9 must-visit locations for music in Liverpool

As the city that gave the world The Beatles, Liverpool is renowned for its musical influences. A UNESCO City of Music, it's packed full of exciting venues where you can tune into history and hear the latest sounds from well-known artists and emerging stars alike.

John Lennon mural


1. British Music Experience

Rock, pop, punk and rave your way through 70 years of Britain’s popular music history at the British Music Experience. Featuring a mix of images, video and music memorabilia from days gone by, the exhibitions offers a glimpse of everything from John Lennon’s iconic glasses to the Spice Girls’ Geri Halliwell’s Union Jack dress.


2. Echo Arena

Situated on the banks of the River Mersey, this arena and its smaller sister venue EchoTwo are key music venues based in Liverpool's former docks. The Echo Arena hosts major rock and pop bands, classical music, musicals and lots more.


3. Royal Liverpool Philharmonic

An art-deco, Grade II-listed building, the Philharmonic offers a year-round programme that features everything from pop to comedy. Predominantly though, this is a classical venue, specialising in performances from its own orchestra, the longest surviving in Britain.


4. Kazimier

Kazimier is an edgy, arty venue that hosts a great variety of major acts, from underground electro to reggae, indie, rock and modern classical. It’s also an intriguing space, with a great heated garden.


5. Cavern Club

Cavern Club Liverpool

Step into the birthplace of Britain’s most iconic band, The Beatles, and explore the Cavern Club - the cradle of British pop music. Enjoy performances from a band recreating the look and sound of The Beatles throughout the week as well as a range of other live bands.


6. LEAF Tea Shop and Bar

This is one of Liverpool’s coolest music venues. LEAF is a "punk" tea room that morphs from being a place to breakfast on organic porridge, into a fully-licensed bar and gig venue at night.


7. Liverpool International Music Festival

Hosted in the spectacular setting of Sefton Park over two days in the summer, the Liverpool International Music Festival brings together an array of global household names and the city’s up-and-coming talent in a celebration of the region’s musical prowess.


8. The Jacaranda

Renowned as being the first club to host The Beatles in 1960, The Jacaranda originally opened as a coffee bar before it was thrown into the musical spotlight. Steeped in musical heritage, the live music venue hosts indie and rock ‘n’ roll performers on a regular basis, while its new venue, Jacaranda Phase One, has added a further mark on the Liverpool music scene.


9. The Zanzibar

Known for giving opportunities to new and undiscovered talent, The Zanzibar on Seel Street is no stranger to well-known acts either. Liverpudlian artists The Zutons, The Coral and Miles Kane have all played in the intimate space, where you’ll often catch a glimpse of rock and alternative acts.

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