Music Experience will open its doors in the city’s Cunard Building on 9 March. It offers the chance to see more than 600 rare items from Britain's music heritage archive, from the handwritten lyrics to New Order's mega-hit Blue Monday to some of David Bowie's original, flamboyant costumes from his Ziggy Stardust era. This is an interactive experience – twist, rave or disco in a dance-the-decades booth, explore how music’s been played and stored over the decades, and record a well-known song in the interactive studio.

 

Live music for all tastes

The city also continues to be a musical hub. While at first glance a tea shop may not be the obvious venue for great live music, the Leaf Tea Shop and Bar is actually one of Liverpool’s coolest music venues. Open since 2007, this "punk" tea room morphs from being a place to breakfast on organic porridge, into a fully-licensed bar and gig venue at night.

If classical music is more to your taste, then enjoy a performance by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Britain’s oldest continuing professional symphony orchestra, it gives more than 60 performances a season in its own concert hall, as well as at venues throughout the city.



For more information contact:

  • VisitBritain Media Team





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