BEAT THAT Stunning photos reveal the rock and roll past of Beatles hangout the Cavern Club, which opened 60 years ago today
Throughout the swinging sixties the club was a mecca for rock fans, frequently hosting the Beatles in the band's early years
BY GEORGE HARRISON
15th January 2017
THE Cavern Club, the legendary venue famed for hosting the Beatles in their early days, first opened its doors to the public 60 years ago today.
After opening as a jazz venue on 16 January 1957, it didn’t take long before the Cavern Club had established itself as the centre of Liverpool’s rock and roll scene.
The club regularly hosted the Beatles in the band’s early days
After opening as a jazz venue in 1957, the club eventually made a name for itself as a rock and roll hub
Revellers danced their way through the sixties at the iconic club, which opened 60 years ago today
Throughout the swinging sixties the club was a mecca for rock fans, frequently hosting the Beatles in the band’s early years.
The legendary band made nearly 300 appearances at the club between 1961 and 1963, with some of the Beatles’ sets at the Cavern Club snapped on camera.
Photos from the club’s past show revellers dancing away to Britain’s most famous boy band, years before Beatlemania went global.
A loved-up couple share a kiss on the packed dance floor
Serving as the centre of Liverpool’s rock and roll scene, the club was a mecca for fans of the genre
Music lovers swarmed to the club to see acts such as the Rolling Stones and Queen
And on the venue’s 60th anniversary, a series of stunning photos reveal how wild nights at the Cavern really were.
One incredible shot shows a loved up young couple enjoying the moment as they dance their way through the night.
Other photos show huge queues of excited customers waiting to get into the legendary venue, whilst one incredible snap features the Beatles midway through an early performance.
The club hosted the Beatles for the first time in 1961, before Beatlemania had really taken off
This shot, captured in 1963, shows Britain’s most famous boy band in their early days
The club was set in a cellar below a fruit warehouse, creating a distinctive look and feel
Found in a cellar beneath the ground, the venue was one of Britain’s most distinctive clubs, and remains a must-see attraction.
In its day, acts as famous and as varied as Queen, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, Elton John and The Who graced the aptly-named Cavern Club’s stage.
Despite the original Cavern Club closing in 1973, the venue was rebuilt and reopened just over a decade later, and still bears the club’s famous name.
And the club’s legacy certainly endures today, since many credit the roaring success of venues such as the Cavern Club with attracting big-name record producers to the north – and away from their traditional London stomping grounds.
Punters would queue down the stairs for a chance to make it in to the trendy venue
This incredible shot shows merry revellers lining the streets above the lively club
The club is credited with attracting big-name producers to the north of England